Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your weekend.
Man arrested after detectives seize more than $62,000 worth of drugs from his home:
The Greater Sudbury Police Service Drug Enforcement Unit (D.E.U.) conducted an investigation over the past few months into a Greater Sudbury resident who was believed to be trafficking deadly “purple heroin” (a fentanyl and heroin mixture) in a residential area full of children. Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, members of the D.E.U. assisted by members of our Tactical Unit located the man driving his vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, placing the man under arrest and taking him into police custody. Detectives from the D.E.U. completed Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (C.D.S.A.) search warrants of the man’s residence on Atlee Avenue and his vehicle, resulting in the 33-year-old man being charged with the following: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (three counts), Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. He was held in police custody and attended bail court on Thursday, Nov. 7 to answer to the charges.
Ice hut left floating since the spring has finally been removed from Kelly Lake:
An ice hut that had been floating near the shore of Kelly Lake for more than six months was removed from the water on Nov. 7. The hut was first brought to the attention of the public by Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers in April of this year, as it had been left abandoned on the melting ice of Kelly Lake. No one claimed the hut and it remained partially submerged on the lake throughout the summer and into the fall. A group of volunteers had made an attempt to remove the ice hut earlier this year, but were told by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that doing so could result in fines. Less than a week after the story of the ice hut was published online, the MNRF confirmed that the ice hut has been removed from the waters of Kelly Lake. "Ministry staff don’t typically remove abandoned fish huts on ice or in open water due to the safety risks to staff," said MNRF spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski. "However in this situation the ministry procured a contractor and the ice hut was removed." The enforcement branch of the MNRF is still investigating this situation and are asking for anyone who may have information on this matter to contact the ministry's tip line at 1-877-847-7667.
Random traffic stop yields hard drugs, cash and a suspended licence:
A late night traffic stop in Espanola yielded a lot more than moving violation for a Manitoulin OPP officer. The officer pulled over a 41-year-old Espanola man for a routine traffic stop at 12:14 a.m. on Oct. 29 that turned out not to be so routine. After discovering the man was driving with a suspended licence, police report a search of the vehicle turned up a large quantity of hard drugs and cash. Police didn’t specify the exact quantity of illegal drugs the driver was allegedly transporting, but did say those drugs included purple heroin, heroin and cocaine. Police said the man was also in possession of a large quantity of Canadian currency. The man was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of an opioid (purple heroin), as well as one count of possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000 (the cash). He also faces two counts of driving with a suspended licence.
Paul McQueen is thinking pink as his staff raises $12K for cancer research:
Ashley Furniture Homestore owner Paul McQueen is sporting some pink hair these days after his staff met and exceeded a fundraising challenge in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation. As part of a “Pinktober” campaign, McQueen told his staff that if they pulled together and raised $10,000, he would dye his hair pink. Mot only did his staff meet the $10,000 goal, they surpassed it, raising $12,000. Anyone who knows McQueen knows he isn't one to have the spotlight shine in his direction, but with pink hair drawing attention to him wherever he goes, he's getting used to, he said. Full story here.
'An emotional scene': Jury calls for more oversight in wake of Sudbury business owner's tragic drowning:
The December 2013 drowning death of Sudbury businessman Marc Lafreniere was accidental, a coroner's inquest ruled Thursday, but more oversight of the surface mining industry is needed to prevent future tragedies. The one-day inquest detailed the events that led to Lafreniere's death on Dec. 28 six years ago, when he and family friend Jason Death were working at Marc Lafreniere Construction, an excavation business in Valley East he founded more than 25 years ago and now has more than 50 employees. Get the full story here.
The green economy is here and there's money to be made, expert tells business forum:
The green economy is here, and it's bigger than anyone realizes, said the founder of Good Investing. Speaking to delegates at the Good Investing: The Green Economy Is Here conference Nov. 7, Tim Nash, a.k.a. the Sustainable Economist, said that's the main point he hoped to drive home during his presentation at the 2019 Business Forum held in Greater Sudbury on Nov. 7. Nash is an expert on socially responsible investing, impact investing, and the green economy. He is regularly featured in publications such as CBC’s “The National,” BNN Bloomberg’s “Market Call,” and the Globe and Mail. The green economy is defined as an economy that is low-carbon, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive. Businesses of all sizes, as well as governments and municipalities recognize that the transition to a green economy is in the best interest of the environment, the future and their bottom line. More on this story here.
Gélinas petitioning to have French accents included on legal documents:
Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas wants the government to make sure the French accents are included on all documents and cards issued by the government of Ontario. France Gélinas has started a petition to allow Ontarians to have their exact name on government issued cards such as their health cards or their drivers’ license. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transportation have confirmed that presently the province of Ontario’s computer systems does not allow the recording of accented letters. The petition request that the French accents be included on all documents and cards issued by the government of Ontario on or before Dec. 31, 2020.