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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 7, 2019

Volunteer Bureau to be a warming centre

News
Duane Hicks

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, located in the old CN station on Fourth Street West here, soon will be able to be used as a warming centre.

Late last month, the Fort Frances Homeless Committee had requested use of the East End Hall as a temporary pop-up shelter through April.

Since then, however, town staff determined it was not a suitable location for such a use.

Unifor members at Norbord get bonus

News
Press Release

After securing solid contract gains last spring, about 140 Unifor members at Norbord in Barwick now are seeing big profit-sharing cheques to kick off 2019.

Gift shop to add new kits

News
Submitted by
Janet Lambert

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive held its first meeting of the New Year on Feb. 5 in the hospital boardroom.

Judy Webster reported the auxiliary continues to volunteer in the Continuing Care Unit. Several new auxiliary members have come on board and are assisting with the programs being offered to residents there.

Muskie girls romp over Broncos

Sports
Staff

Tatum Glowasky and Issy Taylor each notched hat tricks to help pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 10-0 rout of the Kenora Broncos on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The pair also recorded two assists apiece as part of a five-point night while birthday girl Jill Calder scored twice and added a helper as the Muskies improved to 6-6-0-1 in NorWOSSA play.

Miners dump Lakers

Sports
Staff

Bryce Young recorded his fifth hat trick of the season as part of a six-goal barrage in the second period to help the Red Lake Miners to a 7-3 win over the Fort Frances Lakers on Tuesday night at the Cochenour Arena.

The Lakers started strong as they opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the game on Isaac Baron's 10th goal of the season.

Breakaway chance

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jill Calder found some open ice and looked to fire a shot past Kenora Broncos' goalie Trista Boulette during the first period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 10-0 romp Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

'Poppins' performance

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Two students from Sturgeon Creek School gave a small preview of what can be expected for their upcoming production of “Mary Poppins" during the Rainy River District School Board's regular monthly board meeting held Tuesday night at the Education Centre here.

Ukulele lesson

Photos
Duane Hicks

Jim Curtis taught youths the basics of playing the ukulele yesterday during the first session of the new “Music Lessons in the Library" series at the Fort Frances Public Library. The five-week ukulele program is for kids aged nine-12. Registration is now closed but if you're interested in being put on a wait list for possible future ukulele lessons for kids or adults, contact the library.

Youth mental illness costing economy

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A new report suggests parents who miss work to help children suffering from anxiety cost the Ontario economy $421 million a year.

The report, released yesterday by Children's Mental Health Ontario, looked at data collected in 2017.

Colleague mourns derailment victims

National
Lauren Krugel
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A veteran Canadian Pacific Railway engineer says railroaders are supporting each other after a derailment in the Rocky Mountains earlier this week claimed three of their own.

“All the people I work with are incredible professionals, and we take care of each other and watch each other,” Carl Schnurr of Calgary said yesterday.

Province overhauls its autism program

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is overhauling its autism program in an attempt to clear a waiting list of 23,000 children, but families and advocates say that backlog will be eliminated at the expense of the amount and quality of treatment.

Ice retreat means extreme weather

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Greenland and Antarctica are a long distance away but newly-released research suggests the accelerating disappearance of their ice caps will have a major—and underestimated—effect on extreme weather in Canada.

Former NDP MP dies

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Paul Dewar, a teacher and union leader from Ottawa who became the New Democratic Party's foreign affairs critic, died yesterday after contending with brain cancer for a year.

Wildfire smoke like a 'chemical soup'

National
Hina Alam
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Inhaling smoke from a wildfire can be equal to smoking a couple of packs of cigarettes a day depending on its thickness, says a researcher studying wildfires in Western Canada.

Cold weather cuts electric car range

Business
Tom Krisher
The Associated Press

DETROIT—Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, though not nearly as much as the cold.

The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.

Preventing heart disease protects brain: report

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Researchers have found much deeper links between cardiovascular disease and the risk of cognitive impairment than were previously known, strengthening the message to Canadians that taking steps to prevent heart disease and stroke also protects the brain.

Preventing heart disease protects brain: report

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Researchers have found much deeper links between cardiovascular disease and the risk of cognitive impairment than were previously known, strengthening the message to Canadians that taking steps to prevent heart disease and stroke also protects the brain.

Leafs pull out win after blowing lead

Sports
Neil Davidson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The fans left happy after a back-and-forth game Mike Babcock deemed “way too entertaining for the coach.”

And his team won.

Trailing 2-1, the Maple Leafs scored three goals in four minutes late in the second period last night to pull ahead of the Ottawa Senators.

Pebble Beach no U.S. Open preview

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.—Only four American courses have hosted a PGA Tour event and a major championship in the same year—a concept that USGA chief executive Mike Davis does not consider to be ideal.

One big exception is Pebble Beach.

“I think this is great,” Davis said yesterday as he walked down the 16th fairway.

“Because this is nothing like it will be [in] June.”

Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40 per cent

Technology
By Tom Krisher The Associated Press

DETROIT — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 per cent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.

Preventing heart disease also protects brain: report

Lifestyles
Sheryl Ubelacker
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Researchers have found much deeper links between cardiovascular disease and the risk of cognitive impairment than previously were known, strengthening the message to Canadians that taking steps to prevent heart disease and stroke also protects the brain.

Frigid weekend in forecast

Weather

More light snow is possible tonight, with an overnight low of minus-24 C (11 below zero F) and north-northwest winds gusting up to 24 km/h.

Tomorrow will see clearing but frigid conditions, with a high of just minus-18 (zero) and low around minus-26 (15 below).

Look for west-northwest winds gusting up to 22 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

“Tour de Fort” presents Calum Graham and Don Ross today (Feb. 7) at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 7 p.m.) The event is open to passport-holders but a limited number of tickets will be available at the theatre box office for $35 each.