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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 12, 2016

Ceremonial review

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Heather Latter

Lt.-Col. R.A. Evans, centre, inspected members of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron last night during its 13th-annual ceremonial review at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. The event included the presentation of awards and certificates, as well as a demonstration from the drill team and interactive displays.

Area man walking for Fort McMurray

News
Press Release

Stanley Barkman, from Sachigo Lake First Nation, challenged himself to help Fort McMurray and the people affected by the devastating wildfire by walking from Sioux Lookout, Ont. to Fort McMurray, Alta.

He hopes to help by raising awareness and funds by walking more than 2,000 km, which will take him more than six weeks to complete.

‘Blight’ fight looking for more helpers

News
Duane Hicks

The “Fight the Blight” campaign is underway but the town would like more helping hands for the town-wide clean-up portion coming up next week.

This week, town residents have been able to put out bags of garbage—without needing bag tags—on their usual garbage collection days.

There also will be two free tipping days at the local landfill this weekend (May 14-15).

Credit union sign

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Duane Hicks

Nexus Community Credit Union here got its new sign late Monday afternoon. The Thamesville Community Credit Union Ltd. and Northern Lights Credit Union Ltd. voted to merge back in November and commenced business under the new name back in January.

Froh to head MNO

District
Staff

Margaret Froh of Barrie is the new president of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Ballots from the May 2 election were tallied Tuesday and yesterday, with the official results announced last night.

Froh garnered 1,834 votes to beat Hank Rowlinson of Sudbury (1,469).

Gary Lipinski of Fort Frances did not seek re-election and is retiring from Métis politics.

Fires still not under control

District
From the MNRF

Two fires burning along the Ontario-Manitoba boundary remain listed as “not under control” at last report late yesterday afternoon.

Kenora Fire #18, in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora, last was estimated at 5,800 hectares in size.

Cooler, damp weather over the next few days will assist ground crews to continue to make progress with suppression efforts.

Rainycrest tea

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Heatr Latter

Shawna Holmlund visited with her dad, Bruce, during a tea at Rainycrest yesterday afternoon. Hosted by the Rainycrest Auxiliary, the event featured a bake sale, penny table, sale table, a “Lucky Lotto,” and door prize.

Unifor donates

District
Press Release

Unifor is contributing $500,000 to Fort McMurray disaster relief.

Unifor Local 324, which includes Norbord employees in Barwick and Acadia Broadcasting employees in Fort Frances, donated $5,000, as well.

“Our members in Fort McMurray fled the fire zone with their families and little else,” noted Unifor national president Jerry Dias.

‘Best Buddies’ hooping it up

Sports
Press Release

Fort High students will be “Hooping It Up” this Tuesday (May 17) at 11:30 a.m. to help students with special needs while raising money and awareness for their “Best Buddies” club.

“Hooping It Up” with Best Buddies Canada is a basketball free-throw competition and awareness event.

For a $2 entry fee, each participant tries to sink as many free throws as possible in one minute.

Muskie soccer teams clinch top spot

Sports
Staff

Rainy, chilly weather didn’t come close to cooling off the Muskie boys’ and girls’ soccer teams yesterday in Dryden.

Neither did the absence of both of their regular head coaches.

Both Muskie crews didn’t give up a goal, while each netting nine of their own, in sweeping their respective doubleheaders to improve to 4-0 on the NorWOSSA season and lock up first place.

Award-winning performance

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Heather Latter

Mira Donaldson performed “Always Do a Cannonball” by Gary Dunford during the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts’ annual “Highlights Concert” on Tuesday night at the Townshend Theatre. Winning several awards in the drama, instrumental, and piano divisions, Donaldson also was awarded the coveted Rose Bowl for drama.

Reserve getting workers

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Health Canada said yesterday it will fund two additional mental health workers and a case manager for youth in Attawapiskat to assist with the Northern Ontario reserve’s suicide crisis.

It’s a move that comes after the federal government came under fire by the region’s MP and the community’s chief.

Teen’s Mayan theory questioned

National
Nathalie Laflamme
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—An assistant professor of anthropology at McGill University is cautioning that the work of a Quebec teenager who possibly has discovered a “lost” Mayan city has not been peer-reviewed.

William Gadoury, 15, shot to fame earlier this week with reports he had stumbled on what he believes could be a Mayan settlement in an uninhabited part of Mexico.

Child sex tourism rising here

National
Morgan Lowrie
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—More children than ever are being exploited in the travel and tourism sector in Canada and around the world, according to a new report released today.

Deck stacked on electoral reform?

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government yesterday was accused of stacking the deck in the Liberal party’s favour as it finally made good on a promise to create a special parliamentary committee on electoral reform.

Democratic Institutions minister Maryam Monsef insisted the government remains open to considering any and all alternatives to the existing first-past-the-post voting system.

Partisan ads being curbed

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government no longer will be able to advertise policy measures that have not yet been adopted by Parliament under new rules designed to curb partisanship in taxpayer-funded ads.

Club offers lap dances for evacuees

National
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Fire evacuees from Fort McMurray have been offered meals, clothing, places to stay, and now an unusual gift—a free lap dance.

An Edmonton strip club is waiving its $9 entry fee and offering one $30 lap dance to any customers from the evacuated city in northern Alberta.

As demonstrated in the days since the fire, the oilsands capital is home to many families.

N.S outlines autism plan

Health & Wellness
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—An additional 30-40 pre-school children with autism spectrum disorder in Nova Scotia will receive treatment each year as a result of $3.6 million being included in the provincial budget.

A total of 180 children will be receiving treatment under the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment program.

Blues advance to West final

Sports
Stephen Hawkins
The Associated Press

DALLAS—The captain and the kid are going to the Western Conference final with the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis did more than survive Game 7 this time. The Blues routed the top-seeded Dallas Stars 6-1 last night to advance to their first Western Conference final since 2001.