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Nickel Belt’s M-P-P Says Don’t Prorogue

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

By Stew Kernan

Ontario’s opposition leaders are demanding Premier McGuinty recall the legislature now instead of waiting until the Liberals pick his replacement.

Nickel Belt M-P-P France Gelinas says the Liberals have no obvious successor, but the legislature shouldn’t be put on hold for several months while that is being figured out.

Gelinas says all the work being done at Queen’s Park ends and all bills up for discussion die…including her private members bill banning those under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.

The opposition parties say the rules also require a government to announce an approximate date for reconvening the legislature “before a session is prorogued,” something McGuinty has not done.

Nickel Belt M-P-P France Gelinas.

Large Gift For LU’s School Of Mines

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

Laurentian University has renamed its School of Mines after Ned Goodman and his family.

The Barrie businessman and philanthropist recently gave a large contribution to the school’s endowment fund, however it was under the condition the dollar figure remain confidential.

It is considered the largest is the university’s history.

Goodman does not have any ties to Sudbury or Laurentian, but says he’s made his family fortune from the mining industry.

He says he’s also very interested in the university creating a Barrie campus, plus his son, Jonathon  will be an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian.

The goal for LU’s Goodman School of Mines endowment fund is 20-million dollars.

With all contributions so, including the Goodman donation, the fund sits around 50% of its goal.

Bartolucci On McGuinty’s Resignation

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

Rick Bartolucci calls himself a huge Dalton McGuinty supporter.

Sudbury’s Liberal M-P-P was disappointed with the Premier’s surprise resignation announcement Monday evening, but Bartolucci says he respects the decision.

The Ontario Liberal Party will now decide on the process for a leadership convention.

Bartolucci makes it very clear he does NOT plan to run, stating he still has work to do as the local member of provincial parliament and as Minister of Northern Development and Mines.

After his announcement, McGuinty told the media he felt the party needed new blood and fresh ideas from its leader.

Bartolucci disagreed with this saying everyday the Premier brought new excitement and new ideas to the party and to Ontario, however he respects McGuinty’s decision to want to spend more time with his family.

Bartolucci feels it was a good decision to prorogue Parliament since there has been a lot of fighting recently between the three political parties at Queen’s Park, with little productivity.

Bartolucci calls McGuinty the best Premier Ontario ever had and he feels much of the growth and opportunities in Northern Ontario can be attributed to McGuinty’s leadership.

The President of the Ontario Liberal Party will meet with the Executive this week to decide on the timeline for a leadership convention.

Picture courtesy of Sudbury M-P-P Rick Bartolucci’s Facebook Page

SIU Probing Police Shooting In Sudbury

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit is probing a police shooting in Sudbury.

Around 11pm last night an officer stopped a vehicle on Kathleen Street, there was an interaction between the officer and the driver and then the officer’s firearm was discharged.

A 34-year-old man taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was also arrested by police.

There are now five investigators and two forensic investigators from the SIU looking into the incident.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529 Ext 2038.

School Bus Stolen And Set On Fire

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Stew Kernan

A school bus was found destroyed by fire in the Hanmer area.

It was discovered in a bush area off Colette St yesterday morning.

The bus was taken from a lot in Capreol at around 3am Sunday morning.

Damage was also caused when a fire extinguisher was discharged inside a number of other buses on the lot.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Still Waiting For Cause Of Death

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Stew Kernan

Police say they are not treating the discovery of a woman’s body in Garson as a homicide…at least not yet.

An autopsy is being done today on the body of 24-year old Stefanie Cummings of Sudbury was found along the side of O’Neil Drive West on on Saturday.

Police constable Meghan O’Malley says they’re still in the early stages of the investigation, but they’re asking anyone with information to call them or Crime Stoppers.

Cummings was last seen September 25th…her vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of the New Sudbury Shopping Centre October 2nd.

Gelinas To Get 2nd Reading of Tanning Bill

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

It’s rare that a private members’ bill is passed in provincial politics, but Nickel Belt M-P-P France Gelinas is likely to see her legislation passed banning the use of tanning beds for youth under the age of 18.

That’s because Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty informed the New Democrat politician last  month that Bill 74 would be supported by the minority government.

Gelinas’ bill will get Second Reading on Thursday November 1st during Private Members Public Business at Queen’s Park.

She is hopeful the bill will receive Third Reading and Royal Assent by Christmas, but it depends on how long the legislation is held up during the committee process.

Gelinas is calling it her “Third Time Charm” since she attempted twice before to get the legislation passed but the first time parliament was prorogued and the second time there was an election called.

Also on November 1st, Gelinas will also have second reading of three other health promotion measures, but is uncertain whether they will be passed.

Pedestrians Hit After 2-Vehicle Collision

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

A woman and her child were injured by a vehicle as they walked along a street in New Sudbury, yesterday morning.

An eastbound car was turning left onto Diane Street from Lasalle Boulevard when it struck a westbound vehicle.

The westbound car was forced off the road and hit the female pedestrian who was pushing a stroller.

Greater Sudbury Police say the woman and her child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision is still under investigation by the Traffic Management Unit.

Benefit Concert For Sick Child

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Matt Harris

A community fundraiser will be held Friday to benefit a six-year old Sudbury boy battling cancer.

The Mighty Mitch Concert of Hope will raise funds for Mitchell Jones, who was diagnosed with leukemia last month.

His father, BJ Jones, says the family immigrated to Canada from Ireland this summer, just before the diagnosis.

Delays in getting a OHIP coverage have put the family under financial stress while Mitchell receives treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.

The fundraiser goes Friday night at the Caruso Club.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds will go to pay for the expensive medical bill for Mitchell’s health.

More information can be found on the Facebook page: Fundraiser for Mitchell or Mighty Mitch Concert of Hope.

Mitchell’s mother, Joanne Dagg, grew up in Sudbury and the family has many ties to the area.

Power Outage East of Sudbury

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Angela Gemmill

Power is back on for 5,025 Hydro One customers after a 3-1/2-hour outage this morning affecting Coniston, Garson, Wahnapitae, Markstay-Warren and other communities east of the city.

Callers to our newsroom told us they had been without electricity since 3am.

Hydro One crews worked to fix the problem and had electricity restored by 6:30am.

A cause is still unknown, but a Hydro One media rep says bad weather is likely connected to the outage.