Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Wynne takes the stand at Sudbury bribery trial:
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is scheduled to testify this morning at 9, on day five of a bribery trial involving Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed Jr. and Patricia Sorbara, Wynne's former campaign director. Both are accused of trying to bribe former Grit candidate Andrew Olivier to withdraw from the Sudbury byelection held in February 2015, to clear the way for Glenn Thibeault. Sudbury.com will be at the Cedar Street courthouse to bring you complete coverage.
United Way 2017 campaign launches today:
United Way Centraide North East Ontario's campaign has arrived for 2017. Campaign Chair, Kevin O’Connor, the Campaign Cabinet, and United Way staff and volunteers will be at the Northern Water Sports Centre in Sudbury on Sept. 13 as they launch this year's campaign and reveal their new goal and tactics for the coming year. Staff will also discuss their successes and impact in the community of the past year.
Byelection bribery trial Day 4: Giroux details his role in Thibeault's decision to switch parties:
Tuesday in Sudbury court, on day four of the bribery trial related to the byelection scandal dating back to 2014-2015, former Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux described his role in Glenn Thibeault's decision to switch parties. Speaking through a French language interpreter, Giroux said that at a lunch in Ottawa in 2013, Thibeault confided he was unhappy with his role as an MP for Sudbury for the New Democrats. Giroux asked him if he was interested in switching to provincial or municipal politics. Thibeault responded that he was interested in provincial politics, “but if he was going to be a candidate, it wouldn't be with the NDP.” Find more on this story here.
Site plan for Synergy Centre expected by Nov. 21:
Sudbury city council took the next step forward in the development of a new library-art gallery and synergy centre in the city's downtown. Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12 council passed three resolutions with regards to the proposed downtown development, giving Director of Economic Development Ian Wood the reigns on the project moving forward. Council voted unanimously in favour of the site selection criteria that has been laid out by Wood's department, but not without raising a few questions as to the weighting and importance of certain criteria. Read the full story here.
Wolves take on Battalion in pre-season action tonight:
The Sudbury Wolves return to the ice tonight at the Sudbury Community Arena for a tilt with Northern Ontario rivals the North Bay Battalion. The Wolves opened their pre-season with a 5-2 loss to the Mississauga Steelheads and will look to right the ship tonight. The Battalion opened their pre-season with a 4-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers, and followed that up with a 6-1 beating of the Flint Firebirds. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m.
Sudbury couple 'have to sell everything' to help fund husband's second double-lung transplant:
As a cystic fibrosis patient and a double-lung transplant recipient, Sudburian Luc Robidas knew it was just a matter of time before his body rejected the lungs he received on Sept. 10, 2011. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic lung disease and is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. About a year and a half ago, Robidas said he woke up one morning to find his lung function had dropped by almost half. Lung function is measured in lung litres, he said. He was reading 3.4 litres on his spirometer one day, then it dropped to 1.8 the next day. A visit to the doctor and a several tests later confirmed his body was starting to reject the lungs that saved his life six years earlier. While he isn't shocked he needs another transplant, he wasn't expecting it to happen so soon. Find more on this story here.
Veteran dentist killed while riding bike on Paris St. remembered as 'driven, tireless man':
The funeral for an 85-year-old Sudbury dentist Dr. Robert “Bob” D’Aloisio, who has been identified as the cyclist hit by a vehicle and killed on Paris Street earlier this month, has been set for Sept. 16. Greater Sudbury Police have not released the cyclist's identity, but family members confirmed to Sudbury.com and other local media last week it was D'Aloisio who was killed in the crash. He had practised dentistry in Sudbury for 60 years, and was an integral part of the city's dental emergency on-call service. He was also a landlord, owning several properties in Sudbury. Read more here.
Our current string of great weather continues Wednesday. Mainly sunny today with a few clouds. Today's high will be 25. Some clouds this evening with the low dropping to 12. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.