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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 10, 2018

Nurses in the spotlight

Press Release

Riverside Health Care is proud to celebrate and acknowledge Nursing Week 2018.

Three nabbed in drug bust

From the OPP

Three Kenora men face numerous drug- and Criminal Code-related offences following arrests there on Monday.

An investigation was conducted by the OPP and the Treaty #3 Police Service that focused on methamphetamine trafficking in and around the Kenora area.

It concluded with the arrest of three individuals.

Pair of new fires reported

From the MNRF

Two new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Red Lake Fire #12, located just west of North Spirit Lake First Nation, is 5.5 hectares in size.

Red Lake Fire #13, at 0.2 hectares, is located near Pikangikum First Nation.

There were eight new fire starts in the Red Lake and Kenora districts on Tuesday.

Trio of drivers charged

From the OPP

On Sunday around 4:20 a.m., a Rainy River District OPP officer was patrolling on King's Highway in Fort Frances when he observed erratic driving.

A traffic stop was initiated by the officer, who determined the driver had been consuming alcohol.

The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further tests.

Mixed results for Muskies


The Muskie boys' and girls' soccer teams kicked off the NorWOSSA regular season here yesterday with mixed results.

The boys battled to a 1-1 draw with the Kenora Broncos in the morning game, then cruised to a 5-0 shutout over the Dryden Eagles in the afternoon.

Goal scorers were not known as of press time.

Regional pucksters off to strong starts


The Team Ontario North boys' and girls' hockey teams have jumped out to good starts at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship being held in Membertou, N.S.

Student art

Sam Odrowski

Bob Kowal, Indigenous Education Leader/Principal of School Support Services, admired some of the students' art at Crossroads School in Devlin yesterday evening during its “Parent Engagement Night.” The event saw an exceptional turnout, with the school's parking lot overflowing with vehicles.

Racist tirade captured on video

The Canadian Press

LETHBRIDGE, Alta.—Monir Omerzai still was stewing weeks after a fellow diner at a Denny's spewed a racist tirade at him and his friends.

So on Tuesday, he decided to post on Facebook a video he had filmed of the heated exchange at the restaurant in Lethbridge, Alta.

Second round of alert tests mixed

Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Mobile phones in Atlantic Canada buzzed and squealed yesterday as more tests were conducted on Canada's new emergency alert system.

But glitches appeared to continue in Western Canada, where some wireless subscribers got the test signals and others did not.

Electronic voting machines in use

Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—For the first time in a provincial election in Ontario, voters will use electronic voting machines when they head to the polls June 7.

The voters' paper lists also will be a thing of past in most ridings, replaced by an electronic version called e-Poll Book.

Elections Ontario says the new technology should help speed up both the voting and ballot-counting process.

Ban on home-grown pot paternalistic: McLellan

Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Banning Canadians from growing a few marijuana plants in their homes or backyards once recreational cannabis is legalized would be both paternalistic and unenforceable, former federal justice minister Anne McLellan says.

ETFO endorses NDP

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A union representing Ontario's elementary school teachers has endorsed the New Democrats ahead of the spring election.

The Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario made the announcement at a meeting earlier today.

ETFO president Sam Hammond said the party earned the endorsement because of its commitment to publicly-funded education.

Ford pledges middle class tax cut

The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Doug Ford says he would implement a tax cut for the middle class if his Progressive Conservatives form government after the June 7 election.

He said the measure would save taxpayers as much as $786 annually.

Ford noted those earning $42,960 to $85,923 per year would benefit the most from the measure.

Canadian Tire buys company

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Helly Hansen, a maker of sportswear and workwear based in Norway, for $985 million.

Under the deal for the company controlled by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Canadian Tire also assumes $50 million in debt.

Canadian Tire buying Helly Hansen for $985M

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Helly Hansen, a maker of sportswear and workwear based in Norway, for $985 million.

Under the deal for the company controlled by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canadian Tire also assume $50 million in debt.

McIlroy looking to solve Sawgrass

Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.—Rory McIlroy didn't break par until his fourth time at The Players Championship.

The next step is having a chance on Sunday.

The four-time major champion has learned to love the TPC Sawgrass—“learned to like,” he quickly clarified with a smile—and has taken small steps toward contention.

Celtics advance to face Cavs

The Associated Press

BOSTON—With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by one, Marcus Smart had a chance to all but clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws.

He missed the first.

'A calmness' to Game 7s: Maurice

Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

Anticipation, excitement, and a fair amount of nerves are to be expected ahead of a Game 7.

That's the easy part. Or at least the predictable part.

But for Winnipeg Jets' head coach Paul Maurice, something else lingers ahead of two opponents preparing to decide who will move on and who will head home.

Jays rally late to beat Mariners

John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—As far as Josh Donaldson is concerned, the Toronto Blue Jays never should get shut out, let alone go without a hit.

Donaldson, Yangervis Solarte, and Justin Smoak had three-consecutive doubles in a four-run eighth inning as the Jays finished with 12 hits in a 5-2 win over Seattle—a day after Mariners' pitcher James Paxton threw a no-hitter at Rogers Centre.

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press

The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.

The NBA has its Final Four.

It certainly does not disappoint.

What happens when the robots sound too much like humans?

By Matt O’Brien The Associated Press

Artificial intelligence has a new challenge: Whether and how to alert people who may not know they’re talking to a robot.

Volcano at risk of explosive eruption

The Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii—Hawaii's Kilauea volcano soon could send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago.

Hawaii volcano park to close amid explosion concerns

By Sophia Yan And Audrey McAvoy The Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago.

Texas suit could speed DACA’s path to Supreme Court

By Jessica Gresko The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Three judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and may create a legal clash that could speed the issue’s path to the Supreme Court.

At least 41 killed as dam bursts in Kenya, officials say

By Tom Odula The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — A dam burst its banks in Kenya’s Rift Valley, killing at least 41 people and forcing hundreds from their homes, officials said Thursday.

Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua estate that borders the reservoir.

Walrus surprise residents in remote Alaska village

By Dan Joling The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Residents of a village of 110 on the Alaska Peninsula see the occasional walrus in Bering Sea waters, but when 200 packed a beach just outside the community, it took them by surprise.

Port Heiden’s Tribal Council President John Christensen, Jr. was on a beach ride with four-wheelers April 7 and smelled something foul, he said Wednesday.


Around Town

“SafeTALK,” a workshop designed to raise suicide alertness among community members, will be held again today (May 10) from 6-9 p.m. at NCDS (304 Scott St.) Admission is free but pre-registration is required by contacting Char Strain at 274-2347 ext. 207 (leave message) or via e-mail at