6 stories for your day for Monday, April 6

OPP are now issuing tickets

OPP has been granted the authority to charge any business or… individual (that could include groups of kids) in violation of restrictions introduced by federal and provincial governments. That includes being together in groups over 5 or refusing to show social distancing.

Elsewhere,

Timmins is now using bylaw officers at grocery stores. After a time of warning, officers will start issuing fines if groups are caught shopping together.

 

74 cases of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario

There are now at least 74 cases of COVID-19 in Northern Ontario. Of the total, Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting 26 cases, the Porcupine Health Unit is reporting 29.

 

Soo area hospital putting up COVID-19 tents

The Soo area hospital will be activating heated COVID-19 screening tents. They go up tomorrow and will create 100 inpatient care spaces.

 

MNRF Hiring fire rangers

The Ministry of Natural resources and forestry continue to hire. Virus or not… forest fire season is upon us, and there is a Province-wide fire ban.

 

VALE issuing $1 million dollar challenge

Vale is issuing a fight against COVID-19 challenge. Fueled by a $1 million (USD) fund it’s designed to propel innovative COVID-19 solutions in the marketplace. Winning applications could receive up to $200,000 US.

 

Construction on Cassells re-starts this week

The city of North Bay will resume the reconstruction of Cassells Street this week. It will result in a portion of the roadway being closed to traffic until Sept. 30th.

 

Also…

Construction on Cassells re-starts this week

Conservation Sudbury has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement for all Greater Sudbury. Melting ice and other factors could result in high flows and unsafe banks.

 

Elliot Lake declares a state of emergency

The City of Elliot Lake has declared a state of emergency, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They follow the City of Timmins that made a similar declaration on Friday.

 

Thessalon is closing their hospital

The Thessalon Hospital is being closed as healthcare workers test for COVID-19. Emergency services will be redirected to Blind River or Richards Landing – Matthews sites.