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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 10, 2019

Sponsors sought for 'Project Petunia' again

News
Press Release

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. once again is seeking donors for “Project Petunia.”

“Project Petunia” is an initiative to beautify Fort Frances in the spring and summer months by hanging baskets of petunias along King's Highway.

Baskets can be purchased by individuals, businesses, or community groups, and can be sponsored in memory of loved ones.

Working smoke alarms save lives

District
Submitted by
Tyler Moffitt
Fire Chief/CEMC

The year-end provincial statistics for fire fatalities are in—and the number of fire deaths in Ontario is extremely heartbreaking.

Sadly, 101 people lost their lives to fire; many of these deaths involved children … so many years of potential life lost!

As well, many of these deaths were completely preventable.

Norskies hold off Lakers

Sports
Staff

A Jake Eischen power-play goal with just under six minutes to go proved to be the game-winner as the Thief River Falls Norskies held off a late Fort Frances Lakers' rally in a 5-3 win last night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The Norskies came out strong, grabbing a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Alec Severson and Tate Steffan.

Eagles soar past Muskies

Sports
Staff

It's a game the Muskies girls' hockey team will like to put behind them quickly.

The Dryden Eagles exploded for four goals in the second period and never looked back in a 7-1 rout of Fort High on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie teams take three from Broncos

Sports
Staff

Three of the four Muskie court teams came away victorious Tuesday afternoon in NorWOSSA action against the host Kenora Broncos.

Both the junior and senior girls' volleyball squads claimed their matches in four sets to improve their league records to an identical 5-0.

Falling over

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tatum Glowasky was knocked to the ice from behind during the third period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 7-1 loss to the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

'Nerd Night'

Photos
Submitted

A group of local teens played the popular role-playing game, “Dungeons & Dragons," yesterday evening during "Nerd Night" in the Shaw Community Hub at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. "Nerd Night" runs each Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Block attempt

Photos
of Ryan Stelter/Kenora Daily Miner and News

Jamie Spencer and Pasquel Shortreed looked to combine for a block during the Muskie senior girls' volleyball team's 3-1 win over the host Kenora Broncos on Tuesday afternoon. The black-and-gold improved to a NorWOSSA-best 5-0 with the win.

Indigenous people voice anger at PM's 'town hall'

National
Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Indigenous people yesterday voiced their anger and frustration with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a chaotic town hall in Kamloops, B.C., loudly interrupting him to condemn the arrests of protesters at a pipeline blockade.

Trudeau calls three Feb. 25 byelections

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The relevance of the NDP in an election year will be put to the test next month in federal byelections called yesterday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau set Feb. 25 as the date for byelections in the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, Montreal's Outremont, and B.C.'s Burnaby South—where NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons.

Fedeli serves libel notice over book

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A Toronto-based publisher says Ontario's finance minister is pursuing legal action against Patrick Brown over allegations made in a tell-all book by the former Progressive Conservative leader.

Brison chooses not to seek re-election

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Scott Brison is quitting a political career he loves to spend more time with a cherished family that politics made possible.

After 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, initially as a Progressive Conservative MP before jumping to the Liberals in 2003, Brison told The Canadian Press it's time for a change.

Court hears sex-ed curriculum challenge

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario elementary teachers have taken the government to court over the province's sex-ed curriculum in part because of a warning to educators that came along with it, their lawyer said yesterday.

Workers protest GM closure

National
The Canadian Press

OSHAWA, Ont.—Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont. staged a second work-stoppage after the company confirmed it would not reconsider plans to close the facility.

Unifor said the protest yesterday morning lasted close to two hours before it ended, and followed about a five-hour sit-down at the plant the evening before.

Feds announce new rules for drones

National
Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal government is working with security agencies and airports to develop measures to prevent drones from flying into space reserved for aircraft, Transport minister Marc Garneau said yesterday as he announced new regulations for drone operators.

Legal weed price much higher than illicit: report

Business
Armina Ligaya
The Canadian Press

A legal gram of cannabis in Canada costs nearly 50 percent more than illicit pot, according to a new analysis of price quotes compiled by Statistics Canada.

The average price of a legal gram of medical or non-medical weed during the fourth quarter last year was $9.70, compared to the black market price of $6.51, the Ottawa-based agency said yesterday.

Seniors sharing Facebook fakery more

Business
Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Sharing false information on Facebook is old.

People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates, and super liberals during the 2016 U.S. election season, a new study found.

Central bank holds interest rate steady

Business
Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada is holding interest rates steady as the economy navigates a temporary period of softness created by the sharp drop in oil prices, governor Stephen Poloz said yesterday.

Legal weed price 49% higher than illicit: report

Business
By Armina Ligaya The Canadian Press

A legal gram of cannabis in Canada costs nearly 50 per cent more than illicit pot, according to a new analysis of price quotes compiled by Statistics Canada.

The average price of a legal gram of medical or non-medical weed during the fourth quarter last year was $9.70, compared to the black market price of $6.51, the Ottawa-based agency said on Wednesday.

Scientists seek ways to finally take a real measure of pain

Health & Wellness
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8?

Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia.

Flames keep rolling along

Sports
Darren Haynes
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Ageless Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano continued his fine season last night.

The 35-year-old had three assists as the Flames kept on rolling with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Giordano has 43 points (six goals, 37 assists) in 43 games, which ties him for third in points among NHL defencemen.

Spieth looking at fresh start--and continuation

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

HONOLULU—Jordan Spieth showed up in Hawaii three years ago hopeful that a new year would be more of a continuation than a fresh start.

Back then, he was coming off two majors, five victories, the FedEx Cup, and he was No. 1 in the world.

He's in a different spot at the Sony Open this year.

Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

Life
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sharing false information on Facebook is old.

People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season, a new study finds.

U.S. cancer death rate hits 25-year milestone

Lifestyles
Mike Stobbe
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: it's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.

Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.

Sunny skies for weekend

Weather

It will be cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-12 C (10 F) and southeast winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will see increasing cloudiness, with a high of minus-six (21) and low again around minus-12 (10).

Expect east winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

The Muskie girls' hockey team will host the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora today (Jan. 10) at 7 p.m. at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids 12 and under, with those under five being free.