Sudbury letters: Mistakes made; top cops; water or arena?

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CMHC says it’s learning from mistakes

Note: The following is a statement from Marion Quigley, CEO, CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin about 200 Larch St., as discussed by city councillors last week:

It’s a difficult day for CMHA Sudbury / Manitoulin. We are a proud organization run by dedicated staff members who have been a driving force in the provision of mental health and addiction services to people and their families since 1984.

First and foremost, thank you to Mayor Bigger and members of the council for the ongoing support of the 200 Larch St. initiative. We’re encouraged that our municipal leaders share the vision for this project, which will revitalize a downtown building while at the same time benefit the most marginalized people in our community.

We’re also grateful to our contractor, Prosperi Co Ltd., which has not stopped working at the site; the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics and city staff for their steadfast commitment to the project; and architectural firm Perry + Perry and TD Bank for their continued support as we worked through this issue.

Council’s decision means that development at the site will continue with an expected completion date before the winter. That’s a sliver of positive news for people who may be homeless, living with mental health, substance misuse or primary health care challenges. They’ll be able to access the Off the Street Emergency Shelter, the Harm Reduction Home, the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Indigenous Healing Space at 200 Larch St. in just a few months.

Meantime, we are taking the criticism about our role in the development of 200 Larch St. head-on. This is the largest capital project in our 35-year history and we are committed to learning from this experience and accepting feedback in a constructive manner. We are taking KPMG’s recommendations to heart and look forward to working with KPMG and city staff to ensure the project continues smoothly.

Lastly, this recent development in no way impacts CMHA’s ability to provide much-needed services to our clients. Our wonderful staff members will continue to do what they do best: provide high-quality support and programming to individuals and their families who, in many instances, have nowhere else to turn.”


Marion Quigley, CEO,

CMHA Sudbury/Manitoulin


Police handled noisy situation with ‘professional conduct’

On Thursday, Aug. 8 (actually, Friday the 9th at 12:30 a.m.), a small group of old university hockey friends from different parts of North America and their recently introduced friends from Sudbury were enjoying a reunion party complete with excellent live “Consumers” provided music in a garage on a quiet street not to far from the Canadian Legion in your beautiful Northern town.

A noise complaint resulted in two Sudbury police officers arriving to quietly shut down the gathering (about three hours past our 60-something age bedtime).

The two officers handled the situation with stern decorum and professional conduct. Good job, lads. You handle the situation very well. Your superiors should be proud. And so are we.

Older than 60 and having the police tell you to go to bed … Our wives didn’t make the trip. Rock on Sudbury.


Danny Vaughan

Almonte, Ont.

Home of the Inventor Of Basketball, James Naismith


Good water a bigger need than new arena

Re: ‘City of Greater Sudbury to borrow $205 million for large projects,’ Aug. 14.

Instead of spending money on a ‘wishlist’, city councillors should concentrate on a “to do” list. Downtown Sudbury is a dead horse; you can’t lead it to water.

My biggest fear is with all water treatment plants being inadequate, several waterways — from example, the Vermillion River system, Simon Lake, Whitewater Lake to name a few — will become even more sensitive than they are now because of constant bypassing.

I’d rather have potable water than a cushy seat in a Place des Art or a new arena.


Ann Pomerleau