Sudbury Daystarter: Laurentian students vote to pay for new centre

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LAURENTIAN: The ballots are tallied, the results are in: A student center is in the works at Laurentian University. A special referendum was held on campus this week, asking students if they want to pay an extra fee to build a 10-million-dollar student centre. The fee— which would be 40 dollars next year, and then climb to 114 dollars in three years time — would be charged to students until the new building is paid off, and that could be years away. But, the centre would be owned and operated by the Students General Assocation.​

MUNICIPAL: Hundreds of people have told Greater Sudbury what they'd like to see in a new cultural complex in the city's downtown. In just a few days, 800 people have filled out an online survey on a proposed library and museum. A few dozen more came out to a public meeting last night at the main branch of the library. The city is paying architecture firm Yallowega Belanger $38,000 to study this idea.​

911 SERVICE: Sudbury and North Bay Police say a 911 service now available in other parts of the country for hearing and speech impaired people is not yet available here. This week, a service started nationally where people can register their phones with their service provider to be able to text in a 911 emergency. But police in Sudbury and North Bay say network upgrades need to be done before it can be offered. There is no timeline on when that will happen.​

DEDICATION: This weekend, a ski trail in Sudbury will be named in honour of Jean Hanson.  Hanson is probably best known as a long-time educator in Sudbury, b ut she was also a dedicated volunteer and board member for the Laurentian Nordic Ski Club. At Laurentian stadium on Saturday at 10 a.m., the club will hold a ceremony to name a section of the trail "Jean's Gentle Jaunt". Jean Hanson, 63, died last month after a long fight with cancer.

POLITICS: The Liberals are pushing for NipissingMPP Vic Fedeli to be found in contempt, after Fedeli released documents that show the province is in poor financial shape.  Political science professor David Tabachnik said that’s unlikely to happen. It’s up to the speaker of the house to decide the next step.

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A mix of sun and cloud today, with highs for most of the north near zero or 1 C. Along James Bay, increasing cloud with flurries for Fort Albany and Attawapiskat. Highs from -1 C to -6 C. 

TONIGHT: Snow is expected to develop overnight with lows from -7 C to -17 C.

TOMORROW: Light snow, then some clearing for western regions and the far north. Temperatures from -18 C in Attawapiskat to 1 C in Sudbury

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Highways in northeastern Ontario are mostly bare and visibility is good. If you have travel plans this weekend, you should know that southern and eastern Ontario are expecting more wintery weather tonight and tomorrow with snow, rain and likely some freezing rain. Environment Canada suggests that the wet weather will begin tonight from Southern Lake Huron to the Golden Horseshoe.  The snow will reach the Ottawa Valley and Cornwall areas overnight with most of the snow falling Saturday. Up to 15 cm are possible. 

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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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