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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 20, 2019

'Relay for Life' plans busy day


The 18th-annual “Relay for Life” is set to run this Saturday, and organizers have put together a busy day.

While the event doesn't officially begin until 2 p.m., teams will arrive at the Point beginning at 10 a.m. to start setting up their area, with team and survivor registration opening at 11 a.m.

Legion convention overwhelming success

Submitted by
Barb Everett

Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29 met on June 12, 2019 with 34 members in attendance.

Evening started with a delicious pot luck supper at 6 p.m. So many good cooks and bakers.

Two U.S. men die

From the OPP

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, members of the Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were notified of a male who was in distress and receiving CPR.

Officers attended the scene on Saganaga Lake near the Cache Bay Ranger Station.

OPP lay charges during CMV blitz

From the OPP

During “Operation Corridor” last Thursday and Friday, members of the Rainy River District detachment stopped 96 Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). As a result of these contacts, seven charges related to equipment were laid, including four that required the CMVs to go out of service.

Rendez-Vous off to perfect start to season


It's been a great start to the season for the La Place Rendez-Vous.

Jaida Norris, Greta Fedoruk, and Alyssa Faragher each scored twice to pace La Place Rendez-Vous to an 8-2 romp over Al's Racquet Stringing in Borderland Soccer League women's division action on Tuesday night for their third-straight win to start the season.

Beavers roll to fourth-straight win


The Northwest Bay Beavers have been one of the hottest teams of late in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League.

Shae Smith homered to pace the Beavers to a 12-8 win over the Fort Frances Mud Dogs last night for their fourth win in a row.

Darcy Smith earned the pitching win for Northwest Bay (6-3) while Rachelle Yeo suffered the loss for the Mud Dogs (3-4-1).


Marc Stuempfle

Kaleb Firth cooked up stacks of burgers before lunchtime today for a barbecue fundraiser at the United Native Friendship Centre. Burgers and hot dogs were flying off the grill as UNFC had 158 pre-orders to fill even before the event began at 11 a.m. UNFC staff members were busy getting deliveries ready for the hungry swarms of students at local schools. The event ran until 2 p.m.

Road salt seriously affecting Ontario waterways

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

Road salt levels in southern Ontario waterways have hit record highs, making some as salty as the ocean, environmental advocates said Wednesday as they called for measures to mitigate the impact on species and ecosystems.

Fedeli, Thompson demoted

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is one of several high-profile ministers demoted in a major cabinet shuffle announced today by Premier Doug Ford.

The Progressive Conservative government has faced weeks of criticism after the public learned of funding cuts that were hidden in Fedeli's April budget.

Drunk driver has sentence cut to 7 years

Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—An Indigenous drunk driver who killed two people and left two others badly hurt has had his prison sentence reduced to seven years from 10 years despite Ontario's top court rejecting his argument that he deserved more leniency due to his Aboriginal status.

Over 400 health-sector workers laid off

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—More than 400 health-sector workers are being laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

The 416 people in “back-office positions” such as communications, planning, data analytics and financial services will lose their jobs and another 409 vacant positions will be eliminated, health officials said.

Province may hike driver, vehicle fees

Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Less than a year after freezing driver and vehicle fees in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative government is considering raising them again, while bracing for a “negative reaction.”

Corporations dodged billions in tax payments

The Canadian Press

Corporations avoided paying Ottawa between $9.4 billion and $11.4 billion in taxes in 2014, according to a new federal estimate by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Canadian edibles market worth $2.7B

Armina Ligaya
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Canadian market for next-generation cannabis products is worth an estimated $2.7 billion annually, with edibles contributing more than half, according to a new report from Deloitte.

Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards

Greg Beacham
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS—Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award last night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season in Tampa Bay.

He might even be able to enjoy the trophies someday, whenever the sting of the Lightning's first-round post-season loss has faded.

Trout leads Angels over Blue Jays

David Alter
The Canadian Press

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez fell behind in the count throughout his short stint on the mound and Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels took full advantage.

“In the big leagues when you are facing good lineups like that, they are going to hit you pretty good and they did,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of his starting pitcher.

Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed

By Stephen Wade The Associated Press

TOKYO — Want tickets for next year’s Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down.

Seattle to open smoke shelters for ‘new normal’ summer fires

By Tom James The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air.

'Hitman' attends screening of wrestling doc

Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A documentary exploring the golden era of professional wrestling had one of its final private screenings yesterday evening prior to becoming more readily accessible to Canadian fans next month.

“350 Days” is a project by Vancouver-based actor Fulvio Cecere, who is the director and co-producer along with Darren Antola, who began the project six years ago.

How Canada's stuntman made it into 'Toy Story 4'

Cassandra Szklarski
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The moment Pixar animator Benjamin Su learned the newest “Toy Story” saga would debut a Canadian character, he jumped aboard.

Who better to infuse a Canuck toy with Maple Leaf nuance than an actual Canadian?, he thought.

It turned out he would have some competition—“there's a lot of Canadians here,” Su wryly noted.

Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves

By Mark Pratt The Associated Press

BOSTON — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who ran the college in 1838 have teamed up to digitize the information and make it available to people researching family histories.

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed.

The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9 percentage points higher than the average winter loss.

Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time

By Dan Joling The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It’s not America’s Top 40, but it’s a cutting edge song.

Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale.

Cloudy skies on tap through weekend


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 11 C (52 F).

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of 12 (54).

Saturday will be cooler with a few afternoon showers, a high of 18 (64) and a low of 12 (54).


Around Town

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for local “Dancin' with Darcie” students raising money to take part in a national dance competition in Wisconsin Dells this summer will take place today (June 20) from 5-7 p.m. at the Couchiching Multi-use Facility. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Penny table, 50/50 draw and more.