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Northeastern Ont. top stories in 2021 | CTV News – CTV News Northern Ontario

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As we head into the New Year, here are the Top 10 most-read stories that made headlines in 2021 on CTVNewsNorthernOntario.ca.

While the region began 2021 under a province-wide lockdown after another surge in COVID-19 cases, 12 months later the pandemic rages on with case numbers hitting all-time highs. So it is no surprise that several COVID-related stories made the list.

This year we saw the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, which remains a hot button issue. This fall, an Englehart doctor was involved in a disciplinary hearing after being accused of spreading misinformation about the pandemic.

Read: Englehart, Ont., doctor sanctioned for 'disgraceful' conduct related to COVID-19

A big storm in early March brought a wintry mix of weather to most of northeastern Ontario prompting a series of weather alerts.

Read: Major weather system moving in triggers alerts in northeastern Ontario

In a move that confused many, the province extended the Ontario-wide shutdown the first week of the year while also announcing northern Ontario students would be sent back to class in person.

Read: Northern Ontario lockdown extended another two weeks, but schools still to reopen Jan. 11

A couple from Noelville won $70 million in a February Lotto Max draw.

Read: Noelville, Ont., winner of $70M lottery prize had to check ticket a dozen times to believe it

With a lot of interesting wildlife content in the north, one story stood out from the rest this year. For one northern Ontario woman, a series of photos during a visit to the dump sparked a lot of attention.

Read: Do not disturb: Hilarious northern Ontario black bear sighting

With lots of big winners in the north, an article earlier this month about two winning lottery tickets worth $1 million had people interested.

Read: Two Ont. Lotto Max players are holding $1M tickets

A northern Ontario city caught a lot of attention for earning one of the top spots in the annual list of Canadian 'bed bug cities.'

Read: This northern Ontario city is one of Canada's top 10 for bed bugs

The top three most-read articles from northeastern Ontario in 2021 involved ongoing news coverage.

When Sudbury's Laurentian University filed for creditor protection earlier this year, it sent shock waves through the community, province and across the country. The post-secondary school is still muddling through the insolvency process and CTV News has kept everyone up-to-date with the latest information and fallout. More than 100 articles have been written this year on the subject.

Read: Laurentian University files for creditor protection and the latest Restructuring Coverage

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, CTV News has been bringing you a daily update on the COVID-19 case counts in northeastern Ontario. The information is compiled from five health units: Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Porcupine Health Unit, Algoma Health Unit, North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit and Timiskaming Health Unit.

Information includes the number of active COVID-19 cases in each area, recoveries, deaths and hospitalizations.

Read: Current number of active COVID-19 cases in northeastern Ontario

The most-read story from northeastern Ontario this year gained national attention and more than 500,000 views.

On Sept. 26, dozens of workers at a Sudbury area mine were trapped underground after the shaft was damaged while hauling a piece of equipment. The rescue took days with some having to climb a ladder system the equivalent of the CN Tower to escape.

Read: All 39 miners trapped underground in Sudbury, Ont., have now been rescued

The Totten Mine near Sudbury, Ont., is shown on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

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