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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to kick off your weekend

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Good morning, Greater Sudbury. Here are a few stories to get you started on this Saturday morning.

Creator's Choice owner responds to latest arrest, raid

Derek Rocque, owner of Creator's Choice, a cannabis dispensary on Wahnapitae First Nation, speaks with about the most recent raid, and the charges that have been laid against him. Find the story on our homepage.

Sunflowers at The Market

Sudbury’s Foodshed Project invites all Sudbury residents who have grown giant sunflowers to come to the judging event. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 at The Market (CP/VIA Rail Station on Elgin Street) from 10 a.m. to noon. The winners are expected to be announced at 12:30 p.m. The event is free to attend. 

Video: brings you the sights and sounds of the Int'l Plowing Match

For the second time in 102 years, the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) is being hosted in Northern Ontario. Watch as new media reporters Heather Green-Oliver and Keira Ferguson visited the event in Verner this week. The 2019 IPM is expected to attract about 80,000 people to the small farming town, which has a population of about 960 people. The event runs Sept. 17-21 and offers something for everyone.

Watch the video here.

'A kick in the teeth': Local candidates react to Trudeau brown face scandal

Controversy is swirling around Prime Minister Justin Trudeau amid revelations he wore blackface or brownface on several occasions, at least twice in the 1990s and once in 2001. The scandal was front page news across the globe Thursday, but wanted to give the 10 declared candidates running in Sudbury and Nickel Belt in the Oct. 21 federal election a chance to offer their views.

Read the full story.

Federal election: Liberals vow to ban assault rifles in Canada

On the campaign trail in Toronto today, Justin Trudeau unveiled a plan to ban military-style firearms in Canada. Besides fielding numerous questions regarding the brownface and blackface photos and video of him that began circulating on Wednesday after Time magazine released a 2001 image of Trudeau in an Aladdin-style costume with his face and hands painted a dark colour, Trudeau pushed the message that if Canadians back the Liberals' "Choose Forward" campaign and give the party another term, they will ban assault-style weapons and strengthen gun control in Canada. Among the promises unveiled at the presser, Trudeau said military-style rifles, including the AR-15, will be banned, but he said stronger gun control will not impaact the rights of hunters, and the federal government isn't bringing back the long-gun registry.

Read the full story here.

United Way working to make social issues #unignorable

United Way Centraide North East Ontario's goals and desired outcomes remain unchanged, but during the organization's Sept. 19 campaign launch, it became clear there's a visible shift in how they're going to get there. In years past, the campaign launch has been an event where the organization takes a look back at the past year, thanking partner organizations and highlighting how many people have been helped and how much money has been raised, while mapping out the path for the year to come. The goals of helping those in need has not changed, but the organization is looking to shine a spotlight on the specific issues affecting the community and making them "unignorable.”

Read the full story here.