6 stories for today, Thursday, May 14

Two unrelated brush fires needed fire personnel

Yesterday afternoon two brush fires had to be extinguished. The first one sparked up mid-morning in Sault Ste. Marie, in the 1600 block of Third Line West. The other, in Greater Sudbury off Silver Hills, Drive in Greater Sudbury in the early afternoon. In both cases, the cause has not been given, but the fire was doused quickly.

Meanwhile,

Timmins Fire personnel were called to a Wednesday morning blaze that engulfed an eight-unit apartment dwelling on Sterling Ave. Everybody did get out safe, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Please, no cottaging yet  – Mayor

Temiskaming Dan O’Mara says those who can, should stay home this weekend and avoid going to their respective cottages. While this is an abnormal request, the Mayor says this is an abnormal year.

 

Mackinac Bridge Walk Cancelled

The Mackinac Bridge walk in Sault Ste Marie has been suspended due to COVID-19. The Mackinac Bridge Authority made the decision Wednesday and says it expects to resume next year.

 

4  puppies rescued from dumpster

Greater Sudbury Police have responded to a call involving animals in distress. This is after being called to Edmund Street early yesterday… officers say they found four kitchens were found in an outside bin. The kittens were brought back to GSPS headquarters and are currently safe.

 

Algoma U going online

Algoma University is supporting academic success for local students. Starting June 1st spring term offers full slate of remote learning options, as the school says it’s unclear when things will go back to “normal.”

 

70%  of business owners “worried” about COVID-19 impact

The survey found more than 70 per cent of 300 businesses surveyed in Greater Sudbury are worried about significant financial impacts from the pandemic. This is according to Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin in a recent survey in partnership with the city and others. While 23% of those surveyed say they worry about going out of business, many say it’s simply going to change how they do business morning forward.