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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 21, 2020

Respiratory outbreak declared at Rainycrest

News
Press Release

Riverside Health Care in conjunction with the Northwestern Public Health Unit has declared a Respiratory Outbreak at Rainycrest Long Term Care.

All admissions and social activities at Rainycrest have been cancelled until further notice.

Muskies rout Broncos in finale

Sports
Staff

Captain Jill Calder and Abbie Kenny both scored twice, to pace the Muskie girls' hockey team to a 7-0 rout of the International Falls Broncos last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

With the win, the Muskies swept the annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series, after also claiming the opener by a 5-1 margin on Nov. 23 in the Falls.

Budding artists

Photos

Paint Nite participants, Nancy Hanna, left, and Judy Spicer showed off the scenic masterpieces they created at the Fort Frances Legion Br. 29 on Friday during Paint Nite. The event was well attended and raised $930 for the not-for-profit Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Budding artists

Photos

Paint Nite participants Nancy Hanna, left, and Judy Spicer showed off the scenic masterpieces they created at the Fort Frances Legion Br. 29 on Friday during Paint Nite. The event was well attended and raised $930 for the not-for-profit Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Oecta strike

Photos

Members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) rallied in the Rainy Lake Square in downtown Fort Frances this morning as they engage in a one-day strike. The members were walking the length of the 200 block of Scott St., including in front of Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford's office, to protest the government's changes to education and class sizes.

Finding puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Abbie Kenny looked to corral a puck in front of the International Falls Broncos' goal during the third period of the Muskie girls' hockey team's 7-0 rout in the finale of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series last night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Kenny scored twice to help pace the Muskies to the sweep of their border rivals.

Quebec's refugee sponsoring system must change: minister

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec's immigration minister has acknowledged the province's system to sponsor refugees needs reform after hundreds of people camped out in his department's Montreal offices over the weekend, hoping to claim one of the few available applications.

The government said it would only accept 750 privately-sponsored refugee applications for the entire province.

No surprises' in coming budget: Ford

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford said there will be “no surprises” for Ontario municipalities in his government's spring budget, sounding a conciliatory tone after his government stunned civic leaders with in-year cuts last year.

Three cases of coronavirus ruled out in Canada

National
Camille Bains
The Canadian Press

Three possible cases of a new type of viral pneumonia have been investigated in Canada and ruled out as coronavirus, the country's chief public health officer said yesterday.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, announced plans to hold an emergency meeting to decide whether the illness linked to three deaths in China is an international emergency.

Strikes to close Catholic, public schools

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Catholic schools across Ontario are closed today, as will public high schools and elementary schools in several boards, including the Rainy River District School Board.

The union representing Catholic teachers held a one-day province-wide strike today, while the other two unions are engaged in rotating strikes.

Three cases of coronavirus ruled out in Canada

National
Camille Bains
The Canadian Press

Three possible cases of a new type of viral pneumonia have been investigated in Canada and ruled out as coronavirus, the country's chief public health officer said Monday.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, announced plans to hold an emergency meeting to decide whether the illness linked to three deaths in China is an international emergency.

'Appalling' residential school claim: Angus

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A woman who alleges she was raped at age 15 while being transported to a residential school has had her settlement claim rejected for a fourth time-a case New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says highlights major gaps in the settlement agreement for survivors.

Massive gun rights rally proves peaceful

National
James McCarten
The Canadian Press

RICHMOND, Va.—Tens of thousands of protesters-many decked out in full tactical gear and toting assault-style rifles, others brandishing colonial-era symbols of American liberty-flooded the downtown core of Virginia's capital city yesterday (Jan. 20) in a well-armed show of defiance and force against what they consider a Democratic attack on their right to bear arms.

Boys more likely to die than girls: study

National
The Canadian Press

A new Canadian study shows boys and young men are more likely to die than girls and young women, and they have a greater chance of dying due to injury, particularly from age 14 onwards.

'Appalling' residential school claim: Angus

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A woman who alleges she was raped at age 15 while being transported to a residential school has had her settlement claim rejected for a fourth time-a case New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says highlights major gaps in the settlement agreement for survivors.

MacKinnon reaches 30-goal mark, Avs beat Red Wings

Sports
Pat Graham
The Associated Press

DENVER—Nathan MacKinnon doesn't have to dig too deep to find a reason why he scores so much.

“I shoot a lot of pucks,” the Colorado All-Star forward said.

Shoot, it's really not that easy.

MacKinnon scored twice to reach the 30-goal mark for a third straight season and the Avalanche beat the reeling Detroit Red Wings 6-3 yesterday.

Powell's big fourth leads Raps past Hawks

Sports
Charles Odum
The Associated Press

ATLANTA—Norman Powell says nothing has changed, even though he's in the best streak of his highest-scoring season.

It may feel normal to the Toronto Raptors' sixth man. The results definitely look different.

Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta's late charge to beat the Hawks 122-117 yesterday.

Climate can be cause for asylum

International
The Associated Press

BERLIN — A U.N. human rights panel has ruled for the first time that people fleeing the effects of climate change may be entitled to claim asylum, even as it dismissed an individual plaintiff's case against his deportation from New Zealand.

Chance of flurries tonight

Weather

Tonight will be cloudy with a chance of flurries and a low of -7 C (19 F).

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

Thursday will bring a mix of sun and cloud and see cloudy periods overnight with a high of minus-four (25) and a low of -10 (14).