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Good morning, Sudbury! here are 5 stories to start your weekend

Here's what's happening around Greater Sudbury today
Serena Ryder. (Supplied)

Good morning, Greater Sudbury.

Here are some stories to start your day.

Cinéfest, NLFB drive-in concert this weekend publishes a weekly list of events happening around our city, either virtually or otherwise. Among this week's listings, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, which is running a hybrid online and in-person festival this year, starts tonight, Sept. 19, and runs until Sept. 27. Also this evening, Northern Lights Festival Boréal runs its drive-in concert featuring Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman and more. More details here.

‘I think the economy is adjusting,’ said finance minister during NORCAT visit

With a provincial budget coming in November, Finance Minister Rod Phillips is touring Ontario in a series of consultations with businesses and individuals about what people want to see in it. During his stop in Sudbury on Sept 18, Phillips visited NORCAT to see some of the programs supported by the Digital Mainstreet program, a program and service that helps businesses achieve digital transformation. NORCAT administers the program in partnership with the Ontario government.

Sudbury bus consortium extending mask-wearing policy to younger students as of Monday

The Sudbury Student Services Consortium has informed the public of a change of policy requiring all students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 to wear a mask on the school bus as of Monday, Sept. 21. Currently, junior kindergarten to Grade 3 students are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask on the school bus. Exceptions will be allowed for students with health problems or special needs that prevent them from wearing a mask, said a press release from the consortium. Learn more here.

Fourteen school bus routes cancelled for the week of Sept. 21

The consortium also announced Friday that 14 school bus routes will not be running the third week of school since they do not have drivers for the coming academic year. That's down slightly from 19 routes that were cancelled this past school week, and 25 the week before. COVID-19 has greatly impacted one local school bus operator, as many of their drivers have decided not to return behind the wheel. Check out the list of affected routes here.

Luncheon of Hope goes virtual: It's not the same, but NCF hopes people still donate

The Luncheon of Hope, a popular event that normally takes place at the Caruso Club at the end of September, has gone virtual this year to keep everyone safe amid COVID-19. Although Northern Cancer Foundation executive director Tannys Laughren said the Sept. 25 fundraiser won’t be the same, she hopes people still participate because they recognize the importance of the cause. Laughren said the Northern Cancer Foundation made the decision months ago to run all of its events virtually because of the pandemic. The annual Northern Cancer Foundation fundraising event — which is in its 22nd year — has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer research and treatment equipment here in Greater Sudbury. Read the full story here.

Missing woman, 42, last seen in HSN area Sept. 14

Greater Sudbury Police are asking for the public's assistance to locate 42-year-old Lisa Ashawasagai. She was last seen Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. around the Health Sciences North area. The woman is described as 5'6", 180 pounds, with long, black hair, and brown eyes. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black track pants, black winter boots and a black and white winter coat. Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Sudbury Police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS (8477) or Check out our story for a photo of Ashawasagai.

Weekend weather:

For the last weekend of summer (technically - it's not fall until Tuesday), we'll have cool but sunny weather. Saturday will be mainly sunny, with a high of 12 C. UV index 4 or moderate. Saturday night will be clear with a low of 2 C. Sunday will be sunny with a high of 15 C. Sunday night will be clear with a low of 5 C.