Here’s some headlines to start your day for Wednesday January 12

Timmins City Council has approved the 2022 budget for the City of Timmins ahead of schedule at with 1.93% net levy increase.

The grand opening for the Kingsway Entertainment District is now expected to take place sometime in 2025.

A respiratory outbreak Cassellholme in North Bay has been upgraded to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Sault Ste Marie will look at a new resolution to see the downtown closed to traffic on summer weekends.

Ontario will bring in internationally educated nurses to hospitals and long-term care homes facing staffing shortages.

The Near North Board has named Gillian Kajganich as its new Principal at West Ferris Secondary School, effective Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Greater Sudbury is looking to have partners in the Kingsway Entertainment District sign an agreement committing each of them to complete their end of the project.

St. Joseph’s General Hospital says staff are continuing to fill in the gaps to navigate what they call staffing challenges.

The North Bay Regional Health Centre says hospital staff are to be fully vaccinated against Covid.

Kirkland Lake OPP have pulled 22k work of narcotics off the streets following a traffic stop on Taylor Avenue, in the Town of Kirkland Lake.

The City of Greater Sudbury says traffic counts on the Maley Drive Extension says the extension is getting plenty of use with counts showing roughly 15,000 vehicles per day.

North Bay City Council has approved the city’s 2022 budget that includes a levy increase of 3.99 percent, after growth.

Timmins city council has approved additional spending for the preservation of the iconic McIntyre Mine, of which their portion will be 26.67% or just over $92,000.

Algoma Public Health is reporting a drop in the active case count of COVID-19 across the region by117 to 637.

Sault Ste. Marie’s geriatric services have found a new home, moving all services under one roof at 341 Trunk Rd., the former headquarters of the local Alzheimer Society.

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Here’s what else is making news:

The Ontario government says, come next week, parents and guardians will only be notified of potential COVID-19 outbreak when approximately 30 percent of students in their school are absent.

In National news, federal government is extending the deadline for small businesses to pay back their Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loans to the end of 2023.

The Ontario government says it is temporarily changing the G-level driving road test to help reduce a backlog caused by COVID-19 by shortening tests for drivers.

Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas will be the candidate in the June provincial election.

North Bay police are crediting a citizen for calling the police, stopping a break and enter in progress Romeo Court.

Air passenger traffic is down 55 percent from 2019 at the Sault Area Airport.

Public Health Ontario is reporting a drop in NEW Covid-19 cases, with 9,783 new cases.

Chippewa secondary school is reporting a closure today as the building is without heat.

Starting today, HSN said it is allowing only one Designated Care Partner (DCP) per inpatient with no additional visitors.

The City of Timmins says with the approval of the 2022 budget, residents must now wait until school taxes are factored in before they know the tax increase.

Sault Police say a 38-year-old man has been charged after colliding with the east wall of a building at the corner of Bruce Street and Queen Street East.