Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day on this Wednesday morning.
Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship kicks off today in Sudbury
Many of the top players in the country will open play March 21 at the 2023 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, being held in Sudbury this week. The first draw is scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, which will have two arenas in use for the 32-team championship. “Heading the field will be the No. 1 team in the Canadian Mixed Doubles Rankings (CMDR), the Chestermere, Alta., pairing of Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, who will be in pursuit of their third Canadian mixed doubles crown after previous victories in 2016 and 2019,” a news release on the event stated. “Peterman and Gallant also represented Canada at the 2022 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Geneva, Switzerland, after the 2022 Canadian championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The 32-team field will be split into four pools of eight, and will feature 13 provincial/territorial champions alongside 19 teams that qualified through the CMDR, which takes into account performances in mixed doubles events as well as results from the players’ respective four-player women’s or men’s teams.
Wright murder trial still adjourned due to COVID-19
In the second-degree murder trial of Robert Steven Wright, the jury did not enter the courtroom at all today, March 21, and court was adjourned at 10:30 a.m. As the discussion occurred in voir dire, it is covered under a publication ban, meaning Sudbury.com can’t report what transpired. Court was adjourned yesterday before any testimony could begin as a COVID-19 outbreak swept through the jury, an outbreak that began on March 16 when the first juror tested positive. The other jury members, who had been in close quarters throughout the trial, were told to self-isolate through the weekend. Those who tested positive contacted the courthouse (the exact number of positive jurors was discussed during voir dire and can’t be reported), and court was adjourned to allow the jurors to isolate for 48 hours. Court will resume on Wednesday, March 22, but it isn’t clear the jury will be present. The case will resume when jurors have isolated for the prescribed amount of time, which could be Thursday.
GSPS determines transport was struck causing MR80 crash
Greater Sudbury Police say they have been able to determine the transport truck involved in a crash on Municipal Road 80 on Monday was struck by the SUV, not the other way around, but police are still looking to find and speak with the driver. On Tuesday, GSPS reported their investigation found the SUV involved "struck the transport resulting in the driver of the SUV losing control of the vehicle. We are looking to speak with the driver of the transport in relation to the incident. The investigation is ongoing." Police report that around 6:50 a.m. March 20, an SUV and a transport truck (travelling without a trailer) were both travelling north towards Val Caron when they collided near Donaldson Crescent in McRae Heights. “As a result of the collision, the driver of the SUV lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a hydro pole,” police said. “The driver of the SUV, a 46-year-old man sustained life-threatening injuries and was extricated from the vehicle by City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services prior to being transported to the hospital by City of Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services.” The Greater Sudbury Police Service Traffic Management Unit (TMU) continues to investigate the incident.
Skead residents push back against proposed fire station closure
Skead residents plan on pushing back hard against a city recommendation that would see their fire station permanently close. They blame the city for low volunteerism at the station (currently sitting at one member), which has relegated it to near-redundancy and helped make the case for its shuttering. The proposed closure joins various other planned consolidations and relocations put forward in a report the city’s elected officials are currently mulling over, and which will be the focus of a series of community meetings expected to begin in early April. Under the plan, the Skead fire hall would consolidate with Falconbridge and Garson at a new ideal location in Garson. Ward 7 Coun. Natalie Labbée tabled a 417-name petition “and growing” from Skead residents earlier this year which aims to save their fire station. Resident Nicole Everest started the petition, and argued that although the ongoing emergency stations review focuses solely on buildings, it carries much broader implications.
Opioid overdose deaths in Sudbury-Manitoulin were higher in 2022
Recent numbers published by the Sudbury health unit show that the opioid overdose problem had improved slightly a year ago, but have proved deadly throughout most of 2022. This is based on data provided by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) and the Community Drug Strategy through its Opioid Surveillance program. Preliminary data from PHSD showed that from January through to the end of November last year (2022) there were 97 residents of Sudbury and Manitoulin districts who died from an overdose. For the same period the previous year (2021), there were 91 overdose deaths locally, said the surveillance report. These numbers are just for January to November 2022. The final death count could be higher once the final numbers are provided by PHSD. The numbers translate into a local annualized mortality rate of 51.1 deaths per 100,000 population per year. PHSD reported this number is "significantly higher" than the comparable rate for all of Ontario, which is only 16 deaths per 100,000 population per year.
Broadway stars performing on STC stage April 23
Stars directly from the Broadway stage are coming to Sudbury to perform in a spectacular concert alongside 2023 YES/STC company members. Featuring artists from the Broadway and National Touring productions of Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls and Hamilton, this one night only event is going to be an extremely unique experience for Sudburians. The cast will serenade you with an evening of iconic Broadway music. Gorgeous voices, brilliant tunes and tales from their time on tour and Broadway will fill the evening. If you are a fan of Broadway musicals, this is not to be missed. You can also join them after the show in STC’s Steve's Encore Lounge for a beverage and continued music. The line-up will include Nikhil Saboo (Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls Original Broadway Cast, Hamilton), Sam Primack (Dear Evan Hansen - Final Evan on Broadway), Josh Strobl (Dear Evan Hansen, Jimmy Award Winner), and Julian Diaz-Granados (Dear Evan Hansen, Ruben and Clays Christmas Broadway Show) and YES/STC favorites Alessandro Costantini, Jake Deeth, Ruthie Nkut and more.
High of 2 today but snow in the forecast
Expect a high of 2 today under cloudy skies with periods of snow beginning near noon. Snow or rain showers are possible late in the afternoon, with between two and four centimetres possible. The wind will be easterly at 20 km/h in the morning, then swing to blow from the south at 30 km/h late in the afternoon. A wind chill of -14 is expected this morning. The UV index today is two, or low. Tonight, the temperature will stay steady at 2 with showers.