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Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
It may be messy at times, but Mayor Brian Bigger said the controversy surrounding the fire optimization plan is an example of how open government works. (File photo)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

Fire plan decisions rest with council, mayor says:

It may be messy at times, but Mayor Brian Bigger said the controversy surrounding the fire optimization plan is an example of how open government works. “Obviously, we've gotten feedback as elected officials on how people in various areas of the community feel they're going to be impacted," said Bigger. That 'feedback' included news Thursday that residents in Beaver Lake are considering a lawsuit should the city decide to close the volunteer firefighter station in that community. Residents are planning a news conference Saturday morning in Worthington to give more details about their plans. Read more on this story here.

Sudbury NDPers have their first candidate for nomination:

The Sudbury NDP have their first candidate for nomination for the 2018 provincial election. Beth Mairs threw her hat in the ring on April 19, announcing her candidacy with an email to local media. You can find out more about Mairs on her website, Friends and supporters are invited to join Mairs and her campaign team for a nomination launch party at Kuppajos Espresso Bar, 111 Larch St. in downtown Sudbury, on April 27 between 5-7 p.m.

Want to help improve Sudbury's downtown?

The City of Greater Sudbury has adopted a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for Downtown Sudbury. Through this plan, financial assistance may be available to owners or tenants who wish to invest in a Downtown property. The CIP provides funds for: Feasibility studies, Façade improvement, Planning Fee Rebates, Building Permit Fee Rebates, Residential Incentives, Multi-residential Interest Free Loan and Tax Increment Equivalent Grants. Find out more here.

Wolves host orientation camp this weekend:

The Sudbury Wolves will host their annual Orientation Camp this weekend at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex as they welcome their recent drafted class from the OHL Priority Selection on April 8. In addition, players from the inaugural U-18 Midget Draft will be participating this weekend as well as a number of prospects from the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  Approximately 30 players and families are expected to participate in the weekend activities, including the Wolves first pick and seventh overall selection, Blake Murray. Find more on this story here.

Glencore's ultra-deep Onaping mine taps 'robust' orebody, promises longer life:

When Shayne Wisniewski envisions what the future of underground mining will look like in Sudbury, he sees depth and he sees innovation. As general manager of mining projects for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Glencore), Wisniewski is responsible for evaluating the company’s Onaping Depth project, which will extend to a depth of more than 2,500 metres, considered an ultra-deep mine. Located about a 45-minute drive from the city of Sudbury, below the company’s Craig and Onaping Mines, the nickel-copper-PGE deposit was first discovered in 1994, when the company was looking for the down dip extension for Onaping and Craig. Read the full story here.

Another Sudburian hits it big on LOTTO 6/49:

Sudbury resident Debra Wilcocks of Sudbury said yes to ENCORE in the April 15, 2017 LOTTO 6/49 and won $100,000. Debra matched six of the seven winning numbers on her ENCORE selection. Wilcocks says she plans to use the winnings to buy her daughter a car and to do some shopping for her five-year-old grandson. 

Sudbury Theatre Centre launches 2017-18 season:

The Sudbury Theatre Centre will host their 2017-18 season launch at noon on April 21 in the STC gallery. The upcoming season, "Nostalgia, Awe & Laughter" will be a season of classic programming, celebrating the nostalgic entertainment from decades past according to the STC. The theatre staff are excited to continue to offer a well-rounded and diverse line-up of programming with drama, comedy, music, dance and spectacle. Check back with later today for this year's STC lineup.

MPs will be guest speakers at today's President's Series Luncheon:

Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt will be at the Science North Vale Cavern today for a President's Series Luncheon. Lefebvre and Serré will be touching on topics such as local priorities on the federal stage, economic development opportunities for our region, and the steps the Government of Canada is taking to strengthen the success of the business community. Mr. Lefebvre and Mr. Serré will each be providing an address followed by a question and answer period where members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions. Check back with later today for more from this luncheon.

Friday weather:

More of the same expected today with cloudy skies and rain showers. High will only get up to 5 today with the low dropping to zero this evening. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit's weather page at