Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Dashcam captures moment truck crashes into hydro pole, lands on house roof:
Ontario Provincial Police closed off a section of Highway 64 in Alban between Courchsene Road and Highway 607 after a truck struck a hydro pole and ended up nearly vertical next to a house. Ontario Provincial Police charged a 24-year-old male driver from Scarborough with careless driving. Both occupants in the truck were not injured. No one was inside the home at the time of the collision. St. Charles resident, Sharon Gauthier sent Sudbury.com a dashcam video of the collision that her husband captured on his way home from work. You can view the video here.
Trudeau to call election Wednesday with morning visit to Rideau Hall:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to call the next federal election Wednesday morning. He's to visit Rideau Hall at 10 a.m. local time to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament. By law, voting day is set for Oct. 21, but the prime minister had a two-week window starting Sept. 1 in which to begin the formal campaign. The federal parties have been campaigning informally for weeks, with Liberal ministers making government funding announcements while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh have attacked the Liberal government's record. They've argued over climate-change policy, Canada's place in the world, federal spending, and whether a national economy that has performed well by statistical measures has left Canadians feeling financially secure. Full story here.
Today marks 18 years since the twin towers fell:
It has been 18 years since the single-deadliest terrorist attack in human history killed nearly 3,000 people and injured 6,000 more. On Sept. 11, 2001, four passenger airliners were hijacked, with two hitting the World Trade Centre, one hitting the Pentagon and one crashing into a field in Pennsylvania. The day was also the single-deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively. Along with the 110-floor Twin Towers, numerous other buildings at the World Trade Center site were destroyed or badly damaged, including WTC buildings 3 through 7 and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The North Tower, South Tower, the Marriott Hotel (3 WTC), and 7 WTC were destroyed. Damage from the attacks was estimated to be in the $10 billion range in infrastructer and property damage.
Police charge 15 drivers who took part in memorial burnout:
Greater Sudbury Police have charged more than a dozen people who took part in a memorial burnout on MR 80 in Hanmer on Aug. 14. On Aug. 14, a Celebration of Life Service was held in Hanmer after the death of a man on Aug. 4, 2019. Following the service, numerous individuals took the Celebration of Life to the streets and were involved in what was referred to on social media as a ‘memorial burnout’ on Municipal Road 80 near St. Joseph Street. The burnouts were documented in a lengthy video posted to social media showing the drivers cutting off other vehicles, blocking the roadway and filling the area with dense smoke causing risk to public safety. Since the incident, members of the Traffic Management Unit conducted a thorough investigation and gathered evidence, video and statements resulting in multiple charges being laid against 15 of the individuals that were involved. Charges included stunt driving and careless driving, along with three charges for driving while under suspension and two charges of operating a vehicle with no insurance. All 15 of the individuals will attend Court on Oct. 7 at 200 Brady Street, Greater Sudbury to answer to the charges.
Addiction recovery centre pits opponents against planning laws:
Some residents of Dowling opposed to a plan to build an addiction recovery centre on Vermillion Lake Road received an unwelcome lesson in Ontario planning laws – and human rights – Monday. Specifically, the term “people zoning” was discussed – the practice of making planning decisions based who is going to use the property, rather than planning laws. "We're prohibited against what's called 'people zoning'," said Ward 10 Coun. Fern Cormier, who is chair of the planning committee. Cormier made the comment after several residents of Vermillion Lake spoke passionately against plans to build a Teen Challenge recovery centre on the road. A 16-bed centre would include 12 people living there for a year, as well as another four graduates of the year-long drug and alcohol recovery program. The Christian-based program has operated for almost 46 years in Canada, and boasts recovery rates of 60-70 per cent, unusually high for such recovery programs. Teen Challenge operates eight centres in Canada, including one in Sault Ste. Marie. Full story here.
DISCOVER: Sudbury firm’s VR dreams offer unique take on party games:
When Mike Daoust was growing up, he spent a lot of time playing video games. “Too many as far as my parents were concerned!” laughed Daoust. Now, the founder of Greencap Games is turning his childhood passion into a career. In July, Greencap unveiled a playable demo of their new virtual reality game, Hubris. Hubris involves one player using a VR headset to play an ancient Greek hero, while up to four friends use cellphones to play gods who try to foil the hero’s plans with monsters and other devices. From start to finish, Daoust estimates a session can last anywhere from five to 10 minutes. Get the full story here.
Emergency dept. peer navigators create 'hope and empowerment' for those with addiction, mental illness:
Patients experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis can expect a new form of empathy-based support when visiting the Health Sciences North (HSN) emergency department, thanks to the centre's adoption of the Peer Navigator program through the Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA). The Peer Navigator program is a service through which individuals with lived experience relating to mental unwellness or addiction help patients understand the health care process, provide emotional support and offer guidance on the community resources available upon discharge. This can include helping patients communicate their needs, to establish a comfortable and effective care plan for the benefit of both client and staff. Full story can be found here.
Mainly cloudy Wednesday with a 40 per cent chance of drizzle in the morning. Temperature steady near 17 throughout the day. Partly cloudy into the evening and clearing into the morning. Overnight low will be sitting at around 7. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.