6 stories to start your day for Friday, January 22

Two more pass away in Long-term care, due to COVID-19

A fifth-death tied to COVID-19 has been reported at Amberwood Suites in Greater Sudbury. The announcement was made by Public Health Sudbury and Districts who indicate its been tied to outbreak.


One resident at Extendicare Kapuskasing has died of COVID-19. It’s the 10th death related to the virus in the Porcupine Health Unit region since the start of the pandemic.

No further information is being released out of respect for the families.


Ontario Northland encouraging everyone against “non essential travel”

Ontario Northland says they’re supporting the Stay-At-Home Order by discouraging non-essential travel. Customers on Ontario Northland will receive a reminder when booking travel to stay home and only travel when necessary. It’s in addition to safety messages on 210 signs across provincial highways.


Sault Ste Marie city council looking at 60-new townhouse units

Sault Ste. Marie city councillors will be asked to approve a total of 60 new townhouse units in separate developments. It will be for Second Line West and a vacant block at Patrick Street and Wallace Terrace. Drawings submitted to the city’s planning staff show 29 per cent of the lot occupied by mini-storage units and 24 per cent by townhouses.


LU hoping for “in person class” this fall

The Laurentian University is hoping for a return to the classroom this fall. The schools senate is voted in January that instruction and exams continue to be delivered remotely for the spring 2021 semester that starts in May due to COVID-19. The school’s president this week suggested a return to face-to-face classes may be possible this fall.


North Bay Police encouraged by efforts of city residents

Despite one ticket handed out for ‘Failing to Comply’ with the Reopening Ontario Act, North Bay residents are getting a positive review from city Police. More than a week after the lockdown began and Police say they haven’t issued any other notices and continue to take educational approach when responding to calls.


Once popular retailer change hands

A downtown location in Timmins is changing hands. Things Engraved and Bloomex have purchased the former Tweed & Hickory and Bucovetsky’s location at Third Ave. The City of Timmins and Downtown Timmins Business Improvement Association says the company plans to create a “multi-retail shopping experience” influenced by a European market concept.