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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 17, 2019

Members showing solidarity

Press Release

Members of Branch 26 of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), who work for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in Northern Ontario, are standing with their American counterparts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), who currently are furloughed.

Chamber sets date for expo


Plans are underway for the Business & Community Expo 2019, which is set for April 27-28 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

The event, sponsored by Tbaytel, will be held at the curling club for a fourth year.

“It's been a great location for us,” enthused Jennifer Soderholm, executive director of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.

Legion Ladies' Auxiliary welcomes new member

Submitted by
Barb Everett

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Jan. 9, with 24 members in attendance.

The meeting was brought to order at 7 p.m. by president Alfreda Easton.

Minutes from the Dec. 12 general meeting and the Jan. 2 executive meeting were read and approved.

An initiation and welcome to Janet Fedoruk as a new member.

Wrong deadline for voting


In an article in yesterday's Times regarding applications for musicians to play at the Rainy Lake Square later this year, the Rainy River Future Development Corp. gave the wrong deadline for voting.

The public voting on musicians will begin Feb. 15 and end March 1, not April 9.

The Times regrets any inconvenience this may have caused.

Backus starts arts education program

Press Release

The Backus Community Center in International Falls is excited to announce its newly-established 2019 Arts Education Program.

This compilation of trainings will focus on increasing the number of art-centered learning experiences offered by the community center.

Lions still unbeaten in men's hoops play


The first slate of games in the new year saw stellar play by a few guys, and some tough games for others, in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.

Opening the night was a battle between the BDO Ballerz and the Muskies.

Muskie teams sweep Eagles


The good times continue to roll for the Muskie court sport teams as all four squads came away with wins against the visiting Dryden Eagles on Tuesday afternoon.

Both the junior and senior girls' volleyball teams improved their NorWOSSA records to a league-best 6-0.

Lakers lose to Ice Dogs in lengthy shootout


Tyler Browning's goal in the 10th round of the shootout was the difference last night as the Dryden GM Ice Dogs escaped with a 5-4 win over the visiting Fort Frances Lakers.

Evan Walls opened the scoring for Dryden (16-12-3-1) just over six minutes into the first period before Isaac Baron tied it just past the 11-minute mark.

Muskie girls nab third-straight win


Issy Taylor scored a hat trick to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to an 8-1 rout of the host Kenora Broncos on Tuesday afternoon for their third-straight win.

Taylor, Ellayna Kabel, and Martina Woods all bulged the twine within the first 10 minutes of the first period as the Muskies (5-5-0-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

New west-end business

Duane Hicks

The drive-thru oil change facility is up at the future site of the Great Canadian Oil Change at King's Highway (just west of Boston Pizza). The businesses will sit vacant until its utilities (electricity, gas, sewer, and water) are installed in the spring, after which time it will be open for business.

Spiking Eagles

Jamie Mountain

Greta Fedoruk looked to spike the ball over the outstretched arms of a Dryden Eagles' opponent during the Muskie junior girls' volleyball team's 3-1 win Tuesday afternoon at Fort High. The first-place Muskies had a perfect 6-0 record in NorWOSSA play heading into this afternoon's match against the visiting Kenora Broncos, with the outcome not known as of press time.

'Wellness Day'

Sam Odrowski

Early Learning students at St. Francis School worked together to make wellness posters during the school's “Wellness Day” yesterday. The whole school participated and the event ran all day, with each class cycling through various wellness activities such as yoga, hand drumming, meditation, and medicine teachings.

Morneau optimistic about economy

The Canadian Press

SHERBROOKE, Que.—Finance minister Bill Morneau yesterday painted a rosy picture of Canada's economic future, despite diplomatic and political upheavals around the world that could disrupt global trade and impede growth just as this country prepares to head to the polls in October.

Abducted Canadian man found dead in Burkina Faso

The Canadian Press

Canadian officials are condemning the killers of a Canadian mining company executive whose bullet-riddled body has been found in Burkina Faso.

Kirk Woodman, a Halifax man who worked for Vancouver-based Progress Minerals Inc., was found dead yesterday in Oudalan province, an official with the west African country's Ministry of Security said today.

More than half of food wasted

Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

More than half the food produced in Canada is wasted and the average kitchen tosses out hundreds of dollars worth of edibles every year, says a study researchers are calling the first of its kind.

“It's a lot of food,” said Lori Nikkel of Second Harvest, the Toronto-based group working to reduce food waste that commissioned the study.

“We waste more food than we consume.”

Province reviewing 82 municipalities

Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is reviewing 82 municipalities—a move that raises the possibility of amalgamations and comes not long after the Progressive Conservative government slashed the size of Toronto's city council nearly in half.

Death ruled a homicide

The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—Provincial police say a man whose body was found on the shoulder of a highway near Thunder Bay now is believed to be a homicide victim.

Investigators found the body on Sunday and initially ruled the man's death as suspicious.

They've identified the man as a 21-year-old from the Greater Toronto Area but did not share his name.

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

The Associated Press AP Member

SEATTLE — Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region’s widening affordability gap.

Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet

Health & Wellness

NEW YORK — A hamburger a week, but no more ‚Äî that’s about as much red meat people should eat to do what’s best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world’s diet.

Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should be about a serving a day, or less.

Gurley, Anderson form a dynamic rushing tandem

Greg Beacham
The Associated Press

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Todd Gurley never had a true running partner during his first four regular seasons with the L.A. Rams.

The superstar running back took most of the carries and grinded out most of the tough yards while his back-ups played only sparingly.

Pats prepping for anything in rematch

Kyle Hightower
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—In their first meeting with Kansas City, the Patriots had quarterback Patrick Mahomes figured out—at least for a half.

Oilers able to edge Canucks in shootout

Gemma Karstens-Smith
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Ken Hitchcock wants Edmonton Oilers' fans to brace for a wild ride.

Edmonton's head coach thinks games will get tighter through the second half of the NHL season and look more like the intense action that saw the Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout last night.

Raonic, Shapovalov advance at Aussie Open

The Canadian Press

MELBOURNE, Australia—Canada's Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov both have advanced to the third round of the Australian Open.

The 16th-seeded Raonic either was one or two points from dropping each of the sets he eventually grabbed on the way to edging Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5).

Irving leads Celtics past Raptors

Jimmy Golen
The Associated Press

BOSTON—Kyrie Irving said he regretted criticizing his younger teammates, then he made a call to a former teammate he also owed an apology.

The Celtics' point guard said he called LeBron James over the weekend to apologize for failing to understand the burden the four-time NBA MVP carried when they played together on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose makes '19 debut with top ranking

The Associated Press

LA QUINTA, Calif.—The timing couldn't be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic.

Rose played so much golf toward the end of last year that he wasn't quite ready to fly from his home in the Bahamas to Hawaii to start 2019 against a winners-only field at Kapalua.

Instead, he decided to start at the Desert Classic, an event he has not played since 2010.

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

By Kelvin Chan The Associated Press

LONDON — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news.

The social media company said it took action after finding two networks “that engaged in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its Facebook and Instagram platforms.

Wine experts diverge based on origin: study

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new study suggests it's the origins of the wine expert—not just the wine—that can impact perceptions of wine quality.

Researchers at Concordia University say they noted striking differences when they examined the opinions of wine experts from B.C.'s Okanagan Valley and those from Montreal.

World in need of new diet: experts

Candice Choi
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—A hamburger a week but no more—that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.

Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should be about a serving a day—or less.

Bitter cold in forecast


Look for increasing cloudiness tonight, with an overnight low of minus-26 C (15 below zero F) and west-northwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.

Tomorrow will see gradual clearing, with a high of just minus-22 (seven below) and low around minus-28 (18 below).

Expect north-northwest winds gusting up to 13 km/h.


Around Town

The “Fibre Arts Festival,” a juried show featuring the work of local fibre artists, will be on display in the small gallery upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum starting soon.