Here’s some stories to start your day for Friday December 24

In the new year, Laurentian University will start… online

Laurentian University says when the new year comes around, they will begin the winter semester online. Laurentian president Robert Haché provided the full update to the board of governors this week. He said that the university’s senate already voted earlier this month in favour of delaying the start of the 2022 winter session by one week, to Jan. 17.


MRI machine at NBRHC is now up and working

A new, upgraded MRI machine is now up, and accepting patients at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. It’s in the Centre’s Diagnostic Imaging Department. The machine is due to a $1.7 million project, that started in late August and was funded by the community.


APH changing their focus when it comes to COVID-19

Algoma Public Health says in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, they’re changing their focus. Their hope is to do more to protect the community’s most vulnerable.  Beginning immediately, individual cases not connected to a highest-risk setting will be contacted by the provincial workforce supporting case management in Ontario, who will provide guidance on testing, self-isolation, and how to inform their own close contacts and household members. The Hospital will focus on our highest risk settings only, including hospitals and health care settings, long-term care and retirement homes, congregate living settings, schools, daycares, and First Nation communities.


Potential COVID-19 issued for a Timmins Establishment

A potential public COVID-19 exposure has been issued for a Timmins establishment in the 70 block of Algonquin Blvd. east. The potential exposure is for Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18 during all hours. The Porcupine Health Unit has not declared an outbreak.


City of Greater Sudbury looking into an abandoned tent encampment

The City of Greater Sudbury says it’s looking into complaints about an abandoned tent encampment downtown. Located along Elgin Street, piles of debris, shopping carts and a collapsed tarp structure could be seen at the site this week. Someone has been hired by the city to clean the site. Officials will first ensure the site is abandoned and no one is still using it.


Driver uninjured following collision with train

There were no reported injuries following an accident in Sault Ste Marie. It involved a pickup truck and a train. The minor collision with a train took place in Garden River First Nation yesterday afternoon. Anishinabek Police Service say the pickup truck was travelling southbound on Moccasin Street, but the motorist “didn’t see the train coming.”


Please be patient says North Bay Regional Health Centre

The North Bay Regional Centre is once again, asking for patience. This is as high call volumes and requests for testing appointments have come into the COVID-19 Assessment Centre. In short, due to higher demand, the phone lines are very busy. If you reach the voicemail, the hospital says it’s okay to leave a message. Someone will return it.


Timmins man charged with theft

The Timmins Police Service has charged a local man with theft. This stems from an incident that occurred in November of this year involving the theft of a $900 phone. The 36-year-old suspect was located and the stolen item and confiscated as evidence.


Laurentian Ski Hill set to open Monday… gradually

Laurentian Ski Hill is set to open on Monday the 27th… but it will come in stages. It starts with the beginner hill and goes from there. Laurentian also posted on social media that snowmaking continues around the clock to get ready.


Living Space in Timmins getting a toss of toques, scarves

Living Space in Timmins is getting an infuse of toques, scarves and other winter wear. It all comes from a mass donation at the Timmins Rock game against Kirkland Lake this past Sunday afternoon. Much like a teddy bear toss, they were all tossed onto the ice when the Rock scored against the Gold Miners. The director of operations for Living Space says they’re critical to the homeless shelter.


“The Arena” getting some upgrades in Iron Bridge

A local business has been given the go-ahead to start needed work at the Iron Bridge Recreation Centre. It’s commonly known as the “arena”. Huron Shores council has approved a bid for canteen renovations and electrical upgrades at the centre.


Service Canada’s SSM office reopens

Service Canada’s Sault Ste. Marie’s office has reopened. This is after it was closed due to staff absences. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada did not identify a specific cause for the federal government employees to not be at the Bay Street office. Apparently, no one was there for five days.