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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 4, 2018

Public input sought on 2019 town budget

News
Duane Hicks

Want to provide input into the town's 2019 budget? You had better act fast.

As the new town council gets underway with the 2019 budget process, citizens are invited next Monday (Dec. 10) to present their requests to council regarding municipal services and projects they'd like to see supported in the coming year.

Stabbing leads to arrest

District
From the OPP

Yesterday around 1:50 a.m., the Greenstone OPP detachment received a report of a stabbing on the First Nation Territory of Long Lake 58.

Police attended a residence to find a male with multiple stab wounds to his hands and torso.

The victim was transported to hospital to be treated for his wounds.

He was being flown to Thunder Bay for further evaluation.

Taking the oath

Photos
Duane Hicks

Coun. Michael Behan made his declaration of elected office while being sworn in by Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell yesterday evening at the Civic Centre during the inaugural meeting of Fort Frances council for the 2018-22 term. The new council will have its first true meeting next Monday evening, at which time it will hear public input on the 2019 budget.

Premiers want oil on agenda

National
The Canadian Press

Alberta and Saskatchewan want issues facing the oilpatch to be on the agenda when premiers meet with the prime minister later this week.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have made the request in an open letter to Justin Trudeau.

They say the current agenda does not include any discussion of a crisis facing the energy industry.

Community fighting to save horses

National
Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

The deteriorating condition of three sick horses has pitted members of a rural Ontario community against the province's animal welfare agency, and the dispute reached the legislature yesterday.

Cities failing on climate change plans

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

A study suggests most Canadian cities have yet to assess the threat posed by climate change despite being the most exposed to any weather disasters it could cause.

A survey of 63 municipalities of all sizes from coast to coast found major gaps in how most are preparing for coming conditions and in how they are reducing their contribution to the problem.

Half of chinook salmon populations in decline

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Half the country's chinook salmon populations are endangered and most of the rest are in decline, according to a science committee that monitors the health of wildlife populations.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reported yesterday that of Canada's 16 Chinook populations, eight are endangered, four are threatened, and one is considered of special concern.

Van attack trial slated for 2020

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The trial of a man accused of killing 10 people in a van attack in north Toronto has been set for Feb. 3, 2020.

The date was set at a brief hearing for Alek Minassian, who faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with incident on April 23.

York police to publish names of impaired drivers

National
The Canadian Press

A police force north of Toronto says consistently high numbers of impaired driving offences is prompting it to start publishing the names of all those charged.

York regional police say the move comes towards the end of a year that's seen the force lay 1,400 impaired-related charges so far.

More funds for police promised

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is promising more money for police to combat gun and gang violence and says he will audit Canadian jail programs to make sure inmates are ready to rejoin society when their sentences are up.

Scheer released the third and final part of his public-safety policy yesterday.

Tories easily hang on to seat

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Conservatives easily hung onto a long-time Tory fiefdom yesterday, scoring a convincing victory in a federal byelection held in eastern Ontario.

With all polls reporting in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Conservative candidate Michael Barrett, a municipal councillor, had racked up 57.8 percent of the vote.

Rescued bear cub dies in refuge

National
The Canadian Press

TOFINO, B.C.—A British Columbia wildlife refuge says staff are upset and shocked after a bear cub that was rescued near his mother's dead body this spring died unexpectedly in his enclosure.

The bear named “Malcolm” was asphyxiated after getting his head stuck in a small rope handle attached to a plastic buoy, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre said in a statement yesterday.

Alberta cuts help some, hurt some: analysts

Business
By Dan Healing The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Oil production cuts announced by the Alberta government will have the desired outcome of reducing steep price discounts on western Canadian crude, but will also create winners and losers, financial analysts say.

Shares in the companies most likely to benefit from the move to curtail crude production starting Jan. 1 soared Monday as oil price differentials plunged.

Average family to pay $400 more for groceries next year, report estimates

Business
The Canadian Press

An annual report estimates the average Canadian family will pay about $400 more for groceries and roughly $150 more for dining out next year.

The joint report by the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University estimates overall food prices will rise between 1.5 and 3.5 per cent next year.

Oilers end win streak

Sports
The Associated Press

DALLAS—Jamie Benn kept up his scoring binge and helped the Dallas Stars get another win.

Benn scored his fifth goal in six games as the Stars beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 last night.

“Jamie Benn has been phenomenal all year," Stars' coach Jim Montgomery lauded. ”It's getting close to 10 games now that he's winning so many battles.

Wentz leads Eagles over Redskins

Sports
Rob Maaddi
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz was at his best back on the move again.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, and Darren Sproles ran for a score, as the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins last night.

Raptors sunk by woeful night shooting

Sports
Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Raptors were seven seconds away from possibly salvaging a bad game—and potentially capturing their ninth-consecutive victory.

Instead, Nikola Jokic had three free throws in the dying seconds and Toronto's eight-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Jokic, Canadian Jamal Murray, and the Denver Nuggets.

Spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid

International
Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived yesterday at the ancient asteroid Bennu—its first visitor in billions of years.

The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex pulled within 19 km of the diamond-shaped space rock.

It will get even closer in the days ahead and go into orbit around Bennu on Dec. 31.

Boy gets town to end ban on snowball fights

International
The Associated Press

SEVERANCE, Colo.—A nine-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be: his little brother.

Solemn public pays tribute

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The nation's capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol Rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

Not just a fashion statement: Bush’s socks spoke volumes

International
By Jamie Stengle And Nomaan Merchant The Associated Press

HOUSTON — President George H.W. Bush said a lot with socks.

A visit from friend and fellow former president, Bill Clinton, inspired him to wear a pair emblazoned with Clinton’s face. He wore Houston Texans’ socks when meeting with the head coach. At the funeral for his wife, Barbara Bush, he wore socks featuring books as a tribute to her work promoting literacy.

9-year-old gets Colorado town to end ban on snowball fights

Life
The Associated Press AP Member

SEVERANCE, Colo. — A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be ‚Äî his little brother.

NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

Science
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years.

How to transform homey gingerbread into a stately layer cake

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish. Usually it’s a rustic square cake or maybe even an attractive Bundt, but it’s never quite sophisticated enough to serve as the centerpiece holiday dessert.

For a classic meatballs in marinara, turn to the multicooker

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love a bowl of spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara, but stovetop versions are often messy (between the spattering oil from frying the meatballs and the sputtering tomato sauce), and the sauce requires a long simmering time to develop rich, deep flavour.

Old stale bread transforms into croutons that top this soup

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Don’t throw out stale bread. Seriously, don’t. Baguettes, sliced sandwich bread and even loaves of crusty white bread can be recycled into homemade croutons.

Use a chef’s knife to cut the bread into cubes (1/2-inch to 3/4-inch cubes are ideal). Toss the cubes with olive oil and some salt, and then spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet.

Yukon Gold potatoes are the gold standard for this gratin

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Potato gratin is a notoriously heavy side dish, laden with cream and gooey cheese. We wanted to shift the focus of this classic side dish to the potatoes.

Crinkle cookies look pretty but can they taste better?

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Rolled in powdered sugar before baking, chocolate crinkle cookies (often called earthquakes) feature chocolaty fissures that break through the bright white surface during baking. While striking in appearance, these cookies often fall short on taste.

Light snow in forecast

Weather

Light snow is possible tonight, with an overnight low of 10 C (14 F) and west winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will see spotty morning snow showers, with a high of minus-six (21) and low around minus-18 (zero).

Look for west winds gusting up to 17 km/h.