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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 18, 2019

Rickford, OPP to speak at Chamber meeting

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce (FFCC) will be holding their annual general meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday (April 23) at the Copper River Inn.

The FFCC is excited to welcome MPP Greg Rickford, as well as representatives of the local OPP, as our guest speakers.

Easter fun set to go downtown

News
Staff

Downtown Fort Frances will be hopping this Saturday, as the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club and local BIA once again will be hosting “Egg-stravaganza.”

The wildly popular annual event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Great Canadian Main Street (Scott Street).

Woman's body I.D.'d

District
From the OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Dryden detachment has confirmed the identity of a woman who died in a recent car crash as 39-year-old Susan Tilley of Dryden.

Muskie, Owl 'birders' qualify for NWOSSAA

Sports
Staff

Both the Muskies and Rainy River Owls will have some representatives from their badminton teams at the NWOSSAA championships in Thunder Bay next Wednesday (April 24).

The black-and-gold will have two members moving on while the Owls qualified three 'birders' at the NorWOSSA finals in Dryden Yesterday.

Anishinaabemowin performance

Photos
Ken Kellar

Grade 5 students from Robert Moore, led by Mike Jones, sang “O Canada” in Anishinaabemowin as part of the Anishinaabemowin Drama Division of the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts at the Townshend Theatre this morning.

'Way of the Cross'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

St. Francis students Matthew Strain, left, and Alexa Bagacki hammered nails into a crucifix during the school's interactive Stations of the Cross ceremony this morning. Participating in the Stations of the Cross around Easter time is a common Catholic tradition. There are 14 stations and each one depicts the successive events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion.

Ford won't co-operate with feds, Trudeau says

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Ontario's Progressive Conservative government of dragging its feet on vital infrastructure spending and says the indecision endangers work for the summer construction season.

Loonie marking gay equality sparks concern

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new commemorative loonie is sparking concern among academics and advocates who fear it could perpetuate myths about Canada's treatment of lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two spirited persons.

Emma, William remain top baby names in Quebec

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The attraction of English baby names held strong in Quebec in 2018, with Emma and William again topping the annual list.

For Emma, it was the fourth-straight year in first place and for William the sixth.

Records released by Retraite Quebec show that William was followed closely by Logan and Liam, while Thomas returned to the top 10 after dropping out in 2017.

Indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs face obstacles

National
Giuseppe Valiante
The Canadian Press

AKWESASNE, Ont.—Lewis Mitchell, a former police chief on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne, chuckled when asked if he thought he would have trouble finding customers when his first batch of cannabis is ready for sale around summertime.

Man sues parents for trashing porn

National
The Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An Indiana man is suing his parents for getting rid of his vast pornography collection, which he estimates is worth $29,000.

The 40-year-old man last week filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan, where he moved in with his parents in 2016 following a divorce.

Police urge parents to discuss pot risks

National
Camille Bains
The Canadian Press

VANCOUER, B.C.—Police in Vancouver are asking parents to have a “tough” conversation with their teenagers about the dangers associated with marijuana at a large unsanctioned 4-20 event while city and park board officials call on organizers to pay for policing costs.

Ontario looking at merging ambulance services

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is looking at merging ambulance services, but the premier is guaranteeing that the move will not result in fewer paramedics.

In its budget delivered last week, the Progressive Conservative government said it plans to streamline the way land ambulance dispatch services are delivered by integrating the 59 emergency health services operators and 22 dispatch centres.

Anti-carbon tax ad unveiled

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government released a new ad against the federal carbon tax yesterday that the opposition decried as publicly funded partisan advertising—something the Tories railed against before they were in power.

Nearly 70 percent of Albertans voted

National
Colette Derworiz
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—An unofficial turnout shows nearly 70 per cent of Albertans voted in Tuesday's provincial election ‚Äî the highest in decades.

Elections Alberta said about 2,615,000 people in Alberta were registered to vote.

Deputy chief electoral officer Drew Westwater said the unofficial turnout was 69.9 percent, based on numbers crunched by mid-afternoon yesterday.

Study finds peanut allergy treatment safe for allergists to use with young kids

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A new study suggests preschoolers who are allergic to peanuts can be treated safely by eating small amounts of peanut protein with guidance from a medical specialist.

The findings offer assurances to allergists in clinics and hospitals that oral immunotherapy does not have to be confined to research settings.

Pastrnak scores twice as Bruins down Maple Leafs in Game 4

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—With the Maple Leafs buzzing and Scotiabank Arena rocking after Toronto equalized early in yesterday's second period, the Bruins needed a push from their dormant stars.

David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron delivered, and now the Eastern Conference quarterfinal is heading back to Boston tied at two games apiece.

Twins top Blue Jays

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Two starts ago, on a soggy mound in Philadelphia, Jake Odorizzi let the rain derail his pitching and didn't finish the first inning.

The weather in Minnesota last night didn't deter him, and neither did Toronto's lineup.

Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Odorizzi and the Twins beat the Blue Jays 4-1 following a 54-minute rain delay.

Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

Technology
By Cathy Bussewitz The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road.

And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars in the U.S.

Drones, supercomputers and sonar deployed against floods

Technology
By Adrian Sainz And Jeff Martin The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks.

Woman had organs on wrong side of body

International
Andrew Selsky
The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore.—Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs except for her heart were in the wrong place.

Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat muskrat

International
Mike Householder
The Associated Press

Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.

Shiny Porsche a 'danger'

International
The Associated Press

BERLIN—German authorities have ordered a blinged-out golden Porsche off the road for being too shiny.

Hamburg's Morgenpost reported April 5 the 31-year-old driver was stopped in the northern city last week and told his Porsche Panamera, sporting a reflective gold foil finish, might blind other drivers and was a danger.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

Science
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with “bubble boy disease” have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system’s worst enemies ‚Äî HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Earth, meet Polo: Ralph Lauren launches plastic bottle shirt

International
By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Earth, meet Polo.

Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water.

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

International
By David Crary The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics.

Frames of dead husband’s tattooed skin going on tour

People
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON — Before he died, Chris Wenzel always talked about travelling across Canada with his wife.

Cheryl Wenzel of Saskatoon is now planning that trip from Vancouver to St. John’s, N.L., to show off frames of her late husband’s preserved tattooed skin.

It was a wish the heavily inked, tattoo artist left for her to fulfil before he died of an illness last October.

Dead husband's tattooed skin going on tour

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—Before he died, Chris Wenzel always talked about travelling across Canada with his wife.

Cheryl Wenzel of Saskatoon is now planning that trip from Vancouver to St. John's, N.L., to show off frames of her late husband's preserved tattooed skin.

It was a wish the heavily inked, tattoo artist left for her to fulfil before he died of an illness last October.

Warm weather this weekend

Weather

Tonight will be clear with a low of zero C (32 F).

Tomorrow will be see some sun, a high of 16 (61) and a low of six (43).

Saturday will see a mix of clouds and sun. Expect a high of 17 (63) and a low of two (36).

Atown

Around Town

Due to the Good Friday holiday, the Times will be closed tomorrow (April 19) and there will be no Bulletin published. We will open as usual and resume publishing on Monday, April 22.