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Recent articles by Mary:

Sudbury councillor ordered to rest

Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini has been ordered to rest and to step away from his work as a councillor. Vagnini, who is in his 50s, has been battling an illness for more than a month. While he does not yet have a diagnosis, he has gone through a battery of tests with at least one specialist. “I’m under doctor’s care, directly related to a health issue,” he said Wednesday. “I’m also under the care… → Read More

Sudbury residents like the idea of a renovated arena: Poll

Architectural firm promoting Project Now as an alternative to the Kingsway Entertainment District → Read More

Sudbury council axes pothole pilot project

A seemingly simple decision about an asphalt remediation program spurred a lengthy discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting. Staff was recommending council approve a $1.4 million pilot project that could transform pothole-patching and road work, and could ease the burden on Sudbury’s beleaguered streets. In the end, council voted to kill the project. “Funding provided for the HIR pilot project… → Read More

Battle over Sudbury's KED continues

Despite losing his case at Superior Court, Tom Fortin says he remains optimistic in his efforts to block the Kingsway Entertainment District. “On Friday, Sept. 4, the Superior Court handed down its decision on our application,” Fortin said Tuesday on his website, Casino-Free Sudbury. “Our application to quash the bylaws forming the KED was denied. […] → Read More

Firefighters make the case; ruling to cost taxpayers $1.3M a year

Arbitration board sides with association; city must have four professional firefighters on duty per shift at Val Therese station and not two as the municipality argued → Read More

Project could revolutionize road repair in Sudbury

Pending the Ok from city council, the hot in-place asphalt recycling pilot project is a go. Staff is recommending council approve a $1.4 million pilot that could revolutionize pothole-patching and road work, and could ease the burden on Sudbury’s beleaguered streets. “Funding provided for the HIR pilot project includes $700,000 from additional federal gas tax and $811,000 in funding from the… → Read More

Despite pandemic, enrolment numbers in Sudbury steady

Post-secondary schools say recruiting international students more of a challenge due to COVID-19 → Read More

COVID strains relations between City of Greater Greater and union

‘We’re trying to do our best to make sure we’re protecting the safety of people coming to work while we’re still delivering the services we’re supposed to deliver’ → Read More

An elegant vision for an old Sudbury water tower

A once-derelict water tower could become a beacon of hope and light overlooking the city core. Local architect Patrick Danielson has a vision for the Pearl Street water tower, which maintains part of its historic façade, with a very modern twist. Danielson’s vision, which he calls Water Falls, includes a light-filled atrium and a winding, airy staircase that wraps itself around the tower’s… → Read More

Community rallies to help boy replace stolen bike and fishing gear

This community has heart. After The Star reported Thursday on a bike theft, Sudbury has responded and rallied in a big way. Hunter Howe, 13, is an avid fisherman and cyclist. The youngster, who has autism, lives with his family in Cartier but spends a couple of days per week with a respite worker in […] → Read More

Theft especially cruel for young Sudbury boy

Loss of bike and fishing gear hard for autistic youth to deal with → Read More

Sudbury to sink $800,000 into one-stop shop

Idea is to allow the public easier access to city services while improving staff safety → Read More

Sudbury looking at sustained tax and water rate hikes

City council has begun discussing next year’s tax increase. At Tuesday’s meeting of the finance committee, staff presented a first look at the 2021 budget. In a report presented to the committee, they recommend a maximum 3.9 per cent property tax increase “over 2020 taxation levels, in accordance with the long-term financial plan.” Staff also recommended an increase of 4.8 per cent for… → Read More

Sudbury council backs call for lobbyist registry

Ward 5 Coun. Robert Kirwan wants more transparency at city hall. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Kirwan introduced a motion to develop a lobbyist registry that would “ensure interactions between members of city council and lobbyists are a matter of public record and accessible to all citizens.” Kirwan asked staff to return with a report during […] → Read More

Sudbury businessman to run for mayor in 2022

‘I could tell you with full confidence the last five months of living in our beloved city of Sudbury, I’ve never seen a dark cloud that deep, man’ → Read More

Junction project beginning to take shape

Junction East would consist of library, art gallery and possibly the Sudbury Theatre Centre; Junction West would house a hotel, a conference and convention centre, and a community auditorium and performance theatre → Read More

Sudbury's SilverCity reopens on Friday

'Sudbury is one of our more popular theatres, so it was an easy choice for the team here' → Read More

Fix LTC 'once and for all'

It is time to draw a line in the sand. Long-term care is ready for an overhaul and the time is now to make those changes, Jamie West says. West, the NDP MPP for Sudbury, hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday evening, which included several panelists. He said regardless of the political party, this should be the government to start making changes to long-term care. “It’s long overdue and there’s a… → Read More

Sudbury's mayor waiting for details of bailout package

A bailout package for Ontario’s municipalities is good news for Sudbury, the city’s mayor says. While there are still few details, Mayor Brian Bigger said the announcement Monday by the Conservatives that they will work with the federal government to provide as much as $4 billion to municipalities throughout the province is welcome. “It’s good […] → Read More

Gateway committed to Sudbury, company says

Gateway Casinos says it is pushing ahead with its plans for a Sudbury-based gaming facility, despite a failed deal that would have seen Leisure Acquisition Corp. purchase the company. Robert Mitchell, a spokesperson for Gateway Casinos, said in an email to The Star nothing has changed in terms of the company’s day-to-day operations. “I can […] → Read More