6 stories for today, Wednesday, May 13

Early morning fire in Mattawa

An early morning fire was called in, in Mattawa. At approximately 4:30 a.m., officers from the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a fire at a multi-family structure on Mattawan Street. OPP members and Mattawa Fire Department attended the scene to begin an investigation. One person sustained life-threatening injuries in the fire. Mattawan Street is closed to traffic at this time until fire crews are finished. The investigation remains ongoing and the Office of Fire Marshal will be attending the scene to assist.

 

State of emergency extended

The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency until June 2nd. The Premier says the additional time will ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities safely.

 

Boat launches opening in Greater Sudbury

The city of Greater Sudbury is reopening its municipal boat launches. Just ahead of the long weekend, Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger made the announcement yesterday.

 

96% of businesses plan to reopen in North Bay

A new survey in North Bay says more than 96 per cent of area businesses will reopen once the COVID-19 pandemic has settled. The survey was done as a combined effort with the City of North Bay, Yes Employment, and the Labour Market Group.

 

OPP out looking for the “Big Four”

It’s Canada Road safety week. Police say they are out and looking for the “Big Four” which includes: Impaired driving, Seat belt compliance, Aggressive driving, and Distracted driving.

 

School boards and Province strike a deal

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, education unions in Sault Ste Marie have struck a deal with the province. Elementary and secondary teachers, as well as support staff in all four boards across both public and Catholic sectors, now have new three-year central agreements retroactive to September 2019.

 

Also…

Snow removal budget $148,000 in the red

The city of Greater Sudbury is approximately $148,000 over budget between January and the end of March all due to snow removal. A report headed to city council next week, however, says that does not take into account the record-breaking snowfall that hit the city last week.

 

Air Canada stalling service for another 6 weeks at Jack Garland

Another setback, at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport. Air Canada has extended its temporary suspension of service until June 30. That includes all flights between North Bay and Toronto until at least July.

 

First nation finding shelter, in tents

Roughly 900 people in Kashechewan have spent the past few weeks in tents. For the past decade, the entire First Nation has been evacuated to hotel rooms in Timmins due to spring flooding, an option that has since been ruled out this year due to COVID-19.