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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 19, 2018

Chamber unveils lineup of 'Quest' singers

News
Staff

Participants are lined up and ready for this year's “Quest for the Best,” which will be held tomorrow night under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

This year's competition includes a pair of “surprise” tunes, two duets, and an original song.

The 20-contestant lineup includes:

Fire hazard on rise right across region

District
From the MNRF

New fire starts continue to emerge in the Kenora and Red Lake districts of the Northwest Region, where forest fire hazard conditions are “extreme” in areas.

There were 13 new fires in all confirmed in the region by late yesterday afternoon.

Lock your vehicles: OPP

District
From the OPP

The Atikokan OPP has been responding to several calls for service involving mischief and thefts of opportunity from vehicles.

In the majority of instances, vehicles that are left unlocked are targeted and smaller items of value, including change in the cup-holder, is being taken.

There are a few ways to ensure you are not a victim of this crime of opportunity:

Lakers ink pair

Sports
Staff

Fort Frances Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan wanted to make it a priority to add more local talent to the roster this off-season in order to generate more interest in the team from the community.

FFCBC launch (2018)

Photos
Jamie Mountain

The duo of John Balaski and Chad Budde hit the water early this morning as part of the first flight launch that kicked off the 24th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship which runs today through Saturday. Balaski and Budde are one of 94 teams vying for the $20,000 first-place prize this year. Weigh-ins being at 3:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow, and then at 3 p.m.

Boosted child benefit misses indigenous kids

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Thousands of indigenous families living on-reserve will miss out on a boost to the federal Liberals' signature child benefit that government MPs planned to tout at dozens of events today.

Future of Winnipeg intersection may go to vote

National
Steve Lambert
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—For decades, Winnipeg residents have debated the idea of allowing pedestrians to once again cross a downtown intersection many consider iconic.

This fall, they may be able to vote on it.

'Bathroom bears' returned to wild

National
The Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta.—Three cubs found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park have been returned to the wild.

The black bears, now yearlings, were found in April, 2017 and sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario.

Officials with Parks Canada said the three sisters were released in the Banff backcountry on Tuesday.

Ontario has no plan to fight climate change: McKenna

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The federal environment minister yesterday expressed disappointment that Ontario did not seem to have a plan to fight climate change, a conclusion she said she reached after her first meeting with her provincial counterpart.

Feds to tackle Greyhound's western pullout

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Facing pressure from rural communities and opposition MPs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he's asked Transport minister Marc Garneau to find solutions to Greyhound Canada's decision to pull its buses from the Prairies, B.C., and Northern Ontario.

Feds out to boost historic sites visits

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Sunny ways? Not so much at Sir Wilfrid Laurier's historic home.

The small structure north of Montreal has seen a sharp decline in attendance—to 623 visitors in 2016 from about 2,600 in 2011.

Police forced to kill cougar

National
The Canadian Press

NANAIMO, B.C.—Mounties in Nanaimo, B.C. shot and killed a cougar that has been spotted prowling in the area for weeks.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said they received numerous reports of a cougar roaming the docks and fish-cleaning station around the Nanaimo Yacht Club early yesterday.

U.S. Open champ off to a rough start

National
The Associated Press

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland—Tiger Woods was the last player to win the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same year back in 2000.

At this rate, that doesn't look to change.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is spending way too much time in all the wrong places.

Trudeau unveils pre-election cabinet

National
Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet in a shuffle designed to showcase new faces and to address increasingly troublesome files—from border security to trade promotion to the potential for bare-knuckle scraps with the provinces.

Sex-ed consultations to be widespread

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—People across Ontario will be consulted before a new sex-education curriculum is drafted, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns over his government's controversial decision to scrap the updated lesson plan.

Raptors trade DeRozan to Spurs

Sports
Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—DeMar DeRozan was unlike many of the franchise players who came before him with the Toronto Raptors.

For years, Canada's lone NBA franchise was jilted by stars who eventually either wanted out or declined to put down long-term roots.

Not DeRozan, who once famously said, “I am Toronto.”

Bombers looking to move past loss

Sports
Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Paul LaPolice had something important to say to Andrew Harris.

After Tuesday's practice, the Blue Bombers' offensive co-ordinator told reporters about a conversation he had with the star running back after Saturday night's 20-17 loss to the B.C. Lions.

“At the three-yard line, I should have gotten you one of those two touches,'” LaPolice said of his words to Harris.

'Iceman' shows signs of a well-balanced last meal

International
Emiliano Rodriguez Mega
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Talk about a paleo diet. Scientists have uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps.

The stomach contents of the corpse, widely known as “Oetzi the Iceman,” offer a snapshot of what ancient Europeans ate more than five millennia ago, researchers said.

Lyme disease study released

Lifestyles
Cassandra Szklarski
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Research for the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program found 81 percent of Lyme disease cases involving kids and youth over a three-year study period were in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

Atown

Around Town

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship starts today (July 19) under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Today and tomorrow's weigh-in get underway at 3:30 p.m., with the final one starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.