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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 28, 2018

Drive safe this weekend: OPP

District
From the OPP

With the Canada Day holiday approaching and summer upon us, the Rainy River District OPP wants to remind motorists to take care and use caution when travelling on roadways and highways.

OPP officers will be conducting R.I.D.E. and seatbelt spot checks to ensure strict compliance when it comes to impaired driving and seatbelt usage.

Fort man facing charges

District
From the OPP

On June 11 around 3:05 p.m., members of the Atikokan OPP received a report of threats that had occurred in the Town of Atikokan.

Further, officers were provided information that a break-and-enter had occurred at a residence there.

Police began an investigation into the break-and-enter and threats, and it is ongoing.

Rain dampens fire danger

District
From the MNRF

Eight new fires were reported in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Three blazes in Nipigon District make up a cluster of new lightning-caused fires about 45 km south of the First Nation community of Webequie.

These fires were listed as “under observation.”

Dragon boat festival set to go

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The seventh-annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is set to hit the water here on Saturday at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Unlike previous years, a new twist will have the boats being launched from both Fort Frances and International Falls.

Each side also will stage their own festival, with the money raised to go to charities in their respective communities.

Sidewalk sale

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Tyra Hammond, left, and Ruth Anderson checked out a clothing rack outside of McTaggarts this morning as downtown merchants set up for the BIA's annual “Mall Days.” The event is happening all day long, with sidewalks sales, an Early Iron Car Club Show, a kids' corner, and other activities. An evening vendor market also will be held from 5-8 p.m.

Basket making

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Lori King, Cindy Baker, and Debbie Gaylord attended the “Birch Bark Making Workshop” held yesterday at the Nanicost building here. More than 50 people came through the workshop, during which elders taught them how to make baskets. The workshop has been put on every year around late June for the last 15 years, when birch bark is in the best condition to be crafted.

Seniors tea

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Gloria Bergner, left, Sue Drew, and Sheri De Gagne enjoyed an afternoon of assorted beverages and treats during a seniors' apprecation tea held at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre in celebration of Seniors' Month (June).

Committee calling for more help for disabled

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A Senate committee tasked with studying the Disability Tax Credit and a disabilities savings plan says the two programs need to be overhauled and is urging the government to do more to help the disabled.

Sen. Art Eggleton said less than 40 percent of people living with disabilities can access the two programs, partly because of the strict eligibility criteria.

Canada awash in daycare 'deserts'

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—An estimated 776,000 Canadian children live in areas of the country parched of available daycare spaces, suggests a new report that outlines the statistical flip side of high child-care costs in some parts of the country.

Bains acclaimed as first Liberal candidate

National
The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—The Liberals have nominated their first candidate for next year's federal election.

At a Toronto-area rally yesterday evening that included a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Navdeep Bains was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Mississauga-Malton.

New regulations for legal cannabis unveiled

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is imposing strict regulations aimed at ensuring organized crime doesn't infiltrate the recreational marijuana market once cannabis becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17.

Ford officially takes up premier's job tomorrow

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Although he officially takes up the premier's mantle tomorrow, Doug Ford already has set the wheels in motion for several of his plans for Ontario.

And one expert predicts the Progressive Conservative leader will move quickly on his agenda once he seizes the reins of the province.

Mint issues coin with meteorite chip

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a pure silver coin containing a small chip from a meteorite to mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

The society's executive director, Randy Attwood, said each one-oz. coin contains a small chunk of the Campo del Cielo iron meteorite, which fell onto Argentinian soil centuries ago.

Plans for an Arctic university in works

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

The world's only northern nation without some form of Arctic university soon may have three of them.

There are plans in all three of Canada's territories to give their residents a better shot at higher education.

Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut all have different approaches but similar goals.

MP calls parody account 'identity theft'

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Liberal Environment minister Catherine McKenna says parody social media accounts that deliberately try to mislead readers are a form of identity theft that needs to be addressed.

McKenna herself was targeted by a parody account that was shut down Tuesday by Twitter after McKenna complained—only to spring up again just hours later with a slightly different name and handle.

From Barcelona to Seattle, historic markets ally to survive

Business
By Robert Stevens The Associated Press

LONDON — City food markets that have been around for centuries are threatened by online shopping, rising costs and even become targets of extremist attacks. Now some of the most iconic ones are banding together to raise awareness of their place in the community and resist becoming merely tourist attractions.

More delay, cost for space telescope

Business
Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA's next-generation space telescope has been delayed yet again at a staggering cost of $1 million a day.

For the third time in less than a year, the space agency yesterday announced a lengthy postponement for the James Webb Space Telescope.

The observatory now will fly no earlier than 2021; until last fall, it was on the books for a 2018 launch.

Recreational vehicle maker BRP buys U.S. fishing boat company Alumacraft Boat

Business
The Canadian Press

VALCOURT, Que. — Recreational vehicle maker BRP Inc. has signed a deal to buy Alumacraft Boat, a producer of aluminum fishing boats, based in St. Peter, Minn., and announced plans to create a new marine group.

Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

BRP says the deal brings together Alumacraft with its Evinrude outboard motor business.

Bouchard qualifies for Wimbledon

Sports
The Canadian Press

LONDON—Eugenie Bouchard has qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon.

The Canadian upset No. 2 qualifying seed Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-3, 6-2 in the final round of qualifying today to book a spot in the main draw next week.

Streveler not reading much into early success

Sports
Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Chris Streveler doesn't need public accolades to boost his confidence.

The rookie Blue Bombers' quarterback was named one of the CFL's top performers Tuesday for his role in Winnipeg's 56-10 thumping of the Montreal Alouettes last Friday.

Jays sunk by walk-off homer

Sports
Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—It isn't very often that Alex Bregman whiffs on two-straight fastballs, so when he did so in the ninth inning yesterday, it left Houston's third baseman a bit upset.

Fortunately for the Astros, he took out that aggression on the next pitch—connecting for a two-run homer that completed a big rally to lift Houston to a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tiger mulling switch to new putter

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

POTOMAC, Md.Tiger Woods is playing the Quicken Loans National for the last time—and so much about this year feels new.

Woods played his first 18-hole round at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm during the pro-am yesterday, and it didn't take long to realize why the course rated as the fourth toughest to par last year on the PGA Tour behind only three majors.

Museum exhibit highlights impact of sports after 9-11

Sports
By Melissa Murphy The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A new exhibit at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum highlights the impact of sports after the 2001 attacks, including the Mets’ win in New York’s first major sporting event after 9-11.

“Comeback Season: Sports After 9-11” explores how sports helped unite the country and features interviews with athletes such as Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.

More delay, cost for NASA’s next-generation space telescope

Technology
By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s next-generation space telescope has been delayed yet again at a staggering cost of $1 million a day.

For the third time in less than a year, the space agency announced a lengthy postponement Wednesday for the James Webb Space Telescope . The observatory will now fly no earlier than 2021; until last fall, it was on the books for a 2018 launch.

Trump-Putin meeting set for July 16

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next month comes after what likely will be a tense gathering with NATO allies and follows Trump's repeated calls to improve relations with Russia.

Another San Francisco building appears to be sinking

International
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A few blocks from the 58-story Millennium Tower, dubbed “the leaning tower of San Francisco,” another building appears to be sinking.

An 18-story building in the city’s financial district appears to have settled up to three-eighths of an inch because of the construction of two high-rises on either side, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Migrating birds create flu bonanza for scientists to study

Science
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Huge flocks of famished birds scour the sands of Delaware Bay for the tiny greenish eggs an army of horseshoe crabs lays every spring.

Dictionary adds new words

Lifestyles
Leanne Italie
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: brencheese, deathshildy, and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary.

The additions are part of the company's quarterly update of its searchable subscription website, Oed.com

Atown

Around Town

“Mall Days” goes today (June 28) in downtown Fort Frances, including an Early Iron Car Club show, onstage activities, kids' corner, and then an evening vendor market from 5-8 p.m. As well, local country singer Doug Judson will take to the Rainy Lake Square stage from 6-8 p.m.