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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 26, 2018

Council hears overpass concerns

Sam Odrowski

The town has heard residents' comments about delays due to construction work on the overpass here and has been making adjustments to lessen them.

Lightning sparks fires

From the MNRF

On the hunt for new lightning-caused fires, OMNR detection aircraft had spotted five new blazes in the Northwest Region by late yesterday afternoon.

Forest fuels have proven receptive to at least a few of the roughly 44,000 lightning strikes to occur in the region over the past five days.

Sioux Lookout Fire #28 was spotted about 80 km southwest of Pickle Lake.

Soccer chase

Jamie Mountain

Declan Webb of Centra Pipelines looked to quickly advance the ball as he was pursued by Manitou Forest Products' opponents during his squad's 4-0 win in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Webb notched a goal to help pace the offence and give Centra its second win of the season.

Special ed. students increasingly asked to stay home: report

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—An education advocacy organization says students deemed to have special needs increasingly are being asked to stay home from school in Ontario rather than remain in class with their peers.

The annual report from People for Education does not speculate on the cause of the trend, which it began documenting in 2014 after hearing anecdotes from parents.

Hockey players found not guilty of sexual assault

The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—Two former University of Ottawa hockey players have been found not guilty of sexual assault in a case that led the school to fire the team's then-coach and suspend its men's varsity program for two years.

Feds to mull pot pardons

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale says the government will look at ways to make things fair for those who have criminal records for marijuana possession after legalization comes into force.

Goodale said the question of pardoning individuals with criminal records for possessing marijuana is legitimate and one the government will pursue once the law takes effect.

Jogger who crossed U.S. border a warning: expert

Laura Kane
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A French teenager who accidentally crossed the border from Canada to the United States, and reportedly wound up detained for two weeks, should serve as a warning to Canadians, says an immigration lawyer.

RCMP need to improve indigenous relations: Lucki

Ryan McKenna
The Canadian Press

REGINA—The head of Canada's national police force apologized to the families of missing and murdered indigenous women yesterday while pledging improved relations with aboriginal communities.

UN watchdog blasting Liberals on housing plan

Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A United Nations' housing watchdog is taking the Liberals to task over what she sees as the government's about-face on a promise to put a human rights lens on its housing strategy.

Trudeau to skip Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau will skip Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill this year.

Instead, the prime minister will be on the road, celebrating Canada's 151st birthday in three cities in three different regions.

Trudeau is scheduled to visit Leamington, Ont., Regina, Sask., and Dawson City, Yukon—all on July 1.

Canada's largest park threatened

Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Federal documents echo earlier concerns that Canada's largest national park faces long-term threats that have placed it on a list of endangered world heritage sites.

An environmental assessment provided to UNESCO says oilsands activity, climate change, and hydro development fundamentally are changing the environment of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.

Harley, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas

By Ivan Moreno The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold in Europe will move from U.S. factories to facilities overseas, the Milwaukee-based company announced Monday, a consequence of the retaliatory tariffs the EU is imposing on American exports in an escalating trade war with the Trump administration.

Jays eke out win

Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—Toronto's Randal Grichuk put on a show for hundreds of family and friends who made the trek up to Houston to see him play just his third career game at a ballpark only about 35 miles from his hometown of Rosenberg, Tex.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer and made a huge defensive play, helping the Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 6-3 last night.

Harden named MVP over James, Davis

Beth Harris
The Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Third time was the charm for James Harden.

The Houston Rockets' star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans at the NBA Awards last night.

Cybersecurity experts: government needs to do more to resolve skills shortage

By David Paddon The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Canadian government needs to be more clear about how the country can deal with a shortage of people with the necessary skills for defending against cybersecurity threats, experts in cybersecurity said Monday.

Walk or die: Algeria strands 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

By Lori Hinnant The Associated Press

ASSAMAKA, Niger — From this isolated frontier post deep in the sands of the Sahara, the expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds. They look like specks in the distance, trudging miserably across some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain in the blistering sun.

They are the ones who made it out alive.

Prince William tours Holocaust memorial, meets survivors

By Aron Heller The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Prince William began the first-ever official royal visit to Israel on Tuesday with an emotional visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and a meeting with two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain.

Australia to ban covert foreign interference in politics


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved national security legislation on Tuesday that would ban covert foreign interference in domestic politics and make industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime.

Omaha zoo finds escaped parrot scared by Goodyear blimp

The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — A macaw that flew away from Omaha’s zoo after apparently being spooked by the Goodyear blimp has been found in a nearby neighbourhood.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the macaw, named Cayenne, was out during the zoo’s Birds of Flight show Sunday morning when it was startled by the blimp drifting past. The bird flew out of an amphitheatre and past the zoo’s boundaries.

Serve Grilled Caesar Steak Salad

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Let’s say you wanted to land a luxurious rib-eye steak at the centre of your Canada Day picnic, but worried about being able to afford it.

Salmon Corn Chowder

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

Certain foods just need to be made and eaten at least once a summer. Corn chowder (or chowdah, as my in-laws would say) is one. And if you are in a place where the ears of fresh sweet corn are piled high at the market (often for pennies an ear), then you must make it more than once.

Why buy barbecue sauce when you can design your own?

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Barbecue sauce is one of the most versatile sauces out there—it can be served as a dipping sauce or a topping, brushed onto protein and vegetables during cooking, or stirred into beans and shredded meat after cooking.

How to speed up a slow-cooking barbecued beef brisket

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

In researching recipes for barbecued brisket, we found that cooks could agree on one thing: slow-cooking (for up to 12 hours) to tenderize the meat.

We wanted to figure out a way to make cooking this cut of meat less daunting and less time-consuming, and we wanted to trade in a professional smoker for a backyard grill.

A simple American buttercream improves a flag sheet cake

By America’S Test Kitchen he Associated Press

A big flag sheet cake is the perfect Canada Day dessert; and at a time when patriotic-colored berries are at their best, vibrant blueberries and red raspberries are a fitting topping.

We knew that our workhorse Yellow Sheet Cake was the ideal base for the cake, so our challenge when developing this recipe was simply determining the best frosting.

Instead of meat kebabs, why not concentrate on some veggies?

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

When it comes to grilled kebabs, vegetables are often an afterthought, typically used as a filler on meat-heavy skewers. But this treatment often leads to mushy, burnt vegetables with no flavour of their own. We wanted to create a recipe that would put the vegetables front and centre.

It’s not a coffee cake or a pancake. It’s both - a cobbler

By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Chef Bridget Lancaster developed this blueberry cobbler, admitting she’s not a “biscuit-style cobbler lover—they just taste too much like doughy dumplings.”