6 stories to start your day for Thursday, August 6

Public Health Sudbury and Districts report one new case of COVID-19

Public Health Sudbury and Districts is reporting one new case of COVID-19. The case involves a male person in his 70s with no travel history and no known contact with another confirmed case. It is categorized as an unknown exposure.

 

Police looking for a missing man: 66-year-old David Miner

The Anishinabek Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man. 66-year old David Miner. Miner was last seen on July 31 in Garden Village. Miner is described as 6’ tall, approximately 200lbs with a medium build and long white hair.

He is believed to be travelling in a Red 2017 Mitsubishi car with Ontario licence plates CBAT209. He has contacts in southern Ontario and also one in Newfoundland.

 

Northeastern Ontario Tourism has a new executive director

Northeastern Ontario Tourism has a new executive director. A lifelong resident of the region, Donna Maitland has served in a number of roles related to economic development and tourism, including as director of economic development for the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corp.

 

Man charged for pointing a firearm

A 23-year-old Windsor man is being held for weapon offences. Sault Ste Marie Police say they received a call with reports that a man who had allegedly covered his face, approached a vehicle and pointed a firearm in the direction of the vehicle. The victims were able to flee to safety. A 23-year-old is facing a number of charges.

 

Two charged in unrelated drug offences

One of two Timmins suspects wanted in connection with a residential break-in is now in custody. A 33-year-old male is charged in connection with a burglary in which a collection of vintage silver coins, valued between $600 and $800, was allegedly stolen. A 36-year-old is still being sought.

 

Meanwhile,

 

A 61-year-old from Kapuskasing is facing charges after OPP look into a dropped backpack. It happened Cochrane, where a motorist located the bag, in a parking lot, along Highway 11 and turned it over to police. Within the bag, police found $8k of illegal narcotics.

 

Tom Davis Square looking to create a “One Stop Shop”

Greater Sudbury city council will discuss as staff recommendation for a Tom Davies Square renovation. It will involve the transfer of $464,000 from the capital holding reserve in order to start construction the word. The hope is that it would create a “one-stop-shop” service area at Tom Davies Square. The total price tag for the renovation is estimated at $789,000. Construction expected to take place between December 2020 and April 2021. The staff report indicates that the implementation of a new “one-stop-shop” will provide for the following:

  1. A safe workspace for staff and customers; designed with the purpose to position the Organization well in response to COVID, and in the event of future pandemic service level planning
  2. The ability to better leverage capital funding already in place for security enhancements within the facility. Funds will support enhancements that address significant security gaps, while also providing high-level customer service.
  3. Renovation of a 3,800 sq. ft. space that provides the facility with an additional three larger meeting rooms and two designated interview/service areas; all supported by six service counters and three offices. This project will include new outward finishes, supported by HVAC, sprinkler system, surveillance and access systems upgrades.
  4. Cost avoidance related to AODA requirements for renovation of (11+) service counters within TDS to ensure they are accessible.
  5. With contingency built into the recommended project budget, per square foot construction cost estimate of $153.39 per sq. ft., aligns with industry averages. The competitive process may further produce savings in the budget.
  6. Provides asset renewal for a space to be the foundation for customer service at TDS and highlights this facility as the community’s most visible and interactive civic space.