Good morning – Sudbury.com

Good morning - Sudbury.com
Good morning – Sudbury.com
Both Sudbury and Nickel Belt incumbents Paul Lefebvre and Marc Serré won their ridings in Monday night's election. Lefevbre won quite comfortably with 16,281 votes, with nearly 5,000 more votes than runner-up Beth Mairs with 181 of 209 polls reported. Serré's race was a more closely contested one with NDP candidate Stef Paquette nipping at the incumbent's heels throughout most of the night as poll results trickled in. Serré had 17,580 votes to Paquette's 14,927 with 204 of 213 polls reported. 

Justin Trudeau remains prime minister but the Liberals will need the support of at least one party to govern a country that emerged bitterly divided from a bruising 40-day election campaign. With results still pouring in late Monday, the Liberals had 157 seats — 13 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. A resurgent Bloc Quebecois scooped up 32 seats, dashing Liberal hopes of making gains in Quebec that could have ensured a second consecutive majority mandate. Despite a strong campaign by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, his party was leading or elected in just 23 seats and nearly wiped out in Quebec, the province that only eight years ago delivered an orange wave that pushed the NDP into official Opposition status for the first — and so far, only— time. Get the full story here.

Police are warning of a new twist on an old scam. Historically, fraudsters have been known to use automated calls to potential victims advising them that they owe money to CRA and if they fail to pay, there will be warrants issued for their arrest. More recently, fraudsters have been posing as CRA agents and telling potential victims that their bank accounts have been targeted for fraud. In addition to this, scammers advise potential victims that the OPP will be following up with them.   Recently the OPP have received several complaints from local residents who had received phone calls from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stating that they owed money and that there was an outstanding warrant of arrest if not paid. Get the full story here.

The new SGA Student Centre at Laurentian University will be officially opened Monday, Oct. 28. Though the construction of the building was managed by the university’s capital projects department, this has been a student undertaking from its inception. The two-storey, multi-million dollar student centre project has been in the works since 2014, following a successful student referendum. Built with an eye towards sustainability, the centre features study areas, a game room and a roomy atrium. The official opening takes place at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the student centre, located near the Parker Building.

Crime Stoppers and the West Nipissing OPP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects involved in a theft. Between Friday, Oct. 4 and Monday, Oct. 7, culprits attended a quarry off of Highway 575 in Verner and broke into a sea container or shipping container. There were more than 100 items stolen from the container which included: A Sweeney Torque amplifier, 100 feet of welding cable, an assortment of machinery and tools. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be $20,000.

The Capreol attraction Terror Train 6077 has been recognized by Ontario Travel as one of the top must-see haunts in five Ontario cities. The Terror Train 6077 is in the company of Kingston’s Penitentiary and Fort Henry, The Diefunbunker Museum and Bytown Museum in Ottawa, Casa Loma, Elgin Winter Theatre and Royal York in Toronto and Bingemans Screampark and Fear Farm in Kitchener-Waterloo. The Terror Train is a partnership between the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre and Northern Screams. It is the largest annual fundraising event for the museum and attracts more than 4,000 visitors. The Terror Train is an outdoor attraction and operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting at dark until October 27, with a special Devil’s Night program on October 30.   

Rain expected this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 per cent chance of showers. It's going to a windy day with gusts up to 50 km/h. Tuesday's high will get up to around 12. Showers are expected this evening with the low sitting at 5. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather.

On Monday, Liberal Paul Lefebvre was re-elected in the Sudbury riding. Marc Serre, the Liberal incumbent for the Nickel Belt riding was also re-elected.

"As your voice of Sudbury I will continue to advocate to bring more jobs here, to make sure that affordability issues are addressed and are top of mind [and] infrastructure investments keep coming to Sudbury," he said.

"For me I always said this: as a Liberal I want to make sure that everyone has a fair chance at success."

NDP candidate Beth Mairs came in second to Lefebvre. She says while she didn't win she feels very honoured that so many Sudburians opened their doors to her and shared their stories.

"I've seen how much people are suffering in this riding and it's almost devastating how poor people are and the lack of services and the lack of support that they're dealing with," she said.

"I was hoping that I could leverage support for people and accelerate changes that we need in this city from the position of federal politics."

"When you look at helping the middle class, helping families, helping children, helping seniors."

Serre beat Stef Paquette of the NDP who came in second. It was the first try at politics for Paquette, who is a well-known Francophone actor, comedian and musician.

"I don't regret taking this leap of faith. I don't regret taking this challenge," he said. 

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