Sudbury Daystarter: Council meeting dinners cost $23K last year

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CITY HALL: The bill for dinners served at Sudbury city council meetings last year came to $23,000. CBC learned the figure through an Access to Information request. Several city councillors say providing meals to council and senior staff help the meetings run more efficiently.

BELL PARK: The city of Sudbury is still looking for feedback on what to do with the old general hospital site in Bell Park. A private developer is putting in condos. But the city owns the parking lot next door. The city spent $16,000 to hire the architecture firm Yallowega Belanger to gather public feedback and design any park improvements. People have until March 28th to respond. The survey is available on the City of Sudbury website or at city hall.

TONIGHT: Sudbury city councillors will spend some time talking about emergency services at their meeting tonight. Councillors will vote on a new firefighting bylaw, which clarifies the rules on which calls are covered by full-time firefighters and which ones are handled by volunteers. A report on the ambulance system shows that response times in Sudbury are on target 95 per cent of the time. Tonight, Greater Sudbury councillors will also discuss the closing of the underused helicopter pad in the small community of Skead.

PARALYMPICS: Mac Marcoux, the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic team has struck gold in Sochi in his final alpine event, winning the men’s visually impaired giant slalom on Saturday by more than two seconds. WATCH

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The days may be getting longer, but the weather isn't any warmer today. Hearst already broke a record low for March 17 reaching -32 C. Most of the north should see sunshine this morning with increasing cloud through the day.
Temperatures will range from -8 C to -10 C. Along James Bay highs will be near -14 C. The normal high for Sudbury on March 17 is 1 C. 

TONIGHT: Overnight temperatures will range from -10 C to -17. Along James Bay the low will be near -25 C.

TOMORROW: Cloudy skies with snow developing from the west. Wawa, Batchawana and Searchmont can expect 5 to 10 cm of snow. Just the chance of afternoon flurries for Sudbury, with light snow developing late Tuesday night. 
It will be warmer tomorrow, with highs from -3 up to zero. Along James Bay tomorrow, highs of - 8 C. 

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

Major highways are bare and dry and will stay that way today. Roads on St. Joseph Island are snow packed. 

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.


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