Sarah MacMillan

Sarah MacMillan is a reporter with CBC Sudbury. She previously worked with CBC P.E.I. You can contact her at

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Face mask initiative sending masks with Indigenous designs to remote First Nations

Several remote First Nations on the James Bay coast will soon be getting shipments of face masks with designs by Indigenous artists. For each mask Tyson Wesley sells, he's donating a children's mask to Kashechewan, Fort Albany or Attawapiskat First Nations. 

Inclusive design the key to redeveloping Sudbury's Ledo Hotel, says architecture grad

Chris Baziw has spent a lot of time thinking about the Ledo Hotel, and how the building in the south of downtown Sudbury could be redeveloped in an inclusive way. It was the focus of his master's thesis.

Sudbury KED a 'rare' case under old LPAT rules

Sudbury's Kingsway Entertainment District appeal is one of few cases in the province being heard under Local Planning Appeal Tribunal rules that existed only briefly, thanks to a change in government. 

Couple separated by Sault Ste. Marie border making plans to reunite

After months apart, a northern Ontario woman is finally able to make plans for when she'll be able to see her partner again. Joyce McComiskey lives in Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Ont.  while her partner, Tony Kucharczyk, lives just a short drive away in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Black Lives Matter Sudbury presents demands to city council

In a year where many cities in Canada and the U.S. are having conversations around racism and policing, the topic of defunding the police has made its way to Sudbury city council.

Sudbury city councillor advocating for restrictions to payday loan companies

Payday loan companies are a common sight in Sudbury, particularly in the downtown, but a city councillor wants to see restrictions in place on what he says can be "predatory" businesses.

LPAT hearings on Sudbury's Kingsway Entertainment District wrap up

The Kingsway Entertainment District is a proposed arena, casino and convention centre planned in Sudbury.

Sudbury family says medical exemption mixup ruined first day of school

A Sudbury high school student says she'll be staying home to do online learning after a miscommunication over a medical exemption for wearing a mask left her feeling ostracized.  

Student nutrition program in Sudbury and Manitoulin preparing for soaring costs

With students back in class after nearly six months at home, there are many changes — including the ways that school food programs will operate.

Sudbury post-secondary students adjust to a different kind of school year

Second-year Laurentian University student Jocelyne Way couldn't wait to get back to Sudbury for the start of a new school year. She'll be taking all of her classes online this semester. Even so, she returned to campus to live in residence. 

Why these Sudbury parents decided to keep their kids home

Nearly six months after schools throughout Ontario closed because of COVID-19, Sienna Roy is getting ready to start a new school year — but she won't be heading back to class in-person. 

Students and teachers return to class in Northeast after nearly 6 months

Tuesday marks the first day of a gradual return to class for students in northern Ontario — with parents either sending their children off to school for the first time in nearly half a year, or keeping them home to continue with distance learning.

Sudbury health unit prepares for schools to reopen

Sudbury's medical officer of health says she and her staff have been "poring over" new guidelines from the province, as they prepare for students to return to class.

Sudbury woman calls on city to reopen bus terminal toilets

Nicole Gallant takes the bus in Sudbury nearly every day — commuting to and from the hospital where she volunteers, going to doctors appointments, and getting groceries. But throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she says her transit experience has been stressful. 

Municipal councils in northeastern Ontario consider meeting options

More than five months into the pandemic, platforms like Zoom, Skype and Google Meet have become the norm, replacing in-person meetings. But technical glitches and communications challenges are also common.