Sudbury Daystarter: Attawapiskat walkers pass Moose Factory

News, weather and road info to start your day.

FIREFIGHTERS: Greater Sudbury's 350 volunteer firefighters have ratified their first union contract.  Their pay will not be going up, but there will be an extra cost to the city, estimated to be between $100,000 and $150,000.

BUSINESS: Sudbury's first incubator kitchen will soon be open for business.  It will be a rental kitchen space for people who need an industrial kitchen in order to sell their food.  Tune into @morningnorth 7:50 for more.

FIRST NATIONS:Three Attawapiskat men are now hundreds of kilometres into a long, cold walk to Ottawa. Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimaw and Paul Mattinas are trekking to the nation's capital to draw attention to treaty rights. They made it to Moose Factory late last week, and are now walking down the ice road that connects to Smooth Rock Falls.​ FULL STORY

UNIVERSITY:  Laurentian University students who plan to live in the school's main residence are going to be forced to buy a meal plan next year. The school is planning to renovate the cafeteria and bring in healthier meal options. But it comes with a cost, between $1700 and $4500 dollars for the year. 

For the latest info follow @CBCnewsSudbury on twitter. See breaking news? Call the CBC Sudbury Newsdesk: 705 688-3240.

A cold start to the week, with wind chill warnings in effect for Timmins, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst and Smooth Rock Falls. Windchills in these areas will be near minus 40 or colder this morning and again tonight. The rest of the region isn't much warmer. Highs across the Northeast will range from minus 17 to minus 24 with a mix of sun and cloud, but wind chills will make it feel like the minus thirties.  Tomorrow will be slightly colder!

For the latest on weather conditions tune into @MorningNorthlive from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. each weekday morning. 99.9FM in Sudbury.

@GreaterSudbury says there could be traffic slowdowns today on the  KingswayGolder Associates will be drilling two boreholes in the  center lane on the  Kingsway on Jan. 20, (weather permitting) between the hours of 9:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drilling will continue on Jan. 20-21 on Madison Ave at the creek crossing between  Stillbrook and  Sagebush between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., (weather permitting).

After the snow and blowing snow this weekend, road conditions should improve this week. There is a very slight chance of flurries. Major highways are mostly bare. Secondary highways have some snow cover. 

The Ministry of Transportation keeps an eye on the roads around the clock. Click here and then on the "road conditions" box in the new window to reveal the latest information. 

See problems on the roads at highways? Send a note to @Sudburytraffic on Twitter, or phone the CBC Sudbury traffic line 705-670-3191.

What does it look like where you are this morning? Tweet us a photo @MorningNorth.

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Just how empty are our schools in the north? Our colleague from Radio-Canada Nael Shiab has been looking into the issue when it comes to the French school boards. He shared some of his findings with @MorningNorth. LISTEN

Find more interviews from Morning North and Points North

TONIGHT: Sudbury city council committees meet at Tom Davies Square at 4 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Lowering speed limits, putting in more stop signs, widening sidewalk patios and selling naming rights to Grace Hartman Amphitheatre all up for debate.

THIS WEEK: A family in Verner lost all their dairy cows in a fire that destroyed their barn just before Christmas. Now the community is raising money for Paul Beadry's farm. There's a fundraising dinner coming up to help his family on January 25th in Lavigne. For more information you can call the Emery family at 705-594-1143.​

REGISTER NOW: The 3rd annual Amazing Race fundraiser in support of Low Income People Involvement of Nipissing will be held on May 24th. Teams of four use clues to race across the City, performing tasks much like the show Amazing Race. Teams can start registering now online or at the office on Main Street. 


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