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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 20, 2018

Fire ban remains in place

News
From the MNRF

Just one new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by early evening yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #60 is located near Rainy Lake, about 30 km north of Fort Frances.

The fire was listed as “not under control” at 0.1 hectares in size at last report.

Three new fires were confirmed by mid-afternoon Saturday, including one in Fort Frances District.

Rainycrest outbreak over

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care, in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, has declared the gastroenteritis outbreak over at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home, effective Aug. 16.

As such, all social events and activities at Rainycrest have resumed.

All visitors are now welcome, as well.

Night at the Museum

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Alyssa Armstrong, right led a group of kids through a “night at the Museum" obstacle course, inspired from the movies with the same name at the Fort Frances Museum on Thursday.

'Hot and dirty work' for firefighters

National
Gabriele Roy
The Canadian Press

BRITT, Ont.—From a helicopter flying over a smouldering swath of northeastern Ontario, Garry Harland has a clear view of where the firefighters under his command are working to extinguish a massive blaze that's become known as Parry Sound 33.

PM defends his actions

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his treatment of a Quebec woman he accused of racism, calling hate speech and the politics of division a “dangerous path” for Canada.

At a news conference today outside Ottawa, Trudeau was asked whether he went too far when he told a woman heckling him at a rally yesterday in Quebec that her “racism has no place” in Canada.

Annan remembered as a friend of Canada

National
Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan was remembered by Canadian politicians on Saturday as a friend of Canada and tireless advocate for peace around the world.

New lead negotiator named in doctor talks

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Doug Ford's government has appointed a new lead negotiator for crucial contract talks with province's doctors, selecting a man who helped the premier's late brother secure a key labour deal during his term as mayor of Toronto.

All eyes on Scheer as Tories set to meet

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will try to refocus the spotlight on trying to convince Canadians his party is a government-in-waiting.

Party members from across the country are preparing to gather this week for their first policy convention since Scheer was elected chief last year.

Canadian scientists at heart of cracking wheat genome

National
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—Canadian scientists are at the heart of a breakthrough in wheat genetics that could revolutionize how the world's most important crop can continue to feed a growing global population.

IndyCar rallies together in wake of violent crash

Sports
Dan Gelston
The Associated Press

LONG POND, Pa.—Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens have forged a bit of a rivalry this season.

They've tangled on the track a few times and exchanged the occasional verbal dart—some more playful than others, like when Wickens jokingly locked Rossi in a prison cell during a promotional event last month.

Busch steals spotlight from younger brother

Sports
Jenna Fryer
The Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short-track victory.

Busch won for the first time this season—and first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500—but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated.

Bombers stumble against Redblacks

Sports
Scott Edmonds
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Ask Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris about the accuracy of the throws that demolished the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night and he spreads the credit around.

“Our efficiency is because of our offensive line and our receivers,” Harris said after his Redblacks (6-3) beat the Bombers 44-21, extending Ottawa's lead atop the CFL's East Division to six points.

Struggling Blue Jays swept by Yankees

Sports
Adry Torres
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—In a lopsided win, this was not the kind of big hit the N.Y. Yankees hoped to see.

Didi Gregorius hurt his left heel in a collision at first base during a 10-2 romp over Toronto yesterday afternoon—an injury that could sideline the star shortstop for a while.

Is yoga more beneficial than stretching for NFL players?

Sports
By Terrin Waack The Associated Press

NEW YORK — During the mandatory rookie camp back in June, the New York Giants required players to take a yoga class. Running back Robert Martin walked in, looked around at his new teammates and thought, man, this is crazy.

“We usually don’t do yoga,” he said. “We stretch, but we don’t do yoga.”

Even as a first-timer, though, Martin immediately knew how the two were different .

As US pushes Tehran, Iran recalls American-backed 1953 coup

International
By Nasser Karimi The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — To understand how Iran views the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal with world powers, one needs to look first at the past.

More specifically, 65 years ago this week.

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

International
By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its coverup and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.

Climate change possible cause of bird species decline

Science
The Associated Press AP Member

LAS VEGAS — Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said.

The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 per cent over the past century at survey sites across an area larger than New York state, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames.

The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled.

Two million Muslims begin hajj

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

MECCA, Saudi Arabia—More than two million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light yesterday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest gatherings every year, and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Lifestyles
By Omar Akour The Associated Press

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gatherings every year, and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

A matzo ball soup that hits all the marks, plus dumplings

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Matzo ball soup can be controversial to make, but there is no question that this version hits all the marks, delivering tender dumplings and a savory broth.

For matzo balls that were substantial but not too heavy or greasy we settled on a ratio of 1 cup matzo meal to 4 eggs and 5 tablespoons of water, plus a bit of chopped, cooked onion and minced dill.

Mussels and fennel combine to make a winning pasta dish

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Don’t be intimidated by mussels; they’re easier to prepare than you think and they make a great weeknight option. The mussels here are cooked in a flavourful broth that becomes a light sauce for the pasta.

A brown rice salad with asparagus that’s a hearty side dish

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

This fresh, hearty side dish will stand out among its richer, creamier counterparts on the holiday table. We achieved perfectly cooked brown rice by boiling it in abundant water. Sprinkling the rice with bright lemon juice while it was still warm boosted its flavour.

Queso dip great when fresh corn around

Recipes
By Katie Workman The Associated Press

I’ve always loved the saying, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” This is how I think about cooking and eating in general; I usually like to cook and eat pretty healthily, but sometimes I like to just roll around in cream and butter and cheese. And not low fat cheese.

A mushroom burger that’s glorified by chilies and cheese

Recipes
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Some of the greatest chilies you’ll ever eat hail from New Mexico’s Hatch Valley, which is why naturally enough tiny Hatch, New Mexico, is known as “The Chili Capital of the World.” This being the season for Hatch chilies, I thought it might be fun to showcase them at one of your very own backyard parties, perhaps over Labor Day weekend.

Sunny start to the week

Weather

It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of 10 C (50 F) and north winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 22 (72) and low around eight (46).

Look for northwest winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast for Wednesday, along with a high of 27 (80) and low dipping to 11 (52).