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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 5, 2018

Vocal Festival results


Vocal Division

(April 4)

Six charged in separate drug busts

From the OPP

In the late evening of March 26, members of the OPP's Community Street Crime Unit, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, North West Region Emergency Response Team, and the Canine Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in Fort Frances.

Lakers have backs to wall

Jamie Mountain

Jacen Bracko recorded a hat trick to pace the Dryden GM Ice Dogs to a 7-2 romp over the Fort Frances Lakers in Game 3 of their best-of-seven semi-final series Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

With the Ice Dogs holding a commanding 3-0 series lead, the Lakers face a must-win situation heading Game 4 here tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Touring play

Sam Odrowski

Roseneath Theatre brought “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” to the Townshend Theatre for local students yesterday afternoon. The play—meant to educate children in Grades 4-8 about gender identify, diversity, and equality—is about a family struggling with their year nine-year-old girl coming out as a boy.

Along boards

Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' captain Julian Uhryniuk looked to make a play from the end boards during his squad's 7-2 loss to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 3 of their best-of-seven semi-final playoff series Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers now trail 3-0 heading into tonight's must-win Game 4 here at 7:30 p.m.

Coming along

Duane Hicks

Construction of the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board's new eight-bachelor unit apartment building for single individuals continues behind Lady Frances Place on Fifth Street East here. Once complete, the eight-plex will include four units with individual entrances on both the top and bottom floors. Two of the lower apartments will be fully-accessible.

'Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs . . .'

Duane Hicks

To Be Determined Theatre Co. brought the “The Wonderful World of Miss Jiggs” to life with music and audience participation Tuesday evening at the Townshend Theatre—the final show in the Kids & Company entertainment series for 2017-18. Information on the 2018-19 shows will be coming soon.

'Flu-like symptoms leave infant dead, 14 ill

Lauren Krugel
The Canadian Press

MORLEY, Alta.—RCMP and paramedics were called to a rural home west of Calgary yesterday where an infant was pronounced dead and 14 other people were found suffering from influenza-like symptoms.

Cpl. Curtis Peters said Mounties went to a home in Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation 60 km west of Calgary, to check on a report of a child in medical distress.

Alberta to lift ban on bear rehab

Colette Derworiz
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A ban on private rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta is to be lifted by the province in the coming weeks.

The ban, which has been in place since 2010, has meant that bears orphaned in the province have been killed or sent to zoos.

Officials say they have been working with wildlife sanctuary operators to develop a new policy.

Ford scraps media bus for campaign

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's newly-minted Progressive Conservative leader will not bring journalists with him on the campaign trail this spring—a rare move experts and critics say suggests the Tories are keen to keep the unpredictable populist politician out of the hot seat as he takes on two more seasoned rivals.

Wind leaves thousands in dark

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Hydro repair crews continue restoring electricity to thousands of homes and businesses affected by a powerful wind storm that raked Ontario yesterday.

The Hydro One outage map showed about 38,000 outages by early today, down from a peak of about 88,000.

Some areas were not expected to have power back until about 5 p.m.

Tax changes made this year to impact many

Armina Ligaya
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Canadians rushing to file their taxes before the looming April 30 deadline should stop to check the changes the Canada Revenue Agency has made since last season.

Whether you're a parent, a student, a commuter, or a caregiver, these changes may have an impact on your taxes.

Getting kids to a good weight by 13 may help avoid diabetes

Health & Wellness
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press

There may be a critical window for overweight kids to get to a healthy level. Those who shed their extra pounds by age 13 had the same risk of developing diabetes in adulthood as others who had never weighed too much, a large study of Danish men found.

Poulter takes harrowing path to Masters

Paul Newberry
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga.—No matter where Ian Poulter turns, there's someone with an outstretched hand and congratulatory words.

Certainly, no one took a more harrowing path to the Masters.

The 42-year-old Englishman was the last player to qualify for the first major of the year, winning last weekend's Houston Open in a playoff after sinking a 20-foot birdie on the 72nd hole.

Jays' four-game win streak comes to end

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The 2017 Toronto Blue Jays never got on track after struggling mightily at the start of the season.

The 2018 edition of the team is closing out its first homestand of the year with a much better feeling.

Canada joins leaders after pair of victories

Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS—Brad Gushue decided the best play was not making one at the men's world curling championship yesterday.

The Canadian skip told third Mark Nichols to throw through the rings in the fifth end against Norway instead of drawing or hitting.

“I looked at him and said, 'I don't think I'd ever had to do that at third,'” Nichols noted.

Raptors closing in on top seed

John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Facing a late-season collapse, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and the Toronto Raptors focused on what took them to the top of the NBA's Eastern Conference: defence.

DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points as Toronto earned a crucial 96-78 win over the Boston Celtics last night.

Ducks make playoffs

The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Deep into their 80th game in a season riddled with injuries and setbacks, the Anaheim Ducks still weren't certain they were heading back to the playoffs.

So the Ducks dug down deep and came out with the ticket to the Stanley Cup tournament.

And now that they're in, their hard-earned resilience could be a nightmare for anybody in their path.

Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea

By Hyung-Jin Kim And Gerry Shih The Associated Press

SOUTHERN JILIN PROVINCE, China — To the North Koreans gathered beneath a crucifix in an apartment in this northeastern Chinese border region, she is known as “mom.” She feeds them, gives them a place to stay and, on occasion, money.

The centre of the Milky Way is teeming with black holes

By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The centre of our galaxy is teeming with black holes, sort of like a Times Square for strange super gravity objects, astronomers discovered.

Meghan Markle to join a small group of US senior royals


NEW YORK — Meghan Markle is about to join more than one select group. In addition to her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, she’ll become one of just a handful of Americans to become a senior royal around the globe.

Here’s a look at some of her predecessors:———


Tax changes this year impact students, parents, caregivers and more

By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadians rushing to file their taxes before the looming April 30 deadline should stop to check the changes the Canada Revenue Agency has made since last season. Whether you’re a parent, a student, a commuter or a caregiver, these changes may have an impact on your taxes.

Fertility-related expenses


Around Town

The third-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk is slated for Saturday, April 7 at noon starting at Ronning's in International Falls. It will be followed by a carnival featuring games, food, and more at the Union Hall (509 Third St.) Everyone is welcome to attend.