6 stories to start your day for Wednesday, Feb 26

Steelworkers continue contract talks with VALE

Steelworkers Local 6500 ins Greater Sudbury is in contract talks. This is with Vale as the two sides continue to hammer out a new contract. Their current contract is set to expire May 31. Local 6500 has more than 2,400 members representing production and maintenance workers in mining, milling, smelting and refining at Vale’s Sudbury operations.

Steelworkers Local 6200, from Port Colborne, are also in negotiations.


A ban in textiles coming to the North Bay Landfill

A ban on Textiles at the Merrick Land Fill is coming for North Bay. This is after the idea got a majority vote from the city’s infrastructure and operations committee. While it does have to go to council for a final vote, unless the idea is turned down, the ban in place April 22, or Earth Day. Staff estimate that approximately 1,890 metric tons of unwanted textiles are generated each year in North Bay, of which 85 per cent end up in the landfill.


Former Ambulance bay could soon be rezoned

The former ambulance base in South Porcupine could be rezoned, and soon. This is after three offer have come in combined with the owner’s desire to sell. The nearly one-acre property located at Bruce Ave. W is going for roughly $300,000, first purchased from the Dome Mine in the 1950s.

A two-bay brick building which previously served as an East End ambulance base is located on the property.


SKILLS raises $1,800 for Farm Food Bank

The third annual Banking on Food fundraiser has turned quite the dime in Sault Ste Marie. Hosted by SKILLS… which stands for Shared Knowledge, Interactive Learning, Local Sustainability, was a great success the event brought in over $1,800. Money now to be used by the organization to support the Food Bank Farm and its 2020 operating season.


Diversion program for North Bay 911 program

A diversion program is coming into place when it comes to Sudbury 911 services. Specifically, for those in palliative home care. Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services has partnered with the North East Local Health Integration Network to expand care across the city, allowing paramedics to provide treatment to palliative patients in their home, instead of in the hospital emergency department. Paramedics in Sudbury already divert some other non-emergency cases as a way to help ease overcrowding at HSN.


Build in Greater Sudbury up for a Tax Break?

A downtown build in Greater Sudbury could be the Sudbury of a tax break. At least that’s the request of some of city council from Project Manitou. The housing project would include 826 units in two 17-storey towers. Plans are still in the early stages, but it is likely the eco-conscious complex would include accommodations for singles, as well as couples and families. The thought is that having nearly a thousand people living in close proximity to the downtown core will have a positive impact on businesses.

The 7.9-hectare property is bounded by Brady Street, St. Raphael Street, Lourdes Street and Van Horne Street.