6 stories to start your day for Monday, Feb 3

Partnership with Metrolinx being considered

Greater Sudbury is considering joining a group of municipalities partnering with Metrolinx. The provincial transportation agency focused primarily on Toronto and Hamilton includes 48 municipal transit systems. By combining efforts, members of the team can take advantage of economies of scale when making purchases, getting a lower purchase price than if it acted as a single municipality. A report headed to city council Feb. 4. If it goes ahead, the deal would be in place until 2024.

 

Missing Femail sought by Police

Greater Sudbury Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing 32-year-old. Gabriela Reuben is described as 5-4, 150 lb female. She has blonde or greyish hair, and last seen on Jan. 31st. She was in Sudbury at the time, wearing a black toque, black winter jacket and blue jeans.

 

3-drivers busted for stunt driving

OPP out of North Bay says speed will be on their radar into the month of February. Three people were charged with stunt driving last month due alone all due to excessive speeding. Two were teens – 18 and 19 years old – while the third driver was in his 50’s. All three had their car impounded, and their licence suspended.

 

Timmins annual budget up for approval

The 2020 Timmins city budget is up for approval at this week’s city council meeting. The motion will be sought to approve a $43.2 million dollar expenditure, a near $395,000 increase over 2019. That total includes a $35 mil operating budget. and $8 million dollar capital budget. The full council agenda is available here.

 

New bike path coming to Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste Marie could soon see more room for cyclists to ride, come the warmer months. The Sault Cycling Club and the city are breaking new ground that will see a three-kilometre natural surface trail develop on city property. The pilot project will come with a cost estimate of about $90,000 for the entire three kilometres of trail, plus the cost of signage.

 

Snow depts near normal for 2020

March is now less than 30 days out, and both snow depth and water content is close to normal. At least according to this time of the year. That’s according to the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority. The average snow depth for all sites is 29.7 cm or 88% of normal. A year ago, the average snow depth was 54.8 cm.

 

Also…

Foodbank serves more than 300 people in January

The South Porcupine Food Bank says another successful month is in the books. They’re offering thanks to those who have given after an estimated 1,337 lbs of food and nearly $3k in monetary donations have come in. That was good for served 212 adults and over 101 children in need.