Here’s some stories to start your day for Friday, September 17

Firefighters, staff thanked in saving a cabin

Quick thinking staff and volunteer firefighters are being recognized for saving a cabin. The timber cabin, built in the 1970s located on the property at the Mattawa River Resort and Cardinal Restaurant, caught fire when contractors started the old wood stove. Volunteer firefighters from Calvin and Papineau-Cameron were able to put the fire out and saving the building and the antiques and heirlooms inside. The blaze only damaged the roof and trusses.


Minnow Lake boardwalk getting a facelift

The City of Greater Sudbury is looking at repairing the Minnow Lake boardwalk. This week, the city council approved a motion to look into the business case for the work. The boardwalk that runs parallel to Bancroft Drive along the Minnow Lake shoreline, and has a number of hazards, including a retaining wall that has partially caved in, leaving blocks scattered along the path, and a short bridge was cordoned off earlier this year following a biking accident.


Water levels at Porcupine Lake continue to rise

The water level at Porcupine Lake remains high. This is after a water risk advisory was issued earlier this week. The Timmins Flood Advisory Committee says it’s responsible for elevated water levels at the lake and on the Porcupine River. The situation is being monitored daily and the warning is in effect until Sept. 20, baring changes to the situation.


10 Paramedics coming to Sault Ste Marie

The city of Sault Ste. Marie is adding 10 paramedics. Eight of the new hires will be full-time. Two will be part-time. The district of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board voted unanimously Thursday to make the move after a surge in calls for service. The commitment to add a new 24-hour ambulance crew will increase the 2022 Social Services budget by $1.39 million.


Potential risk of COVID-19 tied to a social gathering

Public Health Sudbury and Districts are advising of potential high-risk exposure to COVID-19. This is after a social gathering in the woods near Ecole Secondaire Hanmer on Sept. 11, from 9 p.m. t0 2 a.m. Anyone who attended this gathering should self-isolate 10 days from the date of exposure and contact the Health Unit.


City of North Bay taking on sidewalk weeds

The City of North Bay is taking on curbside weed control. They’re using an all-natural, vinegar-based product and vehicle attachment to do the work. The staff has been working on identifying environmentally friendly and cost-effective options to deal with weeds. More product testing may take place on some city streets in the weeks ahead.


Another case of COVID-19 linked to Sudbury School

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board now reports another new case of COVID-19. It’s at St. Charles College. The first St. Charles COVID-19 case of the school year was reported earlier this week. An outbreak has not been declared at the school. One class is currently “closed” at the school due to COVID-19.


Lakeshore in North Bay undergoing line painting

The city of North Bay is advising of lane reductions on Lakeshore Drive due to road work. It’s happening today as space is being made for line painting and intersection markings. The work is taking place between Howard and Marshall Avenues, including the Marshall Avenue intersection. The work is expected to be done by 6 pm.


Nurses with APH looking for a new contract

Public Health Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners at Algoma Public Health Unit are entering into mandatory conciliatory talks. This is with their employer as they seek to negotiate a new collective agreement. The 85 Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members have been without a contract since April 1, 2021.