6 stories to start your day for Monday, June 22

175 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday in Ontario

Ontario reported 175 new COVID-19 cases in the province yesterday. That comes on the heels of Saturday’s report when 206 new cases were listed.   The PHU confirmed one of those cases Sunday. The case involves a male in his 20s who, local health unit officials say, contracted the virus outside of this area. He is self-isolating.

 

Two new fires in the North East

Two new fire discovered in the Northeast region by mid-afternoon on June 21. Among them, Algonquin Park 2 is 0.3 of a hectare and not under control at this time. Among the others in the area, Sudbury 22 is 1.7 hectares and under control. The fire is located along the French River. Sudbury 21 is 2 hectares and under control. This fire is located along Lake Panache.

 

SSM Crime Stoppers looking for volunteer directors

The Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District Crime Stoppers is looking for three new volunteer directors. Members of the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors attend monthly meetings and also contribute to sub-committees. Those interested in applying can submit a letter of interest, application, and resume to info@saultcrimestoppers.com. The deadline for applications is July 3.

 

Meanwhile,

 

This weekend, Crime Stoppers in Sault Ste Marie celebrated a milestone. 35 years serving Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District. Since 1985, we have assisted with over 4,400 arrests, 2,600 cases cleared and have paid nearly ½ million $486,596 in rewards.

 

911 dispatch will soon know where AED’s are located

911 dispatchers throughout Ontario will soon have access to the locations of every automated external defibrillator (AED) in their area of callers. The new system is thanks to a private member’s bill which has now received royal assent from Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas. It has received royal assent.

 

Ride check nabs three from Timmins

North Bay OPP says a RIDE check has resulted in charges against four people from Timmins. Three are in their 30’s, one in their 20’s… During the investigation, police seized drugs suspected, phones and cash. All four are facing a slew of charges.

 

Algoma to go Carbon-Free by 2050

Sault Ste. Marie’s largest employer has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Algoma Steel Inc. made the announcement at a meeting of the city’s green committee. Algoma Steel currently has three greenhouse gas reduction projects that are expected to reduce emissions by 79,000 tonnes a year.

 

Also…

Timmins Blue box program to be assumed by producers

The City of Timmins says producers will assume full responsibility for its Blue Box program, starting Jan. 1, 2023 for the transition. The decision, in part, is based on the fact the city’s contract management, along with recycling infrastructure is all due to expire in the coming years.