Ornge helicopter crash dominates CBC Sudbury news in 2013
Tragedy, loss, mayhem on the roads, flooding, and public inquiries were some of the most sought-after stories reported by CBC News from across the northeast.
CBC Sudbury looks back on the top 10 stories of the year that were most clicked on by our website readers.
1) Ornge helicopter crash
What was supposed to be a routine patient pickup in Attawapiskat in northern Ontario proved to be a deadly venture for two pilots and two paramedics flying out of Moosonee early on the morning of May 31, when their helicopter crashed shortly after departure.
Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance, confirmed the names of the four who died in the crash:
Captain Don Filliter, 54, of Skead, Ont.
First Officer Jacques Dupuy, 43, of Otterburn-Park, Que.
Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, 34, of Moose Factory, Ont.
Paramedic Chris Snowball, 38, of Burlington, Ont.
2) Timmins closes Shania Twain Centre
The Shania Twain Centre permanently shut its doors on Feb. 8.
International gold miner Goldcorp was to officially acquire the property in June. The company plans to demolish the structure to make it part of a massive open-pit gold mine.
City councillors decided earlier in the year the centre was too big a money pit to keep subsidizing.
About $4 million in tax dollars went toward building the failed tourist attraction just 12 years ago.
The centre has racked up more than $1 million in operating deficits in the years since.
3) Theresa Spence re-elected chief in Attawapiskat
Theresa Spence, who went on a six-week hunger strike last winter in an effort to persuade the federal government to take aboriginal concerns seriously, was re-elected to a second three-year term as chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario at the end of August.
Her liquid diet last winter made her a household name, but it also put her at the centre of criticism in the election.
4) Bad-driving snitch line targeting seniors prompts police apology
Getting people to call the Crime Stoppers tip line stemmed from a safe-driving task force launched at the end of January by the Greater Sudbury Police, the OPP and other community groups.
It was set up for people to call and anonymously report sightings of people who appear to be driving dangerously, but police put an emphasis on reporting older drivers. Police said the number of seniors getting into collisions is almost on par with those of drivers aged 24 and under.
5) Attawapiskat fire
Flights left from Attawapiskat in late November to transport about 70 people forced from their homes by a fire in the First Nation community in northern Ontario — a fire that appears to have been caused by a candle used during a power outage.
Officials declared an emergency in the remote James Bay Coast community on Friday after a fire broke out earlier in a set of trailers being used as temporary housing due to a sewage system break.
No one was injured in the fire.
6) Elliot Lake mall inquiry told engineers often costly
The public inquiry into the Elliot Lake mall collapse made headlines on CBC Sudbury's website throughout the year. But it was the stories that came out at the inquiry's start that garnered the most online attention, including this one:
An engineer and the first witness to appear before a public inquiry into last June's fatal roof collapse at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake said it isn't uncommon for smaller communities to have a difficult time affording top building officials.
Using diagrams, slides and a 3D structure, Dale Craig described in detail how mall buildings are constructed. Craig — an Ottawa-based engineer whose company's work includes projects in Sudbury — outlined the roles of key players in building construction, including engineers, contractors and owners.
7) Flooding in Attawapiskat, Kashechewan
Both the Attawapiskat and Kashechewan First Nations declared a state of emergency after sewer backups flooded basements.
Kashechewan chief Derek Stephen told CBC News 40 homes have water and sewage in the basement — leaving about 200 people with nowhere to sleep.
8) Severe rusting of ill-fated Elliot Lake mall didn't alarm engineer
An engineer had long known about severe rusting of steel beams at Elliot Lake's Algo Centre mall when he signed off on a report declaring the structure to be sound, less than two months before it collapsed, a judicial inquiry heard Thursday.
Testifying at the probe into last year's fatal collapse, Gregory Saunders said he signed off on an inspection report prepared by his partner and fellow engineer, Robert (Bob) Wood, on May 3, 2012.
9) Flooding forces northern Ont. towns to declare state of emergency
Provincial police in East Algoma said several roads were closed in the area southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.
10) Poor driving conditions span northeastern Ont.
Several highways around the northeast were closed, school buses were cancelled, along with some schools. Businesses closed early and people were told by emergency workers to stay off the roads. Some buses were stranded and multiple accidents ensued.