Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Sudbury police make five arrests after downtown drug crackdown:
Greater Sudbury Police arrested five people Nov. 28 and 29 after conducting “focused patrols” in downtown Sudbury in relation to suspected illegal drug activity and loitering. The patrols by the Integrated Crime Team (I.C.T) were conducted on Elm Street, Cedar Street, Larch Street and Beech Street. Among those arrested were: a 21-year old man for two counts of Theft Under $5,000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and three counts of Breach of Probation, a 24-year old woman for Fraud Under $5,000, a 32-year old man for Breach of Probation, a 36-year old man for Fraud Under $5,000, Possession of a Credit Card and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. The fifth arrest took place around 11:20 a.m. Nov. 29, when members of the I.C.T. witnessed a man making hand-to-hand drug transactions near the intersection of Cedar Street and Young Street. The detectives approached the man, identified themselves as police and told the man he was under arrest. The suspect attempted to flee from officers, but didn't make it far. He then became aggressive with the officers, headbutting and kicking them. After searching the man, officers found multiple weapons, including knives and pepper spray, as well as, Fentanyl packaged for distribution and money. The drugs seized are valued at around $5,600, along with $1,435 in cash.
Sudbury Police arrest man after he tried to rob three different businesses:
Greater Sudbury Police arrested and charged a 29-year-old man in connection to three robberies that occured between Sunday night and Monday morning. At 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, a man entered a convenience store on Elm Street and demanded money from the cashier. Another customer entered the store causing the man to flee on foot with a single item of minimal value. Officers arrived on scene moments later and were provided with a description of the man. Just before 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, the man entered a convenience store on Notre Dame Avenue and demanded that the cashier open the till. The employee stated that he was unable to open the cash register and the man fled the store on foot. Shortly after 12:30 a.m. the same man entered a fast food storefront on Notre Dame Avenue, and stated “this is a robbery” and demanded that the employee open the cash register. The man once again fled the scene on foot; empty handed as there was no money in the cash register. Officers arrived minutes later and found the man on Murray Street. None of the employees were injured during their interactions with the man. A 29-year-old man has been charged with three counts of robbery.
City surveying residents on their thoughts about climate change:
The City of Greater Sudbury will launch an OraclePoll telephone survey beginning Dec. 3, as part of the development of a community plan to reduce local energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment. Residents will be polled on awareness of climate change and willingness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through individual and collective actions. Greater Sudbury’s draft Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) is open for review, comment and additional ideas until Dec. 7, at overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca or by visiting local libraries for free access to public computers.
The seniors at Finlandia are sure talented: Check out their artwork:
Judging by an art show held at Finlandia Village Nov. 29, the residents of the seniors' community and its staff have plenty of artistic talent. The art displayed at the show was created by Finlandia residents and staff through the Artists Within program. Artists Within is a new program at Finlandia. Every two weeks, members from the Art Gallery of Sudbury come in and work with residents on their pieces. They've done a variety of mediums, from water colour to ceramics to acrylic painting and print making, said Jeanna de la Morandiere, volunteer co-ordinator. “This project is important to our folks, as it brings many benefits to them, such as intellectual and creative thinking, exercising fine motor skills, socialization, expression, promotion of self-confidence,” de la Morandiere said. “We know there are a lot of artists within our facility, and we wanted to showcase that. The program has been very successful.” More on this story here.
Ontario English Catholic teachers move closer to legal strike position:
The union representing the province's English Catholic teachers says it is moving closer to a legal strike position. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) requested a "no-board" report on Friday, which can take a few days to be issued. Once that happens, teachers would be in a legal strike position 17 days later. The union says the government will not reverse cuts it has made which impact the classroom and it sees little prospect for further progress in talks. Last month, the teachers voted 97 per cent in favour of a strike. Education Minister Stephen Lecce says he is disappointed by the move and called on all parties to reach a "deal in good faith."
Ontario investing in dental care for low-income seniors:
As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer. Last week, Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano echoed how communities like Sault Ste. Marie stand to benefit from this investment. Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits by patients, of which a significant portion are seniors. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they can't afford it, impacting their overall well-being. The Ontario government is investing approximately $90 million annually for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP), which will provide free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province. Find the full story here.
Some milder weather in the forecast for Tuesday, but we could get some more snow. Cloudy today with a 40 per cent chance of flurries late in the morning and in the afternoon. Tuesday's high will be sitting at around zero. Overcast into the evening with a few flurries tonight. Overnight low will be -2, feeling like -7 with the wind chill. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.