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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 3, 2019

New Year's baby born

News
Press Release

La Verendrye General Hospital here welcomed its first baby of 2019 late on New Year's Day.

Proud parents Madisyn Degagne and Derek Morrison of Fort Frances greeted a 7 lb., 1 oz. baby boy at 10:53 p.m.

The new baby and his family, which includes older brothers Bennett, Chayton, and Zaiden, enjoyed gifts and gift baskets from local businesses and organizations.

Trillium funding takes hit

News
Press Release

The Ontario government has withdrawn a promised $15 million to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)—money the foundation would have granted out to community projects this winter.

Milk Calendars available online

District
Staff

A new year means a new calendar.

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario's Milk Calendar, which for years had been available to Ontario residents as an insert in the Fort Frances Times and other newspapers, will not be distributed that way this year.

But there's still a way for fans of the popular calendar to get their hands on it.

New owner

Photos
Duane Hicks

Nick Beyak is settling in as the new owner of Fort Frances GM (formerly Jim MacDonald Motors). Beyak, who also owns Sunset Country Ford here and Dryden GM, officially assumed ownership as of yesterday. Beyak's late father, Tony, sold Causeway Pontiac GMC to Jim MacDonald in August, 2000 when the Beyak family moved to Dryden to buy the GM dealership there.

Trip draw

Photos
Staff

Jill Howarth, left, and Robin Wright read out the winning ticket in the Fort Frances Kiwanis Club's “Trip of the Month” draw for January yesterday morning at International Travel Services. Ed and Colleen Wiersema of here will be heading to France—a trip valued at $4,500. Next month's trip is an Alaskan cruise valued at $5,000.

Feds hope overhaul will help to solve infrastructure woes

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs.

Fourth federal riding has fallen vacant

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to call byelections in three federal ridings within days and now he has a fourth vacant riding he may choose to fill at the same time.

Sheila Malcolmson officially has resigned as the New Democrat MP for the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

Gender pay gap widest among CEOs

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new report on the country's highest-paid CEOs is adding evidence to the argument that women face a “double-pane glass ceiling” at the top of Canada's corporate ladder—first in getting to the executive suite and, once there, earning as much as their male counterparts.

Climate change melting Canada's glaciers

National
Hina Alam
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history—threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say.

David Hik, an ecology professor at Simon Fraser University, said the region is one of the hotspots for warming and the magnitude of change in the glaciers is dramatic.

Scheer warning of big carbon tax hike

National
The Canadian Press

REGINA—Conservative leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that's going to take effect only will climb.

“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do,” Scheer said during a New Year's Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.

Feds looking to grow job-training programs

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal Liberals want to widen the reach of the country's job-training programs after senior officials heard warnings that Canada has been spending about half what comparable countries do on efforts to keep their workers employable.

Consider making some pardons automatic: MPs

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A panel of MPs wants the federal government to look at making criminal pardons automatic for some offenders who have served their sentences.

The House of Commons public safety committee also suggests lowering the $631 fee for a pardon and simplifying the often-complex process for applicants.

OSPCA laws struck down as unconstitutional

National
The Canadian Press

An Ontario judge has found some of the enforcement powers held by the province's animal welfare agency to be unconstitutional and says the government must re-write related laws to remedy the situation.

Syncrude fined over heron deaths

National
The Canadian Press

FORT McMURRAY, Alta.—Syncrude has pleaded guilty and been fined more than $2.7 million in the deaths of 31 great blue herons at one of its oilsands mines north of Fort McMurray.

Push on to prevent bin deaths

National
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—At least seven Canadians have died after getting stuck in clothing donation bins and the latest fatality has prompted an advocate to call for the “death traps” to be immediately fixed or removed.

A 34-year-old man was found lodged in a bin in West Vancouver on Sunday—the fifth person in the province to die the same way since 2015.

Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

Business
By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.

Lord & Taylor flagship store locks its doors forever

Business
By Verena Dobnik The Associated Press

NEW YORK — After 104 years, Lord & Taylor’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue locked its doors forever.

The venerable department store famed for its animated holiday windows closed down Wednesday afternoon, ending a blowout sale that left whole floors empty. By the end, clothes that once sold for as much as $100 were going for $5.99, and $600 designer shoes for $99.

Bears look to keep rolling in playoffs

Sports
Andrew Seligman
The Associated Press

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—The Chicago Bears are rolling into their first playoff appearance in eight years, with nine wins in 10 games and their sights set on a bigger prize after capturing the NFC North.

“This is where it gets real,” coach Matt Nagy said Monday.

Rookie sparks Canucks to win versus Senators

Sports
Lisa Wallace
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Elias Pettersson thought this was a pretty good day.

The Vancouver Canucks' rookie scored his third goal of the night in overtime to lead the Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators yesterday after learning earlier in the day that he would represent the Pacific Division at the upcoming NHL all-star game.

Finland ousts Canada from tournament

Sports
Gemma Karstens-Smith
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—It wasn't just Canada's junior hockey team that was devastated last night—it was the entire country, says defenceman Ian Mitchell.

The defending champs were ousted from the world junior hockey championship after a dramatic 2-1 overtime loss to Finland.

Luck has the Colts back on track

Sports
Michael Marot
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck spent last January just like the previous two—watching playoff games from afar and hoping for a chance to return.

This weekend he's officially back.

Rare god temple uncovered

International
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY—Mexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse.

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said yesterday the find was made during recent excavations of Popoloca Indian ruins in Puebla state.

Icy object beyond Pluto resembles reddish snowman

International
Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

LAUREL, Md.—A NASA spacecraft four billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures yesterday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman.

Craft lands on 'dark' side of moon

International
The Associated Press

BEIJING—China's burgeoning space program achieved a first today: a landing on the so-called “dark” side of the moon.

Three nations—the United States, the former Soviet Union, and more recently China—have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is the first-ever on the far side.

Several words make 'banished' list

International
Jeff Karoub
The Associated Press

DETROIT—No collusion! (Or at least a lot less of it).

That's according to a Michigan school's latest “List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use, and General Uselessness.”

Mexico finds Flayed god temple; priests wore skins of dead

Life
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse.

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said Wednesday the find was made during recent excavations of Popoloca Indian ruins in Puebla state.

NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman

Science
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

LAUREL, Md. — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman.

China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

Science
By Ken Moritsugu The Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon.

Three nations the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China — have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is the first-ever on the far side.

China lands spacecraft on ‘dark’ side of moon in world first

Science
By Ken Moritsugu The Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s burgeoning space program achieved a first on Thursday: a landing on the so-called dark side of the moon.

Three nations the United States, the former Soviet Union and more recently China — have sent spacecraft to the near side of the moon, which faces Earth, but this landing is the first-ever on the far side.

Warming trend in forecast

Weather

It will be partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-six C (21 F) and west-southwest winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny and mild, with a high of zero (32) and low again around minus-six (21).

Look for light southwest winds.

Cloudy skies are forecast for Saturday, along with a high of minus-two (35) and low around minus-13 (eight).

Atown

Around Town

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society is meeting today (Jan. 3) at 7 p.m. at the Emo Curling Club to discuss a proposal to sell a lot of land to Emo Township. Interested members of the fair board are invited to attend.