6 stories to start your day for Tuesday, Feb 4

Hotel tax adding $1.1 million to city coffer.

The city of Greater Sudbury is adding more than $1 million to the city coffer. This is thanks for the hotel tax, approved by the city council. A staff report going to the finance committee next week indicates $1.1 million will be set aside in the tax rate stabilization reserve. Staff also indicates the city will use that revenue in future years to pay back some of the debt related to the Kingsway Entertainment District.

 

Job action continues for Teachers

Job action continues in Ontario for teachers. This week, Near North elementary students, will have two days off. ETFO says a one-day full withdrawal of services will come Wednesday, rolling into a one-day province-wide full withdrawal of services on Thursday.

 

Two charged in auto theft

A Quebec man and a teen have been charged with theft of a motor vehicle. While completing patrols of the downtown core, a officers came upon two male persons pushing a vehicle along Birch Street North, claiming that the vehicle had run out of fuel. Further investigation by the Timmins Police Service officer determined that the passenger vehicle was a stolen vehicle from Gatineau.

 

Another youth centre coming to Sault Ste Marie?

There’s hope that a youth centre community centre will return to Sault Ste. Marie. It’s been sixteen years since the Soo lost its teen centre, The initiative was disclosed at Monday night’s City Council meeting during a quarterly update. An initiative of FutureSSM, round-table discussions about the initiative is currently being held with potential partners.

 

Warm temps continue to dog ice rinks

While the milder weather is creating a sense of relief for many this year, considering the relentless onslaught of last year’s snow… it’s continuing to wreak havoc for recreationalists, while sledding trails remain open. Rinks continue to open and close. Due to warm weather, the City of Greater Sudbury closed Queen’s Athletic Skating Oval on Feb. 3. The city will update the public when conditions improve.

 

Cambrian College signs 5-year deal with Algoma U

Cambrian College in Sudbury and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie has signed five new transfer credit agreement. The move allows Cambrian graduates to complete a university degree sooner, and graduates to go back for more schooling. The five pathway agreements will apply to any Cambrian student who has graduated from any of the respective programs dating back to 2017.