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Good Morning, Sudbury! Here are 9 stories to start your day

Here's what happening around Greater Sudbury today
One person is dead and another seriously injured following a late-night structure fire at 325 Montague Avenue on Saturday morning. (David Lafrenier)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

House fire on Montague Avenue kills one and seriously injures another

A structure fire that occured at 325 Montague Ave. Saturday morning, has claimed the life of one female and sent one male to a Toronto hospital in critical condition. Greater Sudbury Fire Services responded to the call around 12:08 a.m. Saturday morning and were able to quickly contain the flames, but not before the building sustained over $80,000 worth of damage.  The tenant who made the intial call to 911, Amanda Savard, described the two victims, ages 27 and 40, as "really nice friends," who lived there with their five cats, all of whom she believed died in the fire. Savard said she met the man and woman when she moved into the building April 1; her first apartment as an expectant mother. No details as to the cause of the fire or the names of the victims at this time.  Read the full story here

All three parties arrested in relation to Madison Avenue robbery

Greater Sudbury Police have arrested all three parties responsible for a robbery that occurred at a convenience store on Madison Avenue, just before 10 p.m. on April 9. On the night of April 9, police say that the three men entered the store with concealed faces. While one of the men stood guard at the door, a second man used a conducted energy weapon to incapacitate the employee, while the third man collected cash from the register. Members of the B.E.A.R Unit executed a search warrant April 12, recovering items related to the offence as well as the taser presumed to have been used during the attack.

Vale in Brazil facing criminal charges over dam collapse

As it continues to deal with the aftermath of the deadly tailings dam collapse in January, Vale staff in Brazil are facing criminal charges, it was reported this week. A story from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday quoted investigators in the case as saying they have gathered enough evidence “to affirm that Vale employees involved in the mine operation knew the dam was unsafe,” a report from Reuters said. The company's Brumadinho dam breach at Vale’s Feijao iron ore mine occurred Jan. 25, killing at least 186 people with another 122 missing. Read the full story here. 

Mazda recalls more than 200K cars in U.S., Canada due to failing wipers

Mazda is recalling more than 200,000 Mazda 3 compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the windshield wipers can fail. The company says in documents posted Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the recall covers cars from the 2016 through 2018 model years. The Japanese automaker traced the problem to metal deposits that can cause a wiper relay to stick, knocking out the wipers and limiting driver visibility. Read the full story here

NDP Sudbury joins Day of Action to protest education cuts

Anxious for change in light of proposed cuts to health and education by Ontario's Progressive Conservative government, Sudbury joined more than 50 communities across Ontario Saturday in hosting the first NDP Day of Action. Described as the first of many by Nick Higgins, president of the Sudbury NDP provincial riding, each Day of Action asks supporters to go door-to-door, enaging their neighbours in dialogue about government policies. Saturday's event was held to protest of recent education cuts made by Premier Doug Ford's government, specifically $1 billion in spending cuts and cuts to the number of teachers and educators, which will lead to an increase in class sizes and online education. Read the full story here

German Shepherd owner appeals vicious dog ruling

On Wednesday, Greater Sudbury's hearing committee will deal with an appeal from an owner of a German Shepherd who was deemed vicious after an attack last October on a neighbour and their dog. According to a report headed to the committee, the complainant and their dog were outside washing the car when the German Shepherd ran toward them “with 'teeth and gums showing' without leash, and without care and control of an owner.” Under city rules, a dog can be declared vicious: if it attacks a person or another animal without provocation; if they receive a formal complaint from the victim; and, the subsequent investigation confirms the attack was unprovoked. Read the full story here

St. John's has the edge, Five season comes to an end

Looking to settle the score following a last-minute defeat on home court Friday, the Sudbury Five faced off against the St. John's Edge this afternoon for the deciding game in the Central Division Semi-Final. With Game Five up for grabs, things got heated in fourth. The Edge held the upper hand throughout the quarter, extending their lead as soon as Sudbury managed to get within a bucket. Exhausted, the Five offence began to sizzle out, allowing the Edge to claim the game and the series with a 101-92 final. Read the full game report here

'Kinky Boots' touring production promises to have you on your feet

The musical “Kinky Boots,” which visits the Sudbury Arena April 23 as part of a Broadway-style tour of Canada and the U.S., will have you on your feet by the end of the show, promises one of the performers. “We've never had an audience not get up and dance with us by the end of the show, which is really encouraging,” said Rebecca Mason-Wygal, who plays Trish, a worker in the factory that's the centre of the show. “Kinky Boots,” based on the 2005 British film of the same name, and with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and the book by Harvey Fierstein, tells the uplifting and heartwarming tale of Charlie Price, a young man reluctantly taking over his family’s struggling shoe factory and looking for a fresh idea. Read the full story here. 

A welcome break from the clouds

Snow from the night before is expected to end by this morning, leaving clear skies and a high of 6. Strong northern winds 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h, may result in some local blowing snow before noon. Clear skies should carry into the evening, as the northwest wind drops to 20 km/h, becoming light near midnight. Expect for the low of -3 to feel more like -7 with the wind chill.