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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 17, 2016

Spring camp

Photos
Joey Payeur

Prospective members of this fall’s Muskie football team stretched themselves to the limit on the first day of the black-and-gold’s spring camp at Fort High yesterday evening. The camp, which runs weekdays from 6-8 p.m. until June 3, is open to players in Grade 8 and up.

Kenora sawmill adds new planer shift

District
Press Release

After resuming rough lumber production in early February, Kenora Forest Products (KFP) continues to expand finishing operations with the start of the first shift in its new planer mill today.

“There are now almost 70 Unifor members working at the mill,” noted Unifor national representative Stephen Boon.

Fire hazard to rise

District
Staff

The forest fire hazard in the Northwest Region currently is “moderate,” but it is expected to rise throughout the week.

One new fire was reported in the region by yesterday evening.

Red Lake Fire #7—a human-caused blaze—is now “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

Meanwhile, there were two active fires in the region as of press time today.

Fielder’s choice

Photos
Joey Payeur

Emo Renegades’ second baseman Sam Jibb had thoughts about slapping a tag on Fort Frances Angels’ runner Rylee Redford but decided instead to take the easier out at first during her team’s 16-11 win in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action yesterday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Heated action

Photos
Joey Payeur

With temperatures finally getting more spring-like, Fort Frances Youth Soccer action heated up yesterday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field. This Division 1 matchup featured the Panthers (left) taking on the Wildcats.

Indigenous children living in dire poverty

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-aboriginal kids, according to new findings released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Liberals unveil transgender bill

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has introduced legislation to extend human rights protections to transgender Canadians.

If passed, the legislation would make it illegal to prevent someone from getting a job or to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of gender identity or expression.

Fire danger shifts to oil patch

National
The Canadian Press

FORT McMURRAY, Alta.—Officials say the concern with northern Alberta wildfires has shifted from the city of Fort McMurray to the oil industry in the surrounding area.

Late last night, about 8,000 people at work camps north of Fort McMurray were ordered out in a mandatory evacuation.

Liberals won’t confirm climate plan

National
Keith Leslie
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s environment minister insists the province won’t eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of a soon-to-be-released plan to fight climate change.

Aussie athletes to receive condoms touted at combating Zika

Health & Wellness
The Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be supplied with condoms which manufacturers say will offer “near complete” antiviral protection against the Zika virus.

Loneliness hurts: Senior health about more than disease

Health & Wellness
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Grandma’s cholesterol is OK, but maybe the doctor should be asking about her social life, too.

Think about health during the senior years, and a list of common ailments pops to mind. But that’s not the whole story. New research suggests factors such as loneliness and whether they’ve broken any bones since middle age also play a role in the well-being of older adults.

Penis operation highlights past, future of organ transplants

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Add one remarkable case to the 30,000-plus organ transplants expected to be performed nationwide this year: A cancer patient who received a donor penis.

Thunder pull off upset

Sports
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif.—Outside his locker-room, first-year Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan received a round of handshakes and hugs for pulling off something no other team has this post-season.

The Thunder beat the defending champs at Oracle Arena.

U.S. reaches quarter-finals despite loss

Sports
The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—The United States advanced to the quarter-finals of the hockey world championship today despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia.

Slovakia would have qualified instead of the Americans with a win in regulation time, but the U.S. earned a point for forcing overtime—enough to secure fourth place in Group ‘B.’

Newsletters released from secretive National Security Agency

International
By Deb Riechmann The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency have been released by an online news site part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Imported forest pests cause $2 billion in damage annually to US forests

Science
By Mary Esch The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — When Gary Lovett was studying the effect of acid rain in New York’s Catskill Mountains 20 years ago, he ended the experiment early because so many trees in the test plots were dying not from acid rain, but from insect attacks.