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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 18, 2018

FFPC launches new energy-saving program

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Power Corp. on Friday introduced the new AffordAbility Fund Program.

The local utility will deliver the program that is designed to alleviate electricity bill costs for residents and families with moderate incomes.

Four fires in region

District
From the MNRF

One new fire was confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #39, a 0.2-hectare blaze located about nine km southeast of Pikangikum, was listed as “not under control” at last report.

Several lightning-caused fires also emerged during the evening hours of Saturday in the far north of Sioux Lookout District.

Body ID'd as that of missing teen girl

District
From the OPP

On June 13, the Treaty #3 Police Service requested assistance from the OPP's North West Region Crime Unit regarding a missing 15-year-old female from the community of Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy River First Nation).

Woman charged over break-and-enter

District
From the OPP

On May 25 around 8:35 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP responded to a call of a break-and-enter to a local business and residence in Fort Frances.

An investigation was commenced by members of the Fort Frances OPP and the Community Street Crime Unit.

Walk for Alzheimer's

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

About 50 people gathered at the Sorting Gap Marina for the annual “Walk for Alzheimer's” on Saturday, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River District. The walk began at 11 a.m. following a quick warm-up, with participants having the option of walking one km to the hospital and back or two km to Point Park and back.

Strawberry Social

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Emily, left, and Kendall Medicine had their arms full after getting their hands on some sizeable servings of strawberry shortcake at the “Strawberry Social" held Thursday afternoon on the La Verendrye Hospital grounds.

Packed square

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Rainy Lake Square was packed Thursday evening for the concert by renowned children's entertainer Fred Penner. Kids of all ages, as well as adults, gathered in the square and got as close as they could to see the family favourite sing old popular tunes and new singles. Fort Frances rockers Kings of None will be performing at the square next on July 12.

Graduation celebration

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Angela Gibson of the Fort Frances Nursery School awarded Annie Bruneau with a Certificate of Participation during the school's annual wind-up Thursday afternoon at Legion Park. Attendees enjoyed minor races, jumping sack races, playing jumbo checkers, and playing with an obstacle course, as well as a barbecue lunch.

Report details child poverty in ridings

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Four in every 10 children residing in Finance minister Bill Morneau's downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report tracking child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings.

Homespun dentistry saves toothy squirrel

National
The Canadian Press

BARRHEAD, Alta.—A squirrel named “Bucky” is back to chomping on seeds and nuts after a woman on a ranch northwest of Edmonton was able to cut back his overgrown teeth.

Jannet Talbott, of the Double J Freedom Ranch near Barrhead, noticed the squirrel was quite thin and suspects the only thing he could eat was ground-up finch food she puts in her feeders.

Research deliberately spills oil to learn

National
Lesley Evans Ogden
The Canadian Press

KENORA, Ont.—Researchers were in Northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling diluted oilsands bitumen and crude oil into a lake to study how the ecosystem, from microbes to fish, responds.

The pilot project, known as Freshwater Oil Spill Remediation Study, is being done at the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area southeast of Kenora, Ont.

Whatever fell from sky not feces: probe

National
Camille Bains
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Transport Canada says a substance that fell from the sky and onto vehicles and people in two B.C. communities was not human feces from aircraft.

But one woman believes the foul-smelling material that landed in her eyes had to be excrement.

50 dogs rescued from meat farm doing well

National
Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The 50 terrified dogs and puppies rescued from crammed cages on a South Korean dog meat farm are well on their way to becoming pets in Canada, Humane Society International said.

The dogs, which include terrier crosses, Jindo mixes, and Labrador mixes, were recovered with the help of animal advocates in Korea and transported to a Montreal emergency shelter last week.

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

Health & Wellness
By Jamey Keaten And Maria Cheng The Associated Press

GENEVA — For video game addicts, it might soon be “game over.”

In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of many parents but led some critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing young video players.

Jays complete sweep of Nationals

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—If Teoscar Hernandez was hurting after being hit by a pitch, he wasn't going to let it show on the field.

Hernandez took a ball off his unprotected right elbow in the fourth inning, reeling back from the plate in pain and taking his base after being examined by team trainers.

Bombers nipped by Eskimos in epic CFL opener

Sports
Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—You wouldn't think a field-goal kicker would have the greatest focus at 1 a.m. but Sean Whyte did.

The Edmonton Eskimos' 10-year veteran booted a 44-yard field goal with eight seconds to go to lift his team to a 33-30 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers early Friday in the longest continuous game in CFL history—and second-longest overall.

Tough course or easy, Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champ

Sports
By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka has the game to win a U.S. Open on any course.

One year after Koepka overpowered the wide fairways of Erin Hills in a U.S. Open remembered for low scoring, he navigated his way through the brutal conditions of Shinnecock Hills and closed with a 2-under 68 to become the first repeat champion in 29 years.

Koepka earns back-to-back U.S. Open titles

International
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—Brooks Koepka has the game to win a U.S. Open on any course.

One year after overpowering the wide fairways of Erin Hills in a U.S. Open remembered for low scoring, Koepka navigated his way through the brutal conditions of Shinnecock Hills and closed with a two-under 68 yesterday to become the first repeat champion in 29 years.

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

International
By Mari Yamaguchi And Ken Moritsugu The Associated Press

TOKYO — A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300.

A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s.

Dangling wedding for pair

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

BERLIN—A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 metres above the ground.

The German news agency dpa reported a pastor standing in a cage atop a fire service ladder presided over the wedding of Nicole Backhaus and Jens Knorr in the town of Stassfurt on Saturday.

Fiber optics? Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

Lifestyles
By Candice Choi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated?

Browse supermarket shelves, and it’s easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That’s because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt but that critics say distorts ideas about what’s healthy.

Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

BERLIN — A couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 metres (46 feet) above the ground.