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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 30, 2019

Serving dinner

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Volunteers served up plates with all the fixin's to people who turned out to the Christmas Dinner held at Knox United Church from noon until 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. The event also continued the tradition of sending out meals on wheels to those who were unable to attend the dinner in person.

- Ken Kellar photo

Snowblower

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Fort Frances has seen a lot of snow over the last day, making it the perfect time to break out the snowblower if you haven't already. Meteorologists were calling for between 10 and 20 centimetres yesterday, and with another two to five centimetres expected today, it might be a good idea to keep those machines handy.

- Amanda Caron photo

Put human touch on online services, feds told

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — An annual review of how well the government interacts with Canadians as they access federal benefits suggests more people would turn to online channels, if there was a human around to help them out.

The report found that nearly half of people who could use online services would be convinced to make the switch, if they had help by phone, an online chat or a video link.

Toronto woman remembered as trans advocate

National
Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Friends are remembering a Toronto woman who was killed on Sunday as an outspoken advocate for transgender rights and a strong voice against the violence that impacts her community.

Julie Berman, 51, died on Sunday after an alleged assault at a residence in the city's downtown.

RCMP eyed Cold War candid camera scheme

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — RCMP intelligence officials devised a secret Cold War plan to use a hidden briefcase camera to photograph Communists and Soviet Bloc personnel travelling through Toronto's airport, declassified records show.

LifeLabs facing proposed class action over data breach affecting up to 15M clients

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against medical services company LifeLabs over a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of up to 15 million customers.

Police search for suspects in theft of 130 pigs

National
The Canadian Press

SOUTH WEST OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Ont. — Provincial police are searching for suspects after 130 pigs were allegedly stolen from a farm in southwestern Ontario.

Investigators say the theft allegedly happened in November, but wasn’t reported to them until Boxing Day.

Mounties eyed Cold War candid camera scheme, declassified documents show

National
By Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — RCMP intelligence officials devised a secret Cold War plan to use a hidden briefcase camera to photograph Communists and Soviet Bloc personnel travelling through Toronto’s airport, declassified records show.

LifeLabs facing proposed class action over data breach

Business
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against medical services company LifeLabs over a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of up to 15 million customers.

’Tough year’ for measles and other infectious diseases in US

Health & Wellness
By Mike Stobbe The Associated Press

NEW YORK — This year, the germs roared back.

Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased.

And that was just the United States.

Blues beat Jets for 8th straight win

Sports
David Solomon
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday for their season-best eighth straight victory.

Lafreniere won't play against Germany, but world junior status is up in the air

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere's knee injury will keep him out of Canada's next game at the world junior hockey championship, but the star winger hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

The 18-year-old was helped off the ice early in the second period of his team's embarrassing 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday after twisting his left knee on an awkward fall.

Freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury wins top male athlete of the year honours

Sports
Marc Delbes
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Mikael Kingsbury is truly a dominant force.

Kingsbury has nine wins in 11 World Cup starts the past two years. And the native of Deux Montagnes, Que., whose career average surpasses one victory for every two events (63 wins in 114 starts), shows no signs of slowing down.

Canada's Veleno suspended for next game of juniors

Sports
The Canadian Press

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canadian forward Joe Veleno was suspended for one game of the world junior championship on Sunday by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Veleno is being punished for an incident in the second period of Canada's 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday.

Canada’s Veleno suspended for next game of juniors

Sports
The Canadian Press

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canadian forward Joe Veleno was suspended for one game of the world junior championship on Sunday by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Veleno is being punished for an incident in the second period of Canada’s 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday.

Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Jets for 8th straight win

Sports
By David Solomon The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz scored twice and Jordan Binnington made 25 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday for their season-best eighth straight victory.

Bears edge Vikings 21-19 on Pineiro FG with 10 seconds left

Sports
By Dave Campbell The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Eddy Pineiro’s fourth field goal of the game for Chicago came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory over Minnesota on Sunday with the Vikings resting their regulars for the playoffs.

Lafreniere won’t play against Germany, but world junior status is up in the air

Sports
By Joshua Clipperton The Canadian Press

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere’s knee injury will keep him out of Canada’s next game at the world junior hockey championship, but the star winger hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

The 18-year-old was helped off the ice early in the second period of his team’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday after twisting his left knee on an awkward fall.

Canada thumped by Russia, lose star Alexis Lafreniere to injury at world juniors

Sports
By Joshua Clipperton The Canadian Press

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canada was embarrassed 6-0 by Russia and also lost star winger Alexis Lafreniere to an apparent knee injury on a disastrous night for one of the tournament favourites at the world junior hockey championship Saturday.

Freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury wins top male athlete of the year honours

People
By Marc Delbes The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Mikael Kingsbury is truly a dominant force.

Kingsbury has nine wins in 11 World Cup starts the past two years. And the native of Deux Montagnes, Que., whose career average surpasses one victory for every two events (63 wins in 114 starts), shows no signs of slowing down.

'Tough year' for measles and other infectious diseases in US

Lifestyles
Mike Stobbe
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — This year, the germs roared back.

Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased.

And that was just the United States.

More snow tonight

Weather

Tonight will see periods of snow with up to 4 cm of accumulation and a low of -14 C (7 F).

Tomorrow will be mainly sunny with cloudy periods overnight, bringing a high of minus-eight (18) and a low of -13 (nine).

New Year's Day will be cloudy with a chance of flurries overnight and a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-four (25).