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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 10, 2018

More sidewalks set to be replaced

News
Duane Hicks

The reconstruction of the sidewalks on the 300 block of Scott Street will take place later this year.

Town council last night awarded the tender to Makkinga Contracting and Equipment Rentals for a total price of $408,434, plus applicable taxes and including a $15,000 contingency.

Fire hazard on the rise

District
From the MNRF

Seven new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Kenora Fire #68, located on an island in Shoal Lake, was a 0.1-hectare lightning start.

It was listed as “under observation” at last report.

Dryden Fire #19, meanwhile, located about 14 km east of the Red Lake Road and south of the CN Rail line, was listed as “being held” at 0.2 hectares.

Local charged over vehicle break-ins

District
From the OPP

From July 4-9 in Fort Frances, many vehicles were entered and property was stolen.

Members of the Rainy River District OPP began investigating the circumstances of each incident.

As a result, a 20-year-old Fort Frances man has been charged with numerous offences, including eight counts of theft under $5,000 and seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

Pride art

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

It was a sunny day to kick off “Pride Week" here yesterday and people of all ages took advantage as they gathered at the new Rainy Lake Square to take part in an open air art studio held by Community Living Fort Frances and District. Ethan and Harley Barnett, along with Emma Barg (right), showed off the flags and ribbon wands they had created in support of "Pride.”

Lego club

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Kix Jewell and Seamus Baxter had a blast constructing their Lego castle during the “Lego Mania” event held yesterday at the Fort Frances Public Library. The Lego sessions are held every Monday starting at 1:30 p.m. from now until Aug. 20, with the exception of Aug. 6 (civic holiday).

Fund earmarked for school repairs axed

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's new Tory government has cancelled a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs this year—a cut that comes as a result of Doug Ford's campaign promise to scrap the province's cap-and-trade system.

School boards were notified on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered.

Canada extends mission in Latvia

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

RIGA, Latvia—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that Canada is extending its NATO commitment in Latvia by another four years—to March, 2023—and will boost the number of troops in the country to 540 from the current 455 in a show of ongoing solidarity with the alliance.

Greyhound Canada pulls out of Prairies, B.C.

National
Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Greyhound Canada, for decades a critical link connecting the country's small towns and isolated communities with bigger urban centres, is pulling away for good in the Prairies, B.C., and Northern Ontario, leaving activists and Indigenous leaders fearing for the health and welfare of those who live in remote locales.

Wildfires raging in northeastern Ontario

National
Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

Ontario has put a large swath of homes on evacuation notice, emptied two provincial parks, and called for help from other provinces as forest fires rage near the Quebec border.

Canadian breastfeeding advocates alarmed by US opposition to UN resolution

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadian breastfeeding advocates say they’re stunned by an especially aggressive U.S. attempt to water down breastfeeding protections at a spring United Nations meeting.

Twins win fifth-straight game

Sports
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Jose Berrios said it feels weird to be described as an all-star after being named to the American League team for the first time in his career.

His pitching last night showed the honour isn't misplaced.

Williams advances to Wimbledon semi-finals

Sports
The Associated Press

LONDON—Seven-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy today.

Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener.

Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer’s new normal

Sports
By Angela Charlton The Associated Press

PARIS — When France’s xenophobic fringes disparage the country’s diverse World Cup team as more African than European, fans say, “So what?” And then respond with a resounding “Allez les Bleus!”

Milky Way teeming with black holes

International
Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The centre of our galaxy is teeming with black holes, sort of like a Times Square for strange super gravity objects, astronomers have discovered.

For decades, scientists theorized that circling in the centre of galaxies, including ours, were lots of stellar black holes—collapsed giant stars where the gravity is so strong even light doesn't get out.

Rangers able to trap big crocodile

International
Rod McGuirk
The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia—Wildlife rangers said today that they had trapped a 4.7-metre-long (15-foot) saltwater crocodile—the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.

Kavanaugh tapped to fill vacancy on U.S. Supreme Court

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly-conservative, politically-connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court ever further to the right.

Entire soccer team safely out from cave

International
The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand—A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a gruelling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world.

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favourite, for Supreme Court

International
By Catherine Lucey
Zeke Miller And Mark Sherman The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court ever further to the right.

Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge

International
By Rod McGuirk THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CANBERRA, Australia — Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.

Ladybug, where have you gone? Aphid fighters tend to roam

Science
By Dean Fosdick The Associated Press

To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centres, and then free them to hunt.

Daring rescue saves all 12 boys, soccer coach from Thai cave

International
By Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright The Associated Press

MAE SAI, Thailand - All 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the Thai navy SEALs said Tuesday, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world.

William, Kate’s third child Prince Louis christened

People
The Associated Press

LONDON — The third child of Prince William and wife Kate was christened Monday at a royal chapel.

The service for Prince Louis was attended by guests including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan.

Louis’s siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, also watched the ceremony at The Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.