Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Winter storm expected to blow through Sudbury today:
Environment Canada issued a winter storm watch for Greater Sudbury. Snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm and blowing snow are expected Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Heavy snow will begin Tuesday near noon or early afternoon. Therewill be a temporary lull in snowfall in the evening but snow will intensify again Tuesday overnight and persist into Wednesday. Strong easterly winds gusting up to 70 km/h will cause reduced visibility in blowing snow. This snow is associated with a Colorado low that will cross Southern Ontario Tuesday and Wednesday. Environment Canada is advising that you consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.
Last chance to vote for Sudbury's coziest cafe:
Each Friday for the next eight weeks, Sudbury.com will explore the best our city has to offer in a series we call GrEATer Sudbury's Best. To help beat the winter blues, we will ask you to vote for Sudbury's most comforting dishes. Last week, you told us where to find the best soup. This week, Sudbury.com wants to know which local cafe offers the most comfortable atmosphere. Tell us: Where is the coziest cafe in Greater Sudbury? Where do you like to go to escape the weather and enjoy a hot beverage? You can cast your vote until noon today by leaving a comment here or on the pinned post on our Facebook page.
Janis Foligno Foundation donates $78.5K to charitable causes:
Nearly 10 years after she died from breast cancer on July 27, 2009, Janis Foligno's legacy lives on through the Janis Foligno Foundation, a charity committed to finding a cure for cancer and improving the quality of life for those with the disease. Janis' husband, retired NHLer and former Sudbury Wolves coach Mike Foligno, has recognized a group of charities that support those battling cancer. On behalf of the Janis Foligno Foundation, a total of $78,500 was donated to charitable causes in Greater Sudbury, Ottawa and British Columbia. More on this story can be found here.
From his death bed to his own bed: A Sudburian describes his Christmas 'miracle' comeback:
Fern Demers was never one to believe in miracles, at least before November 2018. Fern, 76, was admitted to Maison McCulloch Hospice on July 27, 2018, after his health quickly deteriorated as a result of his end-stage coronary artery disease. His doctors said he wouldn't live through the summer. Fern spent nearly four months at the hospice. Staff had to use a lift to get him out of bed and into his wheelchair. He was in a coma for days. Fern's health was so bad, his wife, Yollande, called a priest to deliver his last rites. His wife, Yollande, said she slept with her phone by her bed and her clothes ready to go at a moment's notice. At the beginning of November, Fern's health suddenly improved. Overnight, Fern started moving around in his bed. In the morning, he sat up on the edge of his bed, something he hadn't been able to do before. On Nov. 20 — almost unbelievably for his nurses, his family and himself — Fern went from his death bed to his own bed. He's on supervised care and pain medication to help with the symptoms of heart disease. Full story can be found here.
StatsCan: City has added 3,900 jobs in the last year:
Greater Sudbury added almost 900 jobs in January, according to Statistics Canada's monthly labour force survey. But a surge of 1,300 more people looking for work in the city pushed the jobless rate to 6.7 per cent, up from 6.3 per cent in December. Compared to the same time last year, Greater Sudbury has added 3,900 jobs and seen the size of its labour force rise from 85,900 last January to 90,100. Nationally, Canada saw a rush of 66,800 net new jobs in January, fuelled by a hiring surge in the private sector. As in Greater Sudbury, more people also searching for work last month pushed the unemployment rate to 5.8 per cent from its 43-year low of 5.6 per cent in December.
Have your say on Greater Sudbury budget 2019:
Last week's freezing rain forced the city to reschedule a pair of budget input sessions for this week. The first was held tonight at the Chelmsford Arena Monday evening and another budget input session will be held at the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre in Hanmer, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. City Staff will be attending to discuss the budget and collect comments from residents. If you can't attend either of the sessions you can also visit overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca to provide online feedback through a short survey, the budget allocator tool, or the idea board until end of day Feb. 12. Paper copies of the survey are available at all Citizen Service Centre and Library locations. Comments will be included in a report to the Finance and Administration Committee, which is scheduled to deliberate and approve the 2019 Budget during its Feb. 19, 20 and 21 meetings.
Council will be asked to approve the budget immediately following the completion of deliberations.
Superhero showdown at Sudbury Arena this Friday:
The Sudbury Wolves will wear special Superhero themed jerseys for the fourth annual superhero game in support of local children’s charities on Friday, Feb. 15. This year, the Wolves will wear Spiderman influenced jerseys as they get set to battle the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in game five of the Bell Challenge Cup at 7:05 p.m. These special jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds going to the Northern Ontario Families of Children With Cancer (NOFCC). A select number of jerseys will also be available online after the game for bid at www.auction.chl.ca. In addition to the jersey auction, funds for NOFCC will also be raised through the sale of Superhero themed t-shirts, with $5 from each shirt being donated to the charity.
Cloudy today with snow and local blowing snow beginning late in the morning. Up to 10 cm of snow could fall by this afternoon. Tuesday's high will be -10, and winds will be gusting up to 50 km/h. Snow and local blowing snow expected to continue into the evening with another 10 cm falling. Temperature steady near -11 tonight, feeling like -21 with the wind chill. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.