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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 27, 2019

Beaches safe for swimming

News
Staff

Swimming at the Point is a go for Canada Day.

According to test results released by the Northwestern Health Unit, both the Point and swimming dock along Colonization Road East were deemed safe for swimming in time for the Canada Day long weekend.

Water samples at both locations were taken on June 11. It takes three days for the sample results to be sent to the health unit.

Council approves employee fitness discount

News
Sam Odrowski

In an effort to promote physical wellness among town staff, council approved a report providing a discount for memberships at the Memorial Sports Centre during Monday night's council meeting.

After a 4-2 vote, council agreed to offer complimentary memberships to Sportsplex employees and a 25 percent reduction to memberships for other town staff.

Four new fires reported

District
From the MNRF

There were four new forest fires confirmed in the region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Fort Frances fire #7 is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located on an island on Rainy Lake.

Dryden fire #9 is not under control at 0.3 ha. and is located near Eagle Lake, approximately 28 kilometres southwest of Dryden

New exhibit starting at Dryden museum

District
Press Release

The Dryden & District Museum's summer exhibit, “Inside Out: Objects en Masse,” will feature artifacts from the permanent collection not normally exhibited.

This exhibit will be on display from Tuesday, July 2 to Friday, Sept. 13.

Remember fire safety on Canada Day

District
Press Release

July 1 is soon approaching, and the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind the public that the use of fireworks in the Town of Fort Frances is prohibited.

The up and coming July 1st fireworks display at the Point Park is operated by Canfire Pyrotechnic Ltd.

Armstrong throws perfect game for Wolves

Sports
Staff

It's one of the rarest feats in fastball.

Murray Armstrong pitched a perfect game to pace the Sight & Sound Wolves (6-4) to a 14-0 win over the Sabaskong Goldeneyes in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Tuesday night.

Cole Beacham suffered the loss for the Goldeneyes (2-7).

Stellar fundraiser

Photos
Submitted

Dancin' with Darcie's “Stars" performing line are a step closer to being able to go to a national dance competition on July 10-15 in Wisconsin Dells. The "Stars” served up a delicious meal to the crowd gathered last Thursday evening for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Couchiching Multi-use Facility.

GHAC turns 20

Photos
Ken Kellar

The staff at Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre posed for a photo outside their building on Idylwild Drive during their 20th anniversary celebrations last Thursday. Staff kicked off the day's events with a ceremony, followed by an open house of the centre, with office tours, draws and snacks.

Ice cream treat

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Adaline Lampert, right, enjoyed being spoiled by her uncle, Nathaniel Keck, left, during a summer evening outing yesterday. The pair had some tasty ice cream from the Sorting Gap Marina. They were able to spend quality time together, as Adaline's uncle taught her about the joys of developing a sweet tooth.

BP makeover

Photos
Marc Stuempfle

Boston Pizza is receiving a makeover both inside and out as one way to show its continued investment in the community and appreciation to their customers. The Fort Frances location on King's Highway has been around now for 10 years, and the new modern look will come as a refreshing experience for patrons.

Foundation bbq

Photos
Ken Kellar

Riverside Foundation for Health Care director Allison Cox, left, and volunteer/OPP summer student Aysha Khawar were selling tickets for the Foundation's Canada Cash Day Lottery this morning at the Rainy Lake Square.

Dock work

Photos
Staff

Some of the town's docks at the Sorting Gap Marina are being replaced. As part of the capital budget process, council approved that the first section of marina docks to be replaced this year as they had fallen into disrepair. A couple of the “fingers” (where boats get moored) that are still in reasonable condition will replace other fingers in other sections that need replacement.

Ontario health report recommends virtual care

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Accessing medical records through a secure app, texting with health-care providers, using e-consultations for specialists ‚Äî those are some of the ways Ontario's special adviser on health care envisions the increased use of virtual care in the province.

Quirky Canadian facts a mystery for many: poll

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A new poll suggests Canadians haven't made much progress in expanding their knowledge of the more colourful parts of the country's history.

The online survey from Historica Canada, the organization behind the country's Heritage Minutes, quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky Canadiana using true or false questions and tallied the number of correct responses.

Watchdog gets 2,400 cannabis complaints

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Grievances from frustrated pot customers have given the Ontario Cannabis Store the dubious distinction of being the government organization that was the subject of the most complaints to the province's ombudsman.

Canada sides with Cali over emissions

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Environment Minister Catherine McKenna signed a vehicle-emissions agreement with California yesterday that the state's governor and auto industry experts see as a signal that Canada is going to side with California in a U.S. dispute over emissions standards.

Provinces, feds meet on plastic recycling

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government and the provinces are expected to announce plans to work on harmonizing recycling standards following a meeting of environment ministers in Halifax today.

High water snarls St. Lawrence Seaway traffic

Business
By Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press

Rising water levels are causing delays in the St. Lawrence Seaway that could cost the economy more than $1 billion, shippers and port operators say.

Study links ultra-processed food to chronic disease

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — New research from the University of Montreal links diets high in ultra-processed foods including carbonated drinks, mass-produced cookies and ice cream, and sweetened yogurts to chronic disease.

The research was based on Statistics Canada data from a 2015 survey that found ultra-processed foods accounted for an average of 47 per cent of daily calories consumed by adults.

Wickenheiser speeds into Hockey Hall of Fame

Sports
Donna Spencer
The Canadian Press

Hayley Wickenheiser's accolades have a hard time keeping up with her.

The Hockey Hall of Fame wasted no time hustling Wickenheiser into its gallery of heroes in her first year of eligibility.

But when board chairman Lanny McDonald phoned her Tuesday to relay the joyful news, Wickenheiser was sequestered doing mandatory medical school course work at the University of Calgary.

Yankees top Blue Jays, head to London

Sports
Ben Walker
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, the pubs and the double-decker buses, there's plenty to see in London.

To Aaron Judge, there's an even more enticing sight: The 385-foot fence in centre field at the soccer stadium where his New York Yankees will play this weekend.

“I don't mind that at all,” he said, smiling.

Europe, you're up.

Apple buys more self-driving car technology in latest deal

Technology
The Associated Press

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has bought a struggling self-driving car startup as the iPhone maker continues to explore the potential market for robotic vehicles, despite recently curtailing its work on the technology.

Missing treasure: Delacroix canvas rediscovered, now on sale

International
By Catherine Gaschka The Associated Press

PARIS — It’s been hanging on people’s walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye.

The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by 19th century French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix.

Have an old car? You’re not alone. Vehicle age hits record

Life
The Associated Press

DETROIT — The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.

The 2019 figures from data provider IHS Markit show that the rate of increase is slowing, but the average age is still expected to go over 12 years early in the next decade. The average age is up 0.1 years from 2018.

Hot weather for long weekend

Weather

Tonight will be clear with a low of 14 C (57 F).

Tomorrow will see some sun then turn cloudy. Expect a high of 28 (82) and a low of 15 (59).

Saturday will be mostly cloudy and hot with a high of 30 (86) and a low of 18 (64).

Atown

Around Town

A free Fort High graduation photo booth will be at Rainy Lake Square today (June 27) starting at 4:30 p.m. Come with your graduating friend or family member to get some free and fun professional photos taken by Mike Anderson.