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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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Opioid overdoses to reach another record in 2019

Opioid overdoses to reach another record in 2019

There were 71 opioid calls in May alone, but some encouraging signs emerge crisis is leveling off
Report: Limiting overnight parking ban would impair snow removal

Report: Limiting overnight parking ban would impair snow removal

Proposal to change ban from 12-7 a.m. to 2-6 a.m. would cause delays, added costs
Liberals sag, NDP, Bloc surge as coalition talk heats up

Liberals sag, NDP, Bloc surge as coalition talk heats up

With less than a week to go, minority Parliament seems more and more likely
As year end draws near, city budget deficit sits at $7M

As year end draws near, city budget deficit sits at $7M

Shortfall reduced from $7.3M reported in May, but red ink still a major challenge
Much policy, few fireworks: Chamber quizzes Sudbury candidates on debt, taxes and electoral reform

Much policy, few fireworks: Chamber quizzes Sudbury candidates on debt, taxes and electoral reform

Stripped down slate of candidates focuses on major parties
Serré, Paquette in spotlight at Nickel Belt debate

Serré, Paquette in spotlight at Nickel Belt debate

Audience questions at chamber debate focused on NDP, Liberal hopefuls
Candidates take tough questions at debate on women's issues

Candidates take tough questions at debate on women's issues

Queries include legalizing prostitution, how to end violence against women and other vulnerable groups
Byelection scandal: For the first time, Thibeault opens up about the scandal that cost him his job

Byelection scandal: For the first time, Thibeault opens up about the scandal that cost him his job

Looking back at the byelection scandal, Glenn Thibeault says he has survivor's guilt for the damage inflicted on those around him: 'I'm definitely not worth the BS that everyone had to go through'
Interview: Wynne's election architect spills secrets about the byelection scandal

Interview: Wynne's election architect spills secrets about the byelection scandal

In 'Let 'Em Howl', Glenn Thibeault and Gerry Lougheed Jr. get mentions, but Patricia Sorbara is most critical of Thibeault ally, and current hospital CEO, Dominic Giroux
MacDonald: The Sudbury scandal with many losers, but absolutely no winners

MacDonald: The Sudbury scandal with many losers, but absolutely no winners

The 2014 byelection is a textbook example of how political bush fires can get out of control, with damaging results