Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Carol Mulligan: community mourns passing of tough, passionate journalist:
One of the most trusted names in local news, Carol Mulligan, has passed away. Mulligan, 66, was a working reporter and editor for more than 40 years. She spent 15 years as an award-winning reporter for The Sudbury Star, where she became known in particular for her coverage of labour and health care issues. After retiring from the Star, Mulligan became a freelance writer. Starting in 2018, she covered health care and Health Sciences North for Sudbury.com. Mulligan was the managing editor of Northern Life in the 1990s, prior to joining the Sudbury Star. Her freelance work covered overcrowding at the hospital and hallway medicine, the challenges faced by overworked frontline staff, executive compensation and the approval and funding of a PET scanner, fulfilling the dream of Sam Bruno and his family, a topic near and dear to Mulligan's heart. Full story here.
Video: Road rage turns physical, but the dash camera sees all:
The man who was slapped during a road rage incident caught on camera, says he is still shaken up over what happened. On Aug. 5, Blake Grenier was preparing to undergo his seventh chemotherapy treatment. Not knowing how the next round of treatment was going to go, the 36-year-old decided to treat himself to Starbucks and a little retail therapy. Instead, his day of relaxation took a turn for the worse. After turning right on The Kingsway from Silver Hills Drive, Grenier says he noticed a silver SUV approaching the intersection but figured he had enough time to make the turn. "I don't think I cut him off," Grenier said. "There was more than enough time. (But) he was speeding pretty quickly and it looked like he was going to rearend me." A dash cam video captured by another vehicle travelling on Marcus Drive and provided to Sudbury.com, shows the silver SUV swerve around Grenier's car, forcing him to come to a sudden stop in the parking lot entrance beside the LCBO. The man driving the SUV gets out of his vehicle and approaches the driver's side window of Grenier's car. The man appears to be aggressive, yelling and wagging his finger. Then the man reaches inside the car through the window and appears to slap Grenier. You can find the video and Grenier's account of the incident here.
The game was fun, but docs and NHL players are actually fighting for a cause:
Some of the National Hockey League's finest players faced off against some of Sudbury's physicians Sunday, for the fourth annual NHL Vs. Docs event in support of the NEO Kids Foundation. A crowd of nearly 3,000 people gathered to watch current and former professional players take the ice in this family friendly event, which included local players Nick Foligno, Marcus Foligno, Tyler Bertuzzi and Damien Giroux. Nick was joined by his Columbus Blue Jacket teammates Seth Jones, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Josh Anderson, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre Luc Dubois and Scott Harrington. Joining them were John Tavares from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marc Staal from the New York Rangers, Matt Duchene from the Nashville Predators and Anthony Duclair from the Ottawa Senators. Full story and photos from the game here.
Moose hunter? The province wants your reaction to the big changes it’s proposing:
The Ontario government has some big changes in mind for how it manages the province’s moose population, and it wants to hear from hunters about the proposed changes. Back in the spring, the Big Game Management Advisory Committee was tasked with proposing changes to moose management based, the province said, on concerns from hunters. That report is now in and hunters and others are invited to review the proposals and provide feedback by Sept. 26. The committee hosted seven listening sessions back in May and June, hearing from more than 600 hunters, members of the public and organizations, with more than 2,000 people having provided comments through an online survey. Among the proposed changes are proposals to change the bow hunting season and quotas for moose, replacing the tag draw with a new point system and changing how licencing works so that a moose hunting licence doesn’t come with a harvesting tag. This would make it easier for someone who was unsuccessful at getting a tag to join another party. You can review the report here.
Sudbury police investigate second road rage incident:
After a dash cam caught a shocking road rage incident from Aug. 5 on Marcus Drive, Greater Sudbury Police said Monday they are looking into a similar incident in the South End. “We are requesting the public’s assistance to locate an individual who witnessed a road rage incident on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, around 1:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the L.C.B.O. located at 2400 Long Lake Rd.,” police said in a news release. “We have been provided with information that suggests an individual may have filmed the incident in question involving a Black Ford SUV and a Dark Grey Dodge Ram pickup truck being driven by a man in his 50s with salt and pepper hair, as well as, a goatee and moustache.” Anyone who witnessed or captured the incident on film is asked to contact Const. Weber at at 705-675-9171 ext. 7798710, or via email at email@example.com.
Two women assaulted in one night at Manitoulin Country Fest:
Manitoulin OPP are investigating after two women reported being sexually assaulted at Manitoulin Country Fest this past weekend. The OPP were called out to the Country Fest Fairgrounds in Little Current just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 11, responding to a report that a woman had been sexually assaulted and injured in the process. After speaking with the victim, police said she reported walking back to her campsite when she was assaulted. The woman was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. While police were on the scene investigating, a second person came forward regarding another alleged sexual assault on a second woman. Police believe the two cases are linked, and that the same suspect is responsible for both assaults. OPP are hoping to identify a suspect fitting the following description: Young male, approximately 19 years old, thin build, approximately 5-11, dark hair, short on the sides and long on top. Any person with information regarding these events are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online to SudburyCrimeStoppers.com.
Up Here's back! Nickel City's wackiest summer festival returns this week:
Christian Pelletier describes the Up Here Urban Art and Music Festival, which started in 2015 under the now-retired name “Up Fest,” was a “crazy project to dream up.” But that crazy project has survived and thrived, and Up Here celebrates its fifth year Aug. 16-18 with its signature mix of murals and other forms of art in and around the downtown, music and family friendly fun. “It's really exciting,” said Pelletier, one of the festival's creators. “The festival is growing, and we're attracting more and more international talent. “We've been able to get more and more local people involved … I remember the first year was all about just trying to get people to understand the direction we were going in, and now people get it. They're on board.” Up Here has now commissioned 30 murals in total, and that doesn't include a festival project that has seen hydro boxes colourfully painted. Find out more about this year's festival here.
A mix of sun and cloud on tap for Tuesday. Today's high will be sitting at around 23. Partly cloudy into the evening with an overnight low of 11. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.