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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 31, 2019

CFOB staffers ratify deal

News
Press Release

Unifor Local 324 members at Acadia Broadcasting's CFOB (“The Border”) radio station in Fort Frances voted 80 percent in favour of ratifying a new four-year collective agreement yesterday.

“Unifor members at Acadia Broadcasting were very pleased with the monetary gains and key language improvements achieved in this new contract,” said Unifor national representative Stephen Boon.

Fire safety being urged

News
Duane Hicks

With Borderland in a deep freeze for about a week now, residents are doing what they can to stay warm and deal with cold-weather problems such as frozen pipes.

But after responding to two fires since Saturday, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to keep fire safety in mind.

Family centre open 24/7

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Family Centre has been running 24 hours a day since Saturday in response to the bitterly cold weather the area has been experiencing of late.

The centre, located at 272 Scott St., usually runs from noon-4 p.m. but decided to open around the clock to help people get out of the cold and warm up.

Exams affected by cold

News
Staff

This week's bitter cold snap has impacted exams at Fort High after buses were cancelled both yesterday and again today.

Fort High has remained open and those students with transportation to the school had the option to still write exams at their originally-scheduled time.

Kenora pair busted over illegal pot

District
From the OPP

On Tuesday, members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team of the OPP, along with members of the North West Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, executed a search warrant at a local business identified as Winnipeg River Naturals located on Highway 17E in Kenora.

Dryden woman charged

District
From the OPP

On Monday at 11:15 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP, with the assistance of the Community Street Crime Unit, conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act infraction here in Fort Frances.

As a result, a 29-year-old female from Dryden was arrested at the scene and transported to the Fort Frances detachment.

Power outage in district

District
Staff

More than 2,200 Hydro One customers in the west end of Rainy River District lost power this morning.

The outage began around 7 a.m., with a Hydro One crew being dispatched to investigate.

Power was restored by 9:40 a.m.

Hydro One said the reason for interruption was equipment material failure due to the extreme cold.

Curlers off to tough start

Sports
Staff

It's been a tough start to the men's and women's provincials in Nipigon for the Trevor Bonot, Hailey Beaudry, and Jenna Enge rinks.

All three lost their opening games yesterday to get behind the eight ball early.

Lakers split at 'Showcase'

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers earned a split in their games at the SIJHL's annual “Showcase” held at the Hoyt Lakes Arena.

Fort Frances was blanked 3-0 by the red-hot Thunder Bay North Stars in its opener Tuesday afternoon, but then rebounded with a 7-3 win over the host Minnesota Iron Rangers last night.

Puppet show

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Chad Solomon performed his “Adventures of Rabbit & Bear Paws" puppet show for a large group of children and their families yesterday evening at the Fort Frances Public Library. Brought in by the "Friends of the Library,” Solomon created an interactive experience, with a few lucky children picked to play some of the animals in the show.

Minority government wins key byelection

National
The Canadian Press

NANAIMO, B.C.—The New Democrats won a crucial provincial byelection in British Columbia yesterday that allows Premier John Horgan's minority government to maintain its grip on power after facing a spirited campaign from the Opposition Liberals.

With the win, the NDP has 41 seats in the legislature and continues to hold power with the support of three Green Party members in the house.

Crown wants 10 years for truck driver in crash

National
Chris Purdy
Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

MELFORT, Sask.—A Crown prosecutor says a truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos' bus crash should serve 10 years in prison.

Thomas Healey has told a sentencing hearing in Melfort, Sask. that the horrific and unprecedented collision calls for a lengthy sentence.

Future of full-day kindergarten uncertain

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford isn't guaranteeing that full-day kindergarten will continue beyond the next school year.

The program was introduced by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and was fully rolled out in 2014.

It saves families thousands of dollars a year in child care costs but it costs the government $1.5 billion a year.

Feds paid 'sticker price' for pipeline

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion.

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.

About 1,000 patients in hospital halls: report

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—On any given day, at least 1,000 people are being treated in Ontario hospital hallways, according to the special adviser on health care, who says “tough decisions” will be required to fix the problem.

The first report from Dr. Rueben Devlin and the premier's council on improving health care says hallway medicine is a significant problem in Ontario.

Will robots take your job?

Business
Matt O'Brien
The Associated Press

Robots aren't replacing everyone but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.

Resolute shares drop more than 10 per cent after earnings release

Business
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Shares of Resolute Forest Products Inc. are down more than 10 per cent in mid-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the company released fourth quarter results.

Synthetic cartilage implants called ‘game-changer’ for arthritis of big toe

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — They’re hardly the most glamorous parts of the human anatomy, but the big toes take the brunt of a lifetime of walking and other weight-bearing activities, often making these lowly appendages prone to painful osteoarthritis.

Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

Penguins ride early outburst to win

Sports
Will Graves
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH—After a baffling loss to a last-place team and with a visit from the NHL's best club looming, the Pittsburgh Penguins called a players-only meeting on Tuesday in an effort to clear the air.

“We needed an answer,” defenceman Kris Letang said.

For a night, they found one.

'Wolves pull out overtime victory

Sports
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Foul trouble forced Karl-Anthony Towns to watch much of the first three quarters from the bench.

Luckily for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the star centre was available—and in the right spot—in overtime.

Towns hit a buzzer-beating desperation shot in overtime to lift Minnesota over the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97 last night.

Woodland out to make more memories

Sports
John Marshall
The Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Gary Woodland walked through the tunnel to the Phoenix Open's 16th hole—the par-three with an atmosphere more like a football game than a golf tournament.

Waiting for him was a young lady in a purple shirt with some game of her own.

Patriots put ‘72 Dolphins in their sights in different way

Sports
By Eddie Pells The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Yes, it’s time for another story about the Patriots trying to accomplish something nobody has done since the 1972 Dolphins.

But not THAT story.

Patriots put '72 Dolphins in sights for other reason

International
Eddie Pells
The Associated Press

ATLANTA—Yes, it's time for another story about the Patriots trying to accomplish something nobody has done since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

But not THAT story.

Who’s the daddy? Surprise in Swiss orangutan paternity test

Life
The Associated Press

BERLIN — A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday that the test shows 5-month-old Padma wasn’t fathered by the male in her enclosure.

Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered great apes are part of a breeding program.

Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown

Life
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.

Now they’re not going anywhere.

China must treat detained Canadians fairly: NATO chief

International
The Canadian Press The Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania — NATO’s chief is calling on China to treat two Canadians detained in the country “fairly and with due process.”

In his first public comments about the case, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that he was following their case “with concern.”

Babies in bilingual homes more attentive: study

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — A study says babies exposed to more than one language in the home are more attentive than infants who hear only a single language.

Researchers at Toronto’s York University say this advantage in attention can start as early as six months of age and could set the stage for lifelong cognitive benefits.

Milder weather in store

Weather

It will be partly cloudy and cold tonight, with an overnight low of minus-24 C (11 below zero F) and south-southeast winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Tomorrow will see light snow in the afternoon, with a high of minus-10 (14) and low around minus-14 (seven).

Look for south winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

The Muskie boys' hockey team will host the International Falls Broncos in exhibition action today (Jan. 31) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. The team also will honour the memory of Barney Maher and salute the contributions of Bob Miller. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for students, with those under 12 being free (season tickets apply).