New chief is from Manitoulin

June 18, 2021

Ontario regional chief Glen Hare

Former Anishinabek Nation grand chief Glen Hare has been elected as Ontario regional chief. The appointment came during the 47th annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference. 

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Stellar service at Tamar’s

June 16, 2021

For businesses like Tamar’s Trends who rely a lot on things like weddings, large social events and gatherings, it is an understatement to say that COVID-19 has significantly affected the bottom line of the downtown flower shop.

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Camera Craft is back open!

June 15, 2021

Owner James Wishon has advised Sault Business Matters that his Camera Craft store has reopened for business as part of phase one of the provincial government plan.

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Patio bars back in business

June 14, 2021

As Ontario partially reopened on June 11 under what the provincial government is calling the ‘first phase’, a number of licensed patio bars in the Sault’s downtown were happening places.

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Northern Superior patio bar

June 12, 2021

The final touches are being put on the new Northern Superior Brewing patio bar, with its picturesque surroundings.

A newly designed patio bar is coming to the downtown area of the Sault.

Northern Superior Brewing Co., which has property aplenty on lower Pim Street adjacent to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, plans on having its patio bar open next week.

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Vintage Games set to reopen

June 10, 2021

We have some great news to share with you regarding one of this community’s most beloved downtown gems, Vintage Games N’ Junque.

They are happy to say that they can’t wait to see your smiling faces when they re-open to the public on Friday of this week (June 11) with the recent announcement of the Ontario government to enter Step 1 of its roadmap to reopen. 

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Police bike patrols downtown

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has set up its bike patrol as part of the downtown enforcement strategy. The bicycle unit will patrol the downtown core regularly.

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Day camps from FBFM

Fit Bodies Fit Minds day camps are back, Sault Business Matters has confirmed.

The camps are limited to 12 children per camp, ages 5-12 years old. Camps are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Sault smiles with this sweetie

Check out this happy little girl!

Three year old sweetie, Brinley, is our latest “Sault smiles” feature.

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Remembering Michael Doan

Photo by Bob Davies

Family members, friends, former teachers and teammates once again showed their support for the annual Michael Doan Memorial Golf Tournament that was held on Saturday at Crimson Ridge in Sault Ste. Marie.

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Outdoor dining at Marconi

Fans, new and old, of the Marconi Cultural Event Centre should be happy to know that outdoor patio dining is coming to the venerable Albert Street West eatery.

Trevor Zachary, who is the new general manager and director of hospitality at the Marconi, confirmed the operating hours to Sault Business Matters.

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Ready for patio bars, beers

Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown will soon be home to a new outdoor patio bar in the back of the building.

As many of us anticipate the imminent opening of outdoor patios relative to the go ahead from the Ontario government, the Sault’s downtown area will feature at least 10 licensed outlets that we know of, including some new ones.

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‘Great Giving Challenge’

During the month of June, Grocer 4 Good and Northern Credit Union will participate in the ‘Great Canadian Giving Challenge.’ It is a summer fundraising campaign put on by ‘Canada Helps.’ Grocer 4 Good is located at 133 Gore Street in the Sault’s downtown area.

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On the grill at Stackburger

May 31, 2021

Now that’s a burger!

Anyone who knows Kevin Syrette can vouch for his love of a good burger going back to his childhood and many years of traveling as part of the musical group Bear Creek where he would try burgers wherever he went. 

Thus, it is very fortunate for the people of the Sault that in 2015, Kevin decided to take a leap of faith and open his very own burger joint — and voila, the now very popular Stackburger was born.

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Better services for mental issues

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is supporting the relocation and creation of a new residential withdrawal management services site in Sault Ste. Marie with $343,000 in new ongoing operational funding.

Sault member of provincial parliament Ross Romano confirmed that the funds will support operational expenses such as rent, food plans, laundry and other related operating costs.

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More downtown patio bars!

May 26, 2021

Ready and set to go at the Whisky Barrel.

There is much anticipation relative to the phased reopening of Ontario’s food and beverage industry that includes outdoor patio bars.

And as many of us in the Sault are looking forward to the planned, long-anticipated opening of outdoor patio bar season beginning the week of June 13, the downtown area along Queen Street and beyond will feature a multitude of open air, licensed dining establishments.

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This is a good sign

Photo by Mary DeSimone

Signs. Signs. Everywhere are signs.

There are good signs ahead. At least we hope so.

Perhaps we just need to believe and trust.

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Fed funding for our youth

To be sure, Canada’s economic recovery depends in a large part on young people being able to get good, well-paying jobs now and into the future. Which is why the Government of Canada continues to make historic investments in our youth, to try to ensure they have the supports and opportunities they need to build long and successful careers.

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Feature: Steel City Delivery

May 25, 2021

For over 20 years, Steel City Delivery has quietly been serving the Sault and area and building a loyal following primarily because of their friendly, efficient and reliable services.

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N1 Strategy and Dubreuilville

The Corporation of the Township of Dubreuilville has confirmed a new partnership with N1 Strategy, a division of N1 Solutions Inc. The intent is to guide economic development and tourism initiatives in the community of Dubreuilville.

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Slam hoopsters off to school

Bishop Whitmell

A trio of high performance players from the Steel City Slam basketball team of Sault Ste. Marie have committed to post secondary school programs effective the fall semester.

Bishop Whitmell, Logan Whitmell and Elijah Suffel will all be combining school and basketball. The Whitmell brothers are headed to Sault College while Suffel is off to Nipissing University of North Bay.

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Central United silent auction

Venerable Central United Church of the Sault will hold its annual silent auction online from Friday, May 28 to Friday, June 4, at 3 p.m.

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Virtual learning strategy

Ross Romano

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is transforming virtual learning by investing $870,520 in eight innovative projects at Algoma University and Sault College.

The projects are part of the province’s ‘Virtual Learning Strategy’ with the intention of providing students with more flexibility and access to high-quality post secondary education and retraining opportunities.

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What’s next for Croatians?

When Croatian immigrants first arrived in Sault Ste. Marie at the turn of the last century, their social gatherings were commonplace. Whether in a home, at a picnic grounds or in a building, one could hear Croatian language spoken, celebrate the food, folklore and traditions, and revel in Croatian culture. In the 1970’s the community incorporated the Canadian Croatian Home Association-Sault Ste. Marie (CCHA-SSM) as a non profit culture and heritage organization and moved from Wellington St. West to a newly built home on Second Line East.

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Lindsay in the air chair

May 14, 2021

Lindsay Ellis of local radio station Eagle 95.1

There is another Ellis now spinning the timeless, endless classic hit tunes on local radio station Eagle 95.1.

Lindsay Ellis recently took over the 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. time slot on the Eagle. Her shift follows the 6-10 a.m. ‘Rise and Shine Morning Show’ that is hosted by her husband, long-time local radio personality Tim Ellis, aka Timmy E.

The Ellis’s have been local owners and operators of Eagle 95.1 for just over two and a half years.

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Lack of action re vaccines

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is an open letter to Sault Ste. Marie member of parliament Terry Sheehan.)

Hello Mr. Sheehan:

I want from you to give a reasonable explanation on why with blessings of the War Memorial Hospital (President David Jahn) with volunteer R.N’s and also the agreement with Canada Customs and American Customs why Health Canada does not back this opportunity for Canadian Sault residents to get their second or even first shots from the excess in Sault, Michigan?

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Leaf, yard waste pick-up

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has started its annual leaf and yard waste collection. The city is divided in two sections for the purpose of collection every two weeks. A map describing the sections is available on the city’s website.

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Sleep Inn: Home away from home

May 10, 2021

Sleep Inn, located on Bay Street just off East Street, in the Sault’s downtown

It was a recent Saturday evening that I was invited to experience the stellar hospitality of the well appointed Sleep Inn for myself as a way of research for this story, a little ‘staycation’ if you will!

It soon became apparent why they are recent winners of the prestigious Gold Award for Choice Hotels! 

From the moment I arrived, I was greeted warmly by staff and immediately felt like a member of the Sleep Inn family, which explains why they have so many repeat guests.   

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Mouth watering burgers

On the grill, at Stackburger

Many are of the notion that Stackburger serves some of the best burgers in the Sault.

And there is no argument from us that Stackburger is without peer.

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Spring has sprung winners

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has confirmed the winners of its ‘Spring has Sprung’ contest. See below for the list of winners.

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