Here’s some stories to start your day for Monday January 10

Sudbury’s unemployment rate on a decline

Early into 2022… and the numbers say the Greater Sudbury’s unemployment rate continued to decline in December. Reaching 5.7 percent for the month that’s down from 6.2 in November. Statistics Canada released the numbers in its Monthly Labour Force Survey. A year ago, Greater Sudbury’s unemployment rate stood at 7.6 percent.


East Ferris construction activity at record levels

East Ferris managed to build up to the highest level of construction activity in the municipality’s history in 2021. Moreover, the total value of building permits in East Ferris increased by 167.6 percent over 2020 to $27.5 million in 2021. Total building permits issued jumped by 16.5 percent. It’s believed that growth was driven by new residential units, renovations to single-family homes and the new East Ferris Medical Centre and municipal office.


Two high-risk exposures issued from the Porcupine Health Unit

Two high-risk COVID-19 exposures to and from the James Bay coast have been issued. The first is for a Jan. 3 Air Creebec flight from Timmins to Peawanuck that left at 9:15 a.m. The second was for a Jan. 6 Polar Bear Express Train from Moosonee to Cochrane that departed at 5 p.m. Contact tracing is being done.


Greater Sudbury Libraries go to curbside and counter services

Greater Sudbury public libraries are now being restricted to curbside and counter services. Last week, the city had indicated that libraries would remain open at 50 percent capacity. Now the city’s Citizen Service Centres will also be limited to curbside and counter service only. Municipal and citizen service transactions, such as the printing of COVID-19 vaccination certificates will not be affected.


Nipissing Elementary Catholic teachers begin job action

The Nipissing Elementary Catholic teachers will begin job action Monday. In a media release issued Sunday night the “job action” is being done to “ensure better student learning conditions” and is “mainly administrative in nature with as little impact on students.”


Nearly all ICU beds at Sault Area Hospital in use, but surge options are available

The intensive care unit (ICU) at Sault Area Hospital has nearly all of its permanent beds in use. The latest indicates that 14 of 17 permanent ICU beds are being used, but noted that the hospital has the capacity to surge to 22 beds if required.


Timmins drivers asked to watch for snow removal personnel

The city of Timmins is once again issuing a notice to drivers that overnight snow clearing personnel are still on the roads. They work till shortly after 7:30. They are currently downtown in the area of Second, Third and Sixth.


Rumble felt Sunday morning in Greater Sudbury

If you felt a rumble in Greater Sudbury yesterday, you’re not alone. A magnitude three rumble was recorded approximately 14 kilometres northwest of Sudbury just before 7 am. Rather than an earthquake, the event was mining-related, it had to do VALE operations at the Creighton Mine. The approximate location of the quake was at a depth of one kilometre. There was no concern for public safety.


Sault Ste Marie road construction projects on the move for 2022

While there’s plenty of snow on the ground, when it does do later this year… more road is expected in Sault Ste Marie. City council has approved resurfacing of Second Line West between Korah Road and Allen’s Side Road during the 2022 construction season


Shelly Warren named a North Bay trustee

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board has a new trustee. Shelly Warren is its North Bay trustee. Having retired from the Board in 2019, Warren brings over 25 years of experience in the education sector to her role as Trustee.


Applications now open for the Canada Summer Jobs Program

Applications are now open for employers who want to hire students under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota says the long-standing federal program strives to help young people between 15 and 30 find their first summer work experience. Across the entire region, including Nipissing… Rota says the program wants to create up to 100,000 full-time summer job opportunities for young people.