AM NEWS FRI JANUARY 27th

The victim in the hit and run collision last Friday near Bruce Mines has been identified. Alicia FAULKNER, 36 years-of-age from Sault Ste Marie was pronounced deceased at the scene after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 17. Investigation has revealed that there were two good Samaritans that stopped to assist at the scene and police are asking them to contact the OPP.  On January 20th shortly after 9pm police responded to a motor vehicle collision where a pedestrian was killed.  OPP are appealing to the public for possible dash cam footage from anyone travelling highway 17 just west of the Town of Bruce Mines.

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory of Manitoulin Island hosted a community event to launch their new fundraising campaign to support the development of the Wiikwemkoong Elders’ Home.  The facility’s license is set to expire June 30, 2025.  The goal is to raise a total of $15 million to be used towards building a new 96-bed facility.  Two major donations of $750,000 contributed from TD Bank Group (TD) and $75,000 contributed from Hydro One, were unveiled at the launch of the campaign on Thursday.  The new facility will include cultural practices, feasts and gatherings.

The Toronto police will be rolling out an increased presence across the TTC following a rash of violent, and sometimes random, incidents on the city’s transit system.  The move will see 80 police officers deployed on the TTC network daily, focusing on reducing victimization, preventing crimes of opportunity, and enhancing public safety.  On Wednesday, the president of the union representing some 12,000 transit workers in Toronto said violent incidents against workers and passengers on the TTC, as well as across the country, had reached “crisis levels”.

Fourteen months after Dave Martens’ chicken barns on Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie were flooded, the repairs are almost complete and he finally has birds again.  Dozens of other poultry farmers in B.C. continue to face difficulties after their flocks were hit by avian flu.  According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 70 farms in B.C. are currently infected, impacting more than 3.6 million birds.  By comparison, the next highest numbers in Canada are found in Alberta, where 14 farms and 1.4 million birds are affected. Ontario has 10 premises infected.

In an unusual move, the Russian Defence Ministry broadcast that one of its newest warships, the Admiral Gorshkov, had tested the strike capabilities of a hypersonic Zircon missile in a virtual drill.  On Wednesday the ship’s commander said that the crew practiced “delivering a missile strike against an enemy surface target.”  The Zircon is a long-range weapon that purportedly can travel more than five times the speed of sound and hit targets within a range of 900 kilometres.

AND IN SPORTS:

In the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 over the Boston Bruins; Washington Capitals 3-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the shootout; Detroit Red Wings in overtime 4-3 over the Montreal Canadiens; Buffalo Sabres 3-2 over the Winnipeg Jets; Minnesota Wild 3-2 in overtime over the Philadelphia Flyers; Nashville Predators 6-4 over the New Jersey Devils; Arizona Coyotes spanked the St. Louis blues with a 5-0 shutout; Chicago 5-1 over the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 over the Colorado Avalanche.

And in the NBA, LeBron James is closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA career scoring record. And now, he has caught Abdul-Jabbar on another page of the All-Star record book.  James was announced Thursday as an NBA All-Star for the 19th time, the Los Angeles Lakers’ star tying Abdul-Jabbar for the most selections in league history. James — the leading overall vote-getter — will be the captain of one of the teams for the Feb. 19 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, while Eastern Conference voting leader Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will captain the other side.

And in MLB, Dana Brown was hired Thursday as the general manager of the Houston Astros.  Brown replaces James Click, who was not given a new contract and parted ways with the Astros just days after they won the World Series.  Brown spent the last four seasons as the vice president of scouting for the Atlanta Braves.  Brown worked for the Blue Jays from 2010-18 as a special assistant to the general manager. From 2001-09 he worked as director of scouting for the Nationals/Expos.

And in golf, Sam Ryder extended his lead to three shots in the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 in challenging wind in the second round Thursday on Torrey Pines’ South Course while Jon Rahm had an eagle and three straight birdies late in his 5-under 67 on the easier North Course to get under the cut line.  Canadians Adam Hadwin and Taylor Pendrith made the cut at even-par 144. Hadwin, from Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 74 while Pendrith, from Richmond Hill, Ont., had a 75.  Adam Svensson (72) of Surrey, B.C., missed the cut at 2-over 146.

And in the OHL, tonight the Sudbury Wolves will take to the ice at home against the Windsor Spitfire.  Game time is 7:05pm.  Tonight the Wolves will be sporting Indigenous Celebration jerseys designed by local designer Raven Debassige.

And in the NOJHL, the Greater Sudbury Cubs were at home and took the win 5-3 over the visiting Soo Eagles.  Tonight will see the Hearst Lumberjacks in Powassan to take on the Voodoos, Timmins Rock in Cochrane to face off against the Crunch and the Elliot Lake Red Wings travelling to the Soo to take on the Eagles – all of these games with a 7pm start.  Then at 7:30pm the puck drops on the French River Rapids in Espanola to face off against the Paper Kings.