Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Lily Fielding, one of Sudbury's best-known philanthropists, has died:
One of the Nickel City's best known and best loved philanthropists has died. The matriarch of one of Sudbury's founding families, Lily Fielding, passed away Sept. 8 at 103 years of age. Fielding was a pillar in the community, dedicating herself to a broad array of philanthropic causes in Greater Sudbury, and the Fielding Foundation is responsible for the donation of 300 acres of bush land to the city that became Kivi Park, one of Sudbury's most popular and largest park. The multi-use sports and outdoor park is named for Fielding’s parents, Susanna and John Kivi, and honours them as well as all families of Finnish descent who settled in the Long Lake area. Full story here.
NDP candidate Beth Mairs wants to beat Lefebvre in the election, and on a bike:
Sudbury NDP candidate Beth Mairs doesn't just want to beat incumbent Liberal MP Paul Lefebvre in the Oct. 21 federal election, she wants to beat him on bicycle, too. OK, maybe 'beat' is too strong a word, but on Monday, Mairs issued a challenge to her opponents — Lefebvre, Tory candidate Pierre St-Amant and Green candidate Bill Crumplin — to compete against her in the Sept. 10 Bush Pig Open, hosted by the Walden Mountain Bike Club. She's calling it a "friendly challenge." "Ms. Mairs will be the only woman running for a major party for the Sudbury House of Commons seat," a release from her campaign said. "Beth issued a 'friendly' challenge to our sitting MP Paul Lefebvre, known as a keen cyclist, as well as Pierre St-Amant (Conservative candidate), and Bill Crumplin (Green Party) to join her in a five-km mountain biking race to be held at Naughton trails." More on this story here.
Chow down on Tim Hortons smile cookies and help the hospital foundation:
Health Sciences North Foundation is partnering with Tim Hortons once again for the annual Smile Cookie Campaign that runs Sept. 16 – 22. When you purchase a chocolate chunk Smile Cookie that week for just $1, 100 per cent of the proceeds from the two Tim Hortons located at Health Sciences North (HSN), and a portion from other locations in the city of Greater Sudbury, goes towards supporting HSN’s priority needs. The campaign will once again feature Smile-A-Grams to deliver personalized messages to staff and patients at HSN. “HSNF is pleased to once again be named one of the recipients of funds raised through the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign," said Mary Lou Hussak, executive director, HSNF. "Through our Smile-A-Grams, we deliver personalized messages from people in our hospital to patients, staff and volunteers at HSN. We encourage everyone to help spread a smile during Smile Cookie week." To pre-order your Smile Cookies or Smile-A-Grams, visit hsnfsmile.ca or visit the HSNF office located next to the gift shop at the HSN main site.
Cinéfest Sudbury just around the corner: Film fest runs Sept. 14-22:
Local film lovers are living in a state of anticipation this week, as Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival is just days away. The 2019 edition of the festival runs this year from Sept. 14-22. Gala films cover diverse topics including a violin prodigy in the backdrop of the Second World War (“The Song of Names”), the 1970s kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst (“American Woman”), a Chinese family visiting a dying grandmother who hasn't been told she's dying (“The Farewell”) and Judy Garland's later life (“Judy”). Several of this year's gala films are subtitled foreign movies, but the Friday, Sept. 20 gala — the Canadian film “The Rest of Us” — was filmed in neighbouring city North Bay. Get the full Cinéfest schedule here.
Sudbury's jobless rate hits 5.4% in August:
Greater Sudbury's unemployment rate rose a bit last month, rising to 5.4 per cent compared to 5 per cent in July. The city shed about 600 jobs in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday in its monthly labour force survey, with 84,600 people working out of a labour force of 89,500. That compares to 85,200 people who were employed in July out of a workforce of 89,700. Even with the losses last month, the overall jobs picture is improved from the same time last year, when unemployment was 6.7 per cent and 80,800 people were working. Canada-wide, Ontario saw the biggest gains, with 58,000 new positions, led by the wholesale and retail sectors. Quebec added 20,000 jobs across a wide range of industries. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick also saw increased jobs. While the employment rate held steady in most provinces, British Columbia and Nova Scotia both saw unemployment rise 0.5 per cent as more people looked for work.
Expect slow going on Paris Street near Four Corners:
Water service repair will close the southbound curb lane on Paris street from Wagner Street to Maki Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Culvert installation will reduce traffic to one lane on Dominion Drive west of Bonaventure Drive from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Oct.31, 2019. Temporary traffic signals will direct motorists.
Periods of rain with risk of a thunderstorm in the Tuesday forecast. Today's high will be around 18. Rain will persist into the evening, ending overnight then cloudy with 40 per cent chance of showers. There's a risk of a thunderstorm early in the evening. Overnight temperature steady near 16. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.