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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 11, 2019

MP supports throne speech

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Staff

In the wake of last week's Speech from the Throne by the newly-elected Liberal government, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski said he looks forward to passing a federal tax cut for working and middle-class Canadians.

This government's throne speech placed special emphasis on working with Canada's different regions to improvet he economy, he noted.

McDonald's hosting weekly 'Family Night'

News
Ken Kellar

McDonald's is offering up a new way for families to spend time together during the week.

Since early November, McDonald's restaurants across the country, including here in Fort Frances, have been holding Family Nights on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.

McDonald's Fort Frances assistant manager Bobbi Hudon explained that the event is all about building that sense of togetherness.

Sewer, water rates increasing

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Staff

Sewer and water rates are set to increase here in the new year.

There will be a 2.8 percent increase for residential users and a 3.22 percent increase for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) users.

The 2.8 percent residential increase will cost an additional $27.79 per year, bringing the overall annual rate to just over $1,000.

Ministry responds regarding waiver of $23 million loan

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Staff

Earlier this year, a Fort Frances municipal councillor requested information from the province about waiving the repayment of a $23 million loan that was given to Resolute Forest Products for the local mill.

The funding was designated for the construction of a bio-mass boiler at the mill, which was never constructed and the loan was given shortly before the mill shut down in 2014.

Committee struck to review senior centre move

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Sam Odrowski

The decision whether or not to relocate the senior centre is still being considered by its board.

At yesterday's board meeting, the Fort Frances Senior Centre board established an ad hoc building committee that will begin meeting in January.

Future legal aid cut cancelled

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Sam Odrowski

A planned cut to legal aid funding in April 2020 has been cancelled but a 30 percent budget cut made earlier this year has been made permanent.

Ontario's attorney general, Doug Downey, announced on Monday that current funding levels will continue as is.

Hands-on experience with Caf Co.

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Ken Kellar

One of the programs at Confederation College has partnered with a local business to teach its students some important life and food skills.

Non-resident user fees to be eliminated in 2020

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Sam Odrowski

Individuals living outside of Fort Frances will have a reduced financial burden when using the town's facilities in 2020.

Following a 5-2 vote, council passed a motion to eliminate non-resident user fees on a one-year trial basis.

Travel grant bill moves forward

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Sam Odrowski

Improvements could soon come to the Northern Health Travel Grant, which reimburses residents of northern Ontario who have to travel significant distances to receive healthcare.

NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan Judith Monteith-Farrell presented a bill to the legislature on Nov. 19 that looks to fix some of the issues surrounding the program.

Helping out

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Sam Odrowski photo

Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) acting Sgt. Dylan Simard, left, volunteer Christine Jourdain, and T3PS Const. Dylan McGinnis collected donations for “Stuff-a-Cruiser” outside of Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo on Saturday.

Local court underutilized: report

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Sam Odrowski

A report from the Auditor General has revealed that while the Fort Frances Courthouse has a large backlog of cases, it is being under-utilized.

Check out auxiliary's gift shop

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Submitted by
Lenore Cates

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary's executive meeting was held on Dec. 2 with 11 members present and one guest. Linda Booth presided.

Come one. come all! The gift shop is geared up for the holiday season.

'Co-op Display Day' returns to Fort High

District
Sam Odrowski

Fort High students filled up the cafeteria on Thursday morning to show their classmates and teachers the work they've been doing at their co-op placements.

Each semester the school hosts a “Co-op Display Day” and around 50 students showcased their experiences from this semester.

'Holly Daze' parade a big hit

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The “Holly Daze Parade” in Emo on the weekend was well attended by people from across the district.

Thanks to the Emo Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Emo, and several individuals, the parade was a great hit.

What a way to start the Christmas season!

Remember to drop into the stores and shops in town to pick up something for that special someone in your life.

'Holly Daze' craft show very busy

District
Tammy McNally
Special to the Times

The Emo arena was definitely a busy place to be on Saturday.

There were all kinds of hockey going on downstairs while upstairs was the vendors craft show.

There were 28 vendor tables that ranged from Shannon Carlson's Jack's Natural Dog Treats and Dawn-Marie's painted signs to the 4D mascara by Pam Edwards and Jody Acevedo's Thirty-One bags.

Report finds local jail is most expensive

District
Staff

The Fort Frances Jail has set records in the province of Ontario for being the oldest, at 110 years and smallest, with a capacity of just 22 inmates.

But now the jail is being recognized for having the highest daily cost per inmate in the entire province.

Investigation results in drug charge

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From the OPP

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Ignace Detachment are investigating the sudden death of a 37-year-old Burlington, Ont. man which occurred on Dec. 6, 2019 at approximately 8:43 a.m. on West Street in Ignace.

Lions roar again

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Submitted by
Jack Elliott

A Lions Club in Rainy River is not new.

For many years, Lions members were active in the community in many charitable functions, raising funds and serving the community. But some years ago the local charter was disbanded as movers and shakers in the club passed away or moved.

Board celebrates Crossroads' literacy program

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Staff

The Rainy River District School Board gave its most recent “Recognition of Excellence" to the "Literary Learners” program at Crossroads School in Devlin.

Cash calendar winners

District

Matt Chalmers of Fort Frances was the $100 winner in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's cash calendar draw for the week of Dec. 1-7.

The $30 winners included Wanda Jodoin (Pinewood), Kathy and Glen Boyda and Don and Lynda King (Atikokan), Dean Kozak (Kenora), Rick Donaldson (Neebing), Sherry Dyck (Winnipeg), and Paul DeGagne (Red Deer),

Tough start for Owls' court sports teams

Sports
Staff

It was a tough start to the year for the Rainy River Owls' winter court sports teams.

Three of the four squads suffered losses to the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in their NorWOSSA 'A' home-openers on Monday at RRHS.

In boy's basketball action, the seniors were routed 76-25 by the Saints while the junior squad was dealt a 68-30 setback.

Muskie boys place fifth in Brandon

Sports
Jamie Mountain

They may have had their medal hopes dashed but the members of the Muskie boys' hockey team fought valiantly until the end.

The Muskies compiled a 4-1 record en route to a fifth-place finish at the annual Victoria Inns tournament in Brandon, Man. over the weekend.

“Overall, I thought we played pretty well for the most part of the weekend,” said Muskie head coach Chris Sinclair.

Newest addition helps Lakers to win over Ice Dogs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A change of scenery proved to be the right tonic for Matthieu Harrold last week.

The newest Fort Frances Laker had a home debut to remember as he scored once and helped set-up Noah Loveday's game-winner in the third period to lift the hosts to a 5-4 win over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Hamilton to host 2020 CJHL Prospects Game

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Press Release

CALGARY, Alta.—The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in conjunction with the National Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced recently that Hamilton, Ont., has been selected as the host city for the 15th-annual CJHL Prospects Game, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Dave Andreychuk Arena.

Game time is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

Muskie hoops squads ready for new season

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Muskie junior and senior boys' basketball teams have been hard at work getting ready for another season ahead.

The junior squad will have a new coach in Corey Smith this season, who now is one of the vice-principals at Fort High after spending a year at Rainy River High School.

Smith believes the Muskies' speed will be one of their biggest attributes this year.

Muskie spikers gearing for new seasons

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The winter season of NorWOSSA court sports is now upon us and the Muskie junior and senior girls' volleyball teams have been busy fine-tuning their skills for the competition that lies ahead.

The junior squad will look vastly different this season but is hoping to build on some of the program's recent success.

Stuff

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Above, John Malgo, left, Linda Hamilton, Coun. John McTaggart, Shannon Schmidt, OPP Sgt. Ann McEwen, Gage Mitchell, Grady Holden and OPP Insp. Nathan Schmidt manned the volunteer lines at Walmart for the annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser" event to collect donations of non-perishable food items for area food banks and the Salvation army.

Fun float

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Ken Kellar

Allie Brechtefeld, left, of Kenton Creations tossed handfuls of candy into the crowd—which kids and adults alike were quick to scoop up all along the parade route—Saturday evening during the annual Christmas parade.

Family bake sale

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Brinneal Hagarty, left, and her brother, Seamus, set up their “Sweets and Treats" business at the Emo Arena for its "Holly Jolly Vendor Event" during the annual "Holly Daze” celebrations on Saturday. A variety of vendors had tables during the event selling everything from homemade preserves to oils and vinegars. -Sam Odrowski photo

Colouring with grandpa

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Ken Desjardins helped his grandson, Carter, colour in a craft at the Emo Public Library on Saturday during “Holly Daze.” The library hosted a book sale and ran kids activities in conjunction with other events happening throughout Emo. -Sam Odrowski photo

Mayor's float

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Fort Frances mayor June Caul got in on the chilly fun with a float of her own during the Christmas parade on Saturday night. Among the awards handed out to participating floats, Weechi-it-te-win Family Services received the “Most Decked Out" award, with Treaty #3 Police nabbng the "'Biggest' Little Float” award. -Ken Kellar photo

CICE Caf Co

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Submitted

The Caf Co. manager Heather Calder, left, CICE students Andrew Yerxa, Carrie Jolicoeur and Jacob Vandermeer, and NCDS executive director Nicke Paddock showed off the smoothies the students made as part of a collaboration between the two groups.

Gathering donations

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Sam Odrowski photo

“Stuff-a-Cruiser” volunteers Denise Johnson, Kirsten Armstrong, Anne-Marie Armstrong, and Amy Ruff collected non-perishable food donations outside of the Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River on Saturday. The donated items will help to support local food banks.

Christmas parade award

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Steve Gushulak, left, of Fort Frances General Supply presented Christine Cridland and Flint House manager Stacey Cridland with the award for the “Biggest Tree” for their float in the Christmas parade here on Saturday. According to parade organizers, this year's event had the highest number of participants in recent years, with plans to make the parade even bigger next year.

Kids float

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Ken Kellar

It might have been a chilly night for a parade, but these bundled up little troopers made the most of it, tossing out candy for all to enjoy. The “Christmas Spirit Award” went to Northern Lights School of Skating, with honourable mentions going out to CN Police, Fort Frances Muskie Football, International Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the Bruyere family goats, Oreo and Dandelion.

Co

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Grade 12 student Amber Audette, who has a co-op placement in a communications class at the school, focused her display on the process of silk screening, where a photo is printed by hand onto a screen using paint. Audette also really enjoyed learning about Photoshop during her placement. -Sam Odrowski photo

Dental co

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Grade 12 student Jacy Gagne showed off what she learned during her co-op placement at the Fort Frances Dental Centre during the high school's “Co-op Display Day” that was held in the cafeteria on Thursday. She spoke to students and staff about her experience observing procedures and learning about dental hygiene. -Sam Odrowski photo

Muskie float

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Ken Kellar

Some of the Muskie football team members, fresh off of claiming their first-ever WHSFL title in the Currie Division ('A') last month, assembled a sensational Muskie float for the annual Christmas parade here Saturday evening.

Top citizen float

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Ken Kellar

“2020 Citizen of the Year" Joy Lockman received the royal treatment during the Christmas parade on Saturday. A number of awards were handed out to participating floats following the parade, including the "Most Creative Float” award, which went to Jay's Auto.

Magic of Christmas

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Three-year-old Axle Paterson couldn't help but smile as he got his picture taken with Santa and told him what he wanted for Christmas this year at the Emo Arena during “Holly Daze” on Saturday. Maverick Judson of MJ Interactive Photography was on hand all afternoon to take photos of youngsters with Mr. Claus. -Sam Odrowski photo

Academic achievement

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Submitted

The top 2018/2019 Fort Frances High School students for Grades 9-11 were all smiles when they recently had their photo taken with FFHS principal, Jennifer Leishman. Pictured here are Corbin Riches (Grade 9), Aurora Hutton (Grade 10), and Kaylen Cunningham (Grade 11).

Practising bumps

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Jamie Mountain

Brooke Marchuk, left, and Cierra Ogden were working on perfecting their bumping skills early into a Muskie junior girls' volleyball team practice last Thursday afternoon at Fort High.

Boys' bball

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Jamie Mountain

Junior Muskie Brennan Jourdain protected the ball and looked for an option to pass to while he was guarded by senior Muskie Brett Schram during a boys' basketball scrimmage last Thursday afternoon at Fort High. Both Muskie basketball teams were slated to kick off the NorWOSSA regular season yesterday against the host Kenora Broncos, with the outcomes not known as of press time.

Tipping it over

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Jamie Mountain

Aurora Hutton tipped the ball over the net and over the hands of teammate Alina Eldridge while Grace Petsnick looked on during a Muskie senior girls' volleyball team practice last Thursday afternoon at Fort High.

Christmas music

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Ken Kellar

Diane Maxey, left, led the Christmas Choraliers through their first show of the season at Rainycrest on Saturday afternoon. The choir's second performance took place at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls on Sunday, and one final performance will take place this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

Taking to the ice

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Jamie Mountain

Dylan Kosik, left, Dean Bucholz, Ethan Carlson-Jourdain, and Reece Hopfner all took to the ice as the Fort Frances Lakers got ready to battle the Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Friday night here. The Lakers prevailed by a 5-4 count to see their record get back to .500 (11-11-1).

Special puck drop

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Jamie Mountain

Baudette Bears' captain Blake Ferris, left, met Muskie captain Reed Bodnar at centre ice for a special ceremonial faceoff prior to Fort High's 5-4 win in exhibition action last Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Muskies rallied late to snatch the win.

Goalmouth action

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Jamie Mountain

Nick Hahkala of the Fort Frances Lakers (11) tied up Dylan Winsor of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs while goalie Dylan Kosik did his best to keep the puck out of the net on a goalmouth scramble during the second period of the Lakers' 5-4 win on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

RR Lions

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Jack Elliott

Jim Webb, a visitor to Rainy River, took a tour of the town on the Lions Club's Cycling Without Age (CWA) trishaw. The CWA program will be fully operational in spring of 2020, providing recreational tours of the town at no cost to mobility-impaired residents. The Rainy River CWA Chapter is funded and operated by the RRBB Lions' volunteer pilots.

Gussy pic (Dec. 11)

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Submitted

A pair of Kiefer Floreal's fish printed mugs.