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Emailed to Northern Life and Sudbury Star [07 Nov 2008|10:42am]


Greater Sudbury is a wonderful city! I’m third generation here. Although I’ve visited many bigger cities from coast to coast with so much more opportunity and things to do, I’m still here! I’ve lived through many disputable and controversial issues of Greater Sudbury, however lately the main issue I see is the counteractive bickering of our issues which are carelessly being tossed around rather than planned out due to lack of solid leadership and more importantly a serious lack of a solid vision.

We live in the North, our roads will always be crumbling with the extreme weather so let’s face it and deal with it! This should never have been a part of the voting on the legacy projects.

The main fact that most don’t want higher taxes is perfectly understandable, however everyone should admit that the ideas of a School of Architecture, the Arts Centre and a Sports Complex are great ideas. So let’s start there instead of plainly saying “NO” and start asking when, how, and where.

Let’s face it, all things have costs and costs will always go up. If someone needs a new car to get to work, they can’t just say “now’s not a good time”. They must buy one and rough out the payments for a few years. Cities do the same and within a few years everyone will adjust.

The Community Stakeholders’ Task Force on the Future of the Local Mining Industry stated in September of 2006, that “Building a Sustainable Community fearlessly sets the agenda for Greater Sudbury to be the mining centre of excellence, not only in Canada, but the world (and) The report shows the “company town” has matured.”

When will Greater Sudbury fearlessly set an agenda? When will city council realize that we have matured? I wonder this every time I pass the farmer’s market downtown. This being the latest built amenity to host cultural activity and socializing shamefully depicts anything modern or mature indeed.

As a boy matures he’ll notice new things, different interests and a changed voice. Where are those new things in Sudbury and where is its changed voice? As for the growing multitude of (what are now) underground interests within Greater Sudbury, there are no venues for them to flourish due to reluctance of change, diversity and a reluctance to spend money to build. Consequently we lose a lot of money when people go to other cities in search of those venues!

If we build it, they will come … or at least stay.

We can all see, as in any growing city, the subtle changes around Greater Sudbury: the evident albeit reluctant transformation of the downtown core, the growing millennium mall, the new hotel chains coming to the city and more. Our maturity is evident because the change is evident. If we don’t continue to advocate making more available amenities to house related growing demands and changes, they too will go elsewhere and spend their money elsewhere.

Running a city is much like running a business where the citizens are the customers and employers all in one. Greater Sudbury must educate their “clientele” that in order to earn money we must first invest money. However this is not just about money, it’s about principal, morale and definition of what Greater Sudbury is now and what we are becoming.

Laurel Myers states in one of her articles “…one man had a vision … a vision to inform and communicate with the employees (...) through a monthly newsletter…”. Where is Greater Sudbury’s monthly newsletter to inform and communicate with the citizens? When will city council get their act together, create a solid vision, stick to it and inform and communicate it to the citizens?

Money is tight, yes, but with a solid vision for us to work towards the money will come eventually, if not from small temporary tax increases then from other options such as the recent government uploading initiatives and other funding. We have to educate those who are opposed to spending money that these are great ideas and that they will bring more people and more money in the long run.
What we can’t afford is to lose any more opportunities in which would enable us to grow into a diversified “centre of excellence”, a leader in arts, education, science, mining, medicine, environment and overall enjoyment of living. We can’t afford to lose any more skilled and motivated residents to “bigger and better” cities because they’re bored or lack culture.

We all need to be on the same page. If there was a documented vision for Greater Sudbury, this would be possible. The people must be educated in the GREATER picture to enable them to see beyond the present fear of lack of funds. We need to fearlessly move forward.

Kèv N. Rayner
Third generation GSA resident and visionary

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Tickled Pink [09 Sep 2008|05:13pm]


This was an idea of a couple of Canadaian students to protest against bullies.

I've seen this in action. It's a powerfull message. Finally, our local paper publishes something of substance:

Sudbury Students Take Part in September 11th "Tickled Pink" Day
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New Years [28 Dec 2007|05:08pm]

[ mood | cold ]

I have returned to the great white north for New Years and its been quite a while since I've done anything in this area. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for places I could go to celebrate New Years '07.

So far, the places I'm thinking are either Cranky Joe's or Shaughnessy's.

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[15 Nov 2007|01:01pm]

I know no one is reading this community (or at least not posting), but I was wondering if anyone had heard the news that Music World has declared bankruptcy and that the parent company is planning on closing all 72 of its stores by the New Year.

News Article Here

Where do you buy most of your music?

Music World
Future Shop
Online - Purchase
Out - of - Town Stores
Pffft, who BUYS music anymore!
Some combination of the above

I guess we'll be seeing some good deals in the next month or two.
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Info needed [05 Sep 2007|10:45pm]

Hey everyone, I know how busy you are and all these days but I have a favour to ask youz: My cousin Richie is starting his own business and needs to fill out several of these surveys as a feasibility study. When you get a chance, could you fill one in, resave it and send it to him at 
Or simply reply here, and I'll forward it. It only takes a minutes, Greatly appreciated!  



Hello my name is Richard P. Migneault.  I'm conducting a survey to determine the potential demand for a new Entertainment Promotional business in the Greater City of Sudbury.  I'm kindly asking for your help by taking 5 minutes to answer a few questions.


  1. Please specify your gender:   Male: ___________            Female: ___________


  1. If yes: Which type of entertainment outing/activity do you enjoy?

(Choose all that are applicable with an “X”)


Rock Concert:                            ___________

Country Concert:                        ___________

Jazz Concert:                              ___________

Blues Concert:                            ___________

Comedy:                                     ___________

Family/Children Shows:               ___________

Motivational Speakers:                ___________

Festivals:                                    ___________

Theater:                                     ___________

Sporting Events:                         ___________

                                    Conferences:                              ___________

                                    Caravan Trips:                            ___________

                                    Other (please specify):               ___________

                                    All of the Above:                       ___________



  1. What type of entertainment outing/activity do you enjoy which you feel is lacking within the community? (Choose all that are applicable with an “X”)

Concerts:                                    ___________

Comedy:                                    ___________

Family/Children Shows:            ___________

Motivational Speakers:            ___________

Festivals:                                    ___________

Theater:                                    ___________

Sporting Events:                        ___________

                                    Conferences:                           ___________

                                    Caravan Trips:                         ___________

                                    Other (please specify):            ___________

                                    All of the Above:                    ___________







  1. When selecting an entertainment outing/activity, what do you consider?

(Choose all that are applicable with an “X”)


                                    Type of Artist/Performer:            ___________

                                    Ticket Price:                            ___________

                                    Date/Timing:                            ___________

                                    Indoor Venue:                          ___________

                                    Outdoor Venue:                       ___________

                                    Duration/length of the event            ___________

                                    Security:                                  ___________

                                    Seating:                                    ___________

                                    Parking:                                   ___________

                                    Food/Refreshments/Alcohol            ___________

                                    Other (please specify):            ___________


  1. How many times per year do you attend an entertainment outing/activity?


None                        ___________

1 - 2                        ___________

3 – 4                        ___________

5 - 6                        ___________

7 – 8                        ___________

9+                        ___________



  1. How much are you willing to spend on average per event ticket?


Less than $10            ___________

$10 - $14            ___________

$15 - $25            ___________

$26 - $35            ___________

$36 - $45            ___________

$46 - $55            ___________

$56 - $65            ___________

$66 +                        ___________


  1. Does charity involvement influence your choice of entertainment outing/activity?


Yes: ___________                 No:            ___________                 Sometimes:            ___________







  1. What age category do you fall into?


Under 19                        ___________

            20 – 29                        ___________

            30 – 39                        ___________

            40 – 49                        ___________

            50 – 59                        ___________

            60 - 69                                    ___________

            70 +                                    ___________


  1. What is your marital status?


Married                        ___________

Divorced                        ___________

Common Law                        ___________

Widowed                        ___________

Single                                    ___________


  1. When attending entertainment outing/activities, do you go?


Single                                                                        ___________

w/ Spouse/Partner                                                ___________

w/ more than two people

(please specify # of individuals)            ___________


  1. Do you have any children living at home? Yes: _______            No: _______

                        If yes, how many?

                                    1                                  ___________

                                    2                                  ___________

                                    3                                  ___________

                                    4 +                               ___________


  1. What is your average household income?


Under $20,000                        ___________

$20 - $39,000                        ___________

$40 - $59,000                        ___________

$60 - $79,000                        ___________

$80 - $99,000                        ___________

$100,000 +                         ___________


  1. Have you attended entertainment outings/activities in the past year?


Yes:            ___________                        No:            ___________


Thank you for your time and cooperation!

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frosh week [16 Aug 2007|03:55am]

I know this community is rather "dead"

but i just wanted to let anyone who goes to laurentian to know about the frosh week stuff...

On september 8th my band (along with a couple others) are playing with headley .. if you can come check it out..

you can check out our stuff


if you like come show us your support (and maybe buy a t-shirt and a cd :D )
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For Sale [02 May 2007|03:10pm]

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30 hour famine at Laurentian [22 Mar 2007|09:15am]

Hey everyone,

this friday the 30 hour famine starts and friday night there will be bands playing in support of it. This is open to the public and there is no cover (although donations are appriciated) come out.. it should be fun and is for a great cause.

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Book NOW for April 11th!!! [22 Mar 2007|01:43am]

If you are free April 11th, 2007, and you want to do something out in the city (of Sudbury, if you're in the area that is), book now for 


All it is is you, going out for lunch, dinner, a a drink in the evening and you will be supporting your community without having to donate a single extra penny (unless you choose to of course)

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Wikipedia Even has us!! [15 Jan 2007|12:05am]

I did a gogle search to find this, never thought to check wikipedia.

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Canada's Ontario Province hit by `Light' Quake, Monitor Says [29 Nov 2006|09:15am]

[ mood | groggy ]

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Canada's Ontario province was hit by a ``light'' earthquake of magnitude 4.1, said the U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors global seismological events.

The quake struck at about 2:23 a.m. local time, 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of Sudbury, and 22 kilometers southwest of Valley East, the USGS said in a preliminary report posted on its Web site. The Canadian capital, Ottawa, is 439 km from the epicenter of the temblor, which was recorded at a depth of 1 km. The quake struck about 170 kilometers northeast of the border with the U.S.

No damage was immediately reported.

The USGS describes quakes of magnitudes 4 to 4.9 as ``light,'' with about 6,200 temblors of that size striking worldwide each year.



Anyone else feel it?

I did.

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Fill Me In! [21 Nov 2006|08:43am]

I was just curious, I haven't been to Sudbury in almost a year... school, work and such have prevented me from visiting friends and etc, but have they finally finished fixing the New Sudbury Shopping Center yet?

Out of all the malls there, I miss going to that one.. mind you, the Supermall didn't really have much of anything, but last time I was there, everything was getting destroyed (sorta) and turning into a couple larger stores.
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I want to break free.. [13 Oct 2006|10:28am]

Okay, I just joined. I don't live in Sudbury anymore, but I did for 17 years. Hah, and am I ever glad I left. Sudbury wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that there's barely anything to do there. Where Tim Horton's over-runs any other donut chain (27 Tim Horton's in the GSA? WTF?!), and people get outraged when Wal-Mart closes down, and the only place for Teens to hang out is the New Sudbury Center.. yeah.. I'm glad I'm gone.

I dont know if there's anyone who wants to leave (I'm sure there is).. or some who like it there. I liked it for the fact I could readily go swimming in the lake, where here (I'm in Southern Ontairo now) thats not exactly recommended. I just thought I'd post this to say hello, make my comments, and let people know I'm here.
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[07 Oct 2006|11:04pm]

Tell me 5 things you love about Sudbury, and 5 things you hate about Sudbury.

I'm really having a hard time deciding whether I want to move to North Bay or Sudbury. Both cities have my college program - I'm just not sure which one I'll like more. :\

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Townhouse [06 Oct 2006|09:22pm]

Anyone know about how much a decent 2-3 bedroom townhouse in Sudbury costs? My bf and I are planning to move there next summer. I've checked tons of online listings but can only find ones for apartments - none for townhouses. :\

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Huntington University Communication Society (HUCS) will be hosting a gourmet spaghetti dinner along side of Respect Is Burning Supper Club to generate funds for starving students.

HUCS is hosting an ALL YOU CAN EAT gourmet spaghetti fundraiser. 
This event will be held at Respect is Burning located in the heart of downtown Sudbury at 82 Durham St. 
on October 16th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. 
With the help of Respect is Burning, HUCS will be selling tickets within the Laurentian Student body, as well as 
within the City of Greater Sudbury. Proceeds from this unique fundraising initiative will be donated to 
the Laurentian Student Food Bank. 
Respect is Burning restaurant will open it’s doors on a Monday, which adds to this event’s exclusivity as the restaurant is normally closed to the public. 
Tickets will be sold in advance at 10.00 each, which entitles an individual to ALL YOU CAN EAT gourmet pasta.
HUCS and Respect is Burning recognizes that no student should go without food, and would like to help by hosting this event and raising awareness of student hunger.

Huntington University Communications Society (HUCS) is a Laurentian University Club with over 300 members. The HUCS Executive, which consists of students within the Communications Studies Program, has taken on an inaugural fundraiser for the Laurentian University Student Food Bank. HUCS’ goal for this upcoming school year is to assist fellow students on campus as well as foster a sense of community between students and the City of Greater Sudbury. 

TICKETS ARE NEARLY SOLD OUT!!! ( Respects just freed up 20 more seat!)
If your interested in getting your hands on a pair of tickets please msg me right away!

(Jessica, President of HUCS)

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Solid Golds [06 Oct 2006|12:21am]

Anyone work or know anybody that works at Solid Golds in Sudbury? I'm trying to find out if an old friend works there (as a stripper... eeek!) Her name is Jessica Bedard and she's 20.

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[01 Sep 2006|10:53am]
[ mood | cold ]

hey, i don't know if this is sapposed to be posted in a place like this.. BUT i was looking for a lacoste polo for womens. you know the polos with the little crocodile on it?

if anyone knows where they're sold in sudbury. please do tell. :)
thank youu

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[01 Aug 2006|07:48pm]
just out of curiousity, are there any whole food markets or organic food stores in Sudbury?

I'm moving up to Suds in a month and I eat mostly organic/locally grown produce and was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions of places to check out.

I've checked yellowpages.ca but it doesn't seem to have much listed.

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Common Core? [02 Jul 2006|11:02pm]

My bf is looking to take the Common Core program at Cambrian in hopes to get a job working underground at a mine.

Has anyone else done this? Do you need to take any other courses/programs to actually get a job?

He heard it's only a 3 month long course and you can make like $80,000-$100,000/year with it. It almost sounds too good to be true, so I'm wondering if anyone knows any real details about it.

Right now we're living in London, ON, so we'd have to move quite a ways if he were to take this. We wanna make sure we have the right facts before he seriously considers it!

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