Hello, Greater Sudbury! Here are some stories to start your day this Friday morning.

City says encampment at Memorial Park will ‘no longer be an option’

After April 1, homeless people in Sudbury will no longer be able to move into Memorial Park. “We will make it very public that this is no longer an option going forward,” Tyler Campbell, the city’s director of children’s and social services, told Sudbury.com. “We will send messages, very publicly, with regard to the use of the parks. With an increasing number of service providers reopening after the pandemic, the City of Greater Sudbury is moving forward with plans to close two homes of the homeless crisis: 199 Larch Street Warming Center and Park Camp Memorial. Both plans align with already established strategies, city officials said, based on funding, needs and the Greater Sudbury Camp Response Guide. At noon April 1, city law enforcement officials will begin the planned dismantling of the Memorial Park encampment and enforce the removal of those who plan to set up a tent or structure in the park. The City of Greater Sudbury posted signs in the park area on March 15 to announce the date and time, as per the camp guide. The announcement also included the closure of camp on the grounds of 199 Larch Street, near the warming center.

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City development fees to jump 17.2% starting July 1

Development charges are increasing by 17.2% effective July 1, which will add another $3,252 to the construction of a new single-family home in Greater Sudbury. This, despite a push from the Ward 11 Coun. Bill Leduc will limit this year’s increase to 4.4%, bringing it in line with the 12-month change in the consumer price index through September 2021. The 17.2% increase is “Too much for our developers, because obviously those development costs are passed on to the home buyer, and right now the price of homes has skyrocketed,” Leduc said. “I don’t want the construction of our new homes to slow down. In support of Leduc’s motion, Ward 5 Coun. Robert Kirwan noted that taxes paid in the first year of new homes opening to residents would offset the proposed reduced increase. With only Kirwan and Ward 12 Coun. Joscelyn Landry-Altmann supported Leduc’s motion, it was defeated and the automatic 17.2% raise remains in play.

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Cuts to Laurentian programs violated French Language Services Act, commissioner says

Laurentian University “neglected its obligations under the French Language Services Act during the university’s financial restructuring process,” the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario said today. On March 31, Commissioner Kelly Burke released the results of her investigation into potential violations by Laurentian University under the French Language Services Act. She found that not only was Laurentian in violation, but so were the Ministry of Francophone Affairs and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. As Laurentian University became a designated French-language institute in 2014, it has obligations to meet under the law. The commissioner said the school failed to comply with the French Language Services Act even before April 12, 2021, when Laurentian announced it would cut 29 French-language programs. Burke concluded that the university “had already begun making cuts to French-language programming leading to designated degrees before April 12, 2021.” Extract from the report: “The cuts of almost 50% in French programs announced on April 12, 2021 by Laurentian University have had a significant and harmful impact on the delivery of French services by the university. Burke also found that departments had not fulfilled their own obligations to ensure the protection of French-language services at the university.

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Vagnini explains why he claimed 26,076 km for municipal works in 2021

During his time on city council and the decades he spent in the financial industry, Michael Vagnini said he learned the importance of meeting people in person. “People like to see the whites of your eyes and they like to see the fact that you actually care to go see them because you’re face to face,” the Ward 2 councilman told Sudbury.com . “With my constituents, I can tell you a good number of them know what I look like and I know what they look like.” Vagnini came under fire at Tuesday’s finance and administration committee meeting for claiming $13,820 in mileage last year, which the adviser addressed in a combative manner and refrained from explaining how it recorded about 26,076 business kilometers of the city. Sudbury.com reached out to Vagnini by phone Wednesday to help fill that understanding gap, during which the adviser highlighted his approach to dealing with people.

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Animated man wins $250,000 with Instant Crossword

Lively resident Cody Lanovaz celebrates after winning a $250,000 top prize with Instant Crossword Deluxe. Lanovaz said he plays the lottery about once a month. The ticket was purchased at Shell on Highway 17 in Terrace Bay. “I was in disbelief when I found out about this win,” he said. “It’s starting to feel a little more real now.” Lanovaz, 35, said he first told his sister about his big win. “She said, ‘Are you sure it’s not $250?; “” Cody said. He said he plans to pay off his mortgage and enjoy his win.

Residents are urged to exercise caution along waterways as watershed declaration is in effect

A statement of watershed conditions remains in effect for the Sudbury district until Friday, April 8, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Natural Resources said. Residents of the District of Sudbury, including the communities of Sudbury, Espanola, the municipalities of Markstay-Warren, French River and St. Charles, the townships of Sables-Spanish River and Baldwin, the town of Spanish and Manitoulin Island must exercise caution along local waterways. Although no flooding is expected based on the current forecast, particular caution should be exercised around rivers and streams. Please alert and supervise all children in your care about these dangers and supervise their activities. The ministry closely monitors weather and changing watershed conditions. Further updates will be posted as required. A low pressure system moved into northeastern Ontario on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain. Rainfall amounts over the next 24 hours are expected to be between 20 and 25 mm. Daytime temperatures are expected to rise to 6°C and then drop below freezing overnight. Over the next few days, daytime temperatures are expected to remain above freezing and nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.

Cloudy but no rain, freezing rain or snow forecast today

As the chronicles of a spring in Northern Ontario continue, you can expect cloudy skies and highs of -1 for your Friday. The wind will be blowing from the north at 20 kph, gusting to 40, so expect a wind chill of around -13 in the morning and -7 in the afternoon. Tonight, the sky will clear and the temperature will drop to -10.