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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 27, 2019

NWHU to voice funding concerns

News
Staff

A larger financial burden is going to be shifted from the province onto municipalities as the Ontario government moves forward with its restructuring of health care services.

The local impact of going from 35 local public health units to 10 regional ones will be outlined by staff from Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) at this evening's council meeting.

Fire hazard low

District
From the MNRF

There were no new fires over the weekend, and no active fires in the region at present.

Widespread precipitation and cool temperatures have resulted in a low fire hazard across the Northwest Region with the exception of the far north portions of the Red Lake sector where hazard conditions are moderate.

Illinois man busted at border

District
From the OPP

On Wednesday, May 22 at 3:50 p.m., officers of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call for service from Canada Border Services indicating that they had a subject in custody for criminal-related offences.

Officers attended the scene and commenced an investigation.

Reigning EWC champs dethroned

Sports
Staff

The third time was the charm for Dan and Josh Pollard over the weekend.

After back-to-back years of finishing second to Baudette's Les Morrison and Morson's Oliver Gibbins, the Emo natives captured the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic with a two-day haul of 15.69 pounds and dethroned the reigning champs.

Busy book sale

Photos
Ken Kellar

A crowd sorted through the offerings at the Friends of the Fort Frances Library's annual book sale held at the library on Saturday. Eager shoppers were lined up outside the library's front doors as the sale kicked off at 10 a.m. The sale continues through the week, giving book-lovers a chance to help raise money to support the library and its programs.

'Le Groupe Swing'

Photos
Ken Kellar

Michel Bénac of “Le Groupe Swing” played to a jam-packed house at the Townshend Theatre on Friday afternoon. The Juno nominated and Trille Or award-winning francophone trio was at the high school to play their energetic music, a blend of French-Canadian folk and American pop, for students from across the district.

Picking plants

Photos

Patti McTavish looked through some of the 3,000 plants that were on display at the seventh and final “Marzie Days” fundraiser in Burris on Saturday. The plant sale each year has raised money for the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation in Winnipeg where event organizer Barb Redford's granddaughter, who is special needs, receives care.

Career symposium

Photos
Ken Kellar

Diana McGhee, left, partnership specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), speaks with Lane Sargeant about the Stewardship Youth Ranger—Ogimaa Binesiiyog Program at the career symposium held at Fort Frances High School on Thursday as part of Indigenous Education week.

EWC champs

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Dan Pollard hoisted up a walleye that was part of he and his son Josh's 8.91-pound Day 2 haul that made them the champs of the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic over the weekend. After back-to-back years of finishing as the runners-up to Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbins, the Pollards topped the 30-team field this year with a two-day haul of 15.69 pounds.

Proud angler

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Rustin Chartier, left, was all smiles as he proudly showed off the walleye that he caught with his uncle, Riley Caul, during the “Kids Gone Fishing” event Thursday afternoon that kicked off the 18th-annual Emo Walleye Classic.

Art co

Photos
Ken Kellar

Grade 11 student Samantha Stone posed with her co-op display “Between the Lines” at Fort Frances High School's Co-op Display Day. Stone did her co-op with Mrs. Daley's Grade 9 English class, and centered her display around poetry. Visitors to her booth learned about different forms of poetry and were invited to write their own poem for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card.

Province reviewing new booze report

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Progressive Conservative government is now reviewing recommendations from its special adviser on alcohol as it looks at making changes to the system.

Ken Hughes, a former MP and Alberta cabinet minister, delivered his report Friday to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli on ways to improve consumer choice and convenience.

Head from saint's statue recovered

National
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A Winnipeg church's prayers for the return of the head from a saint's statue may have been answered.

The Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga posted a photo on Facebook showing the bronze head depicting St. Volodymyr resting on a table, saying that someone found and returned the head on Saturday.

UN urges Canada to take more Mexican refugees

National
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The United Nations is urging Canada to help ease Mexico's refugee burden by helping resettle some of the most vulnerable of its new arrivals, including women, children and LGBTQ people.

Ford cancels cuts to municipalities

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government has backed down on retroactive funding cuts to municipalities after sustained pressure from local leaders, who warned of devastating impacts to public health, child care and ambulance services.

Toddler hit by motorcycle

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Officials say a four-year-old boy who was hospitalized after a hit-and-run is in life-threatening condition, following incorrect reports from Toronto police that the boy had died.

Police have said that the boy was struck by a motorcycle that fled the scene yesterday afternoon in the city's east end.

Police arrest two in 2014 Thunder Bay homicide

National
The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont.—Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they've made two arrests in a homicide from nearly five years ago.

William Wapoose, 32, was found dead on a local bike path in September 2014.

On Friday, police say they arrested two men, one of whom was a youth at the time Wapoose died.

Judge: Anheuser-Busch must pull some ads about MillerCoors

Business
The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors’ light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers.

Pregnant women need drug-safety info: doctors

Health & Wellness
By Camille Bains The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Funding a program that provides pregnant and breast-feeding women with evidence-based research on drug safety should be a priority for the Canadian government, say doctors citing the closure of such a service after nearly 35 years.

Raptors to face Warriors in NBA Finals

Sports
Tim Reynolds
The Associated Press

The first NBA game was in Toronto. And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.

Finally.

The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship on Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.

Biggio big in Jays' win over Padres

Sports

By Tim Wharnsby

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO—The good vibrations from the Toronto Raptors historic Eastern Conference championship Saturday night made its way a few blocks to the Rogers Centre yesterday afternoon.

Trump breaks with Japan’s Abe on North Korean missile tests

International
By Jill Colvin And Darlene Superville

TOKYO — President Donald Trump said Monday he is not “personally” bothered by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry.

Anheuser-Busch must pull some ads about MillerCoors

Lifestyles
The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE—A Wisconsin judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors' light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to small independent brewers.

Sunny, mild tomorrow

Weather

Tonight will be mostly clear with a low of five C (41 F).

Tomorrow will be sunny and milder with a high of 19 (66) and a low of eight (46).

Wednesday will be very sunny and warm with a high of 23 (73) and a low of six (43).