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Darren MacDonald

Darren MacDonald

Darren MacDonald covers city hall, politics and provincial affairs for Northern Life and Sudbury.com. Follow him on Twitter @DarrenMacD. He can be reached by email at dmacdonald@sudbury.com.

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French River couple loses fight over $12K ambulance bill

French River couple loses fight over $12K ambulance bill

After emergency during trip to Cape Breton, they're shocked to learn cost not covered by OHIP
Jobless rate was 6.3 per cent in Nov., StatsCan reports

Jobless rate was 6.3 per cent in Nov., StatsCan reports

Greater Sudbury added jobs, but rate increased because more people were looking for work
Greater Sudbury seeks $1M share of GSU profits

Greater Sudbury seeks $1M share of GSU profits

Audit reveals utility failed to establish policy to pay city dividends
City budget was $2.4M <updated>in the red</updated> in 2018

City budget was $2.4M in the red in 2018

Reserves will cover most of the shortfall, but staff searching for ways to save another $400K
Bigger focuses on downtown in inaugural speech

Bigger focuses on downtown in inaugural speech

Also announces Rick Bartolucci will act as an unpaid adviser, liaison with business community
<b>Chicken chat: Most cluck 'Yes' to allowing backyard hens in Sudbury, survey finds</b>

Chicken chat: Most cluck 'Yes' to allowing backyard hens in Sudbury, survey finds

But permitting backyard coops would increase bylaw costs, attract nuisance bears, report says
New routes, times for Sudbury transit to be unveiled in February

New routes, times for Sudbury transit to be unveiled in February

If approved by council, changes will come into effect in the fall
<updated>Overwhelming support:</updated> Do Sudburians want a cannabis shop? Yes, yes they do

Overwhelming support: Do Sudburians want a cannabis shop? Yes, yes they do

Online survey says almost 91% in favour; results of second poll will be available Dec. 11
Make Hwy. 69 a priority, chamber tells province

Make Hwy. 69 a priority, chamber tells province

Transportation document says 'dangerous' road was not designed to handle heavy trucks
Sudbury's murder rate increased in 2017

Sudbury's murder rate increased in 2017

But that's because the city had no murders the year before