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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - January 18, 2017

Medical pot

Duane Hicks

Master grower Brad Olson, along with wife and business partner, Angela, have opened Rainy River Cannabis Collective at 520 Scott St., where they are ready to help patients find cannabis treatments for pain-free living, as well as provide hydroponic growing kits and quality lifestyle and medicine enjoyment gear.

Medical pot centre opens doors

Duane Hicks

A medical marijuana wellness clinic—focusing on pain management and cannabis therapies—is now open for business in Fort Frances.

Rainy River Cannabis Collective (RRCC), a licensed and insured “joint” venture of husband-and-wife Angela and Brad Olson, opened its doors at 520 Scott St. earlier this week.

College launches celebration year

Nicholas Donaldson

The Rainy River District campus of Confederation College hosted a small gathering last Wednesday to launch a year of celebration in conjunction with the Thunder Bay-based college’s 50th anniversary.

Refreshments were served as staff, students, alumni, and other guests looked over a timeline of the college’s history.

Town council hoping MPAC explains itself

Duane Hicks

Fort Frances council is hoping for an explanation from the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. for a nearly $13-million loss of assessment between last year and this year.

Before council even looks at its 2017 budget, this loss of assessment equals a shortfall of $210,000 that will have to be accounted for.

Sixth Street sewer, water upgrade on radar in Rainy River

Duane Hicks

The Town of Rainy River has plenty on the go in 2017.

The largest project on the horizon is the complete sewer and water rehabilitation of Sixth Street.

“We did the start the preliminary work with the engineering firm,” Rainy River Mayor Deb Ewald told the Times last week.

“They’ve done their preliminary stuff.”

College memorabilia

Nicholas Donaldson

Various Confederation College memorabilia was on display during the launch event for the college’s 50th-anniversary celebrations held last Wednesday at the local campus here. Other items open to guests were the sign-in book and a timeline of the college’s history.

Couchiching member earns prestigious academic accolade

Cameron Penney

Aaron Mills’ dedication and interest in academics and research has paid off with national recognition.

The Couchiching First Nation member, a University of Victoria Ph.D. Law and Society student, recently was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Talent Award—one of five Impact Awards presented by the SSHRC.

Abattoir struggling despite ‘buy local’ trend

Nicholas Donaldson

Local food is becoming more and more important for people who care about what they eat and where their food comes from.

Despite this growing trend, however, one cornerstone of the local food market—the Rainy River District Regional Abattoir in Emo—finds itself continuing to struggle financially.

Abattois interior

Nicholas Donaldson

This is the finishing room inside the abattoir facility, which is where the carcasses are gutted and cleaned before being sent away to a butcher shop to be processed.

Muskies shine in first home ski meet

Joey Payeur

When something is the first of its kind, it retains a special kind of significance that lasts through the ages.

So will be the case for the Muskie Nordic skiing team, which hosted its inaugural home meet last Wednesday at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet.

Newest Lakers off to good start

Joey Payeur

A normal catalyst for a player trade is the gradual build-up of dissension between the player and his head coach.

That’s not the story in the cases of both Jessie Heisz and Brett Pickler.

The two joined the Fort Frances Lakers at the CJHL trade deadline Jan. 10 and already have provided positive contributions to their new team.

Bonot accepts long-shot status at regionals

Joey Payeur

Winning a national championship is the goal of every serious competitive curler.

But as for winning two of them in the same season . . . well, Trevor Bonot is not going to get ahead of himself just yet.

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Jaida Norris surpassed any expectations that her rookie debut race might have had attached—skiing to fourth place in the Grade 7-8 girls’ division for the Muskie Nordic skiing team, which hosted its first-ever home meet at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet last Wednesday.

For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

By Matt O’Brien The Associated Press

BOSTON — What if the brakes go out in a driverless car? Does it mow down a crowd of pedestrians or swerve into a concrete wall and sacrifice its passenger?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking humans around the world how they think a robot car should handle life-or-death decisions.

Air Transat to test new taxiing system next year

By Ross Marowits The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Air Transat is planning to test and deploy a new system next year that would allow an aircraft to taxi from the runway to the gate without having to use a plane’s engine, thereby cutting operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Montreal-based carrier would be the world’s first airline to use the WheelTug system, according to the company that developed it.

Inaugural speech is Trump’s time to rise to the moment

By Nancy Benac The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Tradition suggests it’s time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

But bucking tradition, or ignoring it altogether, is what got Donald Trump to his inaugural moment.

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

Chilean dreams of rescuing box camera photography

By Eva Vergara The Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile — Luis Maldonado is the last remaining photographer in the main square of the Chilean capital still using a wooden box camera.

Cheesy Beer Dip with Hot Pretzels

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

It is easy enough to put out bag after bag of chips during a Sunday football-watching party, or any other gathering for that matter. And it’s not much harder to go the extra step and put those chips into an actual bowl ... you know, if you’re feeling classy.