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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day

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Artists representation of Kingsway Entertainment District. (Supplied)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your Tuesday.

Minnow Lake Restoration group taking city to court over KED

New legal action has been filed against the City of Greater Sudbury related to the Kingsway Entertainment District. The city’s elected officials have not had all relevant information available during their decision-making processes, according to a notice of application for judicial review filed Aug. 13 by the Minnow Lake Restoration Committee (MLRC). “It’s certainly our client’s view that a full and proper understanding of the issues might well lead to a different outcome in terms of the site selection,” said the committee’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie in an interview. During a July 14 council meeting, Greater Sudbury city council gave staff the OK to proceed with the next steps of the KED project. In making this decision, members of council joined city staff in making “numerous errors of law,” according to the application for judicial review, MLRC is arguing in its suit. In the application for judicial review, MLRC argues through its lawyer these errors include “failing to comply with the rules of procedural fairness, including limiting discussion and questions during the council proceedings” and “failing to disclose relevant and material information, that had it been known, would likely have affected the result.”

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City says it will have a stronger security presence to stop homeless encampments downtown

After a tumultuous week in Memorial Park, with the dismantling of an encampment on Aug. 12 and the subsequent removal of the roofed pavilion on Aug. 13, a city councillor said Greater Sudbury will have a stronger presence around the park to prevent another encampment from developing. The pavilion was lit 24 hours a day, which was attractive for safety reasons, as was the proximity of the Greater Sudbury Police headquarters, which was the reason many decided to set up camp in the park. You can read the story of the dismantling here. In addition to the removal of those living in the park, several security-related actions have been taken, as per a post on Facebook from Ward 5 Coun. Robert Kirwan. In his post, Kirwan provided many of the answers that were not provided by the city’s communications department. The steps the city is taking, Kirwan’s post states, include beginning Aug. 15 uniformed security will be posted at the park seven days per week, 24 hours per day. As well, two uniformed contracted security guards will be posted on-site with a vehicle. They will actively monitor and deter anti-social behaviour, which includes the erection of tents or structures. Until Aug. 22, contract security resources will be on-site overnight between 12:30 a.m. and 8:30 am at Memorial Park. For the remaining 16 hours per day, our on-duty Security Enforcement Bylaw Officers will patrol on-site.

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Up Here is back with live outdoor concerts on Durham Aug. 20-22

Sudbury’s urban art and music festival is welcoming live music back to town with a series of free outdoor concerts taking place on Durham Street downtown from August 20 to 22. The festivities kick-off with an electronic music night on Friday, Aug. 20, featuring Montreal’s Marie Davison et L’Oeil Nu performing alongside the NYSSA and The 555. Polaris-shortlisted hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon will headline a hip-hop night alongside Ethiopian-born and Montréal-based rapper Naya Ali and local rapper Jor’Del Downz on Saturday, Aug. 21. Festival goers will remember Naya Ali from her performance at the base of the Superstack in Copper Cliff during the 2019 Up Here Mystery Tour. On Sunday, Aug. 22, Hamilton-based Ojibway artist Zoon will play his signature sounds with local post-punk legends Casper Skulls and Sudbury’s own folk-country songstress Julie Katrinette. The outdoor concerts are pay-what-you-can, and donations will be accepted onsite or at Strict health and safety measures will be in place at Up Here Square.

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First full day of election campaign kicks off with announcements from party leaders

The first full day of the federal election campaign began Monday with Justin Trudeau making an announcement in Quebec. The Liberal leader left Longueuil, Que. and made his way to Cobourg, Ont., with several stops along the way. Shortly after Trudeau's morning announcement, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made one of his own in Toronto — a Liberal stronghold he's hoping to turn orange. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole stuck to Ottawa, though he had "virtual telephone town halls" with communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario planned for the evening. O’Toole started the day with what his team billed as a "major announcement." Gov. Gen. Mary Simon dissolved parliament Sunday morning at Trudeau's request, and voters head to the polls Sept. 20.

Warm, humid day with a mix of sun and cloud for today

Tuesday is going to be a warm, humid day, folks. Under a mix of sun and cloud, today’s high is 26, but the humidity will make it feel more like 31. The UV index today is seven, or high. Tonight, the mercury will dip down to 15, and the skies will clear around midnight.