Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Six weeks after deadly New Year's Day crash OPP still have not released any information:
The Ontario Provincial Police told Sudbury.com it has no new information to release regarding its investigation into the Jan. 1 crash that killed three children from Chelmsford. The single-vehicle crash on Highway 17 on New Year's Day claimed the lives of the three Osagie children: six-year-old Britney, 11-year-old Destiny and 10-year-old Flourish. Const. Michelle Coulombe told Sudbury.com on Jan. 8 she expected details of the crash to be released within days. It's now been six weeks since the crash, and police have still not released the results of their investigation into the cause of the crash, and no word if charges will be laid as a result. A 10-year-old boy also sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash. The Osagies' 45-year-old mother, who was driving the car, was not injured. Another 45-year-old woman, the mother of the injured 10-year-old boy, received minor injuries in the crash. At the time, the OPP said investigations of this complexity take time to complete.
Thursday power outage forces HSN to reschedule 26 surgeries:
Health Sciences North was pushed to reschedule 26 surgeries on Feb. 14, after a power outage at the Ramsey Lake Health Center Thursday evening. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, Greater Sudbury Utilities lost power to the Ramsey Lake Health Center. "When a power outage occurs, HSN’s backup generators immediately kick in to ensure electricity to our operations until power is restored," said HSN spokesperson Jason Turnbull in an email to Sudbury.com. "While impact to our operations is usually minimal during these events, the outage led to a backup of moisture in our operating room where we store surgical instruments and operating room supplies." Health Sciences North has processes in place to ensure equipment impacted that poses any risk to patients is removed. Equipment that was impacted was sent for cleaning and re-sterilizing. While all emergency surgeries and procedures will continue, 26 non-urgent scheduled surgeries for Friday will be rescheduled.
40+ things to do in Greater Sudbury this Family Day weekend:
Mayor Brian Bigger is encouraging everyone in Greater Sudbury to make the most out of the Family Day Weekend and take the time to explore our city and take advantage of everything it has to offer. “We are so fortunate to live in a city where residents and visitors get to enjoy all four seasons with so many options available to take advantage of right here at our fingertips in Greater Sudbury,” Mayor Bigger said. “We’ve got trails for hiking, skiing and fat-biking and we’ve got rinks, ovals and Ramsey Lake for skating with the family and we’ve also got great local places to shop, eat and enjoy a hot drink at." Sudbury.com compiled a list of activities, both indoors and out, that the entire family can enjoy this weekend. You can check out the list here (https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/40-things-to-do-in-greater-sudbury-this-family-day-weekend-2093313).
FedNor funds will help Laurentian University accelerate innovation and skills development:
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré visited Laurentian University on Feb. 13 to announce $150,000 in FedNor funding for the school. Specifically, the funds were given to the Foundry, a new initiative at Laurentian University, housed by the Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Space. The Foundry is aimed at enabling the school's innovators to ideate, create, and develop ideas that can go on to become startup companies or social enterprises. The FedNor funds will be used to purchase specialized equipment for the Foundry, including 3D printers, laser cutters, virtual and augmented reality systems, and a digital media lab. More on this story here.
Sudbury couple wins $100,000 with Encore:
Saying “yes” to Encore paid off for Carmen Bentley of Sudbury and William Samarian of Coniston. Carmen and Bill matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the Feb. 11, LOTTO MAX draw to win $100,000. Carmen, a 45-year old occasional teacher and Bill, a 49-year old truck driver, were on their way to Niagara Falls from Sudbury when they discovered their win. “We were gassing up when Carmen thought to check our ticket on the OLG Lottery App,” Bill said while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up their cheque. “Needless to say, we had a cheery drive down with a detour to the Prize Centre." Carmen, a mother of one and Bill, a father of three, don’t have specific plans for their win yet, but decided to continue on to Niagara Falls as they had originally planned. “It’s surreal, it’s such a blessing for us,” they said. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Way on Highway 69 in Val Caron.
Tories investing $10M in Sudbury and Nickel Belt infrastructure:
The Ontario PC Government has committed $10 million in funding for Sudbury and Nickel Belt by providing funding to help build, repair and sustain local roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure. This year, the Sudbury and Nickel Belt area will receive more than $10.7 million to help address local community needs, the local Sudbury and Nickel Belt PC Riding Associations said in a recent news release. In the release, the associations said the investment is part of the recently announced infrastructure funding to help support small, rural and northern communities. More on this story here.
Watch Oscar-winning film 'Parasite' at Sudbury Indie Cinema:
If you're curious about 2020 best film Academy Award winner “Parasite,” you can catch it at Sudbury Indie Cinemas a couple of times this month. The film is playing at Sudbury Indie Cinema at 8:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 14, (perhaps a perfect outing for your movie-loving Valentine?), 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16** and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The South Korean dark comedy thriller film that was the surprise winner of the Oscar for best picture has the following description on IMDB: “A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.”