Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to get you started on this Wednesday morning.
Feds’ $7.4M brings 40-unit housing complex closer to reality
A 40-unit transitional housing complex is now a step closer to reality in Greater Sudbury following a $7.4-million announcement from the federal government on July 20. In 2021, city council passed a business case dedicated to transitional housing, with a goal of building a 40-unit apartment building with intensive care services to help chronically homeless people in Greater Sudbury, said Tyler Campbell, director of children and social services with the City of Greater Sudbury. The vision of council, Campbell said, is to create an apartment complex with 40 self-contained one-bedroom units. People taking up residence within the complex would receive intensive services, provided by Health Sciences North, with the ultimate goal of transitioning into permanent community housing. “These units would be a starting point, and would be transitional in nature, as the individuals will progress down the housing continuum to permanent community housing,” said Campbell. The $7.4 million from the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) will cover a large portion of the capital component for that apartment building, as well as operations services within the building.
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Husband of admitted fraudster tentatively headed to trial in May 2022
A tentative date of May 16, 2022, has been set for the start of a five-day jury trial for a Wahnapitae man charged in relation to a more than $1-million fraud at a local small business. Michael Cady is accused of laundering the proceeds of crime and possession of property obtained by crime after his wife, Karen Cady, stole more than $1 million from Henninger’s Diesel. Karen Cady pleaded guilty to her crimes. She will be sentenced Sept. 2 and faces a possible penitentiary term of up to 4.5 years. Michael Cady, on the other hand, has elected to go to trial. In assignment court on July 20, the Crown and Cady’s defence lawyer, Glenn Sandberg, committed to the May 2022 date, but will canvass earlier dates in the year.
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League to require 'all OHL community members' to be fully vaccinated prior to season
The Ontario Hockey League will require everyone from players and coaches to volunteers and billets to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the 2021-2022 OHL season or risk not being involved until the pandemic is over or no longer a significant risk. The Ontario Hockey League Vaccination Policy was sent to teams last week and posted on the league web site this week, although no news release was sent to media. The substance of the policy was first reported by Erie-based journalist Mark Scheig of thehockeywriters.com. "The Ontario Hockey League (“OHL”) requires that all OHL Community Members be vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with the remainder of this policy at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the 2021/2022 season," says the policy. "This policy applies to all OHL Community Members, which includes individuals who attend training camp, practices, games or play in the OHL, and specifically includes all players, coaches, trainers, team and league staff, officials, volunteers, and billet families. Billet family members under the permitted age for vaccination by applicable Public Health Agencies are excluded. This policy is effective immediately, with due regard for the availability of COVID-19 vaccines."
Move to Step 3 sees Health Sciences North loosen visitor restrictions
Hospital visiting restrictions that have been in place for several months at Health Sciences North in Sudbury are being eased somewhat by the fact that Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening took effect on July 16. The changes were outlined on HSN's patient and visitor information website, said HSN communications specialist Jason Turnbull. Among the changes are those for in-patients — that is, those requiring an overnight stay. HSN said Designated Care Partners and additional visitors will be allowed. However, only two people are permitted at the bedside at the same time, said HSN. The only exception for in-patients are those deemed COVID-19 probable or positive. In that case, no in-person visits will be allowed. This would mean no change from the previous restrictions.
Motorcycle driver charged after hitting construction worker on Radar Road
A motorcyclist has been charged with dangerous operation causing bodily harm after he struck a construction worker on Radar Road on July 16, said Greater Sudbury Police. The driver failed to stop for a construction flag person east of Dupuis Drive. As the driver went around the flag person, he struck a construction worker, resulting in the construction worker sustaining a serious but non-life threatening injury. The worker was transported to Health Sciences North for treatment. The driver of the motorcycle was subsequently arrested and charged. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with performing a stunt and all tires not in contact with highway. Media reports state he pulled a wheelie as he passed the flag person.
Two new forest fires discovered in the region not under control
Two wildland fires discovered in the Northeast region on Monday are not yet under control. Wawa 10, located about 50 km west of Wawa is almost one hectare in size and was not under control by the time of this report. A CL415 waterbomber and lead birddog aircraft had been fighting the fire Monday. Wawa 11 was confirmed early Monday evening and is located located north of Molson Lake and approximately 30 kilometres east of Marathon. It is not yet under control at 0.1 of a hectare. At the time of this report, 12 other fires continued to burn in forests in the Northeastern region. Of those, two are being held, three are under control and seven are being observed.
Public Health Sudbury reports one new COVID-19 case for Tuesday, Ontario reports 127
Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has reported one new case of COVID-19 in the local jurisdiction for July 20. The health unit is also reporting there are now five active cases being monitored. Also, since the PHSD began tracking COVID-19 cases just over 16 months ago, there have been 2176 total COVID-19 cases confirmed locally. PHSD also said 2171 of those cases have now been resolved. The details were outlined on the PHSD website. Public Health Ontario has reported 127 new COVID-19 cases today and two new deaths in the July 20 daily update. Today's update includes 126 new recoveries. The two deaths reported today were both individuals between 60 and 79 years old. Since yesterday, 11 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 and two COVID patients have been admitted to intensive care units.
Nice day in store for your Wednesday
Wednesday looks to be a pretty decent day in the Nickel City. Expect a high of 22 with a mix of sun and cloud for the day. The UV index will be eight, or very high. This evening, the skies will clear, and the temperature will drop to 13 overnight.