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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 13, 2016

Dog act

Photos
Cameron Penney

Hojorge Dominguez, a performer with the Khartum Shrine Circus, showed off some dog tricks with the help of his four-legged companions yesterday afternoon during the first of two shows at the Memorial Sports Centre. Along with seeing the circus acts, youngsters were able to get their faces painted and ride a pony.

Fire safety day set

News
Staff

In conjunction with Emergency Preparedness Week, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will hold a “Spring Safety Day” tomorrow (May 14) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Canadian Tire.

Fire Prevention Capt. Wayne Riches said the focus will be emergency preparedness and fire safety, including residential smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

Weather keeps lid on fires

District
From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by yesterday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Kenora Fire #8, located in the Ingolf area about 55 km west of Kenora, was not expected to spread due to current weather conditions.

It was at 5,800 hectares in size as of Wednesday morning and remains listed as “not under control.”

Budding fireman

Photos
Submitted

Westyn DeGagne dressed up as a firefighter during the Fort Frances Nursery School’s visit to the local fire hall and OPP station earlier this month.

Mushroom harvest

Photos
Staff

Perry Nastiuk showed off a bag full of yellow, black, and sponge morel mushrooms he picked recently within town limits. Nastiuk collected 13 pounds of the popular fungi last year and is aiming to double that amount this season.

Positive approach

Photos
Duane Hicks

Acclaimed educator Teepa Snow led an all-day workshop, “Positive Approach in Dementia Care,” yesterday at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Gregoire’s call for more staff draws ire

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The opposition parties are making some political hay over media reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife wants extra staff to help manage her official duties.

Clean-up will test Fort McMurray

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Cleaning up Fort McMurray’s wildfire will test the city’s ability to handle everything from asbestos to rotting food and leave a lasting legacy of higher costs and dangerous residue.

So says Tom Moore—and he should know. Moore manages the landfill at Slave Lake, where one-third of the town was gutted by a fire five years ago this month.

Man punches tourist over tip

National
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—A man offering “free hugs” in New York’s Times Square is accused of punching a Canadian tourist in the face after she refused to tip him for his hug and a photo.

Jermaine Himmelstein was arrested on robbery and fraudulent accosting charges shortly after the incident yesterday afternoon.

PM to visit Fort Mac

National
The Canadian Press

FORT McMURRAY, Alta.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to meet with first responders today as he got a first-hand look at the damage left by a raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of 80,000 in Fort McMurray, Alta. more than a week ago.

Door left open to autism plan changes

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Kathleen Wynne is leaving the door slightly open to changing the way the Ontario government implements its controversial new autism program.

Videographer hurt in crash

National
The Canadian Press

LAC LA BICHE, Alta.—A videographer with CBC Radio-Canada is in hospital in critical condition after a crash yesterday near a northern Alberta community that has been housing Fort McMurray fire evacuees.

RCMP said they responded to an accident just outside Lac La Biche around 5:25 a.m.

B.C. on track for record drug deaths

National
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s health minister says he’s hopeful the rate of drug overdose deaths will start dropping this month as a result of action taken by the province to curb a disturbing spike in opioid-related fatalities.

Kershaw sets club record for Ks

Sports
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw is on a winning roll—and doing it ever so efficiently.

He tossed a three-hitter while Yasmani Grandal belted a three-run homer to help the L.A. Dodgers blank the N.Y. Mets 5-0 last night for a split of the four-game series.

“It was special,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts.

“I definitely put my fan hat on.”

Day ties course mark

Sports
Doug Ferguson
The Associated Press

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.—One birdie led to two more before Jason Day even hit his stride, and his round kept getting better until the world’s No. 1 player was in the record book and in the lead yesterday at The Players Championship.

He putted for birdie on every hole. His longest putt for par was 30 inches.