Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Coalition says LTC staffing was in crisis before COVID-19, is ‘unspeakable’ now:
The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is calling on the Ontario Government to take immediate action to boost the staffing levels at long-term care homes, which the OHC says has staffing levels just as bad or worse than before the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition's claim follows the release of the results of a survey taken in the second week of July of more than 150 staff members from long-term care homes in every part of the province that indicate that most homes do not have enough staff to provide proper care for the residents. Survey respondents were employed at 75 long-term care homes, representing for-profit, not-for-profit and municipal homes the survey study said. Of those who responded to the survey, 95 per cent said they were working short staffed. Get the full story here.
Health unit confirms second new case of COVID-19 in Sudbury this week:
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting a new COVID-19 case in a resident in the service area or Greater Sudbury, Sudbury District, and Manitoulin District. Through contact tracing, Public Health will notify all close contacts directly. If you are not contacted by Public Health, you are not considered a close contact. The latest positive case is the 69th in the area and is a woman in here 30's who was tested on July 21. She is currently self-isolating. It is unknown at this time how the woman became exposed to the virus.
Two moms, two decisions: One plans to send her kids back to school, the other says she doesn't:
Regardless of any upcoming announcements on the 2020-21 school year amid the pandemic, Charlotte Ugarenko will not be sending her two kids back to school in September. The local mom said because of her family’s personal circumstances, she and her husband are not willing to risk exposing their daughters, students at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School who are five and seven years old, to the COVID-19 virus. Ugarenko said she is on an immunosuppressant for severe asthma, and is also pregnant with the family’s third child — she’s due in September. She said she’s concerned that if the kids are sent back to school, cases of COVID-19 are going to spike again. Another local mom, Amanda Pomerleau, said if schools are open, her two sons, aged seven and 10 years old, will definitely be going back to Markstay Public School in the fall. She said she and her husband both work full-time. They’ve managed to take care of their kids at home since March through a combination of shift work and flexible work schedules.
Two men charged in camp break-in north of Capreol:
The OPP have charged two men in relation to a break, enter and theft from a camp located north of Capreol in June. On June 26 at 5:30 p.m., members of the Nipissing West (Sudbury) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of the break-in on Morton Lake, Roberts Township. An investigation revealed that on June 23 between the hours of 6:25 p.m. and 7:40 p.m., two male suspects utilized their blue Jeep Patriot vehicle (plates removed) to ram a steel gate in order to gain access on the property. The culprits then forced their way into several buildings and stole numerous items. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be $10,000. As a result of the investigation, and with the assistance of members from the Sudbury OPP Crime Unit, officers arrested and charged two people. One of them, 21-year-old Tyler Boimistruck of Sudbury, was the subject of a Crime Stoppers wanted person alert in relation to this incident. A 26-year-old man from Capreol was also charged in relation to the same incident. The two men are facing charges of: Disguise with Intent, and Break, Enter a Place - Commit Indictable Offence. Boimistruck was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 14 in Sudbury. The 26-year-old accused was also released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice Sept. 16 in Sudbury.
Whitefish Falls man arrested for assault with a weapon:
A Whitefish Falls man is facing charges after an alleged assault on July 21. Manitoulin OPP report that officers were dispatched to a Curtin Township home at around 8:08 p.m. Tuesday evening after receiving a report of an assault with a weapon in progress. OPP didn’t describe the weapon in question. Now, a 51-year-old Whitefish Falls resident is facing charges of assault causing bodily harm, and breaking and entering. The accused was held for bail, with a bail hearing set for July 22 in Sudbury.
Inspiring Artists: Summer productions cancelled, YES Theatre lent its talents to the food bank:
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant hard times for local artists, with summer festivals and performances cancelled. Even with Greater Sudbury entering Stage 3 reopening, and the province giving the green light for performance venues to reopen, it remains to be seen how the local arts scene will adapt — although artists have already been doing plenty of that during the pandemic. Given the unusual situation, we decided to put the spotlight on local creators of all kinds this summer, whether they’re musicians, actors, filmmakers, authors or fine artists. Many have been putting out new work amid the pandemic. If you’re a fan of Sudbury’s YES Theatre, you’re probably missing its summer theatre festival right about now. The local theatre company was supposed to put on “A Chorus Line” and Disney’s “Newsies” concurrently from July 10 to Aug. 2, but were forced to cancel the 2020 summer season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. YES Theatre has now bumped the two productions to its 2021 season. The troupe’s founder, Alessandro Costantini, said he still has all of the relevant deadlines for the two productions marked on his dayplanner. More on this story here.
New splash pad open Friday at Twin Forks Playground:
There’s another place for kids to cool off this summer. A new splash pad officially opens this Friday, July 24 at the Twin Forks playground on Gary Avenue in New Sudbury. “We are always happy to support community projects that benefit our neighbourhood youth and families through Healthy Community Initiative funding,” said Ward 8 Coun. Al Sizer. Local volunteers of the Ward 8 Community Action Network (CAN) and the Twin Forks Neighbourhood Association said they are thrilled to see the completion of the splash pad. Municipal funding and community fundraising efforts combined to realize the project. An official grand opening will be planned at a later date. Splash pads are unsupervised water play areas, and parents/guardians must supervise their children at all times. As a COVID-19 safety reminder, these amenities are not sanitized and users should wash or sanitize their hands well before and after use and maintain a distance of two metres from others. This will be the 15th splash pad in the City of Greater Sudbury. They are open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Community calendar: Here's what's happening in Sudbury this week:
Sudbury.com will be publishing a weekly list of events happening around our city, either virtually or otherwise. If you're planning an online performance, class, presentation or other event in Greater Sudbury, send the details to email@example.com so we can spread the word. Check out the calendar for July 23 - 30 here.
Mainly sunny for Friday with warm temperatures as we head into the weekend. Friday's high will get up to 29, feeling like 32. Clear skies overhead this evening. Low will drop down to around 14. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.