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Some stories to start your day

Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
Game four of the Canada Russia series went Monday night in Sudbury. (Matt Durnan/

Good morning, Greater Sudbury. 

Here are some stories to start your day.

Hockey fans pack the house for Canada Russia series:

Team OHL and Team Russia clashed in front of a packed Sudbury Community Arena on Nov. 13, as the the Nickel City played host to game four of the Canada Russia series.  Team OHL came out on top in the game to level the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win. Sudbury Wolves forward Dmitry Sokolov scored for Team Russia while his Wolves teammate Macauley Carson suited up for Team OHL. The series now moves east to the Maritimes where Russia will take on Team QMJHL in Charlottetown, PEI and Moncton, NB.  Check out photos and a game recap here.

First-ever Nurse Practitioners' Week marks a 'milestone,' says pioneer in field:

Nurse practitioners work as primary care providers in community clinics, diagnosing and treating conditions, prescribing drugs and ordering testing. With about 2,700 now practicing in Ontario, nurse practitioners also work in a variety of other settings, including hospitals and long-term care facilities. The valuable work that nurse practitioners do is being celebrated Nov. 12-18, during Nurse Practitioners' Week. Find more on this story here.

Tree of Dreams Toy Drive returns to help families in need:

Our Children, Our Future and Toys "R" Us are teaming up to ensure every child has a Christmas full of fond memories. Running from Nov. 13 to Dec. 19, the Tree of Dreams Toy Drive at the Toys "R" Us in Sudbury will be gathering toys for children in need. This partnership, which grew out of a 2013 pilot program, collected more than 1000 toys for local children who would otherwise not receive a gift during the holiday. Shoppers are invited to purchase a new toy that will be donated to a child on Dec. 25. To participate, visit the Sudbury Toys "R" Us between Nov. 13 and Dec. 19; choose an ornament from the Tree of Dreams with a child's name on it; purchase a gift for the child. A Toys "R" Us associate will place the ornament and gift in a bag.

So there’s this guy from Sudbury who co-owns an award-winning hostel in Ukraine:

In Ukraine, Odessa specifically, a map of the world is featured prominently above a mantelpiece at The Babushka Grand Hostel. On its papery surface, a worn spot near the Great Lakes shows the place Nilgiri Pearson has pointed to over and over: his hometown of Sudbury. And because Pearson is a storyteller at heart, guests would hear the story of how a northern boy ended up in Europe, beginning with his father, Dr. David Pearson, professor and founding director of Science North. Read more about Pearson's hostel in Ukraine here.

Wolves Fan Review: Stefanko hits the road to cheer on his favourite OHL team:

As the Sudbury Wolves pushed through another back-to-back-to-back weekend trifecta, mega fan Jim Stefanko decided to hit the road to cheer on his favourite OHL team. Watch as Stefanko delivers a special road trip edition of Wolves Fan Review where he sums up the team's rough match in Owen Sound on Saturday and Guelph storm on Sunday. Check out the latest episode of Wolves Fan Review here.

Sudbury-developed medical device supported by $200K FedNor grant:

FedNor has invested $200,000 in a new medical device invented by a Sudbury medical technology company. The funding will enable Flosonics Medical, a Sudbury-based developer of non-invasive technology, to create a medical device designed to improve health-care options for critically ill patients. The funding was announced on Nov. 10 by Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor. Full story here.

Best in Sudbury residential construction feted:

SLV Homes took home five awards at the Sudbury & District Home Builders’ Association awards in October. The Sudbury contractor won in the best new home category (between 1,600 and 2,500 square feet), best exterior renovation, best interior alternative space, best renovation over $100,000, and best bathroom or conversion. Principle Contracting tied with Zulich Homes for best custom-built new home. Zulich Homes also won for best kitchen in a new home, and best bathroom in a new home. Dalron Construction received honours for best new home over 2,500 square feet, best new home under 1,600 square feet, and best condo or townhouse. The Oct. 27 event was attended by Pierre Dufresne, president of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.

Tuesday weather:

Mainly cloudy today with 30 per cent chance of flurries in the morning then 30 per cent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Risk of freezing drizzle in the morning. Tuesday's high will be 3. Cloudy with 60 per cent chance of showers this evening and a low of 1. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit's weather page at