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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 30 2018

OPP to conduct distracted driving campaign

News
From the OPP

The OPP has investigated 5,619 collisions that involved an inattentive driver so far this year.

Tragically, 31 people lost their lives in the collisions while 1,051 of the incidents left people with injuries.

Inattentive drivers continue to pose a threat to road users and are linked to the deaths of 738 people on OPP-patrolled roads over the past 10 years.

Fire ban lifted in area

News
Staff

Just in time for the Labour Day long weekend, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone that had been in place in parts of the Northwest Region.

The municipal fire bans for the Town of Fort Frances, as well as the townships of Alberton, La Vallee, Emo, and Chapple, also have been lifted.

Driver facing charges

News
From the OPP

Today at 2:10 a.m., officers of the Rainy River District OPP received a complaint of a motor-vehicle collision on the 300 block of Third Street West here.

An investigation revealed the driver lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking a residential structure.

Teen mic night

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Local teens performed for a modest crowd last night during the fifth-annual “Teen Open Mic Night" at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Court quashes Canada’s approval of pipeline

National
By Rob Gillies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TORONTO — Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

Feds threaten to withhold climate change cash

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Provinces that don't get on board with the federal Liberals' plan to deal with climate change, including putting a price on pollution, will forfeit their share of a $2-billion federal fund, Environment minister Catherine McKenna said.

Excessive intoxication back as a defence

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—People accused of sexual assault in Ontario once again are allowed to use excessive intoxication as a defence against criminal charges, a judge has ruled, finding that a federal law preventing such an argument is unconstitutional.

Nuttall won't join Bernier

National
Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Maxime Bernier's closest caucus ally says he has no plans to join the renegade Quebec MP's new party.

Conservative MP Alex Nuttall played a key role in Bernier's unsuccessful Conservative leadership campaign last year that saw him lose by the narrowest of margins to Andrew Scheer.

And he's continued to be a close ally of Bernier's since then.

Manitoba aiming to speed up family court

National
Steve Lambert
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Manitoba is aiming to speed up family court so that divorces, child custody disputes, and other matters don't drag on for years.

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal of Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench says coming changes are aimed at reducing not only the demands on court time but also the toll taken on people involved.

Charges laid over road rage

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A Toronto man is facing charges after an alleged road rage incident involving another man seen clinging to the hood of the vehicle.

The OPP said the incident happened yesterday morning on a highway in northern Toronto.

Video of the footage caught on a dashcam shows a man on the hood of the vehicle while it is travelling at highway speed.

Polar bear death sparks outrage

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Two injured Inuit hunters huddled for three days with the body of their friend who was killed by a polar bear as four other bears circled their camp.

“They had to sit tight,” said Rob Hedley, administrator for the hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut, where the hunters were from.

“It was pretty scary," he noted. "They didn't sleep and they were out there for a while.”

Three in custody after Mountie shot

National
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—RCMP say officers were responding to a break-and-enter call in western Manitoba when they came under fire the minute they got out of their cruisers.

Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, commanding officer of the RCMP in Manitoba, said one officer was hit and seriously injured around 9:30 p.m. yesterday just outside the town of Onanole.

Math scores drop for elementary students

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Math test scores among public elementary students in Ontario have been decreasing over the last five years, indicating government efforts to reverse the trend have not worked, according to the agency administering standardized assessments in the province.

Police help save puppies

National
The Canadian Press

RIVERS, Man.—Police in southern Manitoba had to get down and dirty when they were called this week about five puppies trapped in a tunnel.

Officers from the police service in Rivers, about 40 kM northwest of Brandon, found four males and one female in an underground burrow that had been dug out by the mother dog.

One pup had managed to escape but it was dehydrated.

Natural gas price cut by province

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

MILTON, Ont.—Premier Doug Ford says his government will remove the cost of the now-repealed cap-and-trade system from natural gas bills but opposition critics counter the Tory government is not telling people the true impacts of cancelling the system designed to fight climate change.

Resolute signs deal to sell U.S. recycled bleached kraft pulp mill for US$55M

Business
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Resolute Forest Products Inc. has signed a deal to sell its recycled bleached kraft pulp mill in Fairmont, W.Va., for US$55 million.

The company says ND Paper LLC, a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., has agreed to buy the mill.

Nine Dragons has nine paper mills in Asia as well as two U.S.-based facilities.

Canadian province to sue drug companies over opioids

Business
The Associated Press

VANCOUVER — The Canadian province of British Columbia has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against dozens of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs and helped trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands.

Bautista helps Phillies avoid sweep to Nats

Sports
Aaron Bracy
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—The Phillies added veteran Jose Bautista for his potent bat but it's the confidence he displayed last night that might help even more.

Bautista had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-6 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Jays swept by Orioles

Sports
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE—Adam Jones hit his second career grand slam, and Trey Mancini added a solo shot, as the Baltimore Orioles dumped the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 last night to complete their first three-game sweep of the season.

The Orioles overcame a four-run deficit and three Toronto homers to become the last team in the majors to reach 40 wins.

Raonic, Shapovalov still in hunt

Sports
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK—Milos Raonic felt he stepped up in the second round of the U.S. Open—and the scoreline indicates the Canadian did just that.

After an inconsistent performance in a four-set win over qualifier Carlos Berlocq to open the final Grand Slam of the year, the No. 25 seed downed France's Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on a hot and humid Wednesday at Flushing Meadows.

Henderson focusing on strong finish

Sports
The Canadian Press

PORTLAND, Ore.—It took a while for Brooke Henderson's win at the CP Women's Open to sink in.

The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont. made history Sunday when she became the first Canadian to win the national women's golf championship in 45 years.

Manziel now out of concussion protocol

Sports
Bill Beacon
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—While they are rivals for the starting quarterback position on the Montreal Alouettes, there is no ill-will between Johnny Manziel and Antonio Pipkin.

The two trained together at the George Whitfield quarterback academy in San Diego before they became teammates this season in Montreal.

@Headline:Telltale bits of DNA help track past and elusive wildlife

Science
By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega The Associated Press

NEW YORK — On a scorching summer day, Mark Stoeckle threw a bucket into the murky waters of New York’s East River to fill up three small plastic bottles.

The biologist hopes the water he collected contains the genetic trail of the river’s diverse life including all of its fish and of course, the occasional rat.

Wolf pups born in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

Science
By Andrew Selsky The Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. — Imagine camping in the forest near Oregon’s towering Mount Hood, and hearing wolves howling.

That prospect became more real on Wednesday when state wildlife officials announced that two wolf pups were seen near the mountain for the first time since wolves were exterminated from the state nearly 70 years ago.

McCain’s 106-year-old mom to attend his Washington services

People
By Darlene Superville The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — John McCain’s rebellious streak didn’t come out of nowhere. His mother, Roberta, had a habit of speeding behind the wheel and racking up tickets. When told during a trip to Europe that she was too old to rent a car, she went out and bought a Peugeot. Her son once answered the telephone to hear his mother say she was on a cross-country driving trip ‚Äî by herself, in her 90s.

Chance of showers, storms

Weather

There's a chance of a shower or thunderstorm tonight, with an overnight of 16 C (61 F) and south winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

Tomorrow could see a morning shower or thunderstorm, along with a high of 22 (72) and low around 12 (54).

Look for south winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

Fort Frances Lakers' season passes are on sale at the arena today (Aug. 30) from 5-7 p.m., tomorrow (Aug. 31) from 9-11 a.m. and 5-7 p.m., and again on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. They cost $240. They're also available by calling John (274-1447) or Ria (274-9679).