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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 7, 2018

Group needs more votes

News
Staff

Don't stop voting!

While the Fort Frances High School Medical Responders have garnered more than 8,000 votes so far in the Tbaytel For Good Community Fund, the public is urged to keep voting today through Monday to help them secure one of two $5,000 prizes.

'Strawberry Social' coming up June 14

News
Press Release

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary executive held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday (June 5) in the lower-level meeting room at there.

This was the last regular meeting until the new working year begins in September.

The annual “Strawberry Social,” set for Thursday, June 14, completes the year.

Fire hazard on rise here

District
Staff

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon but there was one on Tuesday.

Dryden Fire #10 was a roadside grass fire along the Trans-Canada Highway east of Dinorwic.

It is now “out.”

The only active fire in the region remains Red Lake Fire #30—a 3,739-hectare blaze that first started on May 22.

Muskies open with draw

Sports
Staff

The Muskie boys' soccer team is off to a nice start at the OFSAA 'AA' championships in Windsor.

Fort High kicked off action in Pool 'B' at the 20-team tournament with a 2-2 draw against Father Bressani CHS (YRAA) this morning.

Cam Lidkea and James Gushulak netted the goals for the black-and-gold.

'Camp Day'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A team of local Tim Hortons' employees helped to facilitate “Camp Day” there yesterday afternoon, during which money was raised so youngsters from Rainy River District can experience summer camps across Canada. Bags of popcorn and bracelets were sold while various gift bags were raffled off.

Air cadet review

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Directed by WO2 Aidan DeGagne, right, and led by F/Sgt Jonathan Danielson, members of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron marched in front of family and friends at their 15th-annual ceremonial review last night at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The gathering marked the end of the cadets' training year.

Student vote

Photos
Sam Odrowski

St. Francis School student Ashton Armstrong cast a ballot during the school's “Student Vote” mock provincial election yesterday. Those in Grades 4 and 5 participated in the voting process after having learned about each party's stance on health care, education, and the environment beforehand. A similar exercise was held at Robert Moore School on Tuesday.

Election down to choice between Tories or NDP

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario goes to the polls today in an election that could see a seismic political shift if Doug Ford's Tories beat out the NDP, their closest rival, and win a majority government, as the latest polls suggest.

Either way, the vote will bring an end to 15 years of Liberal government—as Premier Kathleen Wynne herself admitted last week in a stunning announcement.

Evolutionary 'secret sauce' found

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Research suggests hares and jackrabbits hopping along in the Rocky Mountains demonstrate the “secret sauce” for how animals can adapt to a new climate.

Scott Mills, lead author of a paper published recently in “Science,” says lessons from mixed populations of brown and white bunnies can be applied widely to help species adjust as the environment changes around them.

Indigenous language speaker honoured

National
The Canadian Press

ROSEDALE, B.C.—She's the last surviving fluent speaker of her indigenous language but Elizabeth Phillips says she's more confident now than ever that her mother tongue will survive.

G7 protests begin in Quebec City

National
Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC—Masked activists posing as G7 leaders mimicked household tasks in front of Quebec City's legislature this morning as the first of a series of demonstrations and protests kicked off in the provincial capital.

Liberals able to avert pot showdown with indigenous senators

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservatives yesterday lost their best chance to stymie the Trudeau government's plan to legalize recreational marijuana after an 11th-hour intervention by two ministers mollified the concerns of indigenous senators.

Second passenger dies after tour bus crash

National
The Canadian Press

PRESCOTT, Ont.—Provincial police say a second Chinese tourist among 24 people injured in a bus crash in eastern Ontario earlier this week has died.

Officers identified the woman as 57-year-old Xueying Ye of Shanghai.

Police initially said in a news release that Ye was a man but later said she was, in fact, a woman.

Hehr to remain in Liberal caucus

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Former cabinet minister Kent Hehr says he will remain a member of the Liberal caucus following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women—although he's not returning to the government's inner circle.

Montreal in flap over flag

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—There's a flap in Montreal over the Quebec flag.

Two Montrealers are accusing the city of violating rules set out in provincial legislation that state the Fleur-de-lis should have “precedence over any other flag or emblem” and be displayed in certain designated places.

A lawyer for the two men said legal action could ensue if Montreal fails to act

B.C. baby recovering after caterpillar chew

National
The Canadian Press

NANAIMO, B.C.—An eight-month-old baby who put a spiny caterpillar in her mouth between munching on cookies is recovering in Nanaimo, B.C.

Krystal Dawn Pavan said she and her daughter, Kenzie Pyne, were on their back deck when she started wailing last Thursday.

Three sisters among five dead in crash

National
The Canadian Press

MILLET, Alta.—Leonard Norwest struggled to speak yesterday about his three granddaughters who were among five people killed in a central Alberta highway crash.

“I can't find my words,” Norwest said from the Samson Cree Nation, one of four that make up the community of Maskwacis south of Edmonton.

Caps trying not to get ahead of themselves

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS—One win from hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are trying not to think beyond the next shift or the next period.

Unfortunately, that's far easier said than done.

Del Potro to face Nadal in semis

Sports
The Associated Press

PARIS—Juan Martin del Potro is back in the French Open semi-finals for the first time since 2009 and next face Rafael Nadal—the man with the most appearances at this stage of the clay-court Grand Slam.

The fifth-seeded Del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries, beat third-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 today.

Warriors grab 3-0 lead on Cavaliers

Sports
Tom Withers
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND—Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt—and a very familiar spot—as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.

Another momentous shot for Durant. And soon, probably another NBA championship.

Jays fall to Yankees in extra innings

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Kevin Pillar wasn't making excuses after another loss for the scuffling Blue Jays last night.

The Toronto centre-fielder, speaking to media after a 3-0 defeat to the N.Y. Yankees in 13 innings, said the Jays' 26-35 record is an accurate representation of how his team has played this season.

'Lefty' among the field tuning up for U.S. Open

Sports
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Count Phil Mickelson among those happy to see the St. Jude Classic shift to a World Golf Championship even as he uses the TPC Southwind one final time as a tune-up for the U.S. Open.

“I really, really enjoy this golf course," Mickelson said yesterday. ”I think it's the most under-rated on tour.

Bear lured in with waffles

International
The Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla.—A black bear taking a stroll through a busy, urban section of one Florida city was lured to safety by a popular breakfast staple: waffles.

Florida wildlife officers said the yearling bear was spotted earlier this week near a Fort Myers apartment complex.

Record hot May in U.S.

International
Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Record heat returned to the U.S. with a vengeance in May.

May warmed to a record average 65.4 degrees F in the Lower 48 states, breaking the high of 64.7 F set in 1934, according to federal weather figures released yesterday.

May was 5.2 degrees F above the 20th century's average for the month.

Entire neighbourhood vanishes in lava flow

International
Caleb Jones
The Associated Press

HONOLULU—A neighbourhood called Vacationland on Hawaii's Big Island had disappeared by yesterday as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay—turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.

Entire Hawaii neighbourhood vanishes as lava gushes in

Life
By Caleb Jones The Associated Press

HONOLULU — A neighbourhood called Vacationland on Hawaii’s Big Island had disappeared by Wednesday as lava poured into two oceanfront subdivisions, smothering hundreds of homes and filling an ocean bay, turning it into new land that now juts into the sea.

The heat is back on high: May smashes US temperature records

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance in May.

May warmed to a record average 65.4 degrees in the Lower 48 states, breaking the high of 64.7 set in 1934, according to federal weather figures released Wednesday. May was 5.2 degrees above the 20th century’s average for the month.

Trump likely to face a chilly reception at G-7 conference

International
By Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Before President Donald Trump sits down with a third-generation North Korean autocrat, he will face what may well turn out to be a tougher crowd some of America’s oldest allies.

Samantha Bee is back, both angry and apologetic

People
By David Bauder THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Comedian Samantha Bee returned to her TBS show on Wednesday, apologizing again for using a crude epithet to describe Ivanka Trump but expressing anger that the ensuing controversy distracted from more important issues.

President Donald Trump had called for her to be fired for what she said on last week’s episode of “Full Frontal,” but TBS accepted her apology.

Atown

Around Town

The provincial election is being held today (June 7), with polls open until 8 p.m. (CDT). Be sure to vote!

The United Native Friendship Centre will hold its annual general meeting today (June 7) at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.