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Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival offered its fans a sneak peek of its 2019 lineup Thursday, revealing just 14 of the roughly 130 films that will be screened during the Sept. 14-22 festival.

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Here are some stories to start your day.

Cinéfest 2019 sneak peek includes star-packed Vietnam war film and doc about victims of local pedophile priest:

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival offered its fans a sneak peek of its 2019 lineup Thursday, revealing just 14 of the roughly 130 films that will be screened during the Sept. 14-22 festival. The full lineup is expected to be released during the second week of August. “We just work so hard all year for this,” said Tammy Frick, executive director with Cinéfest. “The launch conference is always so much fun because it sets the tone. It introduces the theme for any given year, and it also lets us to have an opportunity to talk about what's coming. “We've been watching films voraciously since about May, and so much more to see. It's a great year, and we're just always so excited to share these wonderful films with our audience.” She said the four programmers with the festival watch about 2,500 films and whittle them down to what people see at Cinéfest. Once again, Frick said the festival features a strong contingent of Canadian films, including those filmed in Northern Ontario. Check out the list of films announced so far here.

Arrested twice in one day: Released, Sturgeon Falls man returns to OPP detachment and steals officer's car:

On July 13, at approximately 3:45 p.m., while investigating an incident on John Street in Sturgeon Falls, members from the West Nipissing Detachment of the OPP arrested a 30-year-old man from Sturgeon Falls. The man was arrested as a result of an outstanding warrant for fail to attend court. The accused was subsequently released on a promise to appear with a court date of Sept.5 at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay. Later in the evening, at approximately 7:40 p.m., the accused attended the West Nipissing OPP Detachment parking lot on John Street in Sturgeon Falls and stole the personal vehicle of a West Nipissing OPP officer. The suspect left heading westbound on Highway 17. It didn't take long for officers from Warren and Sudbury OPP Detachments to locate and stop the stolen car on Highway 17 in Greater Sudbury. The vehicle did not sustain any damage. As a result of the investigation, a 30-year-old man from Sturgeon Falls was arrested and charged with: Theft Over $5,000 of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Driver Motor Vehicle - No Licence.

Woman had no right to block cottage access road on her own property, judge rules:

While it is located entirely on her property, a woman acted illegally when she blocked access to a road that her neighbours have been using for 48 years, a judge ruled earlier this month. The waterfront properties are on Trout Lake, located between Burwash and Noelville. Previous landowners reached an agreement to build and maintain a road to access properties in the area. “In 1968, some five adjoining property owners obtained permission to build a road over Crown land to gain access to various cottage properties,” the court transcript says. “The cost to construct the access road and the maintenance costs that followed have been shared by the various property owners.”  There were no issues with the arrangement until 2016, when the current owner of the land where the access road had been built served a two-year notice to her neighbour that she intended to close the road and fence the property in. Negotiations to reach an agreement failed, and when the road was blocked, the landowners who could no longer use the access road headed to court. Get the full story here.

Judge rejects lawsuit by man who blames ambulance for his injuries:

A judge in Sudbury has ruled against a man who sued the city claiming a paramedic was reckless when he went through a red light while responding to an emergency call. The incident took place in 2014, but the judgment wasn't issued until this spring. Transcripts from the case say the ambulance approached the lights at the corner of Brady and Minto streets, with its lights flashing and siren blaring intermittently. The ambulance was responding to a Code 4 call, which is a life-threatening situation. The plaintiff was waiting at the light, which was red, behind another vehicle. It turned green just as the ambulance was turning onto Brady Street from Shaughnessy Street. “The light turned green, and the plaintiff began to drive forward just as (the) ambulance was turning onto Brady Street,” the transcript says. The car ahead of the plaintiff stopped suddenly to accommodate the ambulance, and the plaintiff argued he was forced to lay down his motorcycle to avoid hitting the car, causing him to injure himself. Using an “expert” analysis the judge would eventually reject, the plaintiff's lawyers argued the paramedic “startled” them, causing the car ahead to stop suddenly and causing the injuries. If the ambulance driver had kept his siren going continually and driven at a slower speed, the expert concluded that the drivers wouldn't have been startled and no injuries would have occurred. But in his decision, the judge says the expert analysis amounted to little more than speculation.

Adult summer school: Record enrolment at Cambrian this summer:

It may be the height of summer, but the hallways and classrooms are bustling with activity at Cambrian College. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in the spring semester, a new record. Approximately 650 domestic students and 750 international students from 22 countries are enrolled in programs from the schools of Business, Community Services, Creative Arts, Engineering, General Studies, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law and Justice, and Skilled Trades. Of those students, about 370 are enrolled in their first semester, in eight different programs. 

Local celebrities fill their faces with blueberry pie (video):

Celebrities from Sudbury's media outlets competed in the Downtown Sudbury Celebrity Blueberry Pie Eating Contest on July 18.  Sudbury.com new media reporter Keira Ferguson made a valiant effort but she was no match for Christian "Good Pie" Howald from Reseau Du Nord who managed to devour his pie first. The event is just one put on by the organizers of the Sudbury Blueberry Festival. Check out the video of the contest here.

Friday Weather: 

A mix of sun and cloud throughout the day Friday. Today's high will be 30, feeling like 38 with the humidity. Increasing cloudiness early in the evening with some fog patches developing after midnight. Overnight low will be around 19. For current weather conditions, short-term and long-term forecasts visit Sudbury.com's weather page at www.sudbury.com/weather




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