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Sudbury mining ventilation specialist urges businesses to consider better air flow in addition to distancing
As store owners continue to open their doors, they're making sure to think about the health and safety of their customers and staff. But an expert in ventilation and public health wants these businesses to also be thinking about air flow in their building. He says small particles of COVID-19 can linger in the air particularly where there is poor ventilation.
Former book club motivated to create Equity, Inclusion committee in North Bay
A small group in North Bay is hoping to make a big impact on combating racism. They want to establish an Equity and Inclusion Committee. The group started as a virtual book club this spring reading a book about racism. But after seeing and participating in protests and rallies they have bigger ideas for North Bay.
Diocese responsible for Sudbury's Grotto assessing whether vandalized statues can be repaired
The landmark in downtown Sudbury known as the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was vandalized recently, when someone broke off heads and hands from five of the 13 statues in the Stations of the Cross series. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, which oversees the property, is now working with insurance to determine if the 67-year old artwork can be repaired or would need to be replaced.
Museums, tourist attractions prepare to welcome back visitors
After being closed for more than three months, museums, galleries and landmarks are reopening — with some limits. When announcing stage 2 of reopening earlier this month, the province said these establishments could open, but any interactive or high contact exhibits have to remain closed.
Bill to privatize home care being rushed through, health advocates say
The NDP's Health Critic, France Gélinas has been fighting to stop or at least amend new legislation that would allow for the privatization of home care services. For the past few days the Nickel Belt MPP has brought forward 20 amendments to Bill 175, the Home and Community Care Services bill.
How a Sudbury group home is staying positive during COVID-19 pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, workers at L'Arche Sudbury's group homes are concerned about spreading the virus, but there are several measures in place, including vigilant hand-washing. Despite their anxieties, the staff is intentionally keeping the atmosphere joyful for the clients.
Working from home? Check your insurance policy
There are still some grey areas when it comes to insurance coverage for workers who are now doing their jobs from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One experts suggests checking in with your provider to see what they're doing, and informing them of the temporary switch.
Sudbury's 1st COVID-19 case: Geologist calls experience ironic given prior concerns
It was a month ago that the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Sudbury. A man in his 50s contracted the virus while attending a large international mining conference in Toronto. That case has a name. Stewart Hamilton is a geologist at the Willet Green Miller Centre on the Laurentian University campus.
Timmins under state of emergency; local health unit reports 29 COVID-19 cases
The Porcupine Health Unit reported its 29th positive case of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, a day after it announced that two people had died from COVID-19. The City of Timmins is currently under a state of emergency.
Health care students in northern Ontario sourcing PPE for front-line staff
Post secondary students studying in the health care field in northern Ontario have created a group called PPE for HCP (health care providers). They are now volunteering to source personal protective equipment for front-line doctors, nurses and other health care allies.
All calls to 911 screened to protect Sudbury first responders from exposure to COVID-19
The City of Greater Sudbury is reminding residents in this age of COVID-19, to be truthful when calling 911 for help. Before paramedics, police or firefighters are dispatched, the caller will be asked about any possible symptoms or exposure to the novel coronavirus. This enables first responders to ensure they're equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment.
Greater Sudbury greenlights Peace Tower affordable housing project
The City of Greater Sudbury will be entering into an agreement with the group behind the Peace Tower affordable housing project near the Pearl Street water tower. Once the 38-unit is completed, then $5.7-million from the province's Home For Good initiative will flow to the project.
Opportunity to be neighbourly during COVID-19 crisis
With many stuck inside either under self isolation or quarantined due to COVID-19, others are stepping up to offer help. It's creating an opportunity to be neighbourly, both literally and figuratively.
Temporary adjustments at places of worship to avoid spreading COVID-19
There have been some temporary changes made to places of worship as we all deal with COVID-19. In Greater Sudbury, most churches have asked parishioners to stop shaking hands. Some services have been cancelled altogether.
Long-term care homes seeking part of ministry pie for new LTC beds
Many long term care homes in Sudbury are applying for provincial funding from the Ministry of Long Term Care. Last fall, the ministry announced it would create 15,000 new long term care beds. The deadline for submissions is the end of this month.