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Swiss XStrata expected to make bid for Falco

BY KEITH LACEY [email protected] One of Canada?s leading nickel mining analysts believes Switzerland-based XStrata might make a bid in the next three weeks to purchase full control of Falconbridge Ltd. This would force Inco Ltd.

Carpool just a click away

BY HEIDI ULRICHSEN [email protected] The city is encouraging citizens to go to and register themselves on an online carpool network.

Call us the City of Greener Sudbury

Greater Sudbury is the greenest city in Canada, Â?miles aheadÂ? of anyone else.

And then there?s hydro...

(CNW) Consumers will have to pay almost $3 billion more a year for electricity in Ontario after 2008 if the provincial government does not alter its plans to shut down the coal-fired generating plants, warns an independent study released by the Assoc

Hospitals get $200 million to balance budgets, slash jobs; SRH not sure of impact

BY HEIDI ULRICHSEN [email protected] Sudbury Regional Hospital officials aren?t sure whether or not they are getting any of the $200 million announced by the McGuinty government Monday for hospitals struggling to balance their budgets.

Labour reps to picket Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart?s low prices yield low standards say Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) officials. A peaceful day of gathering is taking place at Wal-Mart in Sudbury Saturday.

Public input requested for city?s new Official Plan

BY TRACEY DUGUAY [email protected] A draft Official Plan containing the vision and direction of the community for the next 20 years is ready for public input.

Give kids a lift campaign lifts off

With Adanac Ski Hill scheduled to re-open this coming season, the group calling itself ?Friends of Adanac? has officially launched its community fundraising campaign to pay for continued upgrading at the ski hill.

Protecting the community?s drinking sources

BY TRACEY DUGUAY [email protected] Water, along with air, earth and fire, is one of the four essential elements of life. Yet events like the Walkerton tragedy continue to highlight the fragility of this life-giving elixir.

Good documentaries have filmmaker's fingerprint

BY CRAIG GILBERT [email protected] Louis Belanger doesn't take kindly to having his documentaries cut down to 52 minutes to allow for commercials.