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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 13, 2020

Northern Ontario policy paper unveiled

News
Press Release

In the latest in a series of detailed policy papers, MPP and Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Michael Coteau unveiled a thorough plan to focus on Northern Ontario's representation at Queen's Park in order to better address goals around environmental protection, job creation and improving public services.

Correction

News

In Wednesday's edition of the Times, the full obituary for Rebecca Ann Sweigard accidentally cut off the final line of text for condolences.

Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

The Times apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Council to vote on single use plastics ban

News
Staff

At tonight's meeting council will vote on a single use plastics by-law that was brought forward by Coun. Douglas Judson in November of last year.

Owner of Scott Street business, Ink Spotz Apparel, Scott Kreinke-Turvey will give a presentation regarding single use plastics prior to council's vote on the bylaw, which has been amended and recommended for approval by the town's staff.

Muskie skiers fare well in season-opener

Sports
Staff

It was a great start to the season for the Muskie Nordic skiing team on Friday here.

Members of the black-and-gold put in some solid performances at the Muskie Invitational, which was the NorWOSSA season-opener, and was held at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails on Rocky Inlet.

Muskies split with Eagles

Sports
Staff

The Muskie court sports teams faced some mixed results against the host Dryden Eagles on Thursday afternoon and came away with a split in their NorWOSSA league games.

The senior boys' basketball team improved to a league-best 4-0 with a decisive 61-35 win over the Eagles.

Muskie boys shine at tourney in Winnipeg

Sports
Staff

It was a successful weekend for the Muskie boys' hockey team as the squad came away with the 'B'-side title at the annual Piper Classic Tournament of Champions in Winnipeg.

The Muskies opened Pool 'D' play on Friday morning with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Shaftesbury Titans.

Rickford announcement

Photos

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford visited council chambers on Thursday to announce $65,000 for the Town of Fort Frances so they can create redevelopment plans for the Shevlin Wood Yard and Nurses Station which were formerly owned by Resolute Forest Products. -Sam Odrowski photo

Study reveals wildfires are changing the boreal forest

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The increasing frequency of wildfires in Canada's boreal forest may be permanently changing one of the largest intact ecosystems left on Earth, research suggests.

“We feel pretty confident these effects will persist,” said Ellen Whitman, a forest ecologist at Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta.

Teachers ramp up job action

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Elementary teachers in Ontario are stepping up their job action today with a new phase of their work-to-rule campaign.

Teachers won't be supervising extra-curricular activities outside regular school hours, participating in field trips, or participating in assemblies, except to supervise students.

Ontario tackling trades shortage

National
Press Release

TORONTO—The Government of Ontario is taking action to attract more people to the skilled trades and employers to hire more apprentices. The province is facing a serious labour shortage which has the potential to get progressively worse. On any given day tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled and many of those are in the skilled trades.

Chiefs rally from 24-0 hole to beat Texans

Sports
Dave Skretta
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Patrick Mahomes stalked up and down the sideline like a field marshal rallying his troops, the brilliant young quarterback imploring the Kansas City Chiefs to stay together even as the Houston Texans were on the verge of taking them apart.

The Chiefs already faced a 24-0 hole, bigger than any deficit they had overcome in franchise history.

DeRozan leads Spurs past Raps

Sports
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Pascal Siakam was mid-sentence, speaking to the media in Toronto's post-game locker-room last night, when DeMar DeRozan rushed in and wrapped Siakam in a big bear hug.

US troops clear rubble from Iraq base after Iran strike

International
Qassim Abdul-Zahra
And Ali Abdul-Hassan
The Associated Press

AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq—U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq today, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

Paul Massey among Canadian Oscar nods

Life
Victoria Ahearn
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Animator Dean DeBlois, sound engineer Paul Massey, production designer Dennis Gassner, and filmmaker Meryam Joobeur will be among those representing Canada at this year's Oscars.

DeBlois, who hails from Aylmer, Que., got a nod for best animated feature this morning for “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which he wrote and directed.

More snow on the way

Weather

Tonight will be snowy with a low of -9 C (16 F).

Tomorrow will see more snow turning to flurries overnight with a high of minus-five (23) and a low of -16 (three).

Wednesday will bring a mix of sun and clouds with cloudy periods overnight and a high of -10 (14) with a low of -21 (six below).