6 stories for today, Thursday, Feb 20

LU celebrates Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

Laurentian University is going further when helping spark the interest of many in science. This month they welcomed 85 Grade, 6 girls and boys, from Greater Sudbury-area schools in recognition of the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The day included demonstrations and presentations that highlighted amazing women in science and trades with an emphasis on Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

 

Over 100 snowmobiles stopped in traffic blitz

Timmins roadways and trails have been the subject of a one-day traffic patrol. Out of the weekend, over 100 snowmobiles were stopped to verify sobriety. Two Provincial Offence Notices were issued to snowmobile operators for infractions under the Motorized Snowmobile Act along with four 72-hour warnings being issued.

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Timmins Police have issued a slew of tickets, following a one-day traffic blitz. In various locations, all up 27 tickets issued for moving violations under the Highway Traffic Act 72-hour warnings were given to 22 drivers. Three motorists were handed Provincial Offence Act summonses during the initiative — two for driving while under suspension and one for operating a motor vehicle without a validated permit.

 

7-month pilot will see an increase in downtown patrols

The city of Greater Sudbury will kick off a seven-month pilot, all in the name of safety and security. Projected to started in early April six new bylaw enforcement officers will be added to the ranks of those who patrol the downtown core. Two will be on patrol, up to 16 hours a day during the pilot. The seven-month pilot project will cost $275,000

 

86-year-old nearly a victim of fraud

It was a close call to say the least, and Police are reminding you of another scam. It happed just last week when 86-year-old on Manitoulin Island were asked by the caller to send a large quantity of money to their grandchild who had been in a “collision”. The victim went to the bank, withdrew the money, and put it in the mail before the fraud was uncovered. Thankfully the Manitoulin OPP and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre were able to intercept the package, and the money has been returned to the victim.

 

Salt content 30x higher in Ramsey vs. Wanapitei

Numbers are in when it comes to drinking water in Greater Sudbury. The latest indicates… the salt content in Ramsey Lake, the drinking water source for some 40,000 Sudburians, is upwards of 30 times higher than Lake Wanapitei. The Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance says salt content on the roadways getting kicked into the water is the likely culprit. While there is no threat to residents, once sodium and chloride enter the water system, they “cannot economically be removed by any treatment method.

 

Infant Sudbury food bank announces over $200k in Christmas Fundraiser

Spring is just a month out, but numbers from Christmas are just being released when it comes to infant care in Greater Sudbury. 11th annual “All We Need for Christmas” campaign in support of the Sudbury Infant Food Bank says the pledges are in, and they’ve raised a record-breaking $211,550 worth of donations, made up of baby supplies, food and monetary contributions. The December campaign was held to support infants in the community whose parents are struggling to provide the basic needs for their children.

 

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Sault Post office closes, out of Canadian Tire

A retail post office at Canadian Tire is Sault Ste Marie is closing. Slated to shutter up in March the move is at the request of Canadian Tire. Remaining postal outlets are at Market Mall, Station Mall and Trunk Road.