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DeBeers is moving ahead with environmental studies on expanding its diamond mine in Attawapiskat. (istock)

MINING: DeBeers is moving ahead with an environmental assessment to potentially expand its Victor Mine in the James Bay Lowlands near Attawapiskat.  That process will include community consultation. If DeBeers moves ahead with the project, the Tango Extension would open in 2018.

FIRE: 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.

FATALITY: Sudbury Police have identified the man who died after being hit by a vehicle Monday evening. John Paul Tookata, 37, died after he was hit near the intersection of Municipal Road 80 and St. Joseph Street in Hanmer.

SMOKING BAN: Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews says she will introduce legislation next month to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios. This week, Sudbury city council voted to ban smoking outdoors on municipal property and said it would move ahead on a city bylaw for patios if the province doesn't do it first. READ

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

More snow today. Yesterday, Sudburians shovelled 8 cm of fresh snow. In North Bay, people had 11 cm of snow. Another 2 to 4 cm is expected for most regions today. Around Lake Superior, up to 10 cm of snow is expected. Temperatures will be slightly higher with daytime highs ranging from minus 9 up to minus 4.

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.

Thanks to Mike who called the traffic line to let us know that Highway 17 between Blind River and Sault Ste Marie is snow covered. The MTO reports that highway conditions are much improved elsewhere from yesterday. Major highways in the Northeast are mostly bare. Visibility is fair at times in the Sault Ste Marie district due to snow. For people travelling south, Highway 400 is snow covered in the Parry Sound area.

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. 

A traffic note in Sudbury: @GreaterSudbury says there will be intermittent lane closures on the Kingsway from 9 am to 3 pm today due to pole maintenance. The closures will be at various spots between Bancroft Drive and Barrydowne Road effective Thursday, January 16, and Friday, January 17.

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

Thanks to Janna Ramsay Best for this pic of the day: snow on Rowan Berries in Sudbury, overlooking Lilycreek and Science North. (Janna Ramsay Best)

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

A grieving Ontario man's note on a napkin, which alerted a couple he was paying for their meal as a tribute to his late wife of 43 years, has gone viral. Lee Ballantyne is originally from Kirkland Lake. His wife, Carol, died of lung cancer late last year. A few days after her death, he ate at an Italian restaurant in Barrie, where he now lives. His son told the story to @cbcpointsnorth. LISTEN

Find more interviews from Morning North and Points North

TODAY: On Thursday, Jan. 16th, The Donovan/Elm West Seniors group holds its monthly meeting with coffee, conversation and cards at the Elm West playground from 1-3 p.m. It will feature special guest speaker Linda Fontaine from the Sudbury Alzheimer's Society.

TODAY: Sudbury Secondary School invites the community to Act Fest on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 7 pm. Sudbury Secondary School's senior drama students will perform a quartet of short one-act plays. Tickets are available in the main office at Sudbury Secondary School at 154 College Street and at the door.
Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
 

WEEKEND: The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains holds its annual townhall meeting in Blind River on Sunday, January 19th at the the theatre in the French High School, starting at 2 p.m. It will feature the documentary Derailed. MORE

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