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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 15, 2019

Old arena scoreboard up for sale

News
Duane Hicks

Anyone want an old scoreboard?

Town council agreed last night to declare the old '52 Canadians Arena scoreboard that no longer is in use as surplus and endorsed the procedure for its removal and disposal.

Man busted with cocaine

District
From the OPP

On Friday around 11 a.m., Dryden OPP officers conducted a traffic stop as a result of Highway Traffic Act offences on Highway 17 in Southworth Township, east of Dryden.

As a result, police seized eight kg of cocaine with an approximate street value of $800,000.

Foul play suspected in suspicious death

District
From the OPP

The Thunder Bay OPP currently is investigating a suspicious death in which foul play is suspected.

Police received information yesterday that a body was located on the shoulder of Highway 527 just north of the Highway 11/17 junction.

Career planning

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Grade 8 students at St. Francis School participated in an activity where they had to decide which attributes employers desire most when hiring a new employee during a session with the Northern Community Development Services communications and outreach co-ordinator yesterday morning. The session is part of the organization's “Career Planning Series” for Grade 7 and 8 students at St. Francis.

Curling qualifier

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Katrina Slomke, left, and Andrea Schram got ready to sweep a rock down the ice after Jillian Cousineau released her shot during the Muskie girls' curling team's win over the Rainy River Owls during the NorWOSSA qualifier yesterday afternoon at the Fort France Curling Club. The black-and-gold went a perfect 4-0 over the two-day event.

Ford to fight for GM plant workers: Dias

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

The head of the union representing workers at a General Motors plant slated for closure said Premier Doug Ford offered assurances yesterday that he would pressure the automaker to change its plans for the facility in Oshawa, Ont.

Bid to speed up hearing rejected

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—An Ontario court yesterday rejected a request to speed up a hearing into whether it should order an ombudsman investigation into the appointment of a friend of the premier's to the job of top cop.

OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair has asked Ontario's Divisional Court to force a probe into the hiring of Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner as the new OPP commissioner.

RCMP to review pipeline blockade arrests

National
Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

SURREY, B.C.—The RCMP will review the actions of officers who arrested 14 people at an indigenous pipeline blockade in northwestern British Columbia, and also erect a temporary detachment to maintain safety in the area.

Curlers to switch up

Sports
The Canadian Press

Kaitlyn Lawes playing third for Rachel Homan, Ben Hebert throwing lead stones for U.S. skip John Shuster, and Sweden's Niklas Edin calling games with Scotland's Jennifer Dodds as his vice all are possible scenarios in this year's Continental Cup of Curling.

Serena cruises in Australian Open return

Sports
Howard Fendrich
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia—This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left.

In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant, and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September, Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round today.

Avalanche put thumping on sloppy Leafs

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Maple Leafs talked ahead of last night's game about how matching a reeling opponent's desperation level would be crucial.

They didn't come close.

Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff futility

Sports
Dave Skretta
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago—a sparkle in his eyes and a broad smile hiding underneath his bushy, red moustache.

He just had been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after a mostly successful 14-year run highlighted by a Super Bowl appearance, and by all accounts he should have been weary and beaten.

Saints' defence optimistic it can hold up

Sports
Brett Martel
The Associated Press

METAIRIE, La.—Saints' third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata planned to spend today—the players' usual day off—performing some extra conditioning work at club headquarters.

He is among a trio of defensive linemen likely headed for more snaps against one of the best offences in the NFL this Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

UK lawmakers prepare to deliver verdict on EU divorce deal

International
By Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka The Associated Press

LONDON — British lawmakers were preparing to deliver their verdict on Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday after more than two years of political upheaval.

Bitter cold snap on tap

Weather

Skies will clear tonight, with an overnight low of minus-23 C (nine below zero F) and north-northwest winds gusting up to 30 km/h.

Tomorrow will see increasing cloudiness, with a high of minus-15 (five) and low around minus-22 (seven below).

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