Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your Monday morning.
Video: Sudbury Indian community dances the Garba for Navaratri
Decked out in their finest traditional dress, Sudburians of Indian origin danced the night away at the Sudbury Community Arena Saturday, Sept. 23 during the Canadian Gujju Cultural Association of Northern Ontario’s “Garba Night” dance. The dance is held in honour of the annual Hindu festival Navaratri. Event organizer Suketu Patel said this nine-day-long festival is an especially big deal in the western part of India, in the state of Gujurat. The Garba dance is done in a circle, representing the womb, or the cycle of life. The event featured live music by renowned artist Bhumik Shah and his band, who travelled to Canada from India to perform.
Motorcycle driver killed in MR 80 crash Friday night
A collision between a pickup truck and a motorcycle that closed Municipal Road 80 for several hours overnight was fatal, say Greater Sudbury Police. At around 8:50 p.m. Sept. 22, officers were dispatched to a serious two-vehicle collision involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of Municipal Road 80 and Dominion Drive in Hanmer. Emergency responders arrived on scene and located the driver of the motorcycle, who was unresponsive. The 46-year-old man was transported to Health Sciences North where he was pronounced deceased. His name will not be released out of respect for the family’s wishes. "Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends," said a press release from Sudbury police. The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene by paramedics. Members of the Greater Sudbury Police Traffic Management Unit (TMU) continue to investigate this incident. Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with video of the incident to contact them at 705-675-9171, ext. 2416.
Colts ride away with shootout win over Sudbury
The Sudbury Wolves were on the road in Barrie against the Colts on Saturday night for their final pre-season tune-up before coming back home for the start of the regular season. This one turned out to be a low-scoring affair with both goalies, Ben West for Barrie and Nate Krawchuk for Sudbury, shutting down both teams’ high-powered offences for the vast majority of the game. The first period was a penalty-filled affair, with six minor penalties being given out in total, two to Barrie and four to Sudbury. Despite both teams getting ample powerplay time with plenty of chances to score, both teams went to the dressing room in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes of play.
Photos: Red Oak Villa celebrates completion of expansion project
One of Sudbury's well-known retirement homes celebrated a grand re-opening Friday. The event was held to officially celebrate the completion of the expansion project at the Autumnwood Mature Lifestyles Red Oak Villa, located on Ste. Anne Road. Justine Landry, operations manager for Autumnwood. which operates the facility, said the expansion has more than doubled the number of suites available. "Red Oak Villa was a pre-established retirement community. We originally began operations in 2006, and we had 84 retirement suites. We have now officially completed construction on 122 additional units. So we're at a total of 206 suites," Landry said. She said the expansion is more than just new suites. "We've also added a lot of common space, state-of-the-art fitness room, a pub, a lounge, a brand new chef's kitchen, a new dining room, and all of this beautiful courtyard," she said. Landry said the expansion means more room and Red Oak is now welcoming new residents
Activists bringing breakfast, climate message to Queen’s Park
A coalition of environmental groups and Sudbury MPP Jamie West are co-hosting a Queen’s Park breakfast next week, asking the provincial government to pause the expansion of methane-powered electricity in Ontario. The coalition includes the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Climate Fast, For Our Grandchildren, and the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign. The breakfast will take place in the Queen’s Park Dining Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The co-hosts hope to offer information from reports by RBC Climate Action Institute, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, and the Sustainability Solutions Group they say shows an increase in methane-powered electricity (also known as natural gas) is unnecessary. Alternatively, they want the government to evaluate the role of renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and municipal net-zero plans in meeting Ontario’s electricity needs. The coalition is also asking the government to work more aggressively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario, to reduce the harmful health effects of climate change. These include an increase in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, injuries and premature deaths from extreme weather events, and the spread of Lyme and other infectious diseases.