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

Here's what happening around Greater Sudbury today
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March 26, 2019 is Purple Day across the globe, as Epilepsy Awareness Month draws to a close.

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

Sudbury spreading epilepsy awareness on Purple Day:

March 26, 2019 is Purple Day across the globe, as Epilepsy Awareness Month draws to a close. Here in Sudbury, the Big Nickel will be purple in recognition of the day and to help spread awareness of the brain disorder. In addition, a special proclamation in recognition of Purple Day will be read in at the mayor's office on March 26 at 10 a.m. and a purple flag to commemorate Purple Day will be raised at Tom Davies Square. This will be the first time that Purple Day has been observed in Sudbury, thanks in large part to a group of Sudburians who have been advocating for epilepsy awareness over the past 12 months. Get the full story here.

Flag raising marks importance of Special Olympics in Sudbury:

March 25 was Special Olympics Day in Ontario, marking the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. This year also happens to mark the 40th year Greater Sudbury has participated in the Special Olympics. In the Nickel City, more than 300 special athletes compete in a variety of sports, from recreational swimming and bowling to high-calibre basketball and floor hockey. In honour of the event, Mayor Brian Bigger hoisted the Special Olympics flag over Tom Davies Square today with help from Sudbury Wolves owner Dario Zulich, Police Chief Paul Pedersen and a handful of Special Olympics athletes. Full story here.

Monster Energy drinks being recalled:

Check before you drink folks, especially if you're a fan of a certain brand of Monster Energy drinks. Monster Energy Canada Ltd. is recalling Monster Energy brand Caffé Monster Salted Caramel Energy Drink from the marketplace due to the potential presence of glass pieces. Health Canada is advising consumers not to consume the recalled product, which kind of goes without saying, doesn't it? Not sure anyone prefers their energy drinks with shards of glass in them. The following product has been sold nationally. Check to see if you have recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or consumers can call Monster Energy Consumer Relations at 1-855-488-1212 to inquire about a refund.

Fedeli says education reforms built around respecting parents:

Nipissing MPP and Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is defending the province's recently unveiled plan for the education system. Education Minister Lisa Thompson unveiled her vision for education, which is entitled Education That Works For You, last Friday. Not only does the document raise class sizes, Fedeli said it will focus on back-to-basics math, mandatory financial literacy courses and something the Tories are calling 'age appropriate' sexual education. Fedeli said the new curriculum was built after provincewide consultation and the new document respects parents.

Confederation Secondary students petitioning against education reforms

A group of Grade 10 students at Confederation Secondary School have started a petition speaking out against the province's education reforms. As of Monday afternoon, the online petition on Change.org, entitled “Cuts hurt kids,” had been signed by nearly 3,300 people. One of the students behind the petition, Tyler Audette, said he's most concerned about changes to the autism therapy system and the impact that will have on schools. He said students are also concerned with a new e-learning requirement that will see students take four e-learning credits to graduate, as well as larger class sizes, which he said will limit one-on-one attention from teachers.

Cambrian hands out $300,000 in awards and bursaries:

Paying for their college education has become a little easier for approximately 300 students at Cambrian College. They were the recipients of 350 awards and bursaries totalling $300,000 distributed at the Cambrian College Foundation 36th Annual Awards Reception. The Foundation’s Annual Awards Reception brings together students, faculty and staff, and the Foundation’s donors, to celebrate achievement and support students. The amount of bursaries distributed by the Foundation is made possible through the generosity of donors, some of whom are alumni or have other strong connections to Cambrian College. They all share a common goal to see students succeed. More on this story here.

Introducing the Pothole Reporter: See a hole, report a hole with Sudbury.com:

Pothole season is upon us and Sudbury.com has partnered with Fuel Media to create an easy and convenient way for you to report potholes to the City of Greater Sudbury, right from your cellphone. You can find the Pothole Reporter by visiting Pothole.Sudbury.com. There you can upload photos and descriptions of the pothole you found, and the app will produce a report that you can send along to Tom Davies Square. Let's help the city not miss any potholes this year. Check with Sudbury.com every week day to find out what our Pothole Crew is up to. Drive safely out there.

Tuesday Weather: 

Mainly sunny skies overhead today with some chilly temperatures sticking around. Tuesday's high is only expected to get up to 2, feeling like -19 with the wind chill this morning. A few clouds this evening with the low dropping down to -7. Overnight low will feel like -12. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.




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