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

After a couple days of rainy weather, Friday will bring on the sun
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A new sense of normal returns to Sudbury on Friday with Step 3 reopening

Have a sit-down dinner inside your favourite restaurant, then take in a movie at an indoor cinema. Of course this would all happen after getting your hair styled and your nails done. You might even spend some time at your favourite retail outlet picking up a new outfit for the evening. These are just some of the "normal" things Sudburians and other Ontario residents will be able to enjoy on Friday and in the days and weeks to come, now that Ontario is moving into Step-3 of the Roadmap to Reopening Ontario. The changes will normalize many of the things we took for granted before the pandemic, except in most cases people will still have to respect social distancing. As for wearing face masks, masking will still be required in most indoor settings, as stated in the Reopening Ontario Act.

River & Sky running mini festival this weekend as Ontario COVID cases on the wane

With COVID-19 cases on the wane in Ontario, the River and Sky Music and Camping Festival is back and happening this coming weekend, July 16 and 17, once again located at Fisher’s Paradise in West Nipissing. While the planning of the event has kept organizers on their toes, festival director Abigail Cassio told Sudbury.com that everyone is “stoked” to be back. While this should be Cassio’s second season as director of the event, the cancellation of the 2020 festival means that this will actually be her first. Cassio said that while the team was dedicated to planning, it was hard to work with the ever-changing lockdown requirements. There are still capacity limitations in pace, though the province will be entering Step 3 of the reopening plan on July 16 — the first night of the festival. Tickets are limited, but there are some still available and the River and Sky organizers ask that anyone who plans to attend read their booking information carefully to ensure that everyone can be safe and happy. There is a vaccination requirement — at least the first dose — and masks must be worn while viewing the bands, but not at the campground. Read the full story here.

Inflatable water park setting up in Chelmsford in August

A Sudbury-owned business is making a splash this summer by bringing a new travelling inflatable water park to Chelmsford in August. After a stint at a private resort near Niagara Falls, Splash N Go Adventure Parks will be setting up at Vermillion Lake Park from Aug. 1 to 15. Its epic multi-course route system features a series of obstacles, like monkey bars, a slide, and a climbing wall, on an inflatable course floating on the water. Suitable for ages five and up, the park can be enjoyed by the entire family. 

Ontario removes anti-racism language from math curriculum preamble

Ontario has removed language about racism and colonialism from text accompanying its math curriculum. The government would not confirm when the changes were made, but they appear to have followed the publication of recent media reports that highlighted a section referring to the content, context and importance of math as subjective. It had said "mathematics has been used to normalize racism and marginalization of non-Eurocentric mathematical knowledges, and a decolonial, anti-racist approach to mathematics education makes visible its historical roots and social constructions." That section has been removed from the preamble to the curriculum, as have mentions of "anti-racist and anti-oppressive teaching and learning opportunities," and "the colonial contexts of present-day mathematics education." Read the full story.

Sudbury police arrest man accused in string of commercial break and enters

Greater Sudbury Police have arrested a 44-year-old man believed to be responsible for a string of commercial break and enters this spring and summer. A GSPS media release states that there were eight commercial break and enters that were reported by local businesses in the New Sudbury area between April 15 to July 4, 2021. Detectives with the Greater Sudbury Police Break Enter and Robbery (BEAR) unit assigned to the case connected the 44-year-old man with at least five of the break and enters. After a search warrant was issued on July 13 to the BEAR unit, officers headed toward the man’s residence on The Kingsway.  The search revealed the stolen property, clothing and the bicycle the man allegedly used during the crimes, as well as a small grow operation in the residence that is in contravention of the Cannabis Act. Read more here.

Friday weather: 

After a couple days of rainy weather, Friday will bring on the sun. Sunny, becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the morning. Fog patches dissipating early in the morning. High 26 C. Humidex 30 C. Friday night will be clear with a low of 16 C.