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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 20, 2020

Multiple local stirkes set this week

News
Staff

All students in the Rainy River District will be impacted by strikes this week.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario will be undertaking one-day strike actions in response to stalled negotiations with the provincial government.

Lakehead researcher lands $448k in funding

District
Press Release

A Lakehead University researcher and Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute scientist was awarded $448,800 from the Canadian Cancer Society to continue research into a new method of diagnosing breast cancer that may detect lesions earlier than current methods.

Muskie ski team shines in Kenora

Sports
Staff

It was another job well done for the Muskie Nordic skiing team at the NorWOSSA championships held in Kenora on Friday.

The six-member contingent that Fort High sent all put in solid performances yet again at the Mount Evergreen Ski Club trails.

Emma Toriseva nabbed a silver in the junior girls' division while her sister, Tori, did the same in the senior girls' race.

Muskie court teams sweep Broncos

Sports
Staff

All four Muskie court sports teams were able to garner wins over the visiting Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action on Thursday afternoon.

In girls' volleyball action, the seniors improved to a league-best 5-0 with a 2-0 win over the Broncos.

The set scores were 25-11 and 25-12. Fort High also won the third exhibition set by a 25-10 count.

Beadwork

Photos

Allison Cox, left, held up the early work from her beaded mitten project at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre's workshop on Thursday. A similar event is being held again this Thursday (Jan. 23) from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historical centre.

-Submitted photo

Skating it in

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Aelise Lucas-Engberg skated the puck over the offensive blueline and looked to get the Emo Express Green's offence going during the second period of Emo's 4-0 loss to the International Falls Squirts in the 'B' final of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association's annual Atom 'A' tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Jump shot

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Brennan Jourdain got up in a hurry as he fired a jumpshot over the arms of his Kenora Broncos' defenders during the second half of the Muskie junior boys' basketball team's 46-38 win in NorWOSSA 'AA' action on Thursday afternoon at Fort High. Jourdain scored a team-high nine points to help the Muskies improve to 4-1 in league play.

Province consults on bear hunting

National
From the MNRF

PETERBOROUGH—The Ontario government is taking steps to ensure a healthy and sustainable black bear population while supporting small businesses and jobs in northern and central Ontario.

On Friday, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the start of government's consultation on a proposal to move to a regular annual spring black bear hunting season.

Trudeau meets with Manitoba's premier

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet today with the least hostile of conservative Prairie premiers, Manitoba's Brian Pallister.

The tete-a-tete comes on the second day of a three-day federal cabinet retreat, being held in Winnipeg as part of a bid to reach out to a region that spurned Trudeau's Liberals in the Oct. 21 election.

Canada pressuring Iran to get black boxes

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Canada is keeping up the pressure on Iran to involve outside experts in the investigation into downed Ukrainian jetliner PS752, amid signs that Iran is balking at turning over the flight data recorders.

Ontario's investing $200 million in rural communities

National
Press Release

PARRY SOUND—On Friday, Premier Doug Ford and Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, announced a $200 million investment this year through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to help 424 small, rural and northern communities build and repair critical local infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

Huawaei exec's extradition hearing goes ahead today

National
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER-A court hearing begins today in Vancouver over the American request to extradite an executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou in 2018 fractured relations between Canada and China.

Canada-China committee formed

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new special parliamentary committee created to examine Canada's fraught relationship with China will hold its first meeting today in Ottawa.

The committee's creation was the result of a Conservative motion passed in December, thanks to support from other opposition parties in the minority Parliament.

Firefighter charged in on-duty crash, injuring 11-year-old

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A Toronto firefighter has been charged with careless driving, police said Friday, more than a month after an 11-year-old girl was hit by a fire truck in the city's midtown area.

The truck had its lights and siren on and was responding to an emergency call when the incident took place on Dec. 16, police said.

Djokovic loses Australian Open set in first round

Sports
Howard Fendrich
THE ASSOICATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia—Novak Djokovic did something he hadn't in 14 years: He dropped a set in a first-round match at the Australian Open.

That didn't bother him, though. He actually looked upon the challenge he faced Monday night under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena as a good thing.

Mahomes helps lead Chiefs to Super Bowl

Sports
Barry Wilner
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl since 1970.

Two police officers dead after shooting in Hawaii on Sunday

International
Caleb Jones
The Associated Press

HONOLULU—Hawaii's governor says two police officers have died after a shooting in Honolulu on Sunday.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that officers had responded to an assault call when they encountered a male with a firearm, who then opened fire, striking two officers.

Warmer temperatures on the way

Weather

Tonight will bring a few clouds with a low of -14 C (7 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and cloud during the day with a chance of flurries overnight bringing a high of minus-five (23) and a low of minus-eight (18).

Wednesday will see a continued chance of flurries throughout the day and remain cloudy overnight with a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-nine (16).