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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 3, 2018

Square artists voting underway


Which local musicians would you like to see performing on the Rainy Lake Square stage this spring and summer?

Now's your chance to have your say.

An online public survey was launched yesterday to determine performers for two of the five concert dates in the “Rainy Lake Series” that will showcase a combination of local and touring performers at the new Rainy Lake Square here.

'Seed library'

Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre CEO Caroline Goulding stood next to the “seed library” there, where people can borrow and donate seeds for the coming growing season. It contains several packages of seeds for cabbage, cucumber, beans, kale, tomatoes, broccoli, and a variety of flowers.

Festival opens

Sam Odrowski

Cassandra Armstrong, singing “Ben" by Don Black and Walter Scharf, was among the opening performances that kicked off the annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts this morning at Knox United Church here. The Vocal Division continues through Thursday, followed by Drama and Speech Arts (April 9-10), Instrumental (April 12-13), and Piano (April 16-20).

River search for missing boy ends

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The father of a 10-year-old boy who went missing three weeks ago said yesterday he's relieved police called off further searches in the frigid waters along Montreal's north shore.

Frederic Kouakou told reporters he never believed the police's theory his son fell into the water.

The father maintains his child was abducted.

Elliott making bid for PC nomination

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Christine Elliott said she will be seeking the nomination to run as the Tory candidate in the provincial riding of Newmarket-Aurora.

Elliott narrowly lost the PC leadership race on March 10 to Doug Ford and initially questioned the results of the vote before conceding nearly a full day later.

Commemorative coin depicts UFO encounter

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a limited edition $20 coin to commemorate the unusual story of a Manitoba man's close encounter with a flying saucer.

The one-ounce silver coin being released today immortalizes Stefan Michalak's experience in Whiteshell Provincial Park, east of Winnipeg, more than 50 years ago.

Veteran Liberal not worried about gun bill

Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—He's the Liberal MP for a large, rural Ontario riding with lots of gun owners but Bob Nault says he's not worried about a voter backlash over the government's new firearms bill.

The Conservatives say the legislation unfairly would target law-abiding hunters and target shooters with fresh measures.

Calgary mulling public pot ban

The Canadian Press

CALGARY—City administrators in Calgary are recommending councillors adopt a ban on public consumption of cannabis when pot becomes legal later this year.

A report that is to be debated this week says a new bylaw should restrict all forms of cannabis consumption in public places, or in areas where the public has consent to enter.

Company apologizes for survey

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. apologized yesterday for a survey it circulated in mid-March that “offended” customers with questions on immigration and marriage.

But one expert said the queries shouldn't be much of a surprise because they pop up in plenty of other surveys.

Aimia apologizes for Aeroplan survey that ‘offended’ some customers

By Tara Deschamps The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. apologized Monday for a survey it circulated in mid-March that “offended” customers with questions on immigration and marriage, but one expert said the queries shouldn’t be much of a surprise because they pop up in plenty of other surveys.

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Health & Wellness
By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press

:NEW YORK — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may.

Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse.

Leafs roll over Sabres

Kyle Cicerella
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Auston Matthews pushed his point streak to seven games last night.

Linemate William Nylander was the main reason why.

The duo each had two goals and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 to match a franchise record for points in a season.

Gushue gets away with win

Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS—After a win that felt like an escape, Brad Gushue was thinking about bubbles and how to get in one.

The Canadian skip felt lucky to steal a point in the 10th end for an 8-7 win over Italy's Joel Retornaz at the men's world curling championship yesterday.

Jays rally for third-straight win

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Chicago first-base coach Daryl Boston often will blow a whistle from the dugout when the White Sox make a nice defensive play or before a batter steps up to the plate.

He might want to keep it in his pocket the next time Josh Donaldson is at the dish.

Simply the best: Never challenged, ‘Nova wins another title

By Eddie Pells The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tearjerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we’d never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.

How could anyone have missed Villanova?

Villanova caps dominating run with another title

Eddie Pells
The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO—Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tear-jerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we'd never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.

How could anyone have missed Villanova?

US raises prospect of Trump-Putin meeting at the White House

By Ken Thomas The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says it is amenable to a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, raising the prospect of the Russian president’s first Washington visit in more than a decade even as relations between the two powers have eroded.

EPA to ease back emissions standards

The Associated Press

Environmental regulators announced on Monday they will ease emissions standards for cars and trucks, saying that a timeline put in place by President Barack Obama was not appropriate and set standards “too high.”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s work still resonates across Africa

By Rodney Muhumuza The Associated Press

KAMPALA, Uganda — Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad.

Serve baked chicken thighs with lemon pickles

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Preserved lemons, aka lemon pickles, are a delicious and unique treat that have long delivered a ton of salty and acidic crunch to the cuisines of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and to America in recent years.