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Here’s a look at this morning’s headlines for Tuesday, January 31

The CMHC says Sudbury rental housing vacancies are at an all-time low. The vacancy rate is holding at its 10-year low of 2.3 percent. An average two-bedroom unit costs $1,254 per month, and those rates are said to be “stable”.

Nobody Panic says the city of North Bay – This week the Gateway Arch sign came down and was taken away. The city says it will be back in less than a month, as it’s getting painted.

Drivers in Tuesday are being reminded to watch for snow personnel. This morning, stretching into the afternoon, they will be clearing bridges and guardrails.

Sault College says more than 90 employers have signed up to attend the 23rd annual Career Fair on Feb. 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

Several councillor motions are on the agenda for this week’s North Bay city council meeting. One of them is the investigation of the creation of a ward system within the City of North Bay for the 2026 Municipal Election potentially reducing the number of city councillors.

The city is looking into a number of pay-for-parking machines. This is after several visitors were unable to use the machine and they found parking tickets on their windshields.

North Bay’s Chief of Police, Scott Tod, will be continuing in his role for at least another year, as the North Bay Police Services Board has extended his contract for one year with the possibility of an additional two-year extension.

Sault Ste Marie residents and business owners are invited to put their two cents in on budget discussions and provide feedback on priorities and key factors, online with the city until February 6th.

Hold on to your hats, says Environment Canada. The start of February is expected to bring frigid air from a polar vortex. The cold snap will descend on Eastern Canada this week, with temperatures becoming seasonable again on Sunday.

Provincial pre-budget consultations were held in Sudbury this week. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs gathering in-person input as part of 2023 pre-budget consultations. The committee will be in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday and Timmins on Thursday for more consultations.

Greater Sudbury firefighters are set to return to the New Sudbury fire/paramedic station. This is after Asbestos testing was done for Fire Station 3 on Leon Avenue. It has come back negative for any safety concerns.

The new warming centre on Chippewa secondary is being called a success. At least, that’s according to organizers and staff. Currently, they have 35-50 that drop in for a warm place during the cold weather.

Police in Coleman Township is looking for a dog, alleged to be stolen. A Siberian husky went missing earlier this month.  The animal, named Niska, was last seen January 12th leashed up outside its Creighton Drive.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has entered into a public transit partnership with Algoma University. A pilot project,  it will test the benefits of unlimited transit made available as part of the student enrolment fee paid to the school.

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