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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - January 9, 2020

First baby of new year born

News
Press Release

Weighing eight pounds and fifteen ounces, La Verendrye General Hospital's first baby of 2020 and the new decade has arrived.

Welcome to the world William James Gerber.

Proud parents Micha and Tina Gerber of Alberton greeted their first child at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Contact North releases learning predictions

News
Press Release

THUNDER BAY-Contact North released its ten predictions for online learning in 2020 today, which outlines ten patterns and trends it forecasts to dominate online learning in 2020.

These bold predictions explore topics such as the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide 24/7/365 support to college and university students.

Del Duca releases 'Ontario North' Action Plan details

District
Press Release

THUNDER BAY-Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate Steven Del Duca was joined in Thunder Bay by sitting MPP Michael Gravelle and released the details of his 'Ontario North' action plan.

Overcoming barriers to providing safe opioid prescribing in Northern Ontario

Health & Wellness
Press Release

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has launched a new self-directed, interactive online learning module and community of practice workshops designed to improve the opioid prescribing practices of primary care providers in Northern Ontario.

In 2019, NOSM received $500,000 from Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP).

RR flag raising

Photos

Marlene McNally, left, Rainy River town councillor Pat White and Alzheimer Society client services co-ordinator Mary O'Connor pose with the Alzheimer Society flag ahead of its raising in Rainy River on Monday afternoon. The flag is being raised in recognition of “Alzheimer Awareness Month” in municipalities around the district.

New years baby

Photos

Proud parents, Tina, left, and Micha Gerber shared some smiles from La Verendrye General Hospital after delivering their child, William James Gerber yesterday at 2:30 a.m. William is the first baby to be delivered at the hospital in 2020. -Submitted photo

Town branding

Photos

Chris Fields of Rynic Communications captivated a room of three dozen people during the branding workshop he hosted at La Place Rendez-Vous Tuesday evening. He spoke to attendees about how to effectively brand the town and appeal to those who might consider moving to Fort Frances. A similar workshop was held by Fields at the Copper River Inn on Wednesday morning. -Sam Odrowski photo

Health groups take aim at flavoured vapes

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Two Canadian health advocacy groups launched a public awareness campaign Wednesday taking aim at flavoured vape products, with a pointed advertisement that highlights how the products are marketed to children.

Record Lotto Max jackpot not yet claimed by winner

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Lottery officials say a single ticket sold in Brampton, Ont., has won the record $70-million Lotto Max jackpot.

The winning ticket from Tuesday's draw is the biggest lottery prize ever awarded in Canada.

Officials say the winner has yet to come forward.

In addition to the jackpot, six players in cities across Ontario each won $1 million.

More vigils set for Iran plane crash victims

National
The Canadian Press

Mourners will gather at more candlelight vigils across Canada today to grieve the 176 victims of a plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said 138 of the 176 passengers aboard the Kyiv-bound plane had a connecting flight to Canada.

They included newlyweds, families and academics.

Red-and-white health cards expire July 1

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians will soon have to say goodbye for good to their old, red-and-white health cards.

The Canadian Press has learned the government has set July 1 as the date the cards will no longer be accepted.

It comes more than 25 years after the province first announced those cards would be phased out.

Davis, Ibaka lead Raps past Hornets in OT

Sports
Steve Reed
The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Every now and again, Terence Davis reminds himself that 30 NBA teams passed on him in the 2019 draft.

Yesterday was one of those nights.

Russian track champions battle federation over reform

Sports
The Associated Press

MOSCOW—Russia's leading track and field athletes are in a war of words with their own federation and want more of a voice in the way the sport is run.

They're frustrated with the slow pace of reforms at the federation, which has been suspended since 2015 over doping offences, and voiced those concerns on Thursday.

Vikings' offence has made major progress

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn.—Adam Thielen learned in college the psychological art of pivoting from a bad play, courtesy of a toy toilet the Minnesota State team kept on the sideline during games to flush away negative feelings and leave them in the past.

Libya welcomes calls for truce

International
Noha Elhennawy
THE ASOCIATED PRESS

CAIRO—Libya's United Nations-supported government has welcomed Russian and Turkish calls for a ceasefire in the country's ongoing civil war, though its rivals appeared cool to the intervention and refrained from endorsing the idea Thursday.

UN: South African military plane crash-lands in Congo

International
The Associated Press

GOMA, Congo—A South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said.

Judge won't compel the health system to fund doctor's defence

International
Kantele Franko
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio—A federal judge declined for now to compel a Michigan-based health system to advance legal costs for a doctor's defence against murder charges in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh in Michigan concluded Wednesday it's in the public interest to deny the preliminary injunction sought by William Husel.

UK interest rates could be cut soon, central banker hints

International
Pan Pylas
The Associated Press

LONDON—U.K. interest rates could be cut as soon as this month to shore up an economy that's barely growing even as some Brexit uncertainty has dissipated, the Bank of England's outgoing chief hinted Thursday.

Sudan's PM embarks on peace mission

International
Samy Magdy
The Associated Press

KAUDA, Sudan—Sudan's prime minister, accompanied by United Nations officials, embarked on a peace mission Thursday to a rebel stronghold, in a major step toward government efforts to end the country's long-running civil conflicts.

Clouds clearing into weekend

Weather

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries and a low of -20 C (-4 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and clouds before clearing overnight with a high of -17 (one) and a low of -27 (-17).

Saturday will be sunny and clear with a high of -15 (five) and a low of -20 (four below).

Atown (Jan 9)

Around Town

The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre will be opening its new exhibit “Canada: Day 1,” which tells the story of immigration to Canada, in early January. The museum will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.