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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 22, 2019

OPSEU fighting for autism services

Press Release

OPSEU members in northwestern Ontario are hitting the road to fight for more autism and special services, and will be visiting all of Progressive Conservative MPP Greg Rickford's constituency offices throughout northwestern Ontario this week.

The group will be at Rickford's Fort Frances constituency office, located at 279 Scott St. tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Property development pitched to council


The owner of the former Alexander McKenzie School property requesting a partnership with the town to turn the property into residential building lots.

At this evening's regular meeting, council will receive a letter from Steve Both, who indicated that there is potential on this property for 10 new, serviced lots, which he said are badly needed in town.

Festival results for April 18

Drama Division results
(April 18)
  • CLASS AL408 Anishinaabemow in Choral Speaking, Grades Four, Five and Six— Non Competitive Robert Moore School Grade 5 (M. Jones) Non Competitive J.W. Walker School Grade 5 (S. Andy) Non Competitive J.W. Walker School Grade 6 (S. Andy) Non Competitive Donald Young School Grades 4-6 (S. Guimond);

Bottle donation

Ken Kellar

Volunteer Jan Abbott, left, and Cooper Witherspoon fill up the back of a vehicle with empties for the bottle drive fundraiser that was held by the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy on Saturday. The academy had a drop-off location in the parking lot of the Memorial Sports Centre, while others drove around town collecting more bottles.

Bunny buddies

Ken Kellar

Alexis Latter, left, and Maddisyn Smith were all smiles while cuddling with an bunny during the Easter Market at the Copper River Inn on Saturday. The market offered kids a cuddle and photo session with the rabbit, while parents could check out dozens of vendors selling everything from Easter baking and flowers to direct sales products like Tupperware and scented wax.

Bunny facepaint

Ken Kellar

Brittany Gibson sat patiently as Cadence McCulley worked on the finer details of her bunny face-painting during the local Kiwanis' “Egg-stravaganza” held in downtown Fort Frances on Saturday.

Canada to attract foreign students

Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada plans to attract more international students by expanding its presence overseas in an effort to advance classroom diversity and boost economic benefits that already amount to billions per year.

Flood waters to keep rising

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—More than 600 Canadian soldiers have fanned out across Quebec, filling and stacking sandbags as officials warn that flood waters are likely to keep rising this week due to warming temperatures that contribute to snowmelt and ice movement.

May marries on Earth Day

Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—When Elizabeth May walks down the aisle, she'll be dressed for her wedding along with Earth Day.

The Green party leader and British Columbia entrepreneur John Kidder will exchange wedding vows this afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and May will be adorning more greenery than just a bouquet.

Grassy Narrows worried feds' project stalled

Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The chief of a First Nation in northwestern Ontario long-plagued by the debilitating impacts of mercury contamination says he is worried about the fate of a federally promised treatment facility as the calendar speeds towards this fall's election without any signs of progress.

Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis of government data found.

These deaths “are entirely preventable. That’s the most important point,” said Dr. Fern Hauck, a co-author and University of Virginia expert in infant deaths.

Survey: 48 per cent of NHLPA reps favour playoff change

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team.

Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism

By Michael Liedtke And Tom Krisher The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company’s electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years.

The technology required to make that quantum leap is scheduled to be shown off to Tesla investors Monday at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters.

Vulture causes deadly crash

The Associated Press

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan.—Authorities say a vulture caused a crash that killed two people as they rode a motorcycle in southern Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the bird came out of a ditch Saturday afternoon and struck 42-year-old Brandon Husband, of Fowler, in the head on a rural road 13 miles (20 kilometres) northwest of the Barber County town of Medicine Lodge.

Man steals grease from Burger King

The Associated Press

ANNANDALE, Va.—Police say a central Virginia man made off with a whopper of a haul from Burger King: hundreds of gallons of used cooking grease.

But he couldn't give police the slip and now faces grand larceny charges.

Catholic town at centre of attacks

Gemunu Amarasinghe
The Associated Press

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka—The seaside Sri Lankan fishing town of Negombo has long been called “Little Rome,” a reference to its abundance of churches and its place at the centre of the country's small Catholic community.

Today, it was a town in mourning.

Small white flags flew in house after house near St. Sebastian's Church, a sign that someone who lived there had died.

Church membership plummets

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 percent last year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats and Hispanics.

Many NHL players favour playoff change

The Associated Press

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team.

That does not mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format.

Survivor of bombing fears returning to church

Gemunu Amarasinghe
Emily Schmall
The Associated Press

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka—St. Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's Negombo city was packed when Nilantha Lakmal arrived with his wife and three daughters for Easter Mass.

The pews already full, the family joined dozens of others in the front garden, listening to the priest through the church's open doors.

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby: Questions asked and answered

By Gregory Katz The Associated Press

LONDON — The time is drawing near for the impending birth of the first child for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. The couple is keeping many details about Meghan’s pregnancy and birth plan private and say they don’t know the baby’s gender yet. Here are some key points about what will be the latest addition to the world’s most famous royal family.


Harry and Meghan's royal baby: Questions answered

Gregory Katz
The Associated Press

LONDON—The time is drawing near for the impending birth of the first child for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

The couple is keeping many details about Meghan's pregnancy and birth plan private and say they don't know the baby's gender yet.

Here are some key points about what will be the latest addition to the world's most famous royal family.

Warm weather to continue


Tonight will be clear with a low of one C (34 F).

Tomorrow will be see some sun and then turn cloudy. Expect a high of 17 (63) and a low of six (43).

Wednesday will see a mix of clouds and sun with an afternoon shower possible. Expect a high of 18 (64) and a low of two (36).