Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day on this Wednesday morning.
Six-storey seniors complex greenlit despite community opposition
Widely opposed by its neighbours, a six-storey, 150-unit retirement complex has been greenlit for the southeast corner of Algonquin Road and Rockwood Drive in Sudbury’s South End. The planning committee of city council made the approval at the close of a more than four-hour meeting on Sept. 25, which more than 50 residents attended in a show of opposition. City administration had recommended a motion to pare the building down to four storeys, which Ward 11 Coun. Bill Leduc quashed with an amendment. Soon after Leduc introduced his amendment to approve a six-storey build, refrains of frustration and exasperation could be heard murmuring in the gallery at Tom Davies Square. After Ward 6 Coun. René Lapierre and Ward 4 Coun. Pauline Fortin joined Leduc in passing the amendment, opponents lit into the three elected officials.
The Marketplace reducing food waste, working for the community
Whether it’s butterscotch ripple, or ensuring there are single serve options, Patrick Shay, owner of The Marketplace knows he has to listen to his customers. So whether it’s the ice cream he ordered for a customer, or learning how to butcher liver, a favourite of his older adult customers, Shay is ready to learn. He also recognizes that as a grocery store in Elm Place, part of the downtown, he has customers who are on the lower-income scale. That’s why Shay has partnered with organizations focusing on making food more affordable and accessible. The Too Good To Go app is new to Sudbury and will allow users to view a list of participating grocery stores, food sellers and restaurants that have still-good food that may be tossed out at closing time. Food producers put their products on the smartphone app and consumers can browse the app and make a purchase, at a discounted price. For Shay, that means putting together a mystery bag of produce, still good to eat, and pricing $12 worth of products for $4. Or, if you’re looking for meat, you can get a surprise bag for $6 that contains $22 worth of meat. You may not quite know what you’ll get, whether it’s ground beef or a chicken breast, but the price will help.
Run For The Cure event happens Sunday, Oct. 1 in Sudbury
Sudbury will be joining more than 50 communities across Canada in October when the annual local version of Run For The Cure is held. The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and CIBC invite residents of The City of Greater Sudbury to lace up their shoes and come together to make a real difference for those impacted by breast cancer at the 32nd annual Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 1. In Sudbury, the event is scheduled to take place at Cambrian College, at 1400 BarryDowne Road, with registration taking place at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. The five-kilometre run event starts at 9:40 a.m. and the one-kilometre event starts at 9:50 a.m. Taking place in 53 communities across the country, including the City of Greater Sudbury, the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada’s largest single-day, volunteer-led initiative in support of the breast cancer cause.
Mountbatten Sea Cadets Corps planning 80th anniversary event
Sudbury's well-known Admiral Mountbatten Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps is calling on all former cadets to take part in the corps' 80th anniversary reunion, happening during the Thanksgiving weekend. The event is taking place from Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 8 at several venues in the city, including a remembrance event at Memorial Park on Saturday, October 7 at 11:20 a.m. and a gala dinner and dance to mark the anniversary later that day at the Northbury Hotel. All current and former members of the corps are invited to register for the event to take part in the many activities. This includes a meet-and-greet event to be held at the Branch 76 Royal Canadian Legion hall on Wellar Street on the Friday evening, and a family luncheon and farewell event on the Sunday. The Navy League of Canada Sudbury Branch was established in 1943 in order to start a Sea Cadet Corps. The Sudbury corps was named after Admiral Louis Mountbatten (Royal Navy), 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Still a long road for Laurentian to travel, says interim pres
Laurentian University interim president Sheila Embleton estimates that in the less than a year she’s been leading LU, “you could say that we've already undergone something like five years of transformation change,” although there’s still far to go. This following the Sudbury university’s exit from its 22-month-long experience with insolvency under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in late 2022, and as it undertakes legally-mandated, simultaneous strategic planning and operational transformation processes. “There's no question, we still have a long road to travel, and many changes to implement before we fully execute on our transformation and strategic plans,” Embleton said, speaking before a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce audience Sept. 26. “But we're moving very fast, certainly compared to any normal pace of implementation of strategic plans at universities. And I'm proud to report that we already made substantive positive change. “In fact, you could say that we've already undergone something like five years of transformation change in a bit less than the year that I've been part of this community.
Strong Cubs squad sets win record to start the season
The Greater Sudbury Cubs are off to a heckuva start to the 2023-24 season. The team has set a modern-day franchise record by winning its first six wins and claiming first place in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s West Conference and first place in the NOJHL with 12 points. The Cubs defeated French River Rapids 9-3 and Espanola Paper Kings 9-2 last week on home ice. Not only is the teaming generating wins, they’re generating goals. The Cubs boast having three of the league’s top four scorers on its roster: Oliver Smith and Nolan Newton with 16 points each and Marshall McCharles with 14 points. Smith and Newton are draft selections of the Barrie Colts, while Marshall McCharles is drafted by the Sudbury Wolves. The Cubs are averaging a league-high seven goals per game while allowing an average of three goals against.