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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day.

Photos: Sudbury Housing complex mural gives kids a place to play

The Sudbury Housing complex at 1200 Attlee St. in New Sudbury is looking considerably brighter - literally - after residents in the area worked with a local group called Live Love Louder to paint several murals this week. One of the murals was painted in a cul-de-sac in the complex, and gives the many children who live in the area a place to play. “This particular project came at the request of some of the tenants from 1200 Attlee,” said Wallace Gillard, one of the founders of Live Love Louder. “They requested that we provide something for the kids to do, an interactive mural that they can not only take part of the making of but actually play on.” The brightly-coloured mural features places to play classic games such as Hopscotch, King’s Court and Mirror Me. It also has lines where they can ride their bicycles and scooters, “and maybe get used to some of Sudbury’s roundabouts,” said Gillard. A hydro box at the end of the same cul-de-sac was also painted by volunteers, and a couple of walls in another area of the housing complex were painted with the words “love” and “hope,” covering over graffiti and negative imagery. Read the full story.

Jakubo’s dedication praised during final finance meeting

Things got emotional when Ward 9 Deb McIntosh took a moment to recognize the meeting’s chair at the close of this week’s finance and administration committee meeting of city council. Ward 7 Coun. Mike Jakubo has chaired the finance and administration committee, which most notably handles the city’s annual budget process, since he was first elected eight years ago. This week’s meeting marked his final meeting as chair, as he is not seeking re-election. “You’ve been a fine chair of finance and administration for eight years, and I want to thank you so much for your eight years of dedicated service and your incredible leadership of this committee,” McIntosh said. “I don’t think there’s anybody around this table that doesn’t admire and respect you and the work you’ve done, and I will say, you will be missed.” Jakubo held back emotion in his brief response, thanking McIntosh for her work as the committee’s vice-chair, his colleagues around council chambers and staff. “It’s been just a complete honour to sit in this chair through these meetings,” he said before calling the meeting to an end. Read the full story on Sudbury.com's home page.

Charges laid in hit-and-run crash on Highway 69

Police say several criminal charges and traffic violation citations have been laid in connection with a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 69, south of Sudbury, on Monday. When Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to the scene Monday afternoon, only one vehicle was on the scene in Servos Township, said police. There were two occupants in the vehicle, who were transported to hospital by Sudbury Paramedic Services with non-life-threatening injuries. Nipissing West Detachment OPP said a second vehicle in that crash had failed to remain at the scene. Police said the vehicle and driver were later located. The driver of that vehicle was a suspended driver and the vehicle had been stolen, police said. Further investigation revealed that the driver was a 37-year-old Toronto man. Learn more here.

Mining and business icon Ned Goodman dies at 85

Ned Goodman, considered a giant in Canadian mine development and business finance, whose name is attached to Laurentian University's mining school in Sudbury, died on Aug. 7. He was 85. The Montreal-born Goodman, an Order of Canada recipient, is being remembered as an inspirational leader, a company builder, a philanthropist through his family foundation, an educator, and a Canadian pioneer in investment management over a more than 50-year career. Known for his astute and transformative investments, Goodman, a trained geologist, applied his talents and business acumen to create a string of mining successes, most notably International Corona Resources and Kinross Gold, as well as shepherding other mineral companies. He created the first exploration flow-through a partnership CMP Group, raising billions during the 1980s to finance exploration programs and develop various mining and petroleum companies. Together with business partner Austin Beutel, he formed Beutel, Goodman & Company Ltd. in the 1960s, a privately owned, independent Canadian investment manager that today holds $42 billion in assets under its control. He later formed the Dundee group of financial companies in the early 1990s, now known collectively as DREAM, managing more than $100 billion in assets. Learn more here.

Medical study to improve organ donor process for families

There are better ways to help families when a loved one has died and there is a request for organ donation, said a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) this week. The study was published on Monday. The research was inspired by the stressful situations that result when family members are advised their loved one has died or is dying. At the same time health care professionals will speak to family members about consent to allow organs to be recovered. The study was done by more than 20 physicians and researchers at such facilities as the Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons along with other universities and hospitals in every province of Canada. The study said that in Canada, there are two pathways to organ donations. "Families can be approached about organ donation after either neurologic determination of death or a decision to withdraw life-sustaining therapy," said the study. This would involve consulting with family members for both adult and pediatric patients. One part of the study learned that it often happens that family members can have a hard time accepting the death of a loved one and are not fully ready to process the decisions to allow organs to be recovered from the body in a timely manner. Read the full story on Sudbury.com's home page.

Success: Costantini chases the ‘sunrises and sunsets’ of theatre

The ecstasy of the stage is one that few can deny, the feeling of joy and fulfillment that comes from expressing a character, and even yourself, in front of an audience.  But of course, what comes up must always come down, and those first few moments after the curtains close can be difficult. It was for Alessandro Costantini. The actor of both stage and screen said that he felt absolutely gutted after his first stage appearance. “I was quite devastated,” Costantini said. “I remember coming home and taking all the cards and all the little gifts I received from family or friends who came to see the show or any cast members. I spread everything out on my bed. And I stared at it and cried.” Costantini said he told his mother he’d never do it again. Well, that sentiment didn’t take. Now artistic director of the company he created, YES Theatre, as well as Sudbury Theatre Centre, Costantini said he is focused on offering those same opportunities, both the lows that require resilience, but also, the true power of the stage. It’s what he calls the “sunrises and sunsets” of the theatre. Read the full story.

Friday weather:

Friday will be sunny with a high of 23 C. UV index 7 or high. Friday night will be a clear with a low of 10 C.