Wendy Bird

CBC Sudbury

Wendy Bird is a journalist based in Sudbury who specializes in topics of concern to northern Ontario. Reach her at wendy.bird@cbc.ca, and on Twitter and Instagram @bendyword.

Latest from Wendy Bird

Sudbury area experiencing a non-existent flu season, health unit says

Sudbury's health unit is reporting no cases of the flu this year, thanks to people masking up and practising physical distancing.

Sudbury health unit helping province get data in coronavirus variant surveillance program

Work is underway to track coronavirus variants in Ontario, and Sudbury's health unit is combing though testing results for clues.

Extra police presence in downtown Sudbury is only for the short-term, chief says

Greater Sudbury's police chief says officers from other areas in the city will be called in after a marked increase in violence and deaths in the city's core.

Sudbury's downtown to have larger presence of police, security officers, mayor says

Sudbury's mayor says it's clear that people are in crisis in the city's downtown. He made the comments after a meeting with community leaders Tuesday afternoon. They met to form an immediate action plan in the wake of increased violence and deaths in the area.

Face shields not a good substitute for face masks, says Sudbury's health unit

If you're heading out to a place where face masks are required, Sudbury's health unit wants you to know that face shields are not a good substitute.

Employers, employees being encouraged to embrace 'best practices' as pandemic changes how we work

Workplace rules are rapidly being tested, bent and reshaped during this pandemic. Both employers and employees are working overtime to forge a new understanding of one another. A workers advocacy group in Sudbury is offering to help with the process.

More thunder and lightning on the way for northeastern Ontario

All that heat and humidity we've been having is not going away anytime soon. And that makes the conditions ripe for more thunderstorms like we had over the weekend.

Construction underway at first-ever fast food franchise on Manitoulin Island

Construction of Manitoulin Island's first-ever fast-food franchise is underway. The popular tourist destination is west of Sudbury, at the top of Lake Huron. Some fear a new Tim Hortons will detract from the island's character and charm.

'Mask-shaming' stories cropping up as COVID-19 restrictions are eased

The question of wearing a mask as pandemic restrictions loosen is a hot topic of conversation. And some are discovering their decisions around mask wearing are a point of ridicule when they venture out.

Ontario accountants stepping up to help healthcare workers with their taxes

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario say they want to help out frontline healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The association is calling it "Accounting for Bravery" — a program that brings together CPAs from across the province to prepare workers' tax returns free of charge.