Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
'It's all gone': MS Society reeling after thefts from downtown Sudbury office:
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada's Sudbury-Manitoulin chapter and the Brain Injury Association of Sudbury are reeling after donations were stolen in a break and enter at the Elm Street complex where both organizations have offices. Sometime between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, a thief or thieves broke their way in and made off revenues from a Mother's Day flower sale, donations, cheques gift cards, a laptop and cash. Greater Sudbury Police spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn said police are investigating. Natalie Labbee, fund development and community engagement co-ordinator with the MS Society here in Sudbury, said she's heartened by several community members stepping up and making donations to replace what was lost after learning about the thefts. Find the full story here.
Sudbury man allegedly accessed child porn on a hospital computer:
A 48-year-old Sudbury man is facing child pornography charges after allegedly searching it out on a computer terminal located in Health Sciences North. Back in April, police were called in after hospital staff reached became concerned about activity on a computer in the hospital, and police investigators confirmed the computer had been used to access child pornography, police said. The Greater Sudbury man was arrested and charged with seven counts of accessing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. The man will be in bail court on May 16.
Sudbury docs offering free CPR training at Science North:
Husband and wife doctors Robert Ohle and Sarah McIsaac have teamed up to offer free CPR lessons every weekend in May at Science North. This initiative is part of the couple’s Northern City of Heroes program. Every weekend in the month of May, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the public is invited to come and try hands-only CPR in Science North’s main lobby. Thanks to a partnership between HSN, the Labelle Learning and Innovation Centre, and Science North, people will have the chance to learn proper techniques and test the effectiveness of their skills on the most technologically advanced medical mannequins. More on this story here.
'Callous cuts': Ford gov't merging Sudbury health unit with 6 others:
NDP health critic and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas said Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plans to cut the number of northern public health units to just two — down from nine — is dangerous to the health and safety of northerners. By collapsing all northern health units down to two, it will force each health unit to cover thousands of kilometers and hundreds of thousands of people, in communities with very different public health needs. “Public health units operate in community, delivering vaccination programs, inspecting drinking water supplies, and stepping in when there's an outbreak to identify, contain and stop the spread of illness and disease,” said Gélinas, in a press release. “These callous cuts spread public health units thin — with less money to protect more people over a more vast territory. Public health units are working behind the scenes every day to keep our families safe and healthy. Cutting their work puts people at risk." The Ontario government's plan is to cut Ontario’s 35 public health unit to just 10. More on this story here.
OPP catch impaired driving suspect on Hwy. 17 in Markstay-Warren:
Sudbury OPP charged a 36-year-old man with impaired driving during a traffic stop on Highway 17 on May 11. At around 12:40 a.m. on May 11, Sudbury OPP members conducted a traffic stop to check the sobriety of the driver on Highway 17 in the Municipality of Markstay-Warren. The officer detected an odour of an alcoholic beverage. As a result of the investigation, a 36-year-old man from Markstay-Warren was charged with operation while impaired and operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The accused was issued a 90-day automatic drivers licence suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. He was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury, Ontario on June 12.
OPP searching for suspects who stole truck from Espanola business:
Manitoulin OPP are seeking the public's assistance to identify suspects who stole a truck from a business in Espanola. On May 13 at approximately 7 a.m., OPP Manitoulin Detachment members responded to a complaint of a stolen truck from a business. The truck, a black 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, was stolen the previous evening May 12, between 10 and 11 p.m. Security camera footage revealed two suspects exited a dark-colored van parked at the rear of the building. The stolen truck was later recovered stuck in mud off of Panache Lake Road. The OPP is seeking the public's assistance in identifying those responsible for the damage and theft of the truck. Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.
Cooler weather on the way with some showers expected. Mainly cloudy for Thursday with peroiods of rain beginning near noon. Thursday's high will only get up to 9. Rain changing to drizzle this evening with the low 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.