6 stories to start your day for Monday, Sept 14

More driver shortages in Greater Sudbury

Nearly school bus routes will not be running this week in Greater Sudbury. This is as a driver shortage rolls into a second week. The Sudbury Student Services Consortium. “COVID-19 has greatly impacted one local school bus operator, as many of their drivers have decided not to return behind the wheel”.

 

Another case of COVID-19 in Porcupine Health Unit Catchment area

For the second-straight day, the Porcupine Health Unit reported a new COVID-19 case in its catchment area over the weekend. Its 76th case involves a man listed at 20-40 years old in the James and Hudson Bay Region who is in self-isolation.

 

Aline Chretien passes away at 84-years-old

Aline Chretien, the woman who was Laurentian University’s first chancellor, and wife of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien… has died. She died on September 12th, surrounded by family at home. She was 84.

 

North Bay reviewing another crossing guard

The City of North Bay is reviewing a request to hire another crossing guard. It’s all to work at the intersection of Chippewa and High streets. The area has four schools within a few blocks of each other. There are also long-term care home and independent senior living buildings in the same neighbourhood. The city is reviewing the request, traffic numbers, safety concerns and volume of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

 

PUC warning of another scam

Hold the phone says the PUC. This is after a phone scam started making the rounds just before the weekend. The warning went out Sunday after complaints were called in from Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola. The PUC does not ask for payments over the phone, and anyone with questions should hang up and call their provider directly.

 

Northern College is looking for input

Northern College is looking for input. All from Northerners, it’s all in preparing for the development of the college’s 2021-25 Strategic Plan. Officials have outlined tangible goals for moving a process forward in the creation of the important document, including the seeking of community input in a COVID-19 landscape. A questionnaire has been published, with 14 questions.

 

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Summer bike patrol season deemed a success

The North Bay Police Service, with a week left of the summer season, according to the Callander, says the re-addition of a police bike patrol has been a success. The Service re-introduced the bike patrol in the form of two officers on each of the four platoons this summer. The bike patrol also got a surprise donation from a local business that purchased E-Bikes to be used by patrol units.