A mayoral candidate in Sudbury does not want a downtown casino. John Rodriguez says that there is no evidence that shows that a casino in the downtown would spur economic development or downtown renewal. Rodriguez says that in other cities, the casino is the only business that experiences an economic benefit, and not the other businesses in the downtown core. He says that if elected mayor, he would oppose any application for the construction of a casino in the downtown core, and would much rather see it located at the Sudbury Downs.
More of a Say
Ron Dupuis wants residents to have more of a say. The Mayoral candidate announced on Tuesday that if elected, he would like to set up town hall meetings within 90 days of the election, to hear what residents want to see done in the community. The meeting would be held throughout Greater Sudbury, and would narrow down the suggestion to four or five attainable priorities which council would then work on. Dupuis also says that he would like to form a Citizens Committee, which would look at possibly changing the Ward System in Sudbury for the 2018 election.
Suspicious Activity in Sudbury
Motel owners are being cautioned about suspicious activity. Greater Sudbury Police were called to a Motel on Lorne Street on Tuesday, after two males entered the facility wearing black hoodies, baseball caps and bandanas over their faces. An employee witnessed the suspects try to open the cash box in the reception area, and when they were confronted, they ran outside to a small white car. The same suspects then made another attempt at a second motel, but were unsuccessful. Police are urging all businesses to be vigilant, and should report suspicious activity to police.
Charges Dismissed for Former Fire Chief
Estaire’s former Fire Chief has been cleared of his six charges. The Superior court judge dismissed the charges on Monday, saying that there were discrepancies in the evidence that was given by the three alleged victims. The allegations against Gord Hall were in regards to sexual assault complaints that allegedly happened in the 1970’s, when he was the director of a Boy’s Home in Minnow Lake.