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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day on this Tuesday morning.
Warmed by a sacred fire and impassioned by the beating of the drums, around 50 people gathered in the shadow of a large coniferous tree on the grounds of the Greater Sudbury Police Service on Nov. 14 for the second annual Tree of Hope lighting ceremony. An initiative that began with Thunder Bay Police Service in 2019 and spread to Greater Sudbury in 2021, the Tree of Hope initiative aims to raise awareness of the issue of the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, and to demonstrate to the families of the missing that the police hear them, that they acknowledge their pain and that they acknowledge police have not always been the allies they could have or should have been. With the assistance of Greater Sudbury Utilities, a large evergreen on the grounds of the GSPS headquarters on Brady Street was draped in red lights, the colour of that symbolizes the missing and the murdered. As well, GSU assisted in placing a wooden star, lit by orange lights, representing the children lost to residential schools, at the very top of the tree. The star was handmade by students at St. Charles College. An initiative of the GSPS, the police service partnered with several local organizations on the initiative, including the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services and N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre.
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A temporary tax cut intended to help Ontario residents save money at the pumps will be extended for another year, the province's premier announced on Sunday. Doug Ford said his government intends to table legislation that would leave the tax break that cut gas prices by 5.7 cents a litre in place until the end of 2023. The cut first went into effect on July 1 and was originally due to expire on Dec. 31. "We know that every dollar helps," said Ford, speaking at a gas station in Toronto's west end. "And this gas tax cut is another way we're delivering savings to Ontario households." Ford cited inflation and global economic uncertainty as reasons behind the extension, which will also maintain a 5.3-cents-per-litre reduction in the price of diesel fuel. Ford estimated the tax breaks would save households an average of $195 over the entire 18-month course of the price reduction.
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An Ontario health-care worker told a Toronto reporter Monday that anyone who has seen a child gasping for air will immediately put aside any selfish thoughts about not wearing a mask to do whatever it takes to see that child get better. Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, is hoping Ontario residents will keep that thought in mind and care enough about their sick family members that they will go so far as to wear a mask at home to keep children and elderly people from getting infected. "I'm reminding Ontarians to get back to using all the layers of protection that we know work to keep ourselves and other others healthy." Moore outlined his concerns at a Queen's Park news conference Monday in response to what he said is the triple-threat of respiratory illness caused by influenza, RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and COVID-19. And while Moore has strongly encouraged residents to begin masking as a way to stave off obvious infections, he did not call for a masking mandate. 
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The 2022 Christmas/Holiday Card Campaign for the Sudbury Food Bank has been officially launched. The campaign generated more than $56,000 to support the food bank’s mission. This year’s list of returning local artists and photographers includes Ashley Demers, Sue Lampinen, Debbie McKay, Debb Trahan-Pero, Kaylee Wither and new to the campaign this year, Ash Sokolowicz. The sponsors of this year’s campaign are the Backyard Birder, UFCW Local 175 & 633, Journal Printing, Delta Bingo and Gaming, Cambrian College, and WAT Supplies. “The board of the Banque d’aliments Sudbury Food Bank wishes to thank our amazing partners, sponsors, local artists and everyone in the community who purchases and gives Christmas or Holiday cards to their loved ones, extended families, neighbors, peers and friends for their continuing efforts to assist the BDSFB in its mission to feed our region's hungry and making it possible to run this incredible community campaign in our city,” the bank said in a news release.
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Amy Falbo has always loved good, wholesome foods. “I love grains, beans and vegetables and mixing them and spicing them up,” she said. Falbo was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis many years ago and changed how she eats based on what is good for her gut. Six years ago while working as an early childhood educator was when the cooking quest began. “It all started in my Italian parents’ basement certified kitchen,”  Falbo said. Soon after, she was stocking up the fridges at Salute and Old Rock Coffee with wraps and deli salads like her orzo pasta, moroccan and kale quinoa signature dish. “Then this year, I basically outgrew the basement kitchen space thanks to the healthy eating demands of Sudbury citizens,” she said.
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If you want to learn how to drive a snowmobile, you’ll be doing it sitting in front of your computer – or maybe even learning on your phone. Classroom training will no longer be offered, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs announced this week. “After two years of offering the course online only as a result of the COVID pandemic, as well as the evolving learning preferences of our youth, the demand has shifted significantly towards this offering,” Ryan Eickmeier, CEO of the snowmobile federation said in a news release. “As such, we are now focusing our efforts and resources on making this online educational experience world-class to ensure the next generation of snowmobilers are fully equipped to safely enjoy our trails.” Eickmeier thanked the volunteer instructors who have provided in-class training over the years. The course is delivered under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation.
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Expect a mainly cloudy day for your Tuesday with a high of -2. The wind will be blowing at 15 km/h so anticipate a -13 wind chill this morning, dropping to -4 for the afternoon. Tonight, expect mainly cloudy skies with a 60-per-cent chance of flurries. The wind will continue at 15 km/h, bringing a -5 wind chill in the evening and -14 overnight. The overnight low is -9.
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