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

City staff overtime hours still up from pre-pandemic levels

The city’s annual budgets for overtime hours are routinely exceeded several times over, and remains higher than the pre-pandemic base year of 2019. In 2023, the city budgeted 28,812 hours for unionized staff overtime pay, but by the time they hit Dec. 31, it had reached 183,028 hours. There’s a similar story for each of the five years included in a report tabled this week by city Financial Planning and Budgeting Manager Liisa Lenz, beginning with a low of 140,747 overtime hours recorded in 2019. The report was requested by Ward 4 Paulin Fortin in January, following her unsuccessful bid the previous month to pare down city overtime budgets by 25 per cent. In December 2023, city Corporate Services general manager Kevin Fowke forecast the report tabled this week, clarifying that the amount budgeted for overtime “is less than we require by a significant measure in terms of actuals. Some of those are because people haven't shown up to work or we have vacancies, so that budget is contained somewhere else in salaries and benefits.”

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Winning mine rescue teams now prep for provincial competition

Two Mine Rescue teams from the Greater Sudbury area will have a chance to compete in the all-Ontario Mine Rescue competition to be held June 4-7 at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay. The Sudbury area teams representing the Onaping District and the Sudbury District were among many mine rescue teams that took part in eight district competitions across the province, May 8 to 10. The winning team for Onaping was the Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations Fraser and Nickel Rim South Mines. This included Team Captain Julien Lalande, No.2 Aaron Boutet, No.3 Neil Poulin, No.4 Alyssa Spry, Vice Captain Jesse Legault, No.6 Shawn O’Brien, and briefing officer Bleir Millions. The winning Onaping technician was Dan Rioux of Glencore. The winning team for Sudbury district was the Vale West Mine. That team included Captain Chris Charbonneau, No.2 Roch Berthiaume, No.3 Shawn Barrette, No.4 Madison Tracey, Vice Captain Dustin McKinnon, No.6 Patricia Gagne, briefing officer Lorne Beleskey, and No.7 Brian Reeves. The winning Sudbury technician was Nick Fram of the Vale West Mine.

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Let’s eat! We’re making ‘borsch’, Ukraine’s national soup

When I left the house today to cook a pot of borsch with my parents, my eldest said “don’t forget to pack a Mason jar and bring some home for me.” It’s a monthly staple in our house as beets are known for their rich iron content and in the development of healthy red blood cells. Eaten hot or cold, and rich in red colour from the beets, borsch is the national soup of Ukraine. I’ve always been a firm believer that food tastes better when others cook it, and I am not sure there are any other borsch makers that I can find that compare to my parents, Jean and Peter Kozelko. Before I arrive, the consomme or broth is already on the stove simmering for an hour. Borsch always begins with a piece of meat you have in the fridge. Today, it’s turkey leftovers with 12 cups of water. Chicken and ribs have also been used as a base.

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Burlington resident dies in ATV crash on Hwy 553

A Burlington resident died in a single-ATV crash on Highway 553 on May 12. Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to the area in Sables-Spanish Rivers Township just after 10 p.m. Sunday evening. “A person, 64-years-old, from Burlington was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police said. “No other injuries were reported.” The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the OPP Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team.

Greater Sudbury Cubs down two games at Centennial Cup

The Greater Sudbury Cubs continue to hunt for a win in Centennial Cup play in Oakville. On Sunday, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League champions fell 5-1 to the Navan Grads at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex as the 10-day tournament to determine Canada’s best Junior A team continues. On Day 4 of the tournament, Navan scored first and held Greater Sudbury to just one goal. Despite the Cubs’ efforts to create scoring chances, they just couldn’t find the back of the net. Navan opened the scoring at 3:15 of the first, after Grads’ forward Colin MacDougall powered his way out from the end boards and pushed along the goal line, beating Greater Sudbury goaltender Noah Metivier as he crossed the crease. The Cubs kept the pressure on and created scoring chances for both Marshall McCharles and Chris Innes, but were stymied by Grads’ netminder Jaeden Nelson.

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Fifty Mother’s Day celebrations for Lougheed's floral manager

Karen Halverson, manager of Lougheed’s Flowers, is celebrating her 50th Mother’s Day as the flower queen of Sudbury, and the thing she said she loves most about her work is the ability to say so much to another, when perhaps words are failing you. “In a matter of seconds, flowers can express emotions that most of us have a hard time conveying with words,” Halverson told Sudbury.com. “I have witnessed it time and time again.” And whether those emotions are the joy of a new baby, graduation or even expressing love, or on the other side, the grief of losing a loved one, flowers will always know the right thing to say, she said. Halverson began working part time at Lougheed’s Flowers when she was a student at Marymount College. “I didn't know what I was going to do for a living, like most high school students.” Halverson said she knew she wanted to continue her education, but wasn’t sure what to study, and the part time job sparked a life-long interest in flowers. She said she found the best program she could at the time, the Humber College Retail Floriculture Program. A two year program, Halverson doubled up on her classes, completing it in one year, while also working at Lougheed’s on the weekends. 

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Current Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

24.8°C

Pressure
101.0 falling
Visibility
32.2 km
Dewpoint
13.5 °C
Humidity
49%
Wind
N 2 km/h

Radar Satellite


Hourly Forecast

Today
6 PM
25°C
A mix of sun and cloud
Today
7 PM
24°C
A mix of sun and cloud
Today
8 PM
23°C
Mainly sunny
Today
9 PM
21°C
A few clouds
Today
10 PM
20°C
A few clouds
Today
11 PM
18°C
Partly cloudy
Tomorrow
12 AM
17°C
Partly cloudy
Tomorrow
1 AM
16°C
Partly cloudy
Tomorrow
2 AM
15°C
Cloudy
Tomorrow
3 AM
15°C
Cloudy
Tomorrow
4 AM
15°C
Cloudy
Tomorrow
5 AM
15°C
Mainly cloudy

7 Day Forecast

Partly cloudy

Tonight

15 °C

Partly cloudy. Wind becoming south 20 km/h before morning. Low 15.


Showers

Wednesday

23 °C

Mainly cloudy. Showers beginning in the morning. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the morning and in the afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 50 becoming southwest 40 gusting to 60 in the afternoon. High 23. Humidex 28. UV index 3 or moderate.


Chance of showers

Wednesday night

10 °C

Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm in the evening. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low 10.


Chance of showers

Thursday

24 °C

A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. High 24.


Chance of showers

Thursday night

10 °C

Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 10.


Chance of showers

Friday

25 °C

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 25.


Cloudy periods

Friday night

10 °C

Cloudy periods. Low 10.


Chance of showers

Saturday

18 °C

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 18.


Chance of showers

Saturday night

8 °C

Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 8.


Chance of showers

Sunday

19 °C

A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 19.


Cloudy periods

Sunday night

9 °C

Cloudy periods. Low 9.


A mix of sun and cloud

Monday

20 °C

A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.


Yesterday

Low
9.4 °C
High
24.4 °C
Precipitation
0.0 mm

Normals

Low
6.4 °C
High
18.6 °C
Average
12.5 °C

Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise
5:43 AM
Sunset
8:59 PM

Record Values

Type Year Value
Max 1977 30.5 C
Min 1967 -1.1 C
Rainfall 1988 21.0 mm
Snowfall 2006 1.8 cm
Precipitation 1988 21.0 mm
Snow On Ground 1955 0.0 cm

Based on Environment Canada data