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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to get you started on this Thursday morning.

Mayor Bigger mulls a return to council chambers

While publicly musing about a return to in-person city council and committee meetings, Mayor Brian Bigger suggested the shift back to Tom Davies Square could be as early as next month. Greater Sudbury city council and committee meetings have been held in an exclusively virtual environment since the pandemic hit the region in March 2020. Bigger pointed to the city’s vaccine policy as aiding in his decision, since among other things it mandates that staff and city council be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine by Nov. 15. “Without having formally sat down and developing an approach, it seems like a reasonable date,” Bigger said, giving a head’s up that he intends on raising the issue during next Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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Oct. 7 crash on Hwy 144 claimed lives of a Chesley residents, OPP reports

The Ontario Provincial Police have released the names of the two people who died in a crash on Highway 144 near Onaping on Oct. 7. The three-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 144 near Marina Road. OPP said the preliminary investigation found that an SUV travelling northbound on Highway 144 was attempting to pass when it collided with a northbound pickup truck. The SUV careened into the southbound lane where it collided with a commercial motor vehicle, which from the photo appears to have been a dump truck, and burst into flames. Greater Sudbury Fire Services extinguished the fire, but the crash claimed the lives of the two occupants of the SUV. They have now been identifed as Sandra (Sandi) Tibbo, 70, and William Tibbo, 64, both of Chesney, a small community south of Owen Sound.

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Chelmsford woman scratches her way wins $250,000 in lottery

After winning $250,000, a Chelmsford woman said she plans on spoiling herself a little bit, celebrating her sister’s birthday and then putting the rest of her prize away. Michelin Giguere, 63, picked up her winning Instant Bingo Multiplier ticket at Mac’s on Highway 144 in Chelmsford and said she is a regular player of the instant games, with Bingo and Crossword her favourites. “I never thought I’d win that big – I was so excited!” she said, adding that her first phone call was to her sister. The Instant Bingo Multiplier ticket costs $10 and has a top prize of $250,000. 

Delivery drivers to get access to company washrooms under new legislation

A proposed new government bill will allow delivery workers access to company washrooms at businesses where they are delivering or picking up items. Couriers, truck drivers, and people who deliver food, including those for online delivery platform companies such as SkipTheDishes, are often denied the use of a washroom at businesses they serve. “This is something most people in Ontario take for granted but access to washrooms is a matter of common decency currently being denied to hundreds of thousands of workers in this province,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour. “Workers who deliver and pick up goods have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, ensuring that essential supplies continue to reach the people of Ontario. Providing these hardworking men and women with access to washrooms is a small change that will make a big difference, so they can do their jobs with the dignity and respect they deserve.” At the start of the pandemic, the government opened additional rest stops for truck drivers to provide them with more places to safely stop.

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Sudbury Burlesque makes a spooky comeback just in time for Halloween

It wouldn’t be Halloween without people taking their clothes off (and then putting on a costume, of course). Like a mummy rising from its sarcophagus or a vampire from its coffin, Sudbury Burlesque has returned just in time for Halloween with three cabaret performances guaranteed to titillate and spookify. The Halloween cabaret series will run from Oct. 21 to Oct. 30 at The Coulson downtown. “It’s short notice, and we’ll be in a new venue, but my performers are anxious to be back out there, and clearly Sudbury audiences have missed the interaction and energy of live shows,” said Jessica Crowe, the show’s producer and one of the performers. Tickets are available on the Sudbury Burlesque website for parties of two, four, six and 10, as well as single tickets. Tickets are $44.24 plus tax, doors to the venue open at 7:30 p.m. and the shows start at 8:30 p.m.

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Hanmer haunted house open again this year, raising funds for scouting group

As a new scouting group starting from scratch, the 1st Valley BPSA Scouting Group needs to raise funds to purchase all the scouting basics again, such as coolers, tents, a trailer, and funds to go on adventures. The group is once again hosting its spooktacular Halloween yard haunt fundraiser at 4429 St. Mary Blvd. in Hanmer. “This year, we are opening earlier and longer to try to raise enough funds to get all the supplies we need to keep going,” said Scott Seguin, who along with his fiancee, has turned their home into a frightful attraction. “We have a lot of new stuff. We have added two 12-foot skeletons and set them up as if they are having a battle over our yard, as well as five animatronics, a new horror movie character scene, and a revamp of most of the layout from last year.” The yard haunt will also be available to the public on Oct. 21 from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 22 to Oct. 27 every day from 7-10 p.m. On Oct. 28, it will be open from 6-10 p.m., and then on Oct. 29-30 it’s open from 7-10 p.m. On Halloween night, the yard haunt is open from 6-10 p.m.

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Expect showers a high of just 7 today

Well summer was nice while it lasted. Expected showers for your Thursday with a high of just seven degrees. Winds will be out of the north at 20 km/h gusting to 40 late in the morning. The UV index will be one, or low. Tonight, the skies will be partly cloudy with the wind out of the north at 30 km/h, but gusting to 50 before becoming light around midnight. The overnight low is -3, with the wind chill making it feel -7.