Good morning, Sudbury.com readers. Here are eight stories to jump-start your week.
Repairs continue on broken water main that shut down Barry Downe yesterday
Public works crews continue repairs on a broken water main that forced the closure of a busy section of Barry Downe Road yesterday afternoon. Several blocks of Barry Downe Road running from Hawthorne Drive all the way to the New Sudbury Shopping Centre barricaded by police after a large heave and sink hole appeared in the road. Water could be seen flowing out of the crack in the pavement and residents reported low pressure and discoloured water in the area. One northbound and one southbound lane are now open to traffic and repairs are expected to be completed by 12 p.m. today, according to a city statement.
Wolves howl into the playoffs for first time in three years
Things got a little scrappy at times but the Sudbury Wolves clinched their first playoff berth in three years Friday night with a 5-2 win over North Bay. The win over their northern rival gave the Wolves and their fan base something that has been missing, meaningful hockey and a birth to the post season. Who they will play and where they finish in the standings is still to be determined but what matters is they’re in. In seven days, it will be three years to the date that the Wolves last played a playoff game, a 7-0 loss to the Barrie Colts which eliminated Sudbury from the 2014 postseason.
Rainbow board appoints new trustee on Tuesday
Rainbow District School Board has released the list of candidates vying for seat at the boardroom table since trustee Tyler Campbell’s resignation on Jan. 9. The board voted Dec. 13 to appoint a candidate to replace outgoing trustee Tyler Campbell, rather than have a costly byelection. Campbell, a manager with the City of Greater Sudbury, announced his resignation as trustee late last year after he faced allegations of a conflict of interest around a proposed soccer dome or artificial turf on school board property. According to information published on the board’s website, on March 21 a Committee of the Whole Board will consider the applications received and bring forward a motion to appoint a candidate from the list.
Trudeau government's second federal budget to be released Wednesday
Finance Minister Bill Morneau will introduce the federal government’s latest budget on March 22 amid the economic uncertainty of the Donald Trump era. The budget, the Liberal government’s second since the 2015 election, will arrive as Ottawa and Canadian businesses scramble to assess the risks of possible and unpredictable policy actions from the U.S., Canada's biggest trading partner. There are fears of negative economic fallout for Canada from the decisions of the Trump administration, and it’s unclear whether Morneau’s budget will account for the unknowns.
ICYMI: Emmanuel Gasser and Les Frérots Rochers win 2017 NLFB Meltdown
Things really heated up Saturday night at the 2017 Northern Lights Festival Boréal Meltdown, as accordionist Emmanuel Gasser and francophone rock band Les Frérots Rochers were crowned the winners. The show was packed with outstanding showcases of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent — from the pop-folk sounds of North Bay’s francophone songstress Rachel Barber, to the bombastic flowerpunk sounds of local rock band Lazy Daisies. Martine Fortin, Darlene Darlenya, Clayton Drake, Jen McKeral and oformer artistic Director of NLFB Paul Loewenberg judged the competion, held at the Townehouse Tavern.
ICYMI: Police arrest man breaking into cars on Riverside Drive Sunday morning
Greater Sudbury Police arrested a man Sunday morning after he was observed breaking into vehicles in the area of Riverside Drive and Ontario Street. He was found to be in possession of items stolen from vehicles and was taken into custody, according to a GSPS tweet at 5:30 a.m. Police have not released any further details on the suspect, the nature of the items stolen or the vehicles. Area residents who suspect their vehicle may have been targeted are asked to call the Greater Sudbury Police at (705) 675-9171.
ICYMI: Police apprehend driver who evaded St. Patrick's Day spot check, abandoned vehicle
A 22 year-old man has been charged with careless driving after evading a St. Patrick's Day spot check March 17. According to a release, the Greater Sudbury Police Traffic Management Unit was conducting a R.I.D.E. check on Bancroft Drive Friday night when an approaching driver made a "dangerous u-turn maneuver" and sped away in the opposite direction. Police say the suspect then abandoned his vehicle and fled the area on foot. The man was located by police at a nearby residence a short time later.
Today's weather: cloudy, chance of snow and rain, and a high of 4 C
Temperatures look to stay above freezing in Greater Sudbury for most of today but the sun will be retreating and wet conditions will be rolling in. According to Environment Canada's forecast for the area, expect a mainly cloudy day with a 40 percent chance of flurries in the morning and then 40 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. There's a risk of freezing drizzle early in the morning and a high of 4 C. In the evening, it will remain partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of overnight flurries and a low of -8 C.