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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - January 23, 2017

Fleury rink comes up short

Sports
Staff

Jenna Walsh's third provincial women's curling title will have to wait at least one more year.

The Devlin native played second for Sudbury's Tracy Fleury at the Scotties provincials in Nipigon, who wound up losing 10-7 to defending champ Krista McCarville (Thunder Bay) in Saturday's final.

McCarville led 7-3 after eight ends before Fleury bounced back with three in the ninth.

Muskie boys capture third place

News
Staff

Ending up in the third-place game would be a disappointment to most good teams.

It's how one deals with the disappointment that counts.

The Muskie boys' hockey team shook off its semi-final loss to earn a 3-2 win over the Sturgeon Heights Huskies of Winnipeg yesterday to claim the bronze medal at the John Taylor Piper Classic tournament there.

Lakers nab two wins

News
Staff

Ryan Gazich drilled the game-winner at 2:54 of overtime to give the Fort Frances Lakers a long-awaited 3-2 triumph over the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars on Friday night.

Combined with Saturday night's 6-5 win over host English River, the Lakers (16-14-2-3) have vaulted past the Miners (15-16-1-3) into fourth place in the SIJHL.

Be safe on ice: OPP

News
From the OPP

The Kenora OPP again is reminding residents of the dangers of thin ice.

The unusually mild weather of the past week has created unstable ice conditions on area lakes, rivers, and other waterways.

Highway shut down

News
From the OPP

Just after 5 a.m. today, the Kenora OPP was notified of a collision involving multiple tractor-trailer units on Highway 17A (Kenora bypass), just west of the Highway 17 East junction.

It was reported three eastbound vehicles had collided and were engulfed in flames, blocking the highway.

Four males were taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Driver facing charges

News
From the OPP

On Jan. 20 at 1:35 p.m., the Rainy River District OPP received a complaint about a motor vehicle in Fort Frances.

Officers located the motor vehicle on the 900 block of King's Highway.

The driver, a 27-year-old Kitchener, Ont. man, was arrested and taken to OPP detachment for breath tests.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for the mandatory seven days.

District pair advance

News
Staff

Rainy River District will have two representatives at the men's provincial curling championship next month.

Third Mike Badiuk (Devlin) and lead Travis Showalter (Nestor Falls) helped the Dylan Johnston rink of Thunder Bay to a 4-0 record and top spot at the West regional qualifier held over the weekend at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Council to vote on pay increase

News
Duane Hicks

Town council will decide tonight whether or not it should get more pay.

The Council Remuneration Committee, formed late last year to review the issue, is recommending council increase its full-day per diem rate from $150/day to $160/day.

Mens curling

Photos
Joey Payeur

Stratton native Trevor Bonot let his sweepers know to be patient before applying the brooms to this shot during his game against Dylan Johnston of Thunder Bay on Saturday as part of the Travelers West region men's provincial curling championship qualifier at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Fancy dinner

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Duane Hicks

Wes Williams, left, and Mary Carter were among the 70 people who enjoyed their meals during the annual "Forget Me Not" fundraiser dinner Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous. The event, which also featured music, penny tables, a silent auction, and guest speaker Angela Gentile (née Wilson), raised $4,250 for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts.

Atom A tourney

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Joey Payeur

Blake Kreger of the Emo Express White tried to pull away from Griffin Webb of the Causeway Cougars during the final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's Atom 'A' tournament yesterday at the Ice For Kids Arena. Kreger had two goals to help Emo earn a 5-3 win to capture the tournament title.

Union lands deal on violence leave

National
John Cotter
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON--A union in Alberta has negotiated domestic violence leave for members who work at a long-term care facility.

The United Steelworkers says the agreement means Rivercrest Care Centre workers who are victims of domestic violence can take paid leave for legal, medical, and counselling appointments without fear of losing their jobs.

Angus closer to bid

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA--Veteran Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus said yesterday he has moved into the second phase of his possible campaign to lead his party.

Angus, who launched a new website, said he is trying to build a national team of volunteers and collect donations after spending weeks reaching out to family, colleagues, constituents, and supporters.

First responders call for national PTSD strategy

National
Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER--Natalie Harris was afraid to fall asleep.

As a young paramedic in Barrie, Ont., Harris went to bed dreading her next nightmare. Nearly every night, she says she bolted upright screaming and drenched in sweat.

In the morning, she sat frozen in panic--unable to put on her uniform.

Illness sickens over 200 college students

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO--Toronto Public Health says norovirus may be the cause of an outbreak that has affected more than 200 students at a city college, but the agency is waiting for laboratory confirmation.

Cheetah case nets charges

National
The Canadian Press

CRESTON, B.C.--Two people have been charged more than a year after a cheetah was spotted wandering the snowy roads in southeastern B.C.

The B.C. Conservation Officers Service says Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato each have been charged with one count of possessing an alien species without a permit, which is an offence under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation.

Falcons, Patriots to clash for title

Sports
Howard Fendrich
The Associated Press

A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

Raptors handed third-straight defeat

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO--DeMar DeRozan had gotten used to leaving the arena in a good mood.

He hasn't been doing much of that lately, though.

Eric Bledsoe netted 40 points, and Devin Booker added 20 more, as the Phoenix Suns beat Toronto 115-103 yesterday to hand the Raptors their first three-game losing skid in over a year.

Toews' goal sparks Blackhawks to win

Sports
The Associated Press

CHICAGO--Jonathan Toews' offensive numbers have been subpar this season, but the Chicago Blackhawks' captain came through with a huge performance last night.

He scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:18 to go as Chicago beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 for its third-straight victory.

Raonic has shot at 'Slam' breakthrough

Sports
Justin Bergman
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia--Not every tennis player quotes from Goethe on Twitter, keeps a journal, and visits art exhibitions during tournaments.

Milos Raonic, though, has taken a slightly different path in life.

He grew up playing tennis in snowy Canada, not sunny Florida. And his parents--immigrants from Montenegro--knew nothing about tennis.

Samsung: Batteries only problem with fire-prone Note 7s

Technology
By Youkyung Lee The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung Electronics said Monday that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire.

What mackerel and a volcano can tell us about climate change

Science
By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today’s era of global warming?

Quite a bit, researchers say.