Sudbury briefs: Ward 2 meeting, Fridays for Future returns, giant sunflower contest closes

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Ward 2 town hall meeting

Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini invites all interested community members to join him at a town hall meeting taking Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the T.M. Davies arena hall in Lively.

Vagnini wishes to meet with residents to have a constructive discussion regarding any issues related to municipal affairs. He will be joined by Mayor Brian Bigger; Ed Archer, the city’s CAO; as well as representatives from the Greater Sudbury Police Services.

Residents are encouraged to submit their questions prior to the meeting by emailing


Fridays for Future returns

Youth in Sudbury and across the globe say we are in a climate emergency and that we must unite to show our leaders we demand climate action. On Sept. 26, local youth will rally with at least 86 other Fridays For Future climate events taking place in Canada. This event is anticipated to be even bigger than the last, showing leaders the need for climate action will only continue to grow.

In Sudbury, the need for climate action has been officially endorsed by city council’s declaration of a climate emergency and by more than 100 scientists and professors from Laurentian University.

Youth will gather at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park for 11 a.m. From 12:15-1 p.m., there will be a march. A walk through the park symbolizes these youth are connected to nature.


Leadership candidate visits

Michael Coteau, a third-term MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate, will campaign in Greater Sudbury on Wednesday.

He will host a town hall meeting 6:30-8 p.m. at Science North.


Be You kick-off

Big Brothers Big Sisters Sudbury will launch its Be You campaign at a kick-off event at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the New Sudbury Centre.

New funding will also be announced and a new agency logo will be unveiled.

There will be activities for children and cake for everyone.


Giant sunflower contest closes

Sudbury’s Foodshed Project invites all residents who have grown giant sunflowers to come to a judging event for the third annual giant sunflower contest. Judging takes place on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the farmers market on Elgin Street, at the CP/VIA Rail station. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. The event is free to attend.

Judges will be on hand to measure the largest sunflower head, the tallest sunflower and sunflowers with multiple heads on one stalk. There will be prizes for each category so be sure to visit the market with your entry.

“We decided to hold this event again because of the great response we got last year,” Tammy Cheguis, a member of Foodshed Project, said. “It’s also a really fun way to celebrate those who already garden, hopefully inspire people to try gardening and, of course, raise awareness of the many wonderful community gardens that exist across Greater Sudbury.”

The Foodshed Project is looking forward to another successful event as officials start to wind down the 2019 gardening season. They would also like to remind contestants of the requirements for next week’s competition. They include:

  • Tallest sunflower plant: the tallest plant will be measured from the base of the stem (not including the roots) to the top of the head. The head will be extended to measure the full height of the plant. Officials ask that gardeners cut off the roots to make it easier to measure the stem. They also ask that the leaves be removed from the stalk (stem) because only the stalk and seed head will be measured.
  • Biggest sunflower head: the biggest head will be measured as the diameter of the seed head. The flower petals will not be measured or required. Heads should be cut from the stem if possible.
  • Most flower heads on one stalk: this category is simple — the stalk growing the largest number of flower heads wins.