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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 15, 2019

Rickford will fight for town

News
Sam Odrowski

Since becoming aware of an agreement that prevents the idle mill here from being restarted, local MPP Greg Rickford said he will fight for a positive outcome for the town, in a statement released yesterday morning.

Ground broken for new child care centre

News
Press Release

The United Native Friendship Centre (UNFC), in partnership with Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB), celebrated the start of construction yesterday at 821 McIrvine Rd., site of the new $3.2M indigenous-led child care centre.

The new site is located across from the Sports Field beside the Fort Frances High School.

NDP candidate blames Liberals in mill fiasco

News
Staff

Federal NDP candidate for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, Yuk-Sem Won, has weighed in on the mill issue and is charging the Liberal government for its lack of support.

“The recent sale of the Fort Frances mill by the company Resolute has caused major concerns for our local community,” she said yesterday in a press release.

Second Street work on track

News
Staff

Water and sanitary main installations are completed at the Victoria Avenue intersection.

While giving an update on the Second Street East reconstruction job, Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob said at Monday evening's council meeting that all water mains there have been pressure tested and chlorinated and are ready to be reinstated.

Seine River FN to build multi-use cultural centre

District
Press Release

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay-Rainy River), last week announced that the Government of Canada is providing almost $800,000 in funding to Seine River First Nation for two projects that will help improve the promotion and preservation of local culture and heritage.

More money for Seine River FN

District
Staff

Seine River First Nation in Northwestern Ontario will benefit from new economic opportunities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of more than $1.15 million in support of two local projects.

RRDFL men's highlights

Sports
Staff

Sight & Sound Wolves avenged an earlier loss to the Windey's Warriors during the East Division playoffs.

During the teams' first meeting the Warriors vaulted past the Wolves by limiting the team offence to a single run, as the final score was 6-1.

SIJHL announces 2019-20 season schedule

Sports
Press Release

The SIJHL announced last Thursday its schedule for the 2019-20 regular season.

A total of 168 games will be on the league docket, with opening night action for the SIJHL's 19th campaign beginning on three fronts on Friday, Sept. 20— including the Wisconsin Lumberjacks' first-ever game as the league returns to Spooner, Wis.

Mother-daughter craft

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Luck Murrell and her daughter, Mudmee, worked together on a leaf-printing craft where they painted leafs and pressed them against a piece of white paper at the Fort Frances Public Library yesterday morning. The craft was part of the “History Showcase” event hosted by the library and Fort Frances Museum for children ages five to 10.

Federal funding boost

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, right, joined elected officials from Alberton and Fort Frances yesterday afternoon at Kehl bridge to announce over $330,000 in federal funding to replace the Kehl bridge deck with a twin culvert bridge. The funding will also assist in resurfacing two kilometres of Kehl road so it joins seamlessly with the bridge.

Hot pursuit

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

In a highly contested battle, Cameron Lidkea of CJ Contracting, left, tried to recover on defence and regain possession as he chased down Lucas Koomans of Centra Pipelines. The tight defensive play paid off for CJ Contracting as the men went on to earn their second straight Borderland league championship with a 1-0 score on Tuesday night.

UNFC sod turning

Photos
Ken Kellar

Matt Veldhuisen, left, and Eric Veldhuisen of Velhuisen Construction, RRDSSAB board chair Debbie Ewald, RRDSSAB CAO Dan McCormick, Buddy Loyie, Smokey Bruyere, UNFC executive director Sheila McMahon and UNFC president Mike Jones officially broke ground on the new indigenous-led child care centre being built across from the St. Francis Sports Fields on McIrvine Road.

Cops plead guilty to stealing 'Scarface'

National
Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Four Toronto-area police officers admitted Tuesday to lying on the stand about stealing a statue of “Scarface” character Tony Montana from an alleged drug dealer five years ago.

Hunter wants to be Ontario Liberal leader

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Another former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister has announced plans to seek the party's top job.

Mitzie Hunter, who served as education minister until the 2018 election that reduced the Liberals to third-party status, launched her leadership bid last night and said she hopes to rebuild the party's fortunes.

Ontario to regulate autism therapists

National
Nicole Thompson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario plans to regulate the clinicians who provide applied behaviour analysis, a form of therapy often used to support people with autism, Social Services Minister Todd Smith said Tuesday.

Smith said the government was acting on “clear direction” from experts and the families of autistic children, and would be launching consultations on the issue in the fall.

More men smoke pot than women

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says Canadian men are almost twice as likely to use pot as women.

New data from the National Cannabis Survey today shows 16 percent of Canadians over 15 years old report using pot in April, May or June.

That's down slightly from 17.5 percent in the first three months of the year.

Armed fugitive on run in Ontario

National
The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Police were searching yesterday for an armed fugitive who allegedly shot a woman and stole a cruiser west of Toronto, before fleeing in another stolen vehicle.

Peel Regional Police said Michael Cleghorn was wanted for attempted murder in connection with the alleged shooting, which occurred around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mississauga, Ont.

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

National
By Rob Gillies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TORONTO — Canada’s ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances.

Virgin Galactic unveiling HQ for burgeoning space tourism

Business
Susan Montoya Bryan
The Associated Press

UPHAM, N.M.—Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.

Son can't use name shared with dad to market firm

Business
The Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—A South Carolina personal injury lawyer known for his ads has won an order keeping his son from using their shared name to market a competing law firm.

The Post and Courier reports that a federal judge says George Sink Jr. cannot use that name in any sort of marketing until an arbitrator considers the matter.

SNC-Lavalin faces renewed questions over future following bombshell report

Business
By Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin’s sudden return to the spotlight brings renewed focus on the beleaguered engineering firm’s health, along with the potential economic consequences if it continues its path of decline.

Virgin Galactic unveiling mission control for space tourism

Technology
By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press

UPHAM, N.M. — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.

Monster penguin once swam oceans

International
Nick Perry
The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Scientists in New Zealand said yesterday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago.

They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6 metres (5 feet 2 inches) tall and weighed up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

Marker to honour historic African American tennis club

International
The Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C.—A tennis club for African American players that hosted International Tennis Hall of Famers Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe is being honoured with a historic marker.

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker was dedicated today at the site of the Algonquin Tennis Club, which was created in 1922 by the American Tennis Association.

50 old TVs mysteriously appear

International
The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va.—Police in Virginia say more than 50 television sets have been mysteriously placed on front porches in a neighbourhood outside Richmond.

Henrico County police Lt. Matt Pecka said residents found older model televisions outside their front doors Sunday morning.

9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias

International
By Kirsten Grieshaber The Associated Press

BERLIN — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender.

The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany, founded in 1465 by Fredrick II of Brandenburg. Over its 554 years, it has never admitted any girls.

From D-Day to Nazi defeat: Marking World War II milestones

International
By Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press

PARIS — For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis.

Ten weeks after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France is paying tribute this week to Allied troops involved in another major, but often overlooked, military operation: landings on the Mediterranean coast.

Captain hailed hero after bird strike disables Russian plane

People
By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press

MOSCOW — The captain of a Russian passenger jet was hailed as a hero Thursday for landing his plane in a cornfield after it collided with a flock of gulls seconds after takeoff, causing both engines to malfunction. While dozens of people sought medical assistance, only one was hospitalized.

City to keep but cover up divisive mural

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco school board voted Tuesday to preserve but cover up a public high school mural depicting slavery and the killing of a Native American.

After a public outcry, the board voted 4-3 to reverse its June vote to paint over the “Life of Washington” mural at George Washington High School.

Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from river

Lifestyles
Dan Elliott
The Associated Press

GREELEY, Colo.—A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day.

Partly sunny tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a late shower and a low of 13 C (55 F).

Tomorrow will be partly sunny. Expect a high of 25 (77) and a low of 13 (55).

Saturday will be partly sunny, then turn cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. Expect a high of 27 (81) and a low of 12 (54).

Atown

Around Town

Local talent Dylan Ossachuk will play this evening (Aug. 15) from 6-8 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square. Free concert. Bring a chair.

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's annual fall fair will run Aug. 15-17 at the Emo fairgrounds. See this week's Times for a schedule of events.