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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 12, 2019

Corrections

News

A story appearing on page A1 of yesterday's Times incorrectly quoted Coun. John McTaggart saying, “For us to allow people to use the facility that aren't taxpayers seems unfair.”

To clarify, Coun, McTaggart wants everyone to use the town's facilities, but not at the same rate as local taxpayers.

The Times apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Muskies sweep Broncos at openers

Sports
Staff

It was a perfect start to the year for the Muskie court sports teams in Kenora on Tuesday afternoon.

All four squads came away with wins over the host Broncos in their NorWOSSA regular-season openers.

The junior boys' basketball team dumped the Broncos by a 49-27 count.

Miners take down Lakers

Sports
Staff

A Morgan Venne goal four-and-a-half minutes into the third period proved to the game-winner as the Red Lake Miners dumped the Fort Frances Lakers 5-3 in SIJHL action on Tuesday night at the Cochenour Arena.

JW Walker concert

Photos

Students from J.W. Walker turned themselves into dancing, glowing stick figures for a fun Christmas song medley during a rehearsal for their Christmas concert at the Townshend Theatre on Monday afternoon. As schools across the district hurtle towards the holiday break, many will be having Christmas concerts, presentations or other activities over the course of the next week.

St mikes christmas

Photos
Ken Kellar photo

Students from Mme. Gushulak's Grade 2 French Immersion class at St. Michael's School performed a song for their Christmas concert rehearsal yesterday afternoon. While the concert itself took place later that evening, the rehearsal provided parents and grandparents who couldn't make the later performance a chance to see the show.

St. Michael's Christmas concert

Photos

Students from Mme. Gushulak's Grade 2 French Immersion class at St. Michael's School performed a song for their Christmas concert rehearsal yesterday afternoon.

- Ken Kellar photo

One dead after pileup

National
The Canadian Press

BROCKVILLE, Ont.—Provincial police in eastern Ontario say one person is dead after a pileup on Highway 401 involving roughly 25 vehicles.

Police say the incident happened around noon yesterday during a bout of snowy weather near Brockville, Ont.

They say officers were responding to an initial collision when another crash happened moments later involving tractor trailers.

New data shows scope of opioid crisis in Canada

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — New numbers released Wednesday show close to 14,000 Canadians have been killed by opioids over the last four years and more than 17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning.

The data is in a new report from a national advisory committee struck to study the epidemic of opioid overdoses in Canada.

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe 'explosion'

National
The Canadian Press

GABRIOLA ISLAND, B.C.—Friends are identifying a kind, caring and skilled pilot among those killed in a plane crash on Gabriola Island.

Alex Bahlsen was born in Germany and moved to Cayley, Alta., around 30 years ago, Rasmus Rydstrom-Poulsen said yesterday.

About a year ago, he moved to Mill Bay, B.C., to live with his wife.

Hearing for man who tried to kill cop

National
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A sentencing hearing starts today for a man who struck a police officer with a car before stabbing him multiple times outside an Edmonton football game.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is 32, was also found guilty of running down four pedestrians with a U-Haul van in September 2017.

A long list of Ford government reversals

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government have backtracked on a number a commitments since winning the provincial election last year.

Here is a list of some decisions they have walked back:

Teachers' unions launch charter challenges

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's four major teachers' unions say they are launching charter challenges today to a law capping public sector wage increases.

The unions, which represent both elementary and high school teachers in public, Catholic and French boards, say it violates their collective bargaining rights.

Ontario high school teachers hold another one-day strike, but new talks planned

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Public high school teachers at nine Ontario school boards held a one-day strike yesterday-the second in as many weeks-as the province and union agreed to return to the bargaining table.

Bank drafts flagged in shady casino dealings

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's anti-money laundering agency is warning casinos to carefully eye customers who pay for their gaming with bank drafts ‚Äî the latest method of choice for criminals trying to disguise dirty money.

Trudeau promises swift vote for NAFTA

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Opposition parties' public fretting over aspects of the newly revised North American free-trade deal-a pact tweaked this week to win American lawmakers' support-suggests the agreement's path to ratification might not be smooth.

Final instructions in the jury trial of ex-SNC boss

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Jurors received final instructions yesterday in the corruption trial of a former SNC-Lavalin executive.

Sami Bebawi, 73, has pleaded not guilty to five charges that include fraud, corruption of foreign officials and laundering proceeds of crime.

Derailed train released 1.5 million litres of oil

National
The Canadian Press

LANIGAN, Sask.—The Transportation Safety Board says Monday's fiery Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailment in Saskatchewan involved the estimated release of 1.5 million litres of oil.

The resulting fire forced the temporary closure of Highway 16 due to thick, black smoke.

Farmers could fight climate change: report

National
The Canadian Press

A national agriculture group says farming needs to change to help save the climate and the industry.

The National Farmers Union says in a report that old-fashioned mixed farming needs to be combined with the latest information technology.

Leonard, Clippers rout Raptors

Sports
Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—On a night Kawhi Leonard brought fans to the arena early, the former Raptors superstar sent them to the exits early.

Leonard scored 23 points last night to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-92 rout of his former team, an atrocious game that was decided long before the final buzzer sounded.

Inconsistent seams, player behaviour behind home run uptick

Sports
Jake Seiner
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—The baseballs weren't juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball.

They were just flying farther.

A four-person committee of scientists found that baseballs this year had less drag on average than in previous seasons, contributing to a power surge that resulted in a record number of home runs.

Chiarot lifts Habs over Sens

Sports
Kelsey Patterson
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Cayden Primeau did not have to wait very long for his first NHL victory.

The 20-year-old Primeau made 35 saves in his second NHL start as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime last night.

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Defence Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The Defence Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.

US stock indexes rise during midday trading

International
Damian J. Troise
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Stocks moved higher in midday trading on Wall Street today as investors jumped on a statement from President Donald Trump that the U.S. is getting close to a “big deal” with China.

UK to return medal stripped from sailor

International
The Associated Press

LONDON—British officials are returning a medal to a Falklands War veteran who said it was taken away from him because of his sexuality.

Joe Ousalice said the long service and good conduct medal was confiscated from him when he was discharged from the Royal Navy after revealing he was bisexual during a court martial proceeding in 1993.

More snow ahead

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a chance of flurries and a low of minus-14 C (7 F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of flurries turning to periods of snow overnight with a high of minus-nine (16) and a low of minus-18 (zero).

Atown

Around Town

A reminder that the town's pool and fitness schedule will now be available only online. Registration for winter programs began today (Dec. 12) at 7 a.m. To register, please go to: fortfrances.ca/msc