Sudbury news flashes: Bad weather to roll in late Wednesday; skating path open again; hockey game threats

Louis Boileau clears snow from his neighbour's driveway in Lively, Ont. on Thursday November 14, 2019. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

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Bad weather on the way

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Sudbury area, warning heavy snow with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm possible late Wednesday through early Thursday.

Snow is expected to begin Wednesday afternoon east of Georgian Bay and then spread northward throughout the day. Heavy snow is expected Wednesday night before tapering to flurries during the day Thursday.

“Motorists should be prepared for poor winter driving conditions due to low visibilities in heavy snow and quickly accumulating snow,” the agency said.

This snow is the result of a low-pressure system from the central United States that is forecast to track over Eastern Ontario Wednesday night.

People should continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

 

Skating path open again

After a bout of mild weather, the Ramsey Lake Skating Path reopened Thursday. City staff membes are still working on the ice surface at Queen’s Athletic Skating Oval and the city will update people as soon as it is suitable for re-opening. Visit www.greatersudbury.ca/arenas for free public skate times at community arenas.

 

Tech competition today

Rainbow District School Board will host its 15th annual Technological Skills Competition on Wednesday. The event will take place at Cambrian College in Sudbury and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

About 100 secondary school students will test their skills in carpentry, welding, TV/video editing, photography, auto-service technology, 2D character animation, electrical installations, cabinet making and small-powered equipment, prepared speech, auto computer aided design (CAD), mechanical CAD and coding. Students will vie for the opportunity to compete at the Skills Ontario Competition in May in Toronto.

“Events in the skilled trades give students the opportunity to problem-solve, think creatively, and explore careers at an early age,” Dana Kinsella, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Co-ordinator with Rainbow District School Board, said in a release. “We are reaching minds through innovative and challenging learning experiences, and touching hearts by engaging students in activities that fuel their passion and support student success.”

Carpentry events will take place at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Local 2486 in Azilda.

Staff from both venues will provide judges.

 

Person charged with uttering threats after hockey game

A man from Oshawa has been charged following a post-hockey game disturbance.

On Feb. 15, the North Bay OPP responded to a threatening complaint during the East Ferris winter carnival, located at the East Ferris Community Centre.

As a result of the investigation, Robert McQuat, a 44-year-old from Oshawa has been charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm; and causing a disturbance.

McQuat was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on March 24.

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