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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 13, 2018

Group looking to buy mill here

District
Press Release

The Town of Fort Frances is pleased to have been informed that Repap Resources Group has notified Resolute Forest Products that it wishes to negotiate the purchase of the shuttered Fort Frances paper mill assets, with the intention of quickly moving to restart the facility in 2019.

Changes being made at hospital

District
Press Release

Effective Dec. 18, La Verendrye General Hospital is moving to a centralized registration model.

This standardized change aims to improve patient flow, improve staff and patient safety, and enhance the patient experience.

Big-time performances in men's hoops action

Sports
Staff

There were a couple of memorable individual performances resulting in some season-high point totals in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.

The first game of the night featured the Muskies taking on the Revco Renegades.

Muskie teams take three from Eagles

Sports
Staff

The Muskie court teams did a great job of defending home court Tuesday afternoon against the Dryden Eagles.

Both the junior and senior girls' volleyball squads came away victorious to improve to 2-0 in NorWOSSA play.

The juniors won in straight sets (25-8, 25-12, and 25-22) while the seniors prevailed in four sets (25-23, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-18).

Muskies rout Broncos

Sports
Staff

Issy Taylor netted a hat trick to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 10-0 rout of the host Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action last night.

Tatum Glowasky and Reece McQuaker each scored twice as the black-and-gold improved to 2-2-0-1 in league play.

Kathryn Fischer, Abby Kenny, and Jill Calder added singles.

Driving to hoop

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jordon Bazylewski looked to drive towards the hoop during the fourth quarter of the Muskie junior boys' basketball team's 46-42 loss to the Dryden Eagles here Tuesday afternoon. All four Muskie court teams resumed NorWOSSA action this afternoon when they hosted the Kenora Broncos at the “Fish Tank,” with the outcomes not known as of press time.

Festive 'heads'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Seven Generations Education Institute hair-styling program students Jasmine Bump, left, Jadia Nash, Larissa Derkson, and Cherish Gervais showed off the Christmas tree-styled mannequin heads they had decorated on Tuesday at the hair studio on King's Highway.

Demolition underway

Photos

Work has begun to demolish the building located at 335 Scott St. in order to re-purpose the site into a parking lot for The Sleepy Owl motel located directly to the west. A motion to enter into a site plan control agreement with Good Day Wholesalers (Crozier) Ltd., which owns both properties, was passed at Monday night's council meeting.

-Staff photo

New appointments fill every Senate seat

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed four new senators including a failed Liberal candidate, filling every seat in the upper chamber.

The Senate has a full complement of 105 senators—the first time there hasn't been a vacancy in about eight years.

Trudeau has appointed 49 senators since becoming prime minister and will have the chance to appoint more in 2019.

Feds set new limits on pilot flight times

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is enacting strict new measures to address mounting concerns about tired flight crews on commercial planes—big and small.

New regulations will set lower limits for the number of hours pilots can be in the air and on the job before having to take a break, taking into account the times of day they fly and how often they take off and land.

MPs prepare to vacate Centre Block

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—As he does almost every day before attending question period, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bounded down the stairs between his third-floor office in Parliament Hill's Centre Block and the foyer on the second floor outside the House of Commons.

Horwath wants probe into top cop hiring

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The man about to become Ontario's top cop should step aside while a probe is conducted into allegations of political interference from Premier Doug Ford's office in his hiring, the leader of the Opposition said yesterday as the government stood firm on the appointment.

Experts stuggle with assisted death

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Experts the federal government charged with looking at whether people suffering only from mental disorders should be eligible for medically-assisted death couldn't even agree on what evidence is relevant to the question, according to reports tabled in Parliament yesterday.

'Systemic racism' rife in Thunder Bay police

National
Colin Perkel
THE CANADIAN PRES

Police investigations into the deaths of nine indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ont. were so problematic—in part because of systemic racism—that they should be reinvestigated, an independent review released yesterday recommends.

The recommendation by Ontario's police watchdog is one of 44 in a report that concludes the city's police service is rife with racist attitudes.

Trees obstructing vision at crash intersection: firm

National
Ryan McKenna
The Canadian Press

REGINA—A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened back in April.

Raptors rout Warriors to cap sweep

Sports
Michael Wagaman
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif.—Minus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother's death two days earlier, the Toronto Raptors put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State.

They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too—a very different scenario from when the teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago.

Flames pull out win over Flyers

Sports
Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Johnny Gaudreau's overtime winner in a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night returned the Calgary Flames to first place in the NHL's Western Conference.

Trailing 5-3, Calgary's Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson scored in the final 68 seconds of regulation to tee up Gaudreau's winner 35 seconds into extra time.

Some intrigue at winter meetings

Sports
Ben Walker
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS—An all-star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade, and a Scott Boras sighting.

Intrigue at the winter meetings but not much impact.

Not yet, anyway.

Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams yesterday, joining Tampa Bay for a two-year, $30-million deal after going 15-3 with Houston last season.

Jays release Tulowitzki

Sports
Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Troy Tulowitzki had no plans to be anything but a starting shortstop upon his return from injury.

The Toronto Blue Jays felt it was unlikely he'd be able to play regularly at an above-average level.

On Tuesday, the Jays made the final move by giving the veteran infielder his release.

Sunny skies for tomorrow

Weather

It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-seven C (19 F) and southwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of two (35) and low around minus-six (21)

Look for southwest winds again gusting up to 17 km/h.

Mostly cloudy skies are forecast for Saturday, along with a high of four (39) and low dipping to minus-five (23).

Atown

Around Town

The Fort Frances Lakers will hold their annual bake sale on Friday, Dec. 14 from 4-8 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre. Baking donation drop-offs welcome after 2 p.m. tomorrow. For pick-up, call 274-7395 or 276-8241.