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City council has spoken on where its priorities lie when it comes to development in Greater Sudbury as they passed their development charges bylaw on June 11.

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

City cuts development charges by 50%, but not for residential builds:

City council has spoken on where its priorities lie when it comes to development in Greater Sudbury as they passed their development charges bylaw on June 11. Meeting inside council chambers Tuesday night, council debated at length over reductions to the city's development charges, ultimately opting to cut charges for industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) development by 50 per cent. Council voted to scrap a resolution that would have seen residential development charges cut by the same amount while freezing that rate for the next five years with no annual inflation. Council voted that no changes will be made to residential development charges, with Jakubo and a number of his colleagues stressing the importance of ICI development in strengthening the city's economy. There will however be incentivizes for building smaller homes under 1,000 square feet by applying the multi-dwelling rate for those homes. More on this story here.

City getting set to bid farewell to downtown parking meters:

The days of fishing through your pockets and cupholders for loose change to pay for parking may soon be gone as city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to replace downtown parking meters with a pay-by-plate system. City council introduced the idea of switching to this new technology nearly a year ago, and are hoping to make the shift to an app-based parking system as early as June 24. Ward 10 Coun. Fern Cormier was given approval by his fellow councillors on June 11 to waive notice on a motion to approve the new parking system that looks to better the city's ability to enforce parking time limits. "We'll be enforcing something that we weren't previously able to," said Cormier. "The parking meters have a two hour limit on them, but people could just keep going back and feeding their meters and park there all day." The city hopes to roll out the new parking system by June 24.

Mayor pushes motion to replace economic development board with city councillors:

Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger will be bringing forth a motion at the next meeting of city council on June 25 that would see council assume full accountability of all economic development in the city. “The economy and growth of our city is the top priority as we move into the future. We need to grow, adapt and attract investment in our community. The ultimate responsibility of our city's future rests on us, your elected council," said Bigger in a statement issued on June 12. Bigger says that this new structure will allow the city to respond more quickly to emerging opportunities in the community and would also be a move that would see a refreshed way of how the city grows and invests its citizen's tax dollars for the future.

Laurentian loses world leader in economic geology:

Laurentian University’s Harquail School of Earth Sciences has lost one of its esteemed research chairs. Dr. Jeremy Richards, who was an economic geology professor and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Metallogeny at the Harquail School and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), died on June 7 at the age of 59. Economic geology involves the practical application of research to aid in exploration, mineral resource appraisal, mining, and mineral extraction. Sudbury-based Richards was considered a world leader in regional tectonics and metallogeny of hydrothermal ore deposits – the latter being a branch of geology that examines the genetic relationship between the geological history of an area and its mineral deposits.

Video: Our on-the-ground look at the Gogama forest fire:

On Saturday, June 8, the Hamlet of Gogama was issued a notice of voluntary evacuation in response to Timmins 2, a forest fire burning four kilometres west of the northern town.  Two reporters headed out to Gogama on Monday (in the middle of a rainstorm) to capture some footage and speak to officials on the front lines. The latest reports put the fire at 5,622 hectares or 56.22 square kilometres. That's roughly the size of 5,622 football fields. The smoke from Timmins 2 resulted in two road closures of Hwy 144 over the weekend, and the partial evacuation of nearby Mattagami First Nations. While heavy rainfall on Monday assisted in fire fighting efforts, Timmins 2 remains classified as "out of control" and appears to be heading North. Check out video from Gogama here.

Wanted Wednesday: Multiple outstanding warrants for man with lengthy rap sheet:

Greater Sudbury Police have a warrant for the arrest of Randy Sheldrick. It's alleged that during the night of Oct. 27 and into the early morning of Oct. 28, 2018, Sheldrick broke into a home and garage located on Bond Street. While in the residence, he stole a wallet containing banking cards and proceeded to make purchases with them, while covering his face. He also attempted to steal a vehicle from the garage, which he had filled with power tools. On May 22, it's alleged that Sheldrick attended an address in Dowling, where he left a stolen vehicle and stole a truck. He was located by police at an address in Sudbury where he drove in a dangerous manner, driving over trees and knocking down a power line. He then drove away at a high rate of speed. The truck was located, abandoned. He again breached court-ordered conditions. If you know the whereabouts of this person you are urged to contact Police. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS (8477) or

Here are your Fast Flowing Water poster and video contest winners:

For the second year in a row, Gabrielle Luoma's artwork will help educate Sudburians of the dangers of fast flowing water. The Grade 6 student from École St-Dominique was the overall poster contest winner of this year's Fast Flowing Water Contest. The contest is in its eleventh year and was created to educate fast water safety and prevent the tragedy that took the life of 13-year-old Adam Dickie in 2007. Find the full list of winners here.

Canadian Armed Forces conducting training in Sudbury next week:

Residents of Sudbury are advised that personnel from Garrison Petawawa will be conducting training in the area between June 16 and 20. Residents may notice military aircraft and vehicles, uniformed military personnel with weapons and hear noises associated with explosives and personal weapons. All efforts will be made to ensure that disruption to the community will be at a minimum.  

Thursday Weather: 

Periods of rain expected throughout the day. Sudbury could see up to 25 mm of rain today. Cooler temperatures on the way with the high only hitting 13. Rain showers will continue into the evening. Overnight low will be sitting around 12. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit's weather page at