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News headlines for Thursday, May 18

Sudbury city council voted this week in favour of adopting a two-year operating budget and a four-year capital budget. Both will go into effect in 2024 and will carry an average annual tax increase of about two per cent.

After much discussion, rising costs, and a new project starting point, the upgrade to North Bay Mail street has finally begun.

The Timmins Police Service says a previously missing teen, Hayden Portugie has been located safe and sound.

Sault Ste. Marie is off to a good start, issuing building permits with a construction value of $34.3 million in its first four months of this year.

A missing canoeist has been located after being rescued from the edge of the Sturgeon River, north of Sudbury, Tuesday evening.

Hydro One is notifying customers in the Manitoulin and surrounding area of a planned power outage. It’s scheduled for May 27th. Its is stated to begin at 7:00 AM and power is estimated to be restored at 11:00 AM.

The North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority (NBMCA) says a flood warning has ended in the Mattawa area.  The Ottawa River water level has decreased by around 145 cm. A Watershed Conditions Statement remains in place.

North Bay Hydro is warning of scam calls. It’s from a 1800 number warning businesses are receiving scam calls saying they could be disconnected in a few short hours if payment isn’t made.  In short NBH says they don’t make calls like this, and to simply hang up.

There are no new forest fires in the Timmins area, adding a fire that started over the weekend continues to burn, but is now under control. Timmins 2 is three hectares in size, located in an area southeast of Beaver Lake out Pine Street south.

The first of 14 cruise ship visits to the Ontario Sault in 2023 is scheduled for Sunday, June 4.

It took firefighters about an hour Wednesday night to put out a fire that began on the roof at Harvey’s-Swiss Chalet at Algonquin Blvd. and Hwy. 655 in Timmins. The call went in at around 8:00pm.  By 9:00, the operation switched to mopping up and dousing hot spots.

The Fire hazard high over much of the northeast region remains high. Those looking to camp this weekend, are reminded to follow burning bylaws. Areas north of Sudbury, including North Bay, Pembroke, and Temiskaming Shores are showing low to moderate hazards.

Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas has reintroduced a bill to ensure that 911 emergency response is available everywhere in Ontario, following a recommendation by the province’s Chief Coroner in 2018.

In Sault Ste Marie, the first ‘green’ electric ice resurfacing machine has arrived. The new electric ice resurfacing machine aligns with the city’s commitment to becoming a greener and more sustainable community.

Residential tipping fees at the Deloro Landfill are being waived in Timmins all next week.

A flood watch continues for the Lake Nipissing shoreline areas. The NBMCA watershed says it’s specific to Parks Creek from Marshall Avenue to the Lake; Chippewa Creek from Main Street to the Lake; and La Vase River from Riverbend Road to the lake.

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