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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are stories to start your day on this Tuesday morning.

Vale mines hit with several seismic events over the weekend

Vale has confirmed that several seismic events occurred at its mines over the weekend. A spokesperson for the company said “number of seismic events” occurred at Creighton Mine from 11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 3.0. Seismicity was also detected at Garson Mine on Sunday at roughly 2:17 p.m., measuring 3.1 in magnitude. Earthquakes Canada has also confirmed the Sunday shake, although the agency said it measured at 2.8 magnitude. “The events may have been felt by some residents in the community,” said the Vale spokesperson, Jeffrey Lewis. “No one was injured during the events and we immediately implemented our internal seismic response protocol to ensure the safety of our workforce. Operations will ramp up following inspection and as seismicity returns to background levels. 

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Survey says Greater Sudburians want roads prioritized

The municipal services Greater Sudburians consider the most important are winter maintenance, road maintenance water/wastewater and emergency services. This, according to the results of a recent online survey which concluded as city administrators prepared their proposed 2023 budget to kick off city council deliberations. A public survey was available for people to respond to online at from Nov. 1 to Dec. 6, during which 2,800 visits were recorded (compared to 841 for the 2022 budget). Paper surveys were also made available during this timeframe, and people were also able to complete the survey by phone by calling 311. Contributors completed 872 surveys (a jump from the 291 completed for the 2022 budget), and 27 contributors posted 71 written ideas in the survey’s open concept area. Of respondents, 97 per cent identified primarily as homeowners or renters, three per cent identified as business owners and 0.5 per cent said they lived out of town but work or own property in Greater Sudbury. Respondents were fairly evenly distributed between the 12 wards.

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Wolves fall 2-1 to Battalion in tight game

The Sudbury Wolves travelled to North Bay for a 2 p.m. tilt on Sunday and wound up coming home with their tail between their legs. Far from a blowout, the low-scoring game saw only three markers notched over the course of three periods. North Bay outshot Sudbury by 13, logging 34 shots on Pack netminder Kevyn Brassard, while Sudbury hit the Battalion’s Dom DiVencentiis with 21 shots. On the power play, neither team was able to capitalize, though Sudbury’s performance was slightly better in that they killed four penalties compared to North Bay’s two. In terms of faceoff wins, the team were pretty equally matched with North Bay winning 31 and Sudbury winning 28. The loss drops Sudbury’s record to 17-19-3-2, good enough for eighth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference and 16th overall. The win improves North Bay’s record to 30-11-1-1, which puts them in second place in the Eastern Conference and also second overall in the OHL.

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Cubs dam the Rapids with a big 6-0 road win

A couple of goals from Billy Biedermann and a goal and a couple of assists from newcomer Kaden Laverdiere propelled the Greater Sudbury Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the French River Rapids on Jan. 22. The win improves the Cubs’ record to a league-best 33-6-2-0, which give them 68 points on the season and sees them continuing to lead the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, ahead of the Timmins Rock and Hearst Lumberjacks. The loss drops the Rapids’ record to 6-31-1-1. The win also helps ensure the Cubs remain ranked by the Canadian Junior Hockey League as the seventh best club in the nation. The Cubs are back in action at home on Jan. 26 against the Soo Eagles. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex. Then, Greater Sudbury hits the road to take on the Soo Thunderbirds at the John Rhodes Community Centre on Jan. 28. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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Ramsey Lake Skate Path is open for the season

The Ramsey Lake Skating Path is open for the season, the City of Greater Sudbury announced Monday. The path’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The Ramsey Lake Skate Patrol will be available for assistance during hours of operation. The path is for skating only; hockey, ringette and shinny are not permitted. The path is approximately 1.5 km long, from the Sudbury Canoe Club at the corner of Elizabeth Street and McNaughton Terrace to Science North, with an extension to the Northern Water Sports Centre. The Ramsey Lake Skate Patrol will be available to provide assistance during the hours of operation. Due to weather fluctuations, hours of operation may change without notice. 

Photos: Sudburians celebrate Lunar New Year

Among the red lanterns of Lunar New Year on Jan. 21 at the ParkSide Centre, reporter Jenny Lamothe was an invited guest of the Chinese Heritage Association of Northern Ontario (CHANO), here to enjoy the performance and the feast. CHANO has been a part of the Sudbury landscape since 1998, and became a registered non-profit last year. Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is based on the moon calendar. A lunar month is the time between the new moon and the full moon. In 2023, Jan. 21 is the eve of the Jan. 22 New Year’s Day. Legends tell of the monster, Nian, who would attack villages on Lunar New Year’s eve until one man, a mysterious stranger, arrived and survived an attack by the monster, and the village was left untouched. When asked how, the man told the village he scared Nian away by hanging red banners on the door, wearing red and lighting firecrackers, traditions that continue today, and especially in the decorations at the Parkside Older Adults Centre. That, and it was so filled with guests they almost ran out of room. “We only expected 100 or so,” said Lyu, “and now we have 240, only ten less than the room allows.” 

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A few flurries possible in today’s forecast

Expect a mix of sun and cloud for your Tuesday with a high of -8. There is a 30-per-cent chance of flurries early this morning. The wind will be northerly at 20 km/h, so anticipate a wind chill of -13 in the morning and -18 in the afternoon. The UV index today is one, or low. Tonight, expect the skies to clear and the temperature to dip to -15.