6 stories to start your day for Wednesday, Jan 13

Ontario declares another state of emergency and stay at home order

The Province of Ontario issued a new state of emergency yesterday, with a stay-at-home order starting tomorrow. Premier Doug Ford was candid with Ontarians saying that reports indicate that 1/3 of Ontarians are failing to follow heath measures.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.  All non essential construction and retail will close. All out-door gatherings will reduced to 5 people. Indoor gatherings (of any number) are still prohibited.

 

Students at two schools test positive for COVID-19

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has confirmed two members of the White Woods Public School community in Sturgeon Falls have tested positive for COVID-19. The health unit says the individuals tested positive last week while schools were closed, and there is no risk to the school community.

Meanwhile,

Two students at École secondaire catholique Theriault are confirmed COVID-19 cases. That said reports indicate the cases were not in school during the period of infection or exposure because of the Christmas break and extended distance learning period.

 

School buses in Mattawa now have cameras

School buses in Mattawa are now all the safer thanks to new technology. Equipped with smart cameras to ticket motorists who pass a school bus when it is stopped and has its lights flashing, the cameras were installed due to the efforts of the Let’s Remember Adam Campaign. The Ranger family has since taken up the campaign to encourage people to stop for school buses.

 

Greater Sudbury looking for missing man: 59-year-old Noel Michaud

Greater Sudbury Police are looking for a missing man. 59-year-old Noel Michaud. Michaud was last seen Jan. 11 at around 1 p.m. on Ramsey Lake Road in Sudbury. He is described as 5’7” tall, 170 pounds, with grey*** medium-length hair, brown eyes and clean shaven. The man was last seen wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, dark coloured jacket and a ball cap.

 

Sudbury city council meet… briefly

Greater Sudbury city council met last night – for less than 20 minutes. The meeting scheduled for 6pm got going just before 9pm. Councillors met in closed session for several hours prior to Tuesday’s meeting… and once underway mayor Brian Bigger did most of the talking, touching on some pressing issues that he and council have in front of them, while also calling for a special project meeting on the Kingsway Entertainment District.

 

Sledder rescued after falling into open water

A snowmobiler has been rescued after falling into open water near Wawa. Police say attempts to locate the snowmobiler were unsuccessful. It all began when the sledder did not return home as scheduled. And over night and an aerial search revealed a large plume of smoke coming from the shoreline. The letters’ SOS’ were written in the snow with coffee grounds. The snowmobiler was rescued and transported to hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.