PM NEWS THURS DEC 1st

Following a huge, province-wide investigation into online child exploitation in Ontario last month– dubbed Project Maverick – police are releasing the results. The investigation involved the OPP and 26 municipal police forces, including North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins. More than 100 people, including five in northern Ontario, have been charged as a result and more than 120 child victims identified. A 31-year-old man in Sault Ste. Marie has been charged and a 21-year-old male from McDougall was charged. Neither Sudbury nor Timmins police provided details about charges in their jurisdictions. More charges could be coming, as the OPP said there are 175 ongoing investigations.
People are encouraged to contact their local police service if they suspect a child is being exploited. Online child abuse can also be reported to police via CyberTip.ca.

The former Algo Mall property is to be sold as one of the first actions by the new council in Elliot Lake.
The mall property was purchased by the city back in April as a possible site for a new art hub, but funding from the upper levels of government fell apart. The property once housed the former Algo Mall where two women lost their lives in a roof collapse back in 2012. Re-elected councillor Norman Mann made the motion to sell adding he campaigned for its sale and would like to see it developed or either or both residential and business projects.Council unanimously voted to sell the property and will consider severance applications by developers who come forward with feasible projects.

Parents can apply with the Canada Revenue Agency starting today to receive the children’s dental benefit that the federal Liberals say is intended to provide cost-of-living relief to low-income Canadians but that critics say is a drop in the bucket. The benefit, to be used toward dental services, is available for children under 12 in families that earn less than $90,000 a year and ranges from $260 to $650 per child depending on net income. A one-time rental supplement of $500 for low-income households that was also fast-tracked this fall will be available beginning on Dec. 12. Applicants will have two options to access the online portal: either through their CRA “My Account” or through their Service Canada account. For those without access to the online systems, the CRA is setting up a dedicated dental benefit phone line to receive applications.

Canada will be without Little Debbie iconic snacks for the foreseeable future after the company was forced to pull its sweet treats from store shelves across the country. Little Debbie product-maker McKee Foods Corp. confirmed that their products like Swiss Rolls and Honey Buns will no longer be distributed in Canada due to the sole Canadian distributor choosing to terminate the business relationship. The news of Little Debbie’s disappearance comes just after snack-maker General Mills confirmed Bugles have been discontinued in Canada.

A judge declared a mistrial yesterday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked at the trial of “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo had ordered the jurors to take Thanksgiving week off and keep deliberating after they told her on Nov. 18 that they could not come to a consensus about the rape allegations after a month-long trial in which the Church of Scientology played a supporting role. 46 year old Masterson was charged with the rape of three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003. He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer said the acts were all consensual. The charges date to a period when Masterson was at the height of his fame, starring from 1998 until 2006 as Steven Hyde on Fox’s “That ’70’s Show”. Masterson had reunited with Kutcher on the Netflix comedy “The Ranch” but was written off the show when an LAPD investigation was revealed in December 2017.

In Sports:
A full night tonight in the National Hockey League with 11 games including:
Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres 7 pm
Nashville Predators at New Jersey Devils 7 pm
Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 7 pm
Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins 7 pm
Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild 8 pm
Carolina Hurricanes at St. Louis Blues 8 pm
Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars 8:30 pm
Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames 9 pm
Washington Capitals at Seattle Kraken 10 pm
Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks 10 pm
Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings 10:30

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Calle Jarnkrok left last nights game against the San Jose Sharks with a groin injury and did not return. After the game, head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Jarnkrok would miss “some time” with the injury and the team is waiting on imaging to determine a return timeline. In 24 games so far this season, the Sweden native has five goals and four assists for nine points.

Also in hockey news, The Vancouver Canucks announced yesterday that former goaltender Roberto Luongo will be inducted into the club’s Ring of Honour next season. Luongo was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov 14, after an NHL career where he appeared in 1,044 games with a career save percentage of .919 and 2.52 goals-against average with a 489-392-33-91 record. Luongo is set to become the eighth player to be inducted into the Ring of Honour and only the second goaltender, joining Kirk McLean.

In NBA News, Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise through his 39th birthday in 2025. Horford, a five-time All-Star, is completing the final season of a four-year, $109 million contract. Horford will earn $26.5 million this season, with the new deal beginning in 2023-24.

And in the OHL, the Sudbury Wolves were at home last night finishing the night with the loss 7-4 at the hand of the North Bay Battalion.  Up next for the Wolves is a Friday night home game with the visiting Owen Sound Attack.  The puck drops at 7:05pm.

And in the NOJHL, the game last night between the Espanola Paper Kings and the Soo Thunderbirds was postponed due to a bout of the flu making its’ way through the Paper Kings lineup.  Tonight will see the Kirkland Lake Goldminers in Greater Sudbury to take on the Cubs.  Game time is 7:05pm.