Good morning, Greater Sudbury.
Here are some stories to start your day.
Police show their appreciation for community heroes:
The Greater Sudbury Police Service hosted their third annual community and police awards gala at the Caruso Club on May 18. This year's awards ceremony featured a total of 10 awards being handed out to police officers and members of the community who have gone above and beyond in the last year to make the Greater Sudbury community a safer one. The ceremony was once again held in conjunction with Police Week, which kicked off on Monday, May 15, and was once again focused on the GSPS vision, "our shared commitment". Full story and list of award winners can be found here.
City's first 'urban farm' coming to Ryan Heights Park:
The Social Planning Council of Sudbury, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, celebrated the launch of the Flour Mill Community Farm, Sudbury’s first urban farm, at a groundbreaking ceremony at Ryan Heights Park on May 17. According to organizers, the urban farm will provide employment to youth who reside in the neighbourhood for a six-week contract beginning in July through the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario’s Youth Job Connections Summer Program. Full story can be found here.
Education minister in Nickel City for announcement Friday:
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter will be in Greater Sudbury this morning to make an announcement. She will join Sudbury MPP and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault at École séparée St. Dominique in New Sudbury, with the proceedings scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Sudbury.com will bring you full coverage of the announcement so be sure to check back with us.
Love it or hate it, tell the province what you think of its hydro plan:
Now that the province has decided to hold public hearings on its Fair Hydro Plan, Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas is encouraging voters to have their say. “People have a very limited opportunity to have their say on a bill that will allow the liberal government to borrow billions in a bizarre financing scheme to decrease hydro bills before the next provincial election, but will cause hydro bills to soar in the long term,” Gélinas said in a news release. The committee will hold public hearings on May 23, May 24 and May 25.
Medical emergency causes man to crash into pole on Paris:
A single-vehicle crash that closed two lanes of traffic on Paris Street late Wednesday afternoon occurred after the driver suffered a medical emergency. The nature of the emergency is unknown at this time, but it caused the 69-year-old man to crash into a traffic light pole at the Four Corners. Greater Sudbury Police could not say the nature of that emergency, but did confirm the man was transported to hospital in distress. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. on May 17. The two northbound lanes of Paris Street were closed for about 40 minutes as a result of the incident. Police were unable to provide information on the condition of the victim.
Embattled Elsner quits as top cop in Victoria
After more than a year of controversy, Former Greater Sudbury Police Chief Frank Elsner has resigned as the top cop in Victoria, B.C. Elsner, who left Sudbury in late 2013 for the Victoria post, has been embroiled in controversy since 2015. An initial investigation concluded he had exchanged inappropriate private messages via Twitter with the wife of a subordinate. B.C. police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe said the process failed to meet Police Act requirements for fairness, accountability and transparency. He ordered a new probe into the messages, as well as a second investigation into allegations of workplace harassment submitted by the police union on behalf of four female employees of the police department. Read the full story here.
Northeastern Ontario gets top marks for cancer care:
New data shows Northeastern Ontario is at the top of the list for cancer care results. The region is first in the province for utilization of radiation treatment, symptom screening and breast cancer screening. The Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) for the past year has been released. It measures cancer care results across Ontario in a number of key indicators. Northeastern Ontario had the best results in the province for providing access to radiation treatment at any time during a patient’s illness. This translates into more patients having access to radiation treatment when needed throughout their cancer journey. More on this story can be found here.
reThink Green to host Earth Day festivities:
reThink Green has announced that the 12th annual Greater Sudbury Earth Day Festival will be held on June 3 in Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor event typically welcomes over 700 visitors and features a variety of environmental, holistic and community-focused organizations and businesses. It also offers live music, children’s activities and great local food. Find out more here.
Oh Canada! Local school has tulip bed in shape of country's flag:
Valley View Public School planted a tulip bed in the shape of a Canadian flag last fall after they won 500 red and 500 white tulip bulbs as part of the Canada's 150th Anniversary Celebration Garden Giveaway, spearheaded by the Canadian Garden Council. To celebrate the blooming of the tulips, the school held an early Canada Day celebration May 18. Find photos of the event here.
Sunny skies to close out the week but it's going to be a bit cooler out there than the last few days. Friday's high is only expected to reach 14. Evening will be partly cloudy with the low dropping to 3. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.