6 stories to start your day for Wednesday, Jan 15

Local club is looking forward to the next dog park

The York K9 Club says while there’s plenty of snow of the ground, they’re already planning for the next dog park in Greater Sudbury. The location will be next to Countryside Arena after approval by the community services committee in the fall. The new south-end dog park will include an area for both large dogs and small dogs, similar to the Minnow Lake location.

 

Police looking into second “incident” in two weeks

For the second time in two weeks, Sault Ste Marie Police have responded that what they call an incident in the city, but aren’t providing details. Reports on social media suggested a heavy police presence around 1:00 p.m. on Albion St. yesterday. While it’s not clear how and when further details can be expected, Police say there is no threat to public safety.

 

North Bay city council extends free parking

Starting next month North Bay residents will be enjoying free parking downtown. One hour of it during weekdays that is. That was one of the significant moves made by city council this week reviewing it’s parking policies, looking for ways to revitalize the downtown core. Paid parking in the downtown core will officially end at 4:30 p.m. as opposed to six.

The revision to paid parking enforcement is expected to cost the city $70,000, while the one hour of free parking will come at an estimated loss of $117,000, both of which are due to reductions in ticket and parking revenues.

 

Teen caught after a flight from Police

A teen will have some tough questions to answer, after making a run from Police. This is after Kirkland Lake OPP tried to stop a motorized snow vehicle in the Township for a driving violation. The operator of the MSV accelerated away from the police cruiser and failed to stop for the officer. The 18-year-old was eventually stopped and brought into custody.

 

Cambrian college look toward more in their skilled trades program

Cambrian College says they continue to plow through the winter months, with a boost in skilled trades. This is as an announcement this month from the Province it’s investing $75 million in skilled trade careers. The province says there’s a significant labour shortage in the trades sector, and Cambrian College says they’re excited to fill the gap.

 

Taxi bylaw expected in February or March

The North Bay Police board says it could be until March before they vote on a new taxi bylaw. The board says the appropriate parties will have a chance to review and offer their input. As well, there will be a public meeting to go over the bylaw, before presented for final approval.

 

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MP asking Federal Government to look into ebook costs

Timmins MP Charlie Angus is calling on the federal government to look into high costs when it comes to e-books. Last month, Timmins city council passed a resolution urging the federal government to assist municipalities that are facing increased costs to gain access to eBooks for their libraries. The Timmins MP says any restriction on the purchasing and use of eBooks are simply making it more difficult for many to enjoy the library.