6 stories for today, Wednesday, May 20

School will not resume until September

It was a big day of announcements yesterday.

The Ontario government says they are keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year. The Premier says the decision was made after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Meanwhile, all overnight Summer Camps will be closed, while day camps under strict guidelines will reopen in July and August.

In addition, Ontario has extended its emergency orders until May 29. Among other things, it limits gatherings to five. Ontario has recorded 427 reported today, while confirming the lowest number of deaths in just over six weeks, at 15.

 390 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario

Ontario reported 390 new cases of COVID-19. A 1.7 per cent jump in total cases.  It comes as the province processed just 7,382 tests for the novel coronavirus yesterday, considerably below the current target of 16,000 tests per day.


Costs for Greater Sudbury mounting due to COVID-19

The financial costs of addressing and managing the results of COVID-19 crisis will cost around $6.8 million by the end of next month. That’s according to a staff report presented yesterday. Approximately $5.7 million of that total is due to lost revenue.

Meanwhile, Greater Sudbury says GOVA transit fares could be reintroduced when the Province announces “stage two” in their gradual reopening. While there’s no word as to when stage two will begin for certain, the transit system will have taken an estimated $2.2 million lost between March and the end of June.


 North Bay fire crews take on Brush Fire

North Bay Firefighters took on a large brush fire Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area at the end of Edward Street. Crews called for the forestry unit, which carries 200 gallons of water and can get into tight spaces. They managed to get the fire out, and are investigating its cause.

2 fires burning in the North East

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services responded to one new fire confirmed by mid-afternoon, yesterday, Sudbury 4 is not under control at 0.5 of a hectare. The only other existing fire in the North East is North Bay 3 is being observed at 1 hectare, located on an island in Wicksteed Lake.


OPP investigating break, enter and theft

East Algoma OPP requesting your assistance in identifying suspects involved in an incident of Break Enter and Theft. This is after someone attended a trap line residence on Shaw Road, north of the town of Thessalon, Ontario.

A Red 2015 Arctic Cat All-Terrain Vehicle,
A 1984 30/30 Winchester long barrel, lever-action rifle
A .410 Savage over-under shotgun
2 boxes of .22 caliber shells
8 boxes of .410 caliber shells
A red Jobmate reciprocating saw
A Coleman lantern
A 7-inch boning knife
10 skinning knives
A red jerry can
A beaver trap


 Also …


Traveller numbers down on Manitoulin over the long weekend

Over the may long weekend, while there was some travelling… numbers were way down on Manitoulin Island. Numbers aside, while the May 2-4 is a popular weekend to visit the island, this year… residents say many took heed and stayed their distance.


 Debt continues to grow, but is “Manageable”

This week’s report to Sudbury city council indicates, while the hit to the city books is higher than the $380,000 per week, it is manageable. That said, however, the report indicates “it is manageable and reinforces the need for continued actions to achieve a balanced year-end.

Some on Sudbury city council could now be looking at whether any road projects could be deferred, to help balance the budget.  The city has budgeted $55 million for road work this year, and to date, contracts have closed for just over $25 million of that.  The next financial report will be presented at a finance committee level on June 2.


North Bay city council vote down carbon tax reconsideration

North Bay council has voted down a motion requesting the federal government reconsider this year’s carbon tax increase all due to COVID-19. A majority of council voted against the motion which, if passed, would also have asked the federal government to cancel its planned increases to the carbon tax for the next two years.


Timmins man facing a string of charges, following a break and enter

A 46-year-old Timmins man is facing a string of charges, after an alleged break-and-enter at a Birch Street North residence. It happened yesterday afternoon. After an altercation with the resident, the suspect fled … but was located a few blocks away.


 Two rescued from Sault area trail and bluff

Sault Ste Marie Police responded to a call in Gros Cap this week when two people became stranded while hiking. The Emergency Services Unit was called to assist in the rescue and was able to bring the two hikers to safety without injury.


OPP – Please watch your speed on the way home

Wrapping up road safety week, Manitoulin OPP are reminding drivers heading home or heading out to slow down. In a single week, the stopped 32 for driving above the posted speed limit.


North Bay Police look into break-in and theft

North Bay Police are reaching out to the public, following a break-in at the Caboose Store of the Heritage Railway and Carousel on Memorial Drive.  Officers say that it happened between May 14th and May 19th when someone gained access to the store through a window and removed electronic equipment.