Timmins Rally Against Racism, Conservatives Split on Brown — Northern Ontario Today

Updated on February 22, 2018
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Nine snowmobile crashes for Sudbury, so far in 2018.
Nine snowmobile crashes for Sudbury, so far in 2018. | Source

Timmins City Hall Rally Takes Aim At Racism

On Friday, citizens gathered at Timmins City Hall to voice their concerns about what is viewed as the "continuing problem of racism in Canada," as reported by The Sudbury Star.

The lives and deaths of three Indigenous people were remembered: Colton Boushie, Agnes Sutherland, and Joey Knapaysweet.

Mr. Boushie was shot at close range by Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, after the 22-year-old drove onto private property. Following testimony that he believed the handgun he held to the Red Pheasant First Nation man's head wasn't loaded, Mr. Stanley was acquitted by a Battleford jury, on Februrary 9.

Mr. Knapaysweet and Ms. Sutherland both died at the hands of Timmins police officers on the weekend of February 3, as previously featured with HubPages. The male Fort Albany First Nation resident was shot by officers under circumstances that remain unclear. The elder female, from the same James Bay community, died while in police custody.

Walter Naveau of the Mattagami First Nation and Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation spoke at Friday's City Hall rally.

"We have officers in the police system that do not respect First Nations people. They do not respect our women. They do not respect our men, nor do they respect our children in various cities and towns coming to high school," Walter Naveau was quoted.

Northern Progressive Conservatives Split On Patrick Brown

Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader and Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown
Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader and Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown | Source

Tory Caucus Divided Over Former Leader

Last month, then-Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown stepped down after two women accused him of sexual impropriety, while he was serving as a member of federal Parliament, as reported by The Sudbury Star.

Former North Bay Mayor and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli stepped in as interim conservative leader, following the departure of Mr. Brown. Since then, still sitting as an independent MPP, Patrick Brown has announced that he intends to run to reclaim the party's leadership, once again, as reported by the Toronto Sun.

Mr. Fedeli, who was said to have kicked Brown out of the PC caucus, has stated that he has "no confidence" in him as a potential leader.

Conversely, two other northern conservatives have put their support behind Patrick Brown, including Sudbury candidate Tory Crowder and Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano.

"Patrick has continually demonstrated his commitment to the people of Ontario," Mr. Crowder was quoted. "He got knocked down and got back up. This fighting spirit is exactly what our province needs."

Second Grassroots Elders Youth Suicide Gathering Set For April

From December 5-7, an emergency gathering of Grassroots Elders took place in Sioux Narrows. The first two days were made up of "uninterrupted Elders dialogue on suicide with respect to its impacts on our respective Elders communities," as reported by News Net Ledger. The final day included a planning session, continuing dialogue, and suicide prevention recommendations.

Over 100 Elders expressed interest in the December gathering, where 38 "successfully traveled through the December winter storm" to participate.

Findings of the gathering included recognition of the relation and impacts of suicide on and with childhood, loneliness, loss of language, trauma, violence, sexual abuse, abandonment, and loss of identity, connection to the land, and community.

Sioux Narrows Emergency Elders Gathering

Children Injured In Snowmobile Collision, Accidents On The Rise

On Monday, two children were injured after a snowmobile collided with a "fixed object" on a property located in Algonquin Highlands, as reported by The Haliburton Echo.

One of the children was described having "life-threatening injuries" that necessitated an air evacuation to a Toronto medical facility. The second child was reported to have "minor injuries."

OPP investigators are said to be working to determine the cause of the accident and that "further information will be released as it becomes available."

To the northwest, in Sudbury, police are warning that, so far in 2018, a total of nine snowmobile crashes have been reported. Only 16 were reported in the entire 2017 year, as featured with Sudbury.com. Three incidents occurred over the Family Day weekend, alone, including one involving a 52-year-old man who was in "serious condition" after being transported to Health Sciences North.

Northern Ontario Weather And Gas Prices

At 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nipigon

Freezing rain expected. Temperature of -11 degrees, windchill -14, falling to -22, overnight, with a 20 to 80 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: ranging from 113.7 to 125.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Temagami

Freezing rain warning. Temperature of -5 degrees, windchill -8, rising to 2, overnight, with a 60 to 70 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 123.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

Elliot Lake

Freezing rain warning. Temperature of -1 degrees, windchill -4, remaining steady, overnight, with a 40 to 70 percent chance of precipitation, as reported by The Weather Network.

Gas: 122.9, as reported by Gas Buddy.

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