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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 18, 2015

Mic night talent

Lindsay Campbell

Orville Councillor, left, lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist of the Wild Horses, helped entertain a crowd at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre yesterday evening with band member Percy Bird on the harmonica.

Solid contact

Joey Payeur

Northwest Bay pitcher Darcy Smith swung with plenty of conviction in her first-inning at-bat with Red Gut Babes catcher Kayla Windigo getting a front-row view of the action during the Beavers’ 12-11 victory in eight innings over the host Red Gut Babes yesterday evening in Game 1 of the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League final.

Gingrich business closes its doors


Gingrich Woodcraft Inc. shut its doors and let go staff yesterday after the majority of its workers had voted in favour of joining Unifor last week.

Unifor national representative Stephen Boon told the Times the Devlin-based manufacturer abruptly called about 25 employees to a meeting yesterday afternoon and fired them without notice.

More Emo water woes


The Township of Emo once again is asking its residents to refrain from non-essential water use.

The Emo Spray Park and truck filling station also have been closed to conserve water.

“We had our raw water pump fail a few weeks ago and we’re waiting for our new ones to come in,” noted Jason Smith, the operator in charge of Emo’s water treatment plant.

Two more sign with Lakers


The Fort Frances Lakers keep working towards filling their void up front.

General manager and head coach Wayne Strachan announced today the signings of forwards Zach Bennett and Kyle Folson.

Bennett, an 18-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alta., played with the Junior ‘B’ Grande Prairie Kings last season in the North West Junior Hockey League.

Classic car swiped

From the OPP

Thunder Bay OPP received a report of a stolen vehicle Sunday around 8:10 a.m.

The vehicle—a blue 1969 Ford Mustang—was stolen from an address on Lyyli Road (Shabaqua area) sometime between 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Fire crews sent to Montana

From the MNRF

Ontario is supporting forest fire-fighting efforts in the United States.

Some 108 personnel were deployed yesterday to Missoula, Mont., including FireRanger crews, a fire behaviour analyst, and agency representatives.

Meanwhile, Ontario continues to supply equipment, including fire hose, sprinkler kits, pumps, and chainsaws, to Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Driver facing charges

From the OPP

Rainy River District OPP charged an adult male with impaired driving just after 6 p.m. on Aug. 14.

During routine patrol, officers stopped a 1997 pick-up truck on 800 block of Wright Avenue in Fort Frances after observing a male who was known as being a suspended driver.

As officers were speaking with the driver, it was determined he had been drinking.

Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector, cites drought

The Canadian Press

EDMONTON — The Alberta Energy Regulator is restricting how much water oilsands and other energy projects can withdraw from part of the Athabasca River and other rivers in the province.

It cites dry weather and low flow conditions for its decision that suspends water withdrawals under some temporary diversion licences.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board signs joint venture in Malaysia

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is venturing into the Malaysian real estate business for the first time.

The CPPIB has purchased a 49 per cent stake worth about $170 million in a joint venture to invest is a mixed-use development in the capital of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia’s Pavilion Group.

Catholic teachers set to start action

The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Premier Kathleen Wynne is more optimistic now than she was a few weeks ago about having a normal return to school this fall.

But one teachers’ union says it will be working-to-rule if there’s no contract.

Definition of ‘lie’ tossed around

Jennifer Ditchburn
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The definition of “lie” was tossed around during Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial yesterday—all part of a scandal where words are carefully chosen and their meanings parsed.

Nigel Wright, the prime minister’s former chief of staff, was asked to explain to the court what he told his boss about a plan to have Duffy repay his Senate living expenses in 2013.

Canada ranked among tops for freedom

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A new study suggests Canada ranks sixth out of 152 countries when it comes to human freedom while its southern neighbour is 20th.

The index, compiled by the Fraser Institute and public-policy think-tanks in Germany and the U.S., uses 76 indicators of personal, civil, and economic freedoms.

CMA report on MDs’ concerns about assisted death to inform debate at annual meeting

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The Canadian Medical Association has released results of a major consultation with members about the best framework for providing physician-assisted death, an issue that continues to divide the country’s doctors.

The organization representing Canada’s almost 80,000 physicians released its report from the June 8-July 20 online consultation on Monday.

Yankees rally to top Twins

Ben Walker
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Long after they saw starter Bryan Mitchell suddenly exit with a bloody face and head to the hospital, the N.Y. Yankees were greeted with a most welcome sight: the rookie pitcher was back in the locker-room after a late win.

Padres’ rookie sharp again

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—Colin Rea’s second big-league start was less dramatic than his first.

But it ended the same way: with a victory for the San Diego Padres’ right-hander.

Rea became just the seventh starter in Padres’ history to begin his big-league career 2-0, pitching into the sixth inning of San Diego’s 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves last night.

Teen star still may seek exemption

Dan Ralph
The Canadian Press

Brooke Henderson’s first LPGA Tour win didn’t stop her from having to play golf on Mondays.

Henderson completed an eight-stroke victory Sunday at the $1.3-million (U.S.) Cambia Portland Classic to become the first Canadian to win an LPGA event since Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane in 2001.

She also was the Tour’s third-youngest champion ever at 17 years 11 months, and six days.

Woods to tee it up this week

The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Tiger Woods will play the Wyndham Championship for the first time.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press yesterday, agent Mark Steinberg confirmed Woods will play in Greensboro this week.

That ends a few days of uncertainty around Sedgefield County Club—the site of the final tournament of golf’s regular season.

Danica Patrick gets multi-year deal with SHR along with new NASCAR sponsor Nature’s Bakery


Danica Patrick’s fit and healthy lifestyle has landed her a new sponsor that allows her to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing.

High-tech cars helping blur traditional boundaries of auto, tech industries


PALO ALTO, Calif. — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There’s a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone’s pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

Welcome to the Palo Alto home of the Ford Motor Co., six miles from the headquarters of Google.

Nymi wristband tackles growing wearables market with security bracelet


TORONTO — Strapping your wallet, house keys and a database of passwords onto your wrist would make life a lot easier, and one Canadian company has created a way to link all of that information with an extra level of security tied to your heartbeat.

Tiny Alaska village seeks to reunite with long-lost relatives from nearby Russian island


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Across the Bering Strait, Robert Soolook can easily see the looming hulk of the neighbouring Russian island where some of his relatives used to live before they were forced to relocate to the Soviet mainland at the start of the Cold War.

Seoul: N. Korean loudspeakers blare propaganda messages in response to S. Korean broadcasts


SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas have resumed cross-border propaganda warfare as North Korea matched South Korea’s loudspeaker campaign with broadcasts of its own that reportedly included criticism of Seoul and praises for Pyongyang.

UN plans to contact AT&T about report it allowed US to wiretap all Internet traffic at UN


The United Nations said Monday it plans to contact telecom giant AT&T about a report that it allowed the U.S. National Security Agency to wiretap all Internet communications at U.N. headquarters.

Space elevator in works

The Canadian Press

PEMBROKE, Ont.—Blasting off into space may never look the same if one Canadian company has its way.

Thoth Technology of Pembroke, Ont., is developing a 20-km-high free-standing space elevator that would allow astronauts to launch into space from a platform high above the Earth.

In July, Thoth was granted a U.S. patent for the technology.

Health costs for diabetes expected to rise as population ages: researcher

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A new study has determined that the average cost of health care for Canadians with diabetes is $16,000 over eight years, compared to $6,000 for those without the disease.

The analysis published in the journal Diabetic Medicine shows that caring for the 3.4 million Canadians with diabetes costs the health system billions of dollars each year.