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Good morning, Sudbury! Here are seven stories to start your day

Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
Bob Johnston, founder of Tomorrow's Hope and associated Homeless of Champions initiative, at Sudbury Arena. (Supplied)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

Multiple overdoses again prompt Public Health drug warning

For the second time in as many weeks, Public Health Sudbury and Districts are warning the community about a spike in drug overdoses. "This situation serves as an important reminder to the community that the illicit drug supply continues to be toxic," said a news release from the health unit issued as part of last week’s drug warning. "Every batch of street drugs is different and may be cut or mixed with substances such as fentanyl or carfentanil. Even a very small amount of these substances can cause an overdose." Read the full story here

Ontario reports 326 new cases of COVID-19, 19 deaths

Public Health Ontario is reporting 326 new cases of COVID-19 today, which is an increase of 1.2 per cent to the total number of cases confirmed in the province to date. This week, the daily report from the province has ranged from 287 new cases (Tuesday) to 404 new cases (Monday). Last Sunday, the province reported 460 new cases of COVID-19. Testing continues to be up with 17,014 tests completed since the last report and 718,341 tests completed in the province to-date. Read the full story here

New ‘store’ opens for Sudbury’s homeless to access necessities, new shoes

Sudbury Arena will be transformed once again Monday morning, for Sudbury’s homeless to access clothing, accessories, personal hygiene products, as well as new shoes sized and provided by BioPed Sudbury. The "store," as it is described by program lead Bob Johnston despite the fact the goods sold are provided free to those who need them, has been named Homeless of Champions and will be serving guests on a first-come-first-serve basis for the month of June. Whether it continues beyond that point, he said, depends on the program’s success and its ongoing sustainability. Read the full story here

Officers assaulted, police car damaged in West Nipissing arrest

A West Nipissing resident was arrested in Sturgeon Falls Thursday, but police said he didn't make it easy. On May 28 around 6:20 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police West Nipissing detachment responded to report of a suspicious person on Dufferin Street in the Municipality of West Nipissing. Read the full story here

Ontario announces extension of hydro relief fund, support for retirement homes

Ontario is extending its COVID-19 residential electricity rate relief for another five months, but the fixed price will be going up by nearly three cents per kilowatt-hour. The government also said it would boost funds for retirement home residents in cases of emergency. Amendments to the regulations will allow eligible residents to receive from $2,000 to $3,500 towards costs of transportation, alternative housing or temporary care. Read the full story here

WATCH: NASA launches historic SpaceX Demo-2 mission

NASA launched the historic SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station Saturday. The launch had originally been slated for May 27 but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The Demo-2 mission is four years in the making and marks the first time NASA astronauts will head to space on a commercial spacecraft. It’s also the first time U.S. astronauts will leave the planet on a U.S.-built vehicle since 2011. Watch the launch here

Storm clouds move into the work week

Mainly cloudy skies in the forecast for Monday, with increased cloudiness near noon. Daytime temperatures to reach a high of 21 C. UV Index expected to be 8 or very high. Cloudy skies will carry into the night, accompanying periods of rain and a low of 9 C.