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Auditor's future on Sudbury city council agenda

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Sudbury council will also debate ways to remove roadblocks in development of the Ring of Fire

The future of the auditor general's office in Greater Sudbury will once again be debated by city councillors tonight.

Earlier this year, Mayor Marianne Matichuk tabled a motion calling for the position to be made a permanent fixture at city hall. Right now, the auditor general and employees in that office are hired on a contract basis.

Greater Sudbury Auditor General Brian Bigger (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

When it was discussed this spring, council voted to hire a consultant to study how city operations are audited. The resulting report recommended keeping an in-house auditor.

Matichuk has now re-tabled her motion to be voted on tonight.

The mayor also has a motion on the table calling on the provincial government to remove roadblocks in developing the Ring of Fire — in particular, the Cliffs Natural Resources chromite mine. Cliffs is planning to process the ore from that mine at a smelter to be built north of Capreol, at the old Moose Mountain Mine site.

Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada )

Sudbury city councillors will also hear two presentations at tonight's meeting: one from CN Rail on the company's operations in the city, and one from the city clerk on preparations for next fall's municipal election, which is now less than a year away.

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