Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to get you started on this Monday morning.
Riders hit the roads for city’s inaugural event to honour fallen paramedics
It was a beautiful day for a solemn affair. At 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, 37 riders hit the road at the Lionel E. Lalonde Centre in Azilda with a Greater Sudbury Police escort for a 95-kilometre ride around Greater Sudbury. And while the weather was perfect for such an event, the purpose was far more serious. Greater Sudbury’s inaugural Paramedic Ride raised funds for the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation, but it also raised awareness of the challenges that come along with being a paramedic. The local ride wound through the city before finishing up at the Bell Park Gazebo for a closing ceremony. Wearing matching bright green shirts the riders lined up with their backs to Ramsey Lake as volunteers read out the names of paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty, nearly 50 in total.
Traffic concerns, Minnow Lake and Jessie Timmons all on the council agenda this week
During Tuesday’s meeting, Ward 6 Coun. René Lapierre and Ward 11 Coun. Bill Leduc plan on presenting a combined four proposals to their colleagues on council. In members’ motions, they’ll ask for council to direct staff to prepare work plans for projects in their respective wards for consideration at budget time. Lapierre’s motion strives to look at a review of speed and traffic on Jeanne d’Arc Street from Elmview Drive to Château Crescent and the effectiveness of an all-way stop at the intersection of Hamilton Crescent and Jeanne d’Arc. Leduc’s three motions are recreational in nature and include the Minnow Lake boardwalk, the creation of a boat launch at Moonlight Beach on Ramsey Lake and the creation of a skating oval on Minnow Lake. On a similar front as Lapierre and Leduc’s motions, city council’s previous meeting on Aug. 17 found Ward 12. Coun. Joscelyne Landry-Altmann successfully petition her colleagues to approve a motion requesting that staff prepare a business case for the 2022 budget for site work and a lights display of the historic Flour Mill silos. During Tuesday’s meeting, Ward 5 Coun. Robert Kirwan said he plans on defending himself against the accusations of city integrity commissioner Robert Swayze.
Public Health Sudbury warns of four potential low-risk COVID-19 exposures
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is advising the public of four low-risk potential exposures to COVID-19. The first exposure is for those who attended SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas for the 8 p.m. screening of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Sept. 7. This potential exposure notice only applies to patrons within this specific theatre and does not apply to any other areas within the establishment. The second potential exposure is anyone who dined indoors at Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse on Sept. 10 between 6-8 p.m. This potential exposure notice does not apply to patrons who dined in the outdoor patio section of the restaurant. The third potential exposure is for anyone who attended the federal voting poll station located at NORCAT Sudbury, 1545 Maley Drive, in Greater Sudbury, on Sept. 10 between 1:15-2:15 p.m. The fourth potential exposure is for anyone who attended East Side Mario’s Restaurant, 900 Lasalle Blvd., on Sept. 6 anytime between 4 and 8 p.m.
Liberal tax loopholes cost Canadians $25B a year, Singh says during Sudbury campaign stop
Canadians can no longer afford a Liberal government, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said during a campaign stop in Sudbury on Sept. 12, because Justin Trudeau has refused to close tax loopholes and tax havens that are costing Canadians some $25 billion a year in tax revenue. With Sudbury NDP candidate Nadia Verrelli and Nickel Belt candidate Andréane Chénier by his side, Singh referred to data from the Parliamentary Budget Office, seeming to reference a 2019 report that found up to $25 billion a year in tax revenue is lost from corporations avoiding paying their share of taxes. “$25 billion over six years is nearly $146 billion in revenue,” Singh said today, saying that is money that could be invested “in our country.” He said an NDP government would “end Trudeau’s free ride for big corporations by closing loopholes and cracking down on big corporations avoiding their fair share of taxes.” He said broken down, corporate tax avoidance costs taxpayers about $50,000 a minute. “There’s a cost to voting for Mr. Trudeau,” Singh said. “If you vote NDP, we’ll close tax loopholes and havens.”
Snowmobile trail permit price going up
After a three-year price freeze, hitting the snowmobile trails this winter will be a little more expensive. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) has announced a $5 permit fee increase for the 2022 seasonal and classic trail permits. “The OFSC is committed to providing the best snowmobiling experience possible and that means continued investments in trails, equipment, and infrastructure,” said CEO Ryan Eickmeier in a news release. “With rising costs of goods and services as well as increased demand on our trail system, this funding increase will allow us to put additional resources directly where they are needed most, on the snow.” Eickmeier said the permits have been the same price since 2018 "despite rapidly rising costs, we are confident that this is a fair and balanced plan". The increase was endorsed by OFSC membership based on an approved business case submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Permits go on sale Oct. 1 online at ofsc.on.ca.
Quilts of Valor program honours veterans at Finlandia Village
The Quilt of Valor initiative paid a visit to Sudbury this past week, visiting Finlandia Village to present quilts to two veterans. The Quilt of Valor program is dedicated to honouring military veterans for their service by providing comfort through a handcrafted quilt. “The veterans are very deserving and a lot of them have been forgotten. And so we just want to be able to say thank you from Canada for what they have done and the injuries they have sustained because of it,” said Donna Miner, the regional manager of Northeastern Ontario of the Quilts of Valor Program. Miner travelled from Thunder Bay to present quilts to three veterans, however one of the veterans — Lionel Brisebois, who did three years of training with the Canadian Army in Alberta — was unable to attend the presentation ceremony. Quilts were presented to former UN peacekeeper Bruce Weaver and Second World War veteran William Hurteau on Sept. 8.
Former city councillor Austin Davey remembered for his ‘vibrant love of the North’
Former municipal politician, accountant and Laurentian University instructor James Austin Davey passed away at the age of 76 on Sept. 7 as a result of complications of Parkinson’s. Davey, who was born in Sudbury and went by his middle name of Austin, worked as a chartered accountant for Thorne Riddell, and then began his 41-year teaching career at Laurentian University, opening his private accountancy business in 1984. The passion for teaching led him to provide further instruction for the School of Accountancy at York University. At his final session, the students gave him a standing ovation, unaware that this was his last, his obituary said. Davey was also involved in municipal politics, serving as a regional council member prior to the creation of the amalgamated City of Greater Sudbury, and serving as a Greater Sudbury city council for the 2000-2003 term. “Austin always exuded a vibrant love of the North,” said his obituary. Davey is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Davey, three children and four grandchildren.
Ontario reports 1,641 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend
Public Health Ontario reported 1,641 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. The latest updates noted 1,494 recoveries and 11 new deaths. Public Health Ontario also reported of the 11 deaths, two occurred more than a month ago and were added based on data clearing. The agency noted seven other deaths that occurred more than one month ago also reported over the weekend.
Sunny day in store to kick off the week
Monday is shaping up to be a pretty decent September day in the Nickel City. Expect a high of 18 under sunny skies. Fog patches will dissipate over the morning. The UV index today is six, or high. This evening, the skies will stay clear and the temperature will dip to seven.