Here’s some stories to start your day for Tuesday, September 14th

One student tests positive for COVID-19 at Rainbow district school

The Rainbow District School board says one student has tested positive for COVID-19. It is at R.L. Beattie Public School. The individual is currently self-isolating and is being monitored by Public Health Sudbury and Districts. There is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 at the school at this time. Staff and students in the Grade 6 class in Room 200 have been asked to self-isolate, as have students on two bus routes (morning elementary bus route N458 and afternoon elementary bus route L812).


Construction complete at new OPP detachment

The construction of a new West Nipissing West OPP detachment is complete. It’s in the 800 block of Levac Road, in Cache Bay. Today they will be making the move from 216 John Street in Sturgeon Falls to the new location. During this transition, there will be no interruption or reduction of policing services in the community.


Grade 12 Timmins student joins the board as st. trustee

A New student trustee has joined the Northeastern Catholic District School Board. Emma Mills is a Grade 12 student at O’Gorman High School. Her goal is to represent students on the Board of Trustees for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.


North Bay Hosptial makes vaccines optional for staff

The North Bay Regional Health Centre says staff, while encouraged to do so… are not required to get a COVID-19 Vaccine. While they can choose to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination to Occupational Health Safety and Wellness, staff who choose not to be vaccinated, or are unsure of whether they want to be vaccinated, are required to complete a COVID-19 education program.


Debates area under water-shut off notice

The area of Desbarats area is currently under a water shutoff notice. Johnson Township put out the notification today. This shut-off is due to a large leak that is being investigated and repaired. Once this water shutoff is lifted, the Hamlet will be under a boil water advisory.


Sault Fire personnel respond to a kitchen fire

Sault Ste Marie firefighters responded to a kitchen fire yesterday in the city. It happened in the 0-100 block of Herrick St. at around the supper hour. There were no injuries and a number of cats that reside at the residence were reportedly removed safely. The matter remains under investigation.


New correctional officers coming to North Eastern Jails

Nearly 100 new correctional officers at taking to the front lines, behind closed doors. All up, 15 institutions across the province. Among them, eight graduates will work in the northern region at the North Bay Jail, Sudbury Jail, and Monteith Correctional Complex. The correctional officer training program took place virtually and in person over eight weeks.


Collins Hall in Elliot Lake getting a facelift, perhaps

Elliot Lake City Council is considering a recommendation for upgrades and repairs for Collins Hall on Hilllside. Owned by the city, built in 1958, it serves as the main multi-use recreation facility in the community. That said, costs could in at nearly $400,000.


No spectators for North Bay Highschool sports, allowed in Greater Sudbury

While sports are heading back to the field, parents and spectators in North Bay are not being permitted to watch. It applies to all four school boards. This follows an 11-page document sent to parents and guardians. The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations is not banning spectators. Sudbury school boards are allowing up to 75 percent capacity for football games, however, spectators are required to undergo an active screening process.


Sports for Kids program still open for application

In Timmins the Sports for Kids Program has extended its fall and winter sports application deadline. It is now September 23rd. Eligible families can apply for financial help to cover registration fees or equipment costs. Its office at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex arena is open for in-person, appointment-based applications.