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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - December 15, 2016

Table being set for Christmas dinner


The community Christmas dinner is just 10 days away but everything is falling into place.

The 29th-annual event will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church here.

Sandra Lange of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau said some volunteers are lined up but more helpers always are welcome.

Don’t be victim of theft: OPP

From the OPP

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has started, but try not to let that be a distraction causing you to become a victim of theft.

The OPP is encouraging citizens to “Lock It or Lose It” to protect their vehicle contents from theft.

Muskie hockey squads solid


There’s no place like home but the Muskie boys’ hockey team decided to make themselves at home in Red Lake last night.

Cam Gushulak had a goal and three assists, and 14 different Muskies had at least one point, in a 15-1 romp over the Rams in NorWOSSA action.

With the win, Fort High (5-0) moved two points up on the Dryden Eagles (4-1) for first place.

Eagles rule roost here


The Dryden Eagles swooped into Fort Frances on Tuesday and the Muskie court teams couldn’t see them fly away soon enough.

It was the visitors’ day to shine as the Eagles captured three of the four matches to kick off the NorWOSSA regular season.

Revco splits

Conrad Dueck

Although they started off with the lead, and kept it close until half-time, BDO’s four-player lineup eventually ran out of gas in falling 71-48 to Revco in Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League action Tuesday night.

Jeff Campbell and Todd Richards provided almost all the offence for BDO, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Tropical vibes

Heather Latter

Students in Debbie Jean’s class were feeling tropical as they performed a dance routine to Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot” during the St. Michael’s School Early Learning Christmas concert last night. The Grades 1-3 classes there will take the stage for their concert this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Rockin’ Christmas

Heather Latter

Students in Alexis Hill’s Grade 1 class performed the “Santa Claus Rock” yesterday morning during the dress rehearsal of the Early Years and Grade 1-3 Christmas concerts there. The two concerts took to the stage in the auditorium back-to-back yesterday evening, with the Grades 4-6 concert going tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

Corralling Toys

Joey Payeur

Muskies Byron Stewart, left, and Chase McGuire went from skaters to sweepers in rounding up the toys pitched onto the ice after teammate Cole Allan’s first-period goal ignited the team’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss” in support of the Salvation Army. The excitement all took place at the ’52 Canadians Arena during Tuesday night’s 5-2 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in NorWOSSA play.

Brown orders MPP to retract comments

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown again is trying to keep a lid on social conservative views in his caucus, ordering a member of the legislature to retract comments about how some issues would be a priority for a Tory government.

U.S. refugee claims rise five-fold here

Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—The number of Americans seeking refugee status in Canada has experienced a significant bump this year, increasing more than five times in November from the same period a year earlier.

The overall numbers, however, remain tiny.

Few people seek to flee the world’s largest economy—and one of its oldest democracies—on humanitarian grounds.

Ottawa moves to ban asbestos

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—After years in which thousands of Canadians were diagnosed annually with deadly, asbestos-related cancers, the federal government finally is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.

Today’s announcement by four Liberal cabinet ministers includes the manufacture, use, import, and export of asbestos in common items such as building materials and brake pads.

Province targets high-billing doctors

Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s lengthy dispute with its doctors escalated yesterday as the province’s medical association dismissed as “unreasonable” a government proposal that would see fee cuts for high-billing specialists and more money for family physicians.

Border cities worry that ending NAFTA would hurt economies

By Paul J. Weber The Associated Press

LAREDO, Texas — Donald Trump’s only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted less than three hours. On some days, that’s not long enough for 18-wheelers hauling foreign-made dishwashers and car batteries to lurch through the gridlocked crossing.

Birth defects seen in 6 per cent of US pregnancies with Zika

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A U.S. study of Zika-infected pregnancies found that 6 per cent of them ended in birth defects. The rate was nearly twice as high for women infected early in pregnancy.

It’s the first published research on outcomes in the United States, and the authors say the findings echo what’s been reported in Brazil and other countries with Zika outbreaks.

Raptors cruise to fourth-straight win

Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan spent an off-night in town at Villanova watching the best basketball team in the Philly area dominate in another victory.

A night later, Lowry and DeRozan ditched the courtside seats to team up and keep Philadelphia the worst team in the NBA.

Peterson makes return to practice field

The Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Adrian Peterson was back on the practice field yesterday for the first time in nearly three months, and the Minnesota Vikings hope their star running back can give them the jolt they need to chase down a playoff berth.

Flames’ win streak snapped

Darren Haynes
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Falling behind early to one of the hottest teams in the league could have been a recipe for disaster for the struggling Lightning.

But Brian Boyle made sure it wasn’t.

Tiger strikes ball deal

The Associated Press

One tournament into his return was all Tiger Woods needed to strike a deal with Bridgestone to play its golf ball.

Bridgestone Golf said today it has signed Woods to a multi-year agreement in which he will play and promote the golf ball.

Woods effectively became a free agent for equipment deals when Nike decided to stop making clubs and golf balls and instead focus on apparel.

Juniors make final cuts

Bill Beacon
The Canadian Press

BOISBRIAND, Que.—The dream of playing in the world junior hockey championship is over for five players cut from Canada’s team last night.

Britain OKs making babies from DNA of 3 people in some cases

By Maria Cheng The Associated Press

LONDON — Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using the DNA from three people ‚Äî what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number of children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers.

Yahoo suffers world’s biggest hack affecting 1 billion users

By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company’s own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history.

Beijing adds weapons to South China Sea islands

By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press

BEIJING — China appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, a U.S. security think-tank says, upping the stakes in what many see as a potential Asian powder keg.

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy seize 26 tons of cocaine in Pacific

The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy are in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to offload 26.5 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $715 million seized in the waters off the Eastern Pacific.

Officials from the United States and Canada will discuss the drug interdictions during a news conference at Port Everglades on Thursday morning.

Iran sanctions renewal becomes law without Obama signature


WASHINGTON — In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran’s concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal.

‘Three-person’ babies approved in Britain

The Associated Press

LONDON—Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using the DNA from three people—what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number of children from inheriting potentially-fatal diseases from their mothers.

Winter Salad to remove the blahs

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Winter is upon us. I live in San Diego, and let’s be honest: The notion of us slogging through a frigid few months awaiting spring’s thaw is ridiculous. Yet, I’m cold. It’s chilly and cloudy and yes, sometimes, even rainy.