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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are some stories to start your Wednesday

COVID-19: Province temporarily halts long-term care home visits

As of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, the Ontario government will implement temporary changes to the health guidance for long-term care (LTC) homes that includes:

    •    Access to long-term care homes by general visitors will be paused. Designated caregivers may continue to enter long-term care homes.

    •    Day absences for all residents for social purposes will be paused.

Policies to protect those in LTC were introduced earlier this month that require all general visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Any staff caring for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 are also required to wear a fit-tested, seal-checked N95 respirator.

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École St-Denis students keep soldiers close to their heart this Christmas

The Advent season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is a time for giving. This year, the students at Sudbury’s École St-Denis School opened their hearts and led a charitable initiative to spread the Christmas spirit. 

This year, the students invested time and energy to make beautiful Christmas cards for veterans and soldiers who will not be with their families for Christmas, and as well as adding pipe cleaner antlers to make candy cane reindeers, created beautiful memories for both themselves and the soldiers who will be receiving the cards.

The City of Greater Sudbury is seeking public feedback regarding the possibility of creating recreational opportunities in Wanup

With community members in Wanup looking to create a new recreational opportunity in their area, the city is reaching out to the public to see what their priorities are. 

In a media release issued by the City of Greater Sudbury, residents are asked to submit their input on what new activities or upgraded recreation amenities they believe would best serve the future needs of the Wanup community.

Residents can share their ideas on until Jan. 31, or call the city’s customer service line at 311 to submit their feedback.

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YES Theatre raises more than 20k for local artist with cancer

On December 21, YES Theatre presented To Touch The Heart: A Christmas Cabaret, an evening of holiday classics performed by local artists.

Held at the Caruso Club, the event was to raise funds for one of the founding members, local artists Samantha McLelland, who was recently diagnosed with inoperable, stage four glioblastoma. But with strict adherence to pandemic protocol, it can be difficult to raise funds with a limit on the number of tickets that could be sold.

And so, YES Theatre Artistic and Managing Director Alessandro Costantini set up a GoFundMe page for those who wished to support but were unable to attend in person.

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Sessions Cannabis opens its northernmost store in Sudbury

One of Greater Sudbury’s newest cannabis retailers has opened its doors.

Sessions Cannabis opened its northernmost location recently at 900 Lasalle Blvd. in Sudbury, beside Metro. Sessions Sudbury said in a news release it will have the largest cannabis selection in all of Sudbury, and “the team is excited to bring the elevated Sessions experience to the community.” 

“Education is a big part of what we do at Sessions,” said the news release. “The cannabis space has evolved significantly and new products are always hitting the market. We want customers to feel comfortable coming in and learning from our budtenders. Everyone should feel like Sessions is a space they are welcome to come in and explore.”

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Health students invited to submit applications to NOSM summer program

Students studying in health care disciplines are invited to submit applications for the NOSM (Northern Ontario School of Medicine) Summer Studentship program. Applications will be open February 1 to 15, 2022. 

NOSM's summer student program was established by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to allow health-care students with the opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study, said a NOSM news release. 

Students in eligible health-care professions include those in medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, pharmacy, dietetics, medical lab and radiation technologists, among others, said the release. Application forms are online at the NOSM website.

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Rainbow board high school virtual info evenings coming up in January and February

Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians are invited to log on to to access virtual information nights for Rainbow District School Board secondary schools. 

Sessions will be live or pre-recorded and accessible on school websites. All students are welcome to participate, regardless of which elementary school they currently attend.

Rainbow District School Board has produced a Guide for Students and Parents called “Making the Transition – Finding your way from Grade 8 to Grade 9,” with information about course codes, levels of study, timetables and tips. The guide can be accessed online. Printed copies are available by emailing

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