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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 5, 2016

New digs

Photos
Heather Latter

Stylists Natalie Armstrong, left, and Alicia Anderson, along with owner Erin Wood, welcomed clients to Simplicity Professional Hair and Body Care this morning at its new location at 261 Scott St.

GSA club to receive nod

News
Staff

The Robert Moore School GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club will receive the Recognition of Excellence at the Rainy River District School Board’s regular meeting tonight.

A report to trustees notes a GSA club is a proven, evidence-based strategy that supports student health and wellness.

Woman still missing

District
From the OPP

The Pickle Lake OPP continues to search for a missing woman from there.

The OPP is seeking the assistance of the public in locating her.

Charnelle Masakeyash, 26, is a First Nation female described as 5’7” and 130 pounds, with a medium build, straight, shoulder-length black hair (usually worn in a pony-tail), and brown eyes.

She was reported missing on Sunday, Nov. 8.

It’s a girl

District
Press Release

The local New Year’s baby for 2016 is a girl!

She was born on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 8:55 a.m. at La Verendrye Hospital, weighing in at nine pounds, five oz.

Proud mom is Shawna Jones.

The baby had not been named as of press time.

Each year, gifts and gift baskets are provided for the New Year’s baby by local merchants.

Laker earns award

Sports
Staff

If the Fort Frances Lakers keep getting this kind of offensive production from the back end, they will have their defencemen putting on shooting clinics for the forwards.

Beaudry fails to advance

Sports
Staff

Hailey Beaudry’s crew couldn’t turn late-night excitement into early-morning rewards.

The Fort Frances skip and her rink of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry were dumped 10-2 in six ends by Tiana Gaudry (Thunder Bay) in the second tie-breaker at the junior women’s provincial curling championship in Sioux Lookout this morning.

Feds must meet digital demands

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s advisers are warning that the federal government needs to do a better job of connecting with Canadians—especially online—in order to keep pace with ever-evolving public expectations.

Obama unveils gun plan

National
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—A visibly-emotional President Barack Obama, at one point wiping tears from his cheek, today unveiled his plan to tighten control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass.

Obama accused the gun lobby of taking Congress hostage, but said “they cannot hold America hostage.”

Girl dangles from lift

National
The Canadian Press

FORT QU’APPELLE, Sask.—A mishap on a chair lift at a Saskatchewan ski hill left a seven-year-old dangling from the restraining bar by her helmet.

Don Williams, of Mission Ridge Winter Park in Fort Qu’Appelle, said it happened Thursday afternoon when the little girl slipped between the restraining bar and the front edge of her seat.

Dozens of racehorses die in fire

National
The Canadian Press

PUSLINCH, Ont.—A massive fire that gutted a barn and killed more than 40 racehorses inside has caused one of the most financially and emotionally devastating losses to rock the community, the local fire chief said today.

Young crash victim succumbs to injuries

National
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—A woman is facing impaired driving charges following a crash outside Saskatoon that killed a couple and their two young children.

RCMP said yesterday that the last family member in the accident—a five-year-old girl who had been taken to hospital with serious injuries—did not survive.

Activists oppose nuclear rebuild

National
Keith Leslie
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Environmentalists want the Ontario government to abandon plans for a $13-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station east of Toronto and instead import more electricity from Quebec.

South Dakota regulators again approve portion of Keystone XL pipeline

Business
The Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. Regulators in South Dakota have again approved the portion of the embattled Keystone XL oil pipeline that would go through the state.

The Public Utilities Commission’s decision Tuesday still requires TransCanada Corp. to get a presidential permit for the project.

IIHF hoping to see more tickets sold in Montreal

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

HELSINKI—The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation says lowering ticket prices and boosting the number of French-speaking players on Canada’s roster could help improve attendance at the 2017 world junior championship in Montreal.

“It’s a big city,” Rene Fasel told a news conference today, the final day of the 2016 tournament.

Raptors dumped by Cavaliers

Sports
Steve Herrick
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND—Here’s more bad news for opponents of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving is back.

Playing his sixth game since returning from a broken left kneecap, Irving scored a season-high 25 points as Cleveland dumped the Toronto Raptors 122-100 last night.

Senators win in OT

Sports
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS­—Bobby Ryan helped the Ottawa Senators end both their scoring drought and their losing streak.

Ryan scored twice, including the game-winner at 2:33 of overtime, to help the Senators rally from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night.

“Huge win,” said Ottawa coach Dave Cameron. “Huge win.

Driverless taxi on South Korean campus offers glimpse into future of automated mass transport

Technology
By Youkyung Lee The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of A South Korean university is testing a sedan that can pick up and transport passengers without a human driver, giving a glimpse into the future of autonomous public transport.

Faraday reveals sleek, sporty concept car in Vegas

Technology
The Associated Press

The automotive future according to a new electric car maker looks an awful lot like a Corvette crossed with the Batmobile.

California-based Faraday Futures debuted its sleek electric concept racecar Monday night during the annual CES show that focuses on consumer gadgets and has increasingly become a way for carmakers to show off their latest technological feats.

Elephant seal from Northern California traffic standoff gives birth to pup

International
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO The 900-pound elephant seal that tied up traffic in Northern California last week has given birth.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1JpfAyW ) Monday that the birth happened Saturday, five days after the elephant seal first tried to cross a busy highway near Sears Point in Sonoma County.

US treads warily amid Iran-Saudi tensions

International
By Matthew Lee The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Concerned that inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia may threaten key foreign policy objectives in Iraq and Syria, among other places, the Obama administration toed a careful line Monday in seeking to calm a diplomatic storm that many fear could lead the longtime regional rivals to direct sectarian conflict.

Obama moves ahead on plans to require background checks for more gun sales

International
By Josh Lederman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama moved Monday to expand background checks to cover more guns sold at gun shows, online and anywhere else, aiming to curb a scourge of gun violence despite unyielding opposition to new gun laws in Congress.

African boy mauled by chimps to undergo facial surgery in NY

International
By Michael Balsamo The Associated Press

STONY BROOK, N.Y. Dunia Sibomana was considered the lucky one two years ago when a group of chimpanzees jumped from the trees and attacked him and two other boys as they played near a preserve in their native Democratic Republic of the Congo.