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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 27, 2015

Lt. Gov. visit

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Duane Hicks

Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, second from left, chatted with councillors John Albanese, left, and Wendy Brunetta and deputy mayor June Caul yesterday at the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre. Dowdeswell, who is on a tour of Northwestern Ontario this week, spent the day touring sites around town and learning about the community.

Good times

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Joey Payeur

Cassandra Moffitt (5) of Fort Frances and her jubilant companions on the Rainy River Community College women’s volleyball team savoured winning a second-set point in their match against the Itasca Vikings (Grand Rapids, Min.) last night at RRCC. The Voyageurs took down the Vikings in their best-of-five MCAC North Division regular-season opener by a 3-0 margin (25-23, 25-23, 25-14).

Blue Tuesday

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Joey Payeur

The Barwick Blue Knights were a mass of happy humanity after the final out of their 8-6 victory over the Rainy Lake Pirates in Game 2 of the best-of-three Rainy River District Fastball League championship at Oltsher Field in Barwick on Tuesday.

‘White Truck’ initiative

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Submitted

A presentation will be held Tuesday (Sept. 1) at 7 p.m., at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo regarding the “Loving God, Blessing Israel” tour. Return Ministries, CMJ Canada, and Tikkun International began the tour Aug. 14, which will take them from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Nfld. in 10 white pickup trucks.

Reserve declares state of emergency over drinking water

News
Press Release

Today the Grassy Narrows First Nation declared a state of emergency over unsafe drinking water conditions in the community.

The community is delivering bottled water door to door to ensure that their families, many of which have already been impacted by mercury poisoning, have safe drinking water.

Registrations open for seniors’ fair here

News
Press Release

Registrations are now being accepted for a seniors’ fair being held Friday, Sept. 18 at the Sister Kennedy Centre here.

To register, call the centre (274-7656), drop by the centre (401 Nelson St.), or call the Memorial Sports Centre (274-4561).

The registration deadline is Sept. 15.

‘Fool’s Gold’ sneak preview Sept. 4

News
Staff

A sneak preview screening of Season 2 of the hit Discovery Channel series, “Fool’s Gold,” will be held Friday, Sept. 4 at Copper River Inn.

Starting at 8 p.m., the event will feature the first two episodes of the new season, “In Todd We Trust” and “It’s Hammer Time.”

OPP warn of Canada Revenue Agency scam

District
From the OPP

The Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) remind residents to beware of a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam in which someone, claiming to be a representative from the CRA, calls to inform you that you owe the government money and that payment has to be made immediately.

RCMP warn of scam

District
From the RCMP

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ontario is issuing public notice with respect to fraudulent telephone calls.

The RCMP is warning of fraudulent telephone calls in which the caller identifies themselves as an RCMP officer calling to collect fines or income taxes or a variety of other scam tactics.

Watch for kids, buses next week

District
From the OPP

Once again it is time for students to head back to school—and for motorists to be on the lookout for them and school buses.

The Ontario Provincial Poli ce would like to remind everyone that school buses are back in service next week.

Motorists must obey the flashing red signal lights on stopped school buses.

Basaraba signs with ECHL Bears

Sports
Staff

Joe Basaraba’s continuing hockey travels will now take him to the Sunshine State.

The Fort Frances native signed on Tuesday with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears for the upcoming season.

Basaraba, 23, split last season between the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Skating legend coming to Fort Frances

Sports
Joey Payeur

The woman that stole the hearts of our nation more than 25 years ago while displaying her unforgettable on-ice artistry will be coming to Fort Frances to share her wisdom with the next generation of skaters.

Stock plunge got you rattled?

National
Craig Wong
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—It’s gut check time, financial advisers said this week as stock markets around the world went for a wild ride testing just how much risk investors are really comfortable with.

Company linked to second quake

National
Tamsyn Burgmann
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A natural gas operation that halted work after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern British Columbia last week has been linked to the largest earthquake in the province that’s been attributed to fracking.

Progress Energy, which is owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, paused its operations after the Aug. 17 quake that occurred 114 kilometres from Fort St. John.

Quebecor NHL bid won’t use public funds

National
The Canadian Press

RIMOUSKI, Que.—It is not necessary to spend taxpayer money on bringing an NHL team back to Quebec City, Parti Quebecois Leader and controlling shareholder of Quebecor Inc., Pierre Karl Peladeau, said yesterday.

Richards charged by RCMP

National
The Canadian Press

EMERSON, Man.—Police in Manitoba have charged NHL player Mike Richards with possession of a controlled substance.

The RCMP say he is due to appear in provincial court in Emerson, Man., on Sept. 10.

Fracking company that caused recent quake in B.C. linked to temblor in 2014

National
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A natural gas operation that halted work after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last week has been linked to the largest earthquake in the province that’s been attributed to fracking.

Progress Energy, which is owned by Malaysia’s Petronas, paused its operations after the quake on Aug. 17 that occurred 114 kilometres from Fort St. John.

Chinese market makes biggest gain in 8 weeks, giving global investors some relief

Business
By Joe McDonald THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING — China’s main stock index surged 5.3 per cent Thursday, its biggest gain in eight weeks, leading world markets higher and giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching losses.

Divorce can be even uglier for the kids when a cheating parent is involved

Health & Wellness
By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Divorce is often ugly, but the consequences for kids when infidelity is involved can deepen their anxiety, anger or confusion.

Price wins on birthday

Sports
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas—Edwin Encarnacion turned David Price’s 30th birthday into a party—and a win for Toronto’s new ace.

Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, boosting Price when he was pitching on his birthday for the first time in the majors and helping the Blue Jays to a 12-4 victory against the Texas Rangers last night.

Giants beat Cubs for 1st time in 6 games

Sports
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—Jake Peavy considers himself a No. 1 starter regardless of when he pitches in San Francisco’s rotation. All he cares about is delivering every fifth day, especially as September approaches with the World Series champion Giants in another tight playoff chase.

Last brutal sign-off: Former broadcaster who gunned down TV news crew was volatile, angry man

International
By Adam Geller THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Even after gunning down a TV news reporter and cameraman during a live interview, Vester Lee Flanagan II continued to rage. But after a volatile career that had seen him fired at least twice for clashing with co-workers who recall him as an off-kilter loner, this would be the former broadcaster’s last, brutal sign-off.

Classified information in Clinton emails is consistent with State Department’s recent pattern

International
By Ken Dilanian THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.