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Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Brian:

Board spikes Elliot Lake consolidation plans

A decade-plus effort to amalgamate two elementary schools in Elliot Lake is being abandoned by Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board after the provincial government repeatedly rejected its attempts to bring all of its students in the community together. Now, the board wants to start work on millions of dollars of needed maintenance that’s been put […] → Read More

Spanish disturbance includes machete, pistol

A pistol, crossbow and machete were brandished when an argument heated up in Spanish last Tuesday. “Multiple” people from “numerous residences” on Colonization Road were involved, Ontario Provincial Police say. Threats were made. Someone was assaulted. Three people, all from Spanish, were arrested. Dustin Gordon, 28, was charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon […] → Read More

Side by side stolen in Elliot Lake

A side by side was stolen north of Elliot Lake. The theft, near Portelance Lake, happened between Aug. 16 and 19, Ontario Provincial Police say. The 2013 Kawasaki Teryx is black and yellow with Ontario off-road plate 9PV50. The vehicle identification number is JKARFDN17DB505472. Anyone with information about the theft can call OPP at 888-310-1122, […] → Read More

Searching for names of Sault lake's victims

Two unidentified Indigenous boys are believed buried in an east-end city park. Ed Sadowski wants to find out who they are. The retired Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre research co-ordinator learned the pair was at Snowdon Park on Shannon Road after watching interviews taped at the 1981 Shingwauk Reunion at Algoma University College. The Pine Island […] → Read More

Sault woman found dead on island

Human remains found on St. Joseph Island are identified as missing Sault Ste. Marie woman Sally Gibson, Ontario Provincial Police say. Cause of death is still to be determined with more post-mortem testing to be done this week in Toronto, Const. Bev Gauthier told The Sault Star on Wednesday. “The investigation is ongoing,” she said. […] → Read More

Man without mask gets angry in Spanish

A man who wasn’t wearing a face mask, or shoes, became upset when he went to a convenience store in Spanish and someone else spoke up about his behaviour. The incident happened last Saturday night, Ontario Provincial Police say. The complainant “said something to him” and the male “got really upset,” said Const. Bev Gauthier. […] → Read More

Fraudsters calling Blind River residents

Fraudsters are calling Blind River residents warning their social insurance numbers are supposedly compromised. Ontario Provincial Police are not aware of any victims from the calls that started coming last Monday, said Const. Bev Gauthier. The community service officer with the East Algoma detachment says she, and fellow officers, have received multiple calls since the […] → Read More

COVID-19 precautions prompt video threats in Sault

A man posted a video on social media threatening to kill people, or damage their property, if he was asked to take COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask, police say. Sault Ste. Marie Police Service learned of the video on Tuesday and arrested a suspect the same day, finding him in the 100 block […] → Read More

Wawa mine helps boost Wesdome's bottom-line

Strong gold prices helped a mining company with an operation near Wawa enjoy its best quarter in its history. Wesdome had $66.7 million in cash at the end of June. “We never forecast that for 2020,” said president and chief executive officer Duncan Middlemiss during a conference call with analysts on Wednesday. The dollar amount […] → Read More

Sault council backs Memorial Cup bid

The Soo Greyhounds bid to host the 2021 Memorial Cup will get a $300,000 assist from the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s economic development fund. City council agreed unanimously to offer the funding support at a meeting Monday. “We need to look post-COVID and we need to start putting things underway to get things moving […] → Read More

Homemade explosions draw police unit in Wawa

Explosions set off in the backyard of a Wawa home drew Ontario Provincial Police emergency response team members from several other Northern communties. → Read More

Elliot Lake woman charged after reports of screaming

A woman was charged after a complaint of a person screaming at a residence on Colwill Drive in Elliot Lake last Saturday night. She refused to leave, Ontario Provincial Police say. The woman was found walking on Colwill Drive. She was “exhibiting strong signs of intoxication” and was arrested for her own safety. Police later […] → Read More

Testing confirms 27th case of COVID-19 in the Sault area

A 27th Algoma District resident has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was in close contact with someone else who had novel coroonavirus, Algoma Public Health says. The resident, who was tested last Wednesday, is self-isolating. Close contacts have been notified. “All Algoma residents must continue to practise physical distancing because any close contact could […] → Read More

Mask requirement is business burden: Sault chamber of commerce

Requiring businesses to ensure Algoma District residents are wearing face coverings when entering their establishments will further tax merchants as they deal with months of lost revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the head of Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. Chief executive officer Rory Ring questions why Algoma Public Health is introducing the […] → Read More

Face mask directive 'positive step,' Sault mayor says

Even if wearing non-medical face coverings are only “moderately effective,” if enough Sault Ste. Marie residents start wearing them the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced, Algoma Public Health’s associate medical officer of health told city council Monday. Face coverings are required when entering businesses and Sault Ste. Marie Transit starting Friday. Students who did […] → Read More

Catholic diocese in northeastern Ontario names interim leader

Msgr. Jean-Paul Jolicoeur will lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie following the departure of Bishop Marcel Damphousse. Jolicoeur will serve as diocesan administrator until Pope Francis names a new bishop for the diocese. He was elected to the position by a college of consultors, a group of eight priests from the […] → Read More

Catholic churches in Sudbury, across northeast to reopen next weekend

Catholic parishes in Sudbury and across the northeast will reopen next weekend after being shuttered for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masses resume the weekend of June 20-21 “once all the measures have been taken to ensure the safety of parishioners,” Bishop Marcel Damphousse, of Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, said […] → Read More

Sault woman faces sexual assault charge

A Sault Ste. Marie woman is accused of sexually assaulting another person. The incident happened Jan. 2, a release says. The victim’s sex is not being released by police. Vanessa Lefebvre, 60, was charged with sexual assault. Her court date is Aug. 10. → Read More

Cameco restarts Blind River site next week

Cameco will restart operations at its refinery in Blind River next week after a six-week temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The uranium fuel provider laid off about half of its 115 e… → Read More

Catholic bishop to lead amalgamated diocese

Marcel Damphousse will leave his position leading Roman Catholics in Northeastern Ontario and help the archbishop of an amalgamated diocese in southeastern Ontario. The bishop of the Roman Catholic… → Read More