Sudbury briefs: Marking the Stonewall riots, kids bike exchange

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Queer North and Sudbury Pride partner

On June 16, Fierté Sudbury Pride will partner with Sudbury Indie Cinema’s Queer North Film Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

At 11 a.m., people are invited to gather at Sudbury Indie Cinema, 162 Mackenzie St. The film screening will begin with a vigil, which is intended to commemorate and remember those who fought on behalf of the community. Several members of Sudbury’s queer community will speak to the history of the movement.

“The Stonewall riots were one of the most, if not the most, pivotal event leading to the liberation of queer rights,” Danielle Valcheff, chair of Sudbury Pride, said in a release. “Without their pioneering sacrifices, many of us would still be in the closet due to fear and shame. We will be honouring the generations of people who sacrificed their safety, livelihoods and cherished relationships so they and others could live and love freely.”

The vigil will be followed by a screening of Stonewall Uprising at noon, a documentary recounting the events surrounding the riots. To ensure access to all community members, admission will be pay-what-you-can.

The Stonewall riots, which occurred on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, are considered the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. Patrons, fed up with repeated and targeted police harassment, decided to rebel and protest their mistreatment. Pride Month is celebrated in June every year to honour the events of Stonewall.

The Queer North Film Festival is the largest LGBTQ-themed film festival in northern Ontario. It opens on June 13 with the Canadian premiere of Paris is Burning (2019 restored).

For more information, go to sudburyindiecinema.com/qnff2019.html.

 

Traffic update for Greater Sudbury

McAllister Avenue, Sudbury: Excavation and watermain work will close one lane of traffic on McAllister Avenue from Lasalle Boulevard to Main Street, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June 12-14.

O’Neil Drive West, Garson: Culvert and ditching work will close one lane of traffic on O’Neil Drive West from Metcalfe Avenue to Heino Road, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 13 to Aug. 31.

Kreko Street, Garson: Culvert and ditching work will close one lane of traffic on Kreko Street, from Municipal Road 86 for 300 metres, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 17 to Aug. 31.

Beaudry Road, Wahnapitae: Culvert and ditching work will close one lane of traffic on Beaudry Road from Highway 17 for 200 m, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 17 to Aug. 31.

 

Kids bike exchange to be held Saturday

Rainbow Routes Association, in partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury and Districts, and Bike Sudbury, will hold a Kids Bike Exchange, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (or whenever they run out of bikes) June 15 at the old Canoe Club building on Elizabeth Street.

Kids of all ages and their guardians are welcome as there are more than 100 bikes that need new homes and a happy, well-used life.

The City of Greater Sudbury will also be hosting a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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