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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 26, 2018

More people running

News
Staff

With one day left to file for the Oct. 22 municipal election, yet more district residents have stepped forward to run as school board trustees and for spots on their respective municipal councils.

In Fort Frances, Michael Graham and Raymond Roy recently filed their paperwork to run as Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) trustees.

Four new fires sparked in region

News
From the MNRF

There were four new fires in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Nipigon fire #47 is a 0.2 hectare lightning caused fire located approximately 77 kilometres east of the far north community of Webequie. The fire is currently “not under control.”

Nipigon fire #48 is a 30 ha. fire located approximately 152 km north of Geraldton. The fire is “not under control.”

Beavers ground T-Birdies

Sports
Staff

After rolling to a league-best 14-1 record in the regular season, the Northwest Bay Beavers kept that momentum going in its first Rainy River District Women's Fastball League playoff action of the year.

Darcy Smith pitched brilliantly to pace the Beavers to a 22-2 rout of the ninth-ranked Manitou T-Birdies last night.

3D printing

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Maggie Le Mesurier instructed a 3D printing workshop yesterday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, which taught participants the basics of 3D printing. Those who complete the 3D orientation workshop can then use the 3D printer to create small objects such as whistles and dice, so larger, more complicated designs. The FFPLTC will be holding a 3D printing presentation on Aug.

EARS open house

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Kim Jo Bliss of the Emo Agricultural Research Centre showed open house attendees all the different varieties of crops growing there yesterday evening. Demonstration plots of soybeans, canola, wheat, hops, and other crops were shown to those who attended the open house.

Soccer showdown

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Connor Nelson of Manitou Forest Products circled back with the ball and surveyed his options while teammate Mark Faragher gave him some directions during their squad's 2-2 tie with Centra Pipelines in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last night at the St. Francis Sports Field. It was the first tie between the two squads this season.

Head-on collision

Photos

Fort Frances Mud Dogs' pitcher Jodie Hood took the worst of a run-scoring collision between her and Dana Ward of the Fort Frances Her-ricanes in a Rainy River District Women's Fastball League playoff matchup last night at VanJura. The fourth-seeded Her-ricanes won the game by a 17-2 margin over the fifth-seeded Mud Dogs to advance to the next round of the winner's side of the bracket.

Coding camp

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

The Science North “Bluecoats" were back in town yesterday and this time they brought something new and exciting: robots! The "Robots en Route" workshop, hosted by the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, showed the group of kids on hand a basic form of designing, building, and programming robotics using an "ez-robot" builder platform.

Restraining public wage growth a challenge for new gov't

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's fiscal watchdog warned yesterday that restraining wage growth in the public sector will be a challenge for the new Progressive Conservative government, which has vowed to find billions in “efficiencies” without job cuts.

Habitat of rare bird protected

National
The Canadian Press

NAPANEE, Ont.—The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it's expanding a conservation area in eastern Ontario to help protect an endangered songbird rarer than the panda.

The non-profit conservation group has purchased 31 hectares of key eastern loggerhead shrike habitat north of Napanee, Ont.

Oilsands could acidify area size of Germany

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

The largest and most precise study yet done on acid emissions from Alberta's oilsands suggests they could eventually damage an area almost the size of Germany.

The study finds that in 2013 more than 330,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan absorbed acid deposits high enough to eventually damage life in rivers and lakes.

Mutated strains of HIV circulating in Sask.: study

National
The Canadian Press

AMSTERDAM—Mutated strains of HIV circulating in Saskatchewan are leading to faster-developing AIDS-related illnesses in the Indigenous population, new research has shown.

Mental health funds to go to police: gov't

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government says part of the $1.9 billion it has earmarked for mental health over the next decade will go to police to help first responders deal with mental health issues and to offer de-escalation training.

Bellegarde re-elected as AFN national chief

National
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Perry Bellegarde has reclaimed his seat as national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, in an election that also saw his challengers accuse the federal government of interference.

Bellegarde won 328 of the 522 votes in a second ballot, giving him just over the 60 percent needed to be elected as leader for a second term.

AG to examine fighter-jet 'capability gap'

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—New documents show Canada's auditor general plans to dive into one of the Trudeau government's most contentious claims: that the country is facing a severe shortage of fighter jets.

Johnson excited to play in 'home town'

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Dustin Johnson pulled on the Edmonton Oilers jersey with “Gretzky 99” on the back, lined up his shot, and drove over the water and on to the green at No. 7 on Glen Abbey Golf Course.

American through-and-through, the RBC Canadian Open is Johnson's home tournament by marriage, with future father-in-law Wayne Gretzky growing up in nearby Brantford, Ont.

Oh traded to Rockies

Sports
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Blue Jays have traded reliever Seunghwan Oh to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger, outfielder Forrest Wall and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Adams to start for Als, Manziel backs up

Sports
Bill Beacon
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Vernon Adams may be the starting quarterback when the Montreal Alouettes face the Edmonton Eskimos, but he knows he's only keeping the seat warm for Johnny Football.

Adams, the last Montreal starter to put together back-to-back wins in 2016, will be behind centre when the Alouettes (1-4) face the Eskimos (3-2) tonight at Percival Molson Stadium.

Twins use 6-run 11th inning to down Blue Jays

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Blue Jays were confident they could end their six-game home stand with a win yesterday afternoon.

But one rough inning four hours after the first pitch spelled a meltdown for Toronto ahead of its longest road trip of the season.

Girl catches piranha relative in Oklahoma lake

International
Ken Miller
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY—An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake.

Mag lays off cartoonist who drew PM as pig

International
Ilan Ben Zion
The Associated Press

JERUSALEM—A Jerusalem-based magazine has laid off a cartoonist for rendering an image of Israel's prime minister and Likud lawmakers as pig characters from George Orwell's “Animal Farm,” Israel's journalists union said today.

The cartoon was meant to criticize the Israeli government's passage of a controversial law last week enshrining the state's Jewish character.

U.S. to impose sanctions on Turkey

International
Susannah George
Darlene Superville
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump says the United States will impose sanctions on NATO ally Turkey over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.

Village elects cat as mayor

International
The Associated Press

OMENA, Mich.—Politics in a small northern Michigan village have gone to the cats and dogs and goats and even chickens.

Omena's newly-elected mayor is a feline named Sweet Tart. Dogs Diablo Shapiro and Punkin Anderson Harder are vice-mayor and second vice-mayor.

Dancers on Egyptian streets accused of violating traffic law

International
Menna Zaki
The Associated Press

CAIRO—People who took to the streets in Egypt for an online dance challenge face penalties over allegations they endangered lives and violated public decency, the state media reported on Tuesday.

The dance craze flared up social media networks with video postings of people dancing in response to the so-called “Kiki challenge" to the song "In My Feelings” by Canadian singer Drake.

Rain possible

Weather

Tonight will be clear and cooler with a low of nine C (48 F).

Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of 11 (52).

Saturday will be rather cloudy with a heavy shower in the afternoon, a high of 25 (77) and a low of 12 (54).