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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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Recent Work by Darren

'It's time for Canadians to vote for what you want' says Green Party leader

'It's time for Canadians to vote for what you want' says Green Party leader

Elizabeth May talks the state of our democracy, dealing with skeptics and how climate change became political
Fabio Belli soccer dome under construction – for real this time

Fabio Belli soccer dome under construction – for real this time

After seven years of delays and false starts, dome will honour the late councillor and benefit youth in the city
Staff recommendation almost leads to wasted curb repairs

Staff recommendation almost leads to wasted curb repairs

Plan to install pedestrian crossover delayed when councillors realize curb work would likely be torn up when library, art gallery is built
Council to get monthly updates on $7.3M budget deficit

Council to get monthly updates on $7.3M budget deficit

Politicians want to be kept up to date on staff progress whittling down the red ink
City asks for report to look into why gas prices are higher in Sudbury

City asks for report to look into why gas prices are higher in Sudbury

Staff will also look into whether city can somehow regulate prices
CMHA screwed up its downtown shelter project, and now city taxpayers are bailing them out

CMHA screwed up its downtown shelter project, and now city taxpayers are bailing them out

City councillors in a Catch-22: provide interest-free $2.2M loan or the Home For Good Shelter project, which council agrees is a necessity, is dead
Councillors approve borrowing $205M to fund major projects like KED

Councillors approve borrowing $205M to fund major projects like KED

While work won't start anytime soon, acting now means city will pay interest rate of 2.63% or lower 
City's proposed winter storm policy aims to inform you, and protect itself

City's proposed winter storm policy aims to inform you, and protect itself

City will declare a 'significant weather event' to alert residents – and as protection from lawsuits
SIU clears Sudbury cop who punched unruly suspect

SIU clears Sudbury cop who punched unruly suspect

Despite fracturing suspect's orbital bone, action was justified because drunken man kicked police, tried to flee custody, investigator finds
Carol Mulligan: community mourns passing of tough, passionate journalist

Carol Mulligan: community mourns passing of tough, passionate journalist

'Stories of unfairness and unnecessary hardship drove her above all'