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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 17, 2018

Hospital workers slated to hold rallies

Press Release

Hospital workers across Ontario, including in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River, are slated to take part in a rally tomorrow (April 18) from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to bring public attention to the fact they want hospital employers to bargain fairly.

Unifor, Resolute ink deal

Press Release

Pattern bargaining for Eastern Canada's pulp and paper sector has concluded with a four-year tentative agreement between Unifor and Resolute Forestry Products.

“Pulp and paper jobs sustain communities large and small across Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic,” said Unifor national president Jerry Dias.

Four crashes in short span

From the OPP

Members of the Marathon and Manitouwadge OPP detachments responded to four separate motor-vehicle collisions that occurred on Highway 17 in just over a four-hour period.

Yesterday around 9:25 p.m., officers attended a single motor-vehicle collision near the Prairie River bridge.

The vehicle left the roadway, coming to rest in the ditch, with no injuries to the occupants.

Board to review Lenten projects

Sam Odrowski

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will review the 2018 Lenten School Report, which looks at the many activities, prayers, and reflections teachers delivered in their classroom, during its regular monthly meeting tonight.

Many of the board's schools began their Lenten practices with a Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast, followed by an Ash Wednesday service the next day.

More Festival results


Piano Division

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Solemn salute


In solidarity with communities across Canada, the flags outside the Civic Centre have been at half-mast in honour of the 16 lives lost as a result of the horrific crash involving the Humboldt Broncos' hockey team bus on April 6 near Tisdale, Sask.

Soccer practice

Jamie Mountain

Muskie boys' soccer assistant coach Mike Sande gave out some instructions during practice yesterday afternoon in the Fort High gym. The black-and-gold are preparing as best as they can ahead of their season, which kicks off with the annual St. John's Ravencourt tournament April 27-29 in Winnipeg.

NDP unveil platform for June election

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's New Democrats are promising free child-care for families earning less than $40,000 and a boost to hospital budgets if elected this spring, but say they would run multi-year deficits to pay for their plan.

The promises are part of the party's election platform, called “Change for the Better,” released yesterday—a month-and-a-half ahead of the June vote.

Trudeau pitches progressive axis with France

Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

PARIS—With trademark rhetorical flourish, Justin Trudeau delivered a message of inclusive economic growth, environmental guardianship, progressive trade, and gender parity today as he became the first Canadian prime minister to address the French National Assembly.

Ottawa to open door to disabled immigrants

Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—After four decades, the federal government is getting rid of rules that turned away would-be immigrants with intellectual or physical disabilities, Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said yesterday.

The government no longer will be allowed to reject permanent resident applications from those with serious health conditions or disabilities.

Roof damage postpones Jays' game

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

Toronto Blue Jays' executive Andrew Miller was standing with some colleagues by the Rogers Centre infield yesterday morning when he heard a series of unexpected bangs.

Several pieces of ice fell on the domed stadium from the nearby CN Tower, with one chunk creating a hole the size of a desk in the roof on the east side of the building.

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Resolute

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Unifor says it has reached a tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products Inc. that, once approved, will serve as a pattern agreement for workers at pulp and paper mills across the Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions.

Details of the four-year agreement were not disclosed.

Energy shippers nervous about Alberta plan to control oil and gas exports


CALGARY — Oil shippers are reacting with trepidation to legislation the Alberta New Democrats introduced Monday that would give the government power to restrict energy exports from the province.

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

Health & Wellness
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

CHICAGO — For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers.

Leafs claw back against Bruins

Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Embarrassed and desperate after getting steamrolled by the Boston Bruins through six ugly playoff periods, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a point to prove last night.

His name sitting comfortably at the top of that list, Auston Matthews responded in a big way.

Nationals pull off late rally to beat Mets

Ben Walker
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The “shear” power of Bryce Harper was startling.

The late comeback by the Washington Nationals? Yep, that was shocking, too.

Harper hit an eye-popping, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning that sent the Nationals past the N.Y. Mets 8-6 last night night.

Busch wins rain-delayed race at Bristol

Steve Reed
The Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kyle Busch was all smiles and Kyle Larson was all scowls.

Busch passed Larson with five laps to go at Bristol Motor Speedway yesterday afternoon to win his second-straight Cup Series race, culminating a rain-delayed weekend when temperatures dipped into the high 30s F.

Heat even series

Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down.

Wade made a half-hearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.

Wade was up, the Sixers were down, and suddenly a series.

The Heat had to have this one—a brooding Joel Embiid is angling for a comeback.

Launch delay for NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off.

Two hours before Monday evening’s scheduled launch, SpaceX announced it needed more time to check its rocket, which will carry the satellite to orbit. The next attempt will be Wednesday night.

Parasite transmitted by ticks found in Canada lynx

By Stephanie Morales The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — The Canada lynx, listed as a threatened species by the federal government, may have one more thing to worry about.

Green Pozole with Chicken for Cinco de Mayo

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on that date ‚Äî May 5 ‚Äî in 1862. The holiday also happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos. Green Pozole with Chicken, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup ‚Äî based on a tomatillo salsa ‚Äî is the perfect dish for the occasion.