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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 23, 2020

Rickford talks teachers strike

News
Staff

Kenora-Rainy River MPP, Greg Rickford issued a statement yesterday regarding the teachers strike.

“While parents in Kenora-Rainy River are frustrated by teacher union escalation every few years, it is unacceptable that union leaders would ramp up strike action and make families across the province scramble for childcare,” Rickford said.

Indigenous overincarceration hits record high

News
Press Release

The proportion of Indigenous people behind bars has hit a record high, according to new figures from Dr. Ivan Zinger, the Correctional Investigator of Canada.

Indigenous people are five percent of Canada's population, but they make up a shocking 30 per cent of inmates in federal custody, an increase from 25 percent only four years ago.

Police ask public to help locate a missing person

District
From Treaty Three Police

Treaty Three Police Service is asking for assistance in locating a male from the First Nation Territory of Couchiching in the Rainy River District.

30 year old Chauncey Lyle GROVER was last seen in Couchiching First Nation on Jan. 18, 2020 at approximately 9:00 a.m. He was last seen wearing a multicoloured toque, a long black jacket, blue jeans and black hi-top running shoes.

OPP review road safety

District
From the OPP

Road safety is every road user's responsibility.

OPP releases data on snowmobile deaths

District
From the OPP

With Snowmobile Safety Week underway this week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released a ten-year data report on snowmobile fatalities, which officers hope will encourage snowmobilers to avoid the recurring behaviours that contributed to the majority of the incidents over the past decade.

Baby time

Photos

The Fort Frances Public Library's Sam Manty, front right, led a group of moms and babies through fun songs and actions during the Library's weekly “Baby Time” this morning. Baby Time runs each Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and features a number of stories, rhymes and songs to help keep babies smiling and active. -Ken Kellar photo

Rotating strikes continue

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The union representing Ontario's public elementary teachers will hold another one-day strike today to ramp up pressure on the government during tense contract talks.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says the latest job action will happen today at the Avon Maitland, Halton, Niagara, and Lakehead school boards.

Prison service eyes needs of black offenders

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's prison service is working to better understand the needs of black offenders, a community whose overrepresentation in federal custody is second only to Indigenous people's.

Ont. company fined over death

National
The Canadian Press

WINDSOR, Ont.—A concrete manufacturer in Windsor, Ont., has been fined $175,000 for a workplace incident that killed one employee and injured another.

The Ministry of Labour says the fine was imposed Monday under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after Prestressed Systems Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to adequately protect a worker.

Ontario asked to tax vapes

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A national health advocacy group says higher taxes on vaping products in Ontario would combat rising use among teenagers and create a revenue stream to tackle the costs of addiction.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has asked Premier Doug Ford's government to include a tax hike between 20 and 30 per cent in its spring budget.

Coronavirus risk low in Canada, federal health minister says

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says several people in Canada are being monitored for signs they may have contracted a coronavirus from China.

Hajdu says five or six people, including at least one in Quebec and another in Vancouver, are under observation but stresses the risk to Canadians remains low.

She says there are no confirmed cases in Canada yet.

Trudeau tells MPs to play nice

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is telling his caucus to play nice as Liberal MPs meet today before the House of Commons resumes sitting again next week.

Trudeau says Canadians sent their elected officials a clear message to do better and they have to take that seriously.

Bjorkstrand leads Blue Jackets past Jets

Sports
Mitch Stacy
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Columbus Blue Jackets roll into their long winter break after six weeks of solid play and a season-high six-game win streak.

Afghan officials: Taliban kill officer; bomb kills 2 troops

International
The Associated Press

KABUL—The Taliban ambushed and killed an Afghan intelligence official in southern Helmand province as he was walking home from work while a roadside bombing in the country's north killed a military commander and his bodyguard, officials said today.

Mild weekend in store

Weather

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a low of -12 C (10 F).

Tomorrow will see a chance of flurries during the day with cloudy periods overnight and a high of minus-four (25) with a low of -11 (12).

Saturday will have a mix of sun and cloud with cloudy periods overnight and a high of minus-three (27) with a low of minus-nine (16).

Atown (Jan 23)

Around Town

Seniors Bingo will be returning to the Fort Frances Senior Centre this Friday, Jan. 24. Games will run on Fridays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for the next eight weeks.