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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 29, 2018

Ban on open fires lifted

News
Staff

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone that had been in effect across the region, effective immediately.

The forest fire hazard rating remains “high” throughout most of the Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden districts.

It ranges from “moderate" to "low” in the Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Red Lake districts.

FFMHA asking town for break

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is requesting temporary forgiveness from town council for outstanding finance fee charges.

'Co-op Display Day'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Samantha Berg shared what she learned about therapy and service dogs while on her placement at La Verendrye Hospital this semester during “Co-op Display Day” held earlier today in the school cafeteria.

Kids garden

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Cindy Homer, along with her children, Jonah and Ashlee, planted beets and peppers in their plot at the Fort Frances Community Garden on Lillie Avenue North for the first Kids' Garden Club meeting of the season yesterday evening. The club provides everything needed to grow a healthy garden, including the 10'x10' plots, tools, seeds, and plants.

Senators push back on home-grown pot

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A Senate committee yesterday passed 40 amendments to the federal government's cannabis legalization bill, including one that would allow provinces and territories to ban home-grown marijuana.

But the social affairs committee refused to accept a Conservative amendment that would have prohibited home cultivation outright.

Fraudsters may have data from two banks

National
Armina Ligaya
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Two of Canada's biggest banks warned yesterday that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and financial information of up to 90,000 customers.

The Bank of Montreal said hackers contacted the bank on Sunday claiming to be in possession of the personal information of fewer than 50,000 customers and threatened to make it public.

Opening cancelled by threat

National
The Canadian Press

STRATFORD, Ont.—Police in Stratford, Ont. say all buildings at the Stratford Festival have been turned back over to staff following a bomb threat that cancelled the official opening night of the 2018 season.

Police had said yesterday evening that they received a call that explosives had been placed at the theatre festival.

Horwath slams Ford on his home turf

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's NDP leader yesterday took her election campaign to the riding Doug Ford is hoping to capture, slamming the Tory leader's tax plan on his home turf as recent polls suggest one of the two will be the next premier.

Election watchdog backs Liberals' voting reforms

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The acting head of Elections Canada is supporting the Trudeau Liberals' attempt at rewriting federal election rules, but warns more needs to be done to limit the influence of foreign money at the ballot box.

Slumping Jays dumped by Red Sox

Sports
Ken Powtak
The Associated Press

BOSTON—Andrew Benintendi has continued the hot hitting out of the lead-off spot for injured star Mookie Betts.

Benintendi hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, and J.D. Martinez added a solo homer, as the Boston Red Sox coasted to an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday afternoon.

Warriors back in NBA Finals again

Sports
Kristie Rieken
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27-straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from three-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

Golden Knights draw first blood

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS—On a night when Sin City provided a glitzy, entertaining, over-the-top show for all the hockey world to see, a member of the supporting cast played the hero's role in a wild final act.