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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 20, 2019

Delegates meet with ministers over mill, wood

News
Press Release

Today representatives from the Town of Fort Frances met with Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski and Northern Development, Mines, and Energy Minister Greg Rickford about the future of the Fort Frances mill and the allocation of wood fibre in the Crossroute Forest.

Two die in collision

District
From the OPP

At approximately 6:05 p.m. yesterday, officers from the Thunder Bay and Nipigon Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services and Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 11/17 near Pearl Road 5, in the Municipality of Shuniah.

Celebratory hug

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

The Renegades are off to the finals in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League after they defeated the Couchiching Lady Raiders last night in the bottom of the seventh inning 8-7. The women ran out for a celebratory hug as the winning run crossed home plate.

MSTH concert

Photos
Ken Kellar

Vocalist Sylvie Kendree of My Son The Hurricane took to the stage at the Rainy Lake Square to close out their free concert last night. The returning crowd-favourite band delivered an energetic performance featuring their brassy blend of funk and hip-hop.

Best of Show

Photos

Local artist Cher Pruys was thrilled to find out that her painting “Rear View Mirror," left, recently took Best Of Show in Fusion Art's Highway's & Byways Quarterly Art Exhibition. This painting will now be accepted into Fusion Art's fourth-annual Group Show in Palm Springs in 2020. "Cruising,” above, was also accepted as a finalist. —Submitted images

Municipal funding cuts coming in 2020

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario will go ahead with some of its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care next year, with Premier Doug Ford telling a gathering of municipal leaders yesterday that the government was making the move after listening to their concerns.

Canadian grieving fiance slain in New Zealand

National
The Canadian Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—A grieving Canadian woman is focusing on the memories she shared with her Australian fiance before he was murdered Friday in a seemingly random attack, police said yesterday.

Scheer won't 'lift finger' for 'Jihadi Jack'

National

OTTAWA—Neither the governing Liberals nor the Opposition Conservatives expressed enthusiasm yesterday for trying to secure the release of the overseas prisoner dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the British media.

Questions once again emerged about the fate of Jack Letts, the British-Canadian man held in a Kurdish jail in Syria, following word that London recently revoked his citizenship.

Court approves day school settlement

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Federal Court has approved a settlement agreement for survivors of so-called Indian day schools.

Under the terms of the settlement, survivors will be able to apply for individual compensation for harms, including physical and sexual abuse, linked to attending one of the federally run institutions.

Ottawa commits $1.2B for QC transit

National
Giuseppe Valiante
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC—For the second month in a row, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made a billion-dollar funding announcement for public transit in Quebec, a province whose support he badly needs to maintain power come election time in October.

Mountie not guilty of manslaughter

National
Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

THOMPSON, Man.—A judge says he believes that a northern Manitoba RCMP officer genuinely feared for his life when he repeatedly shot at a drunk driver coming at him during an attempted arrest.

City of Saskatoon may get back stolen $1M

National
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon may be getting back most of the $1 million it mistakenly sent an online fraudster.

City manager Jeff Jorgenson told a news conference yesterday that nearly all the money has been traced to between 10 and 15 bank accounts, which have been frozen by court order.

Thieves thwarted by misleading gas jug

International
The Associated Press

KEAVY, Ky.—Authorities in Kentucky say three thieves thought they were stealing gasoline from a property for their broken down car until the car stopped working again.

Laurel County Sheriff's Office on Facebook said the three stole a 5-gallon gasoline jug from a garage for their car. Except there wasn't gasoline in the jug. It was peroxide.

Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures

International
The Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the $702,000 home they purchased earlier this year in the Ibis Golf and Country Club.

Truck driver threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

International
Jeff Martin
The Associated Press

A truck driver has been arrested after saying he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, authorities say in newly filed court records.

Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan could be carried out, according to court papers filed yesterday.

Woman surprised to give birth to triplets

International
The Associated Press

STURGIS, S.D.—A South Dakota woman who recently gave birth to triplets says she didn't find out about her pregnancy until she went to the hospital with what she thought were kidney stones.

KOTA-TV reports Dannette Giltz, of Sturgis, gave birth to the healthy triplets on Aug. 10.

Giltz says that despite having two other children, she did not know she was 34 weeks pregnant.

Pop culture convention for furry fanatics

Lifestyles
Andrea Smith
The Associated Press

Atlanta's scorching August heat didn't stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a pet event for costumed canines inspired by the upcoming Dragon Con convention.

Java still a no-no for Mormons

Lifestyles
Brady McCombs
The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavours and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by “competent” doctors.

Mixed of sun, clouds tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be mainly clear with a low of eight C (46 F).

Tomorrow will see times of clouds and sun. Expect a high of 20 (68) and a low of nine (48).

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high of 21 (70) and a low of nine (48).