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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 23, 2019

Rusnak travelling to D.C.

News
Press Release

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss important cross-border issues facing Northwestern Ontario with US Congressional Representatives.

Rusnak will meet with Representative Pete Stauber of Minnesota's Eight District, which borders Thunder Bay-Rainy River.

Secondary students successful in French language testing

News
Press Release

During Education Week earlier this month, 16 Grade 12 students from Fort Frances High School and Atikokan High School took the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) exam.

The Rainy River District School Board (RRDSB) is pleased to announce that all students passed.

Six students took the A2 exam and 10 students took the B2 exam at Confederation College on May 6-9.

Life jackets save lives: conservation officers

District
Press Release

Did you know wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device can save your life?

Over 65 percent of all preventable fatal drownings take place in rivers and lakes and that's why Ontario's conservation officers are reminding the public to be safe on Ontario waters.

Boating safety tips:

Name chosen for new consolidated Catholic school

District
Staff

What's old is new again.

The new consolidated catholic school will be named St. Mary School when it opens in the fall.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board passed a motion Tuesday evening to select the name from the three presented to them as options.

Police getting too many unintentional 9-1-1 calls

District
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 11 pocket dials and/or unintentional 9-1-1 calls over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Pocket dials happen when a mobile device carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or other piece of clothing accidentally activates the keypad, causing the emergency call.

CBP officers seize point of sale machines at border

District
Press Release

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted three rail containers destined to arrive in Ranier, Mn.

CBP officers inspected the rail containers and discovered point of sale machines in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

Muskie soccer squads finish first

Sports
Staff

The Muskie girls' soccer team was unable to come away with a win on the rain-soaked final day of the regular season but still clinched a first-place bye to next Wednesday's (May 29) NorWOSSA final in Dryden.

Braves remain undefeated

Sports
Staff

It's been a great start to the Rainy River District Fastball League season for the two-time defending champion Fort Frances Braves.

Cole Tymkin smacked another homer to pace the Braves to a 17-1 rout of the Manitou Thunderbirds on Tuesday night to improve their record to a perfect 3-0.

Hoop dancing

Photos
Ken Kellar

Hoop dancer Dallas Arcand danced to a traditional shake song yesterday at the Townshend Theatre as part of Indigenous Education Week at Fort Frances High School.

Bountiful books

Photos
Duane Hicks

Fort Frances Public Library CEO Caroline Goulding had her hands full yesterday with just a fraction of the books the public has generously donated for Friends of the Library's annual book sale coming up this Saturday. The book sale will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the library. Drop by, find some books you like and make a donation.

Tree sale

Photos
Ken Kellar

Margaret King, right, filled a bag with milkweed seeds while chatting with Rainy River District Stewardship (RRDS) vice-chair Tony Elders outside the Fort Frances Public Library last Thursday. RRDS was holding its annual tree sale, where the public could pick up a bundle of 20 white spruce or red pine seedlings for $5, or five bur oak seedlings for $10.

Honoured by DSSAB

Photos
Ken Kellar

Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) chair Deb Ewald, left, paramedics Steven Youden and Robert Altbauer, and RRDSSAB CAO Dan McCormick smiled for the camera during the RRDSSAB annual general meeting at the Copper River Inn last Thursday.

FFPC career talk

Photos
Ken Kellar

Fort Frances Power Corp. lineman Chris Faragher demonstrated his climbing gear to the students in Mme. Jean, Mme. Ableman and Mr. Cousineau's Kindergarten classes at St. Michael's School on Friday. Mme. Jean and Mme.

Indigenous high school courses not mandatory

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Indigenous courses will not be a mandatory part of the high school curriculum in Ontario—a decision that has angered First Nations members.

Former health ministers urge end to cuts

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ten former Ontario health ministers representing three political parties are urging the provincial government to reverse its cuts to public-health funding.

Six former Liberal ministers, three New Democrats and one Progressive Conservative have signed an open letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott, imploring her to stop what they call “drastic” cuts.

Spending growth slowest in 30 years

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's fiscal watchdog says program spending under the Progressive Conservatives will drop to its lowest level in 30 years as the government tries to eliminate the deficit.

The Tories have said they don't expect to balance the budget until 2023-24—one year past their mandate—and have been announcing a slew of cuts as they chip away at the $11.7-billion deficit.

Faces of concussions: NHL’s head-on battle with an epidemic

Sports
By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press

HOMER GLEN, Ill. — Wearing a black shirt with “Fight for your happiness” on the front and “Sick not weak” on the back, Daniel Carcillo eats an apple as his wife makes a cappuccino nearby and their oldest daughter scampers around the kitchen.

This is the family he always wanted, just not the life he expected.

Indy 500 all about tradition - many endure, some fade away

Sports
By Dave Skretta The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Hunter-Reay has been around long enough to remember when the Indianapolis 500 was the true culmination of the “Month of May,” when fans would file through the old turnstiles each day during the multi-week buildup to the biggest one-day sporting event in the world.

Consumer Reports: Tesla automated lane changes are risky

Technology
By Tom Krisher The Associated Press

DETROIT — A new automatic lane-change feature of Tesla’s Autopilot system doesn’t work well and could be a safety risk to drivers, according to tests performed by Consumer Reports.

The magazine and website tested “Navigate on Autopilot” and found it less competent than human drivers, cutting off other cars without leaving enough space.

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at SoCal aquarium

International
Julie Watson
The Associated Press

LA JOLLA, Calif.—At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.

German diplomat in Tehran to continue nuclear deal talks

International
David Rising
The Associated Press

BERLIN—A senior German diplomat headed today to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington.

Botswana allows elephant hunting

International
The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG—Botswana's government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups.

The southern African nation is home to more elephants than any other country, with an estimated 130,000.

The government's statement posted on social media says the change comes after consultations with stakeholders.

Chimps spotted cracking open tortoises

International
Frank Jordans
The Associated Press

BERLIN—Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, citing conflicts

International
The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — Botswana’s government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups.

The southern African nation is home to more elephants than any other country, with an estimated 130,000.

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

International
By David Rising The Associated Press

BERLIN — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington.

Nationwide program empowers Indigenous youth with power of dance

Life
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — When life gets Solomon Harper down, he dances. And when he feels happy, he dances even more.

The 16-year-old from St. Theresa Point First Nation describes dance as a powerful emotional outlet, a motivator that’s pushing him to mentor other youth, and to one day become a professional choreographer and pursue a law degree at university.

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

Science
By Frank Jordans The Associated Press

BERLIN — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.

Yes or No: Who’s in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

People
By Laurie Kellman The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy.

Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s housing secretary, give her one. Instead, he mocked her: “Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading?” Other times, he repeated: “You already know the answer.”

Program empowers Indigenous youth with power of dance

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—When life gets Solomon Harper down, he dances. And when he feels happy, he dances even more.

The 16-year-old from St. Theresa Point First Nation describes dance as a powerful emotional outlet, a motivator that's pushing him to mentor other youth, and to one day become a professional choreographer and pursue a law degree at university.

More rain in forecast

Weather

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of five C (41 F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy, cooler and rainy. Expect a high of 11 (52) and a low of six (43).

Saturday will be cloudy with a passing shower, a high of 16 (61) and a low of five (41).

Atown

Around Town

The Emo Walleye Classic will run today through Saturday, starting with the angler parade today at 5:30 p.m. Flights then leave at 8 and 8:30 a.m. both Friday and Saturday with the weigh-ins beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Emo/La Vallee Arena. See the full schedule of events in this week's Times!