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

Updated on February 22, 2018
Stephen Sinclair profile image

Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

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


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.


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.

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, soapboxie.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)