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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 10, 2019

Gymnastics to be held at arena in fall

News
Staff

A new gymnastics academy will starting up here this fall.

Town council is expected this evening to endorse entering into an agreement with the Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy to operate out of the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Gymnastics equipment will be set up in that space but be moved or taken down as required for other events scheduled in the auditorium.

Muskie track squad finishes strong at OFSAA

Sports
Staff

The Muskie track-and-field team competed hard, but none of its members were able to advance the finals in their respective events at the OFSAA track-and-field championships held Thursday through Saturday at the University of Guelph.

But nonetheless it still was a strong end to the season for the seven athletes Fort High sent.

Muskies nab just one win at OFSAA

Sports
Staff

Goals were hard to come by for the Muskie boys' soccer team over the weekend.

Heading into their final game of Pool 'D' play on Friday afternoon at the OFSAA 'AA' championships in North Bay, the fifth-ranked Muskies had failed to score while allowing nine against en route to three losses.

Museum announcement

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Ken Kellar

Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung administration manager Kayleigh Speirs, left, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, Rainy River Future Development Corp. chair Gord Armstrong and Fort Frances Museum curator Sherry George had plenty to smile about following an announcement at the Fort Frances Museum on Friday.

Face painting

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Ken Kellar

Angelina Spuzak sat still as Cheyenne Black put the finishing touches on her rainbow face paint during the Pride Walk put on by the Fort Frances High School GSA on Friday afternoon. The walk invited students to wear Pride colours in support of Pride Week+ put on by Borderland Pride. The FFHS GSA also received a generous donation of $300 from Ink Spotz Apparel+ owner Scott Krienke-Turvey.

Alzheimer advice

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Marc Stuempfle

Mary O'Connor, left, from the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/ Rainy River Districts spoke with Linda Wilson during the Senior Fair on Thursday at the Sister Kennedy Centre. The two had a pleasant conversation during the event saw nearly 90 seniors attend and learn about specific health and safety concerns seniors can face in their later years.

Band concert

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Marc Stuempfle

The Fort Frances High School Junior Band performed a medley of songs from the motion picture Shrek last Wednesday evening at the Townshend Theatre, wrapping up the 2019 school year. The concert showcased toe-tapping compositions from movies and TV shows, leaving the audience humming the popular tunes in their heads all evening long.

Feeling fabulous

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Marc Stuempfle

Smiles, laughter, and cheers filled Club 88 during the Fort Fabulous Drag Show there Friday night. Prairie Sky entertained the audience, putting everything out on the table with no joke too risqué. The evening was filled with some comedic acts, amazing dance choreography, and an overall sense of empowerment with each performance.

Pride walk

Photos
Ken Kellar

Staff from the TD Bank, along with community members from Fort Frances and International Falls, took part in the “Passport to Pride March” on Saturday. Walkers gathered in Smokey Bear Park before crossing the bridge to the Canadian side and ending at the Rainy Lake Square for speeches, live music, and a BBQ.

Facebook adds political ad 'authorization'

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Anyone who wants to buy political ads on Facebook in the lead-up to the federal election will have to be approved by the company, but unpaid content that simply blurs lines—like a recent doctored video of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—will still be permitted on the social-media site.

Canadian zoo saves snake-bitten woman

National
The Canadian Press

PETERBOROUGH, Ont.—A woman who was bitten by a snake while on a trip to Thailand was treated in Ontario after the symptoms returned, said the reptile zoo founder who provided the antivenin.

Bry Loyst of Indian River Reptile Zoo, just east of Peterborough, said he was contacted by provincial police and hospital staff in Kitchener on Friday to provide the antidote to the woman.

Trudeau announces single-use plastics ban

National
The Canadian Press

MONT-SAINT-HILAIRE, Que.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today the federal government's intention to ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021.

Speaking at a nature reserve in Mont St-Hilaire, south of Montreal, Trudeau said the specifics of the ban still need to be worked out.

Craft brewers eager to expand sales

Business
Aleksandra Sagan
The Canadian Press

Ontario craft breweries are welcoming the provincial government's move to expand beer sales to corner stores, saying the current system limits their products' exposure to customers.

“I just think it's fantastic news,” said Scott Simmons, president of the Ontario Craft Brewers, a trade association composed of nearly 100 brewer members.

Official: Canada to announce ban on single-use plastics

Business
By Rob Gillies THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TORONTO — The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, a senior government official said late Sunday

The official said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would make the announcement Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Monday’s news conference.

Made in China? Iceland’s sweater-knitters are unhappy

Business
By Egill Bjarnason The Associated Press

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Trouble is rattling one of Iceland’s most distinctive industries: the production of the thick, hand-knitted “lopi” sweaters adored by tourists and worn with pride by locals.

Can’t conceive? Better to lay off pot: doctor

Health & Wellness
By Camille Bains The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Men and women who smoke marijuana could be adding to their infertility woes if they are already struggling to start a family, says an obstetrician-gynecologist who is calling for more research into reproductive aspects of the recreational drug that may be increasingly used in Canada since it was legalized.

Nadal wins 12th French Open

Sports
Howard Fendrich
The Associated Press

PARIS—For a few, fleeting moments yesterday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

Bruins force Stanley Cup Game 7

Sports
Jay Cohen
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Facing elimination in an oh-so-hostile environment, Tuukka Rask and Brad Marchand stepped up for the Boston Bruins once again.

The Stanley Cup Final is heading to Game 7 because two of Boston's biggest stars love the biggest moments.

McIlroy wins RBC Canadian Open

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

ANCASTER, Ont.—Rory McIlroy examined the RBC Canadian Open trophy closely, reading the names to himself, soaking in the history of the 110-year old championship.

His name will be the next one etched on to the trophy's silver surface after he fired a 9-under 61 on Sunday for a dominant seven-shot win.

Ex-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar

Sports
By Martin Jose Adames The Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized Monday following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.

Rain showers tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be overcast with a shower and a low of seven C (45 F).

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a few showers. Expect a high of 19 (66) and a low of eight (46).

Wednesday will see periods of clouds and sun, with a high of 17 (63) and a low of six (43).