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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - January 26, 2017

Colourful characters

Nicholas Donaldson

Emma Fyfe, left, Hazel Rousseau, Cassandra Armstrong, and Gabby Bourgeault, in Ms. Sieders' Grade 1 class, all were in costume yesterday for “dress as a favourite storybook character day” at St. Michael's School.

Sewer warranty to be available here


Local residents soon will be able to get a warranty covering their sewer and water services.

At its regular meeting Monday night, town council endorsed the “Service Line & In-Home Plumbing Repair” program through Local Authority Services (LAS) in partnership with Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC).

Outbreak declared at Rainycrest

Press Release

Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Public Health Unit, has declared a gastro-intestinal outbreak at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home here.

As a result, all admissions, transfers, discharges, and social activities have been cancelled until further notice.

Visitors also are restricted to family members and caregivers only.

Driver nabbed

From the OPP

Yesterday at 2:16 a.m., the Rainy River District OPP received a complaint about a motor vehicle operating in Fort Frances.

Officers located the vehicle on the 800 block of King's Highway.

The driver, a 36-year-old male of Garson, Ont., was arrested and taken to the OPP detachment for breath tests.

He subsequently was charged with having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg.

Surging Lakers win two more


Two weeks ago, the Fort Frances Lakers had lost three in a row and were wondering how to get out of fifth place in the SIJHL standings.

Now they've won four-straight and look to be in fifth gear while having a more than realistic shot at second place.

Visiting performer

Joey Payeur

Cynthia Martin of the Majinx magic team from St. Eugene interacted with the Grade 1 and 2 French Immersion students at St. Michael's School on Monday while teaching them some of the tricks of the trade.

Heroin helps to keep clients 'normal' at unique program

Camille Bains
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The smell of rubbing alcohol permeates a tiny room where chronic heroin users inject a pharmaceutical-grade version of the drug three times a day to just feel normal.

Justin Hall, 48, exits the freshly-cleaned injection room at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after his second visit of the day.

Feds urged to toss media lifeline

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A major new report is calling for dramatic changes to help shore up Canada's news industry as it faces a massive decline in revenues and a growing “fake news” problem.

Cop facing three charges

The Canadian Press

KENORA, Ont.—The Ontario Provincial Police says one of its officers has been charged with three criminal offences after an investigation that began this week.

Police said the alleged offences occurred Jan. 18 when the officer was off-duty.

They noted their investigation began Monday.

DNA testing focus of retrial for Grant

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Prosecutors have begun laying out their DNA evidence at the retrial of a man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl back in 1984.

Mark Edward Grant has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen, who vanished while walking home from school.

Grant was arrested decades after the girl's body was found frozen and tied up in a shed.

Latvia mission to be finalized

Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—President Donald Trump will loom large when representatives from several NATO countries gather here this week to finalize plans for deployment of a Canadian-led battle group to Latvia starting in the spring.

But at least one senior official from the eastern European nation is counselling calm.

Vader sentenced to life in prison

Chris Purdy
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Bret McCann and his family got up in the middle of the night half-a-world away to watch a live video feed of a judge handing a life sentence to the man who killed McCann's parents.

Travis Vader was facing anywhere from time served to life in prison for manslaughter in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann.

Treatment of cadets slammed

Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Canadian Forces ombudsman is taking the military to task for its treatment of ill and injured cadets, saying little has changed since a deadly grenade explosion at a cadet camp back in 1974.

Trudeau thrown curveball on tour

Jennifer Graham
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has continued his town hall tour of Canada with a rather friendly and low-key public meeting in Saskatoon.

Trudeau was greeted with a standing ovation last night before taking questions that gave him an opportunity to explain his government's position on a series of topics, including the carbon tax and indigenous issues.

Pioneering TV actress dies at 80

Lynn Elber
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Mary Tyler Moore didn't have it all on her 1970s sitcom but what she had was enough.

A husband and kids, long the stock TV recipe for female contentment, were absent from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Instead, Mary Richards combined work, friends, and lovers into an alternative version of a modern young woman's full life.

Three snowmobilers die

The Canadian Press

WHALE COVE, Nunavut—Three men have drowned after a large snowmachine crashed through sea ice in Nunavut.

Mounties say it happened Saturday near Whale Cove, on the western shore of Hudson Bay, while the men were making a cargo run from Rankin Inlet to Arviat.

Immigrants changing our population: StatsCan

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new Statistics Canada survey says almost half the country's population could be an immigrant or the child of an immigrant within the next 20 years.

It suggests the proportion of immigrants in Canada's population could reach 30 percent in 2036—compared to 20.7 percent in 2011.

Many Canadians often confused by CPP rules

Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Internal evaluations of the Canada Pension Plan show the retirement system is poorly understood by most of the public—a problem retiree Evan Brett avoided only through luck and meticulous record-keeping.

The 76-year-old realtor and his wife, Latifah, dove into their files at their Langley, B.C. home a decade ago when Latifah applied for retirement benefits.

Electoral reform unclear as Libs ponder choices

Joanna Smith
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The way Canadians cast their ballots in the next federal election still is up in the air as the Liberal government weighs the pros and cons of keeping—or abandoning—a major campaign promise.

The results of—a controversial online survey designed to be yet another way to consult with Canadians on electoral reform—were released Tuesday.

McDonald’s, A&W to launch all-day breakfast nationwide due to growing demand

By Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadians hankering for a breakfast sandwich in the evening will soon be able to satisfy that craving at most McDonald’s and A&W restaurants later next month, as the fast-food chains concede to growing consumer demand to have their signature morning staples served throughout the day.

Raptors suffer fifth-straight loss

Clay Bailey
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Marc Gasol scored a career-best 42 points—and the Memphis Grizzlies needed every last one of them.

Gasol's night was capped by the deciding two free throws with 36 seconds left as the Grizzlies handed Toronto its fifth-straight loss with a 101-99 victory last night.

Gasol's final free throws ended a 12-0 run by the Raptors that tied the game at 99.

Curiosity surrounds Tiger's return

Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—With the Pacific Ocean behind him, Tiger Woods drew back his driver and sent it soaring across the blue sky yesterday at Torrey Pines.

Watching from 50 yards away was Jay Monahan, the new commissioner of the PGA Tour.

“That's a nice sight, isn't it?” Monahan said.

Leafs blank Wings

Larry Lage
The Associated Press

DETROIT—The Toronto Maple Leafs made quite an investment in goalie Frederik Andersen last summer—trading a first- and second-round pick to Anaheim to acquire the goaltender and giving him a five-year, $25-million deal.

He is providing quite a return.

Williams sisters, Federer reach finals 'Down Under'

John Pye
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia—It was one, two, and three for the ages as Venus and Serena Williams set up another all-sisters Australian Open final while Roger Federer ensured he'll contend for another Grand Slam title.

They're calling it “Throwback Thursday” at Melbourne Park: three players who can combine for 46 Grand Slam titles and 106 years in age advanced to the finals.

NFL out to spice up Pro Bowl

Terrance Harris
The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla.—The NFL and its players were looking for ways to spice up the Pro Bowl, so they decided to have San Diego Chargers' quarterback Phillip Rivers throw balls at opponents.

Dodge balls.

Trump’s wall met with skepticism, unease on US-Mexico border

By Elliot Spagat And Julie Watson The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — As President Donald Trump announced his plans for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Border Patrol agents in San Diego on the lookout for drugs and smugglers drove all-terrain vehicles along a barrier that reaches 18 feet, topped by razor wire and reinforced by cameras and lighting.

EPA science under scrutiny by Trump political staff

By Michael Biesecker And Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is scrutinizing studies and data published by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, while new work is under a “temporary hold” before it can be released.

Trump seeks investigation into unproven voter fraud claim

By Jonathan Lemire And Eric Tucker The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he is ordering a “major investigation” into widespread voter fraud, raising the prospect of a federal government probe into a widely debunked claim and sparking alarm among experts and Democrats.

Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels

By Mead Gruver The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of supporting renewable energy with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun.

Blustery Wyoming ranks among the top states for wind-energy potential, but the coal, oil and natural gas industries are the backbone of the state’s economy.

For pizza crust with a big dose of vitamins, try cauliflower

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Cauliflower is a wonder-veggie. No longer relegated to boiling and covering with a bright orange cheese sauce (sorry, Mom), cauliflower is stepping out in the place of starch like rice in stir-fries or instead of wheat flour in pizza dough.