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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 14, 2020

Single-use plastics bylaw approved


A bylaw regulating certain single-use plastic products in Fort Frances was passed unanimously by council at last night's meeting.

The bylaw will prohibit the distribution of single use plastic bags at checkout, prohibit single-use foam food containers for prepared foods such as styrofoam cups or takeout containers, and plastic drinking straws are to be available by request only.

Thunder Bay council declares climate emergency

Press Release

Thunder Bay City Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency yesterday.

The EarthCare Climate Adaptation Working Group, chaired by Aynsley Klassen, asked the EarthCare Advisory Committee of Council to ask City Council to make the declaration. The Advisory Committee agreed, and Councillor Foulds made the motion.

Ready to sweep

Jamie Mountain

Daffni Chabot, left, and Anna Peters got ready to sweep as Ashley Payne prepared to release a shot during the Muskie girls' curling team's 6-3 win over the Rainy River Owls yesterday afternoon during the NorWOSSA qualifier that was held the last two days at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Tory leadership rules could narrow field

Stephanie Levitz
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The clock's now officially ticking down on the race to replace Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, with the release of rules and deadlines for the contest likely to winnow down the field of contenders.

Feds to cut wireless costs by 25%

Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is making clear that cuts to wireless rates it expects from mobile service providers must go above and beyond any price reductions already seen since 2016.

Industry Minister Navdeep Bains says the 25 per cent rate reductions he has been mandated to achieve over the next two years will be measured starting after the Oct. 21 election.

Canadian Jewish and Iranian Groups put federal government on notice

Press Release

OTTAWA-Leaders from Canada's Iranian and Jewish communities have given the federal government 30 days' notice to list Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety as a terrorist organization.

Teachers ramp up job action

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Elementary teachers in Ontario are stepping up their job action yesterday 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.

Dozens gather in Toronto to support protests in Iran

Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Several dozen Iranian-Canadians gathered in Toronto Monday to show solidarity with those in Iran who are protesting their country's government in the wake of the deadly downing of a passenger jet.

The protesters in Toronto want to see regime change in Iran and the installation of a democratic system.

Risk of new virus to Canadians low

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The federal Public Health Agency says it believes Canadians are at low risk of contracting a new type of pneumonia that has killed one person and has made dozens sick in central China, but it has issued a warning to travellers to and from the city of Wuhan.

New recycling technique for old tires

Michael A. Brook
The Canadian Press

Approximately three billion automobile tires were produced worldwide in 2019 alone. Automobile tires are the classic example of a high-volume product derived from non-renewable petroleum resources that is designed for single use; they do not fit the desired paradigm of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Price gets shutout as Habs beat Flames

Kelsey Patterson
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Calgary Flames were determined to build on a very emotional game their last time out. Instead, they came out flat.

The Flames saw their five-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night on Carey Price's 31-save shutout.

The defeat came two days after an intense 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair

Ronald Blum
And Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be next.

More snow tomorrow


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -16 C (3 F).

Tomorrow will see snow beginning near noon and remain partly cloudy overnight with a high of -10 (14) and a low of -23 (nine below).

Thursday will bring a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -18 (zero) and a low of -19 (two below).