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Good morning, Sudbury! Here are 12 stories to start your day

Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
Samaritan Center partners with Sudbury Arena to accommodate social distancing. (Supplied)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

By the numbers: Sudbury confirms its third case of COVID-19, NWT sees its first

Ontario has been in a state of emergency for six days now, but while business considered non-essential comes to a sudden stop, the virus inspiring the closures continues to hustle on. Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD) confirmed the third case of COVID-19 in the area Sunday, to be a woman in her 40s who flew home from Geneva, Switzerland on March 11. Read the full story here

Canada not yet at the point of declaring a federal emergency, says Trudeau

Canada is not yet in a position to enforce the federal Emergencies Act, said Justin Trudeau, in his latest address concerning Canada's response to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 22. The federal government will continue to work with provincial and municipal leaders to encourage social-distancing and self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus, said Trudeau. Federal intervention remains a last resort. Read the full story here

Ontario enlists businesses in COVID-19 fight

The Ford government is looking to enlist Ontario businesses in the fight against COVID-19. The Premier announced the launch of a new initiative to mobilize Ontario’s manufacturing sector to produce needed supplies such as masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, swabs, and more. The announcement came without a specific price tag, but was presented as a major initiative by government leaders, designed to ramp up production of items needed by frontline workers. Read the full story here

Not all Canadians abroad will be able to return home, says Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an address made Saturday, has said that not all Canadians abroad will be able to return home for the time being, particularly if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. On March 21, Trudeau hosted a media conference at Rideau Cottage to update Canadians on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In which he addressed funding for virus-related research and plans for those stranded abroad. Read the full story here

Province promises childcare for emergency, frontline workers

The Ontario government says it will provide childcare for emergency and frontline staff, in a move designed to help keep key personnel on the job through the COVID-19 pandemic. The government made the announcement Sunday through a release that included few details, but promised workers including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers “will be able to access safe, local emergency child care.” Read the full story here

Food bank going through month's worth of food in two weeks, says executive director

While there haven't been any significant reductions at Sudbury Food Bank yet, Dan Xilon, executive director, expects a big influx of first-time users looking for food in the wake of COVID-19 measures. Right now, the food bank is going through a month's worth of food in two weeks. That's because people are getting a few days more worth of food every time they visit a food bank. Read the full story here

Samaritans Centre to host meals at Sudbury Arena amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Guests of the Samaritan Centre and its partners, the Blue Door Soup Kitchen and Elgin Street Mission, have been given a new space to enjoy their takeaway meals amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to a week of negotiations between the Samaritan Centre, City of Greater Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury and District, and the Sudbury Arena, downtown's community arena will now open twice a day for those looking to enjoy their meals in a warm, safe environment. All the while maintaining a social-distance from those around them. Read the full story here

Sudbury distillery producing hand sanitizer

Crosscut Distillery is brewing up a batch of something new at its Sudbury facility: hand sanitizer. The locally run business, which produces several varieties of gin, vodka, and whisky, has been making hand sanitizer to give out to community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story here

Two Sudbury residents charged in connection to drug trafficking investigation

Greater Sudbury Police arrested two men on March 19 in connection to a months-long drug trafficking investigation. In November of 2019, the Greater Sudbury Police Service Integrated Crime Team (I.C.T.) working in collaboration with the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau commenced multiple investigations intending to disrupt drug trafficking operations entering and operating within the city of Greater Sudbury. Read the full story here

'Solid team effort' earns Peewee B Lady Wolves berth at provincial championships

In spite of the cancellation of the 2020 OWHA (Ontario Women's Hockey Association) Provincial Championships, the Sudbury Peewee B Lady Wolves will still hold the distinction as the only member of the local association to compete in a regional playdown and earn a berth at the event that is no more. Read the full story here

Mavericks edge the Chill in a Sudbury volleyball showdown

With gold medals on the line at St. Charles College late last month, in McGregor Cup - Championship C action at its best, the Northern Chill 16U Black Ice and Maverick Blackjacks from Ottawa went toe to toe, or smash for smash, if you will. Read the full story here

Mainly cloudy skies promised for Monday

Mainly cloudy skies in the forecast for Monday and a high of plus 3 C. Wind up to 15 km/h expected to introduce a wind chill of -13 C in the morning, but should not effect the temperature much after that. Clouds will part slightly into the night, as temperatures near the low of -5 C.