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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 31, 2018

Rendez-Vous salutes long-time server

News
Press Release

Paul Noonan, Sarah Noonan, and the staff at La Place Rendez-Vous would like to congratulate Gael Belluz for achieving a rare milestone in the hospitality industry.

She celebrated her 40th anniversary on May 1, 2018 as a server in our dining room.

'Flying lanterns' banned

News
Staff

The town will amend its bylaw prohibiting fireworks to include lanterns that use an open flame to float through the air.

Beware of moose: OPP

District
From the OPP

The Atikokan OPP has responded to two moose collisions over the past weekend on Highway 11 east of Atikokan.

The collisions, which saw one of the vehicle occupants suffer minor injuries, took place during the dark evening hours.

Pair of new fires reported

District
From the MNRF

Two new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Fort Frances Fire #9 was listed as “out" at 0.1 hectares at last report but Fort Frances Fire #10, located near Eva Lake, was "not under control” at 0.1 ha.

Red Lake Fire #30 has grown to 3,739 ha is size but now is listed as “being held.”

Muskies champs again

Sports
Staff

Death, taxes, and the Muskie boys' soccer team winning the championship.

Those seemingly are the only certainties in life.

The Muskies netted a pair of goals in the second half as they nabbed their eighth-straight league title with a 2-0 shutout of the visiting Kenora Broncos in the NorWOSSA final yesterday afternoon.

Junior athletes claim crown

Sports
Staff

The Muskie track-and-field team claimed its first-ever junior title at the NWOSSAA championships that ran Tuesday and Wednesday in Thunder Bay.

Eleven different Muskies also qualified for the all-Ontarios set for June 7-9 in Toronto, the most Fort High has ever sent.

Tori Toriseva won the junior girls' 300m race while Alacea Yerxa nabbed bronze in the 1,500m.

Girls final

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Pasquel Shortreed looked to get the ball from her Dryden Eagles' opponent during the Muskie girls' soccer team's 2-1 loss in the NorWOSSA final yesterday afternoon here. The Muskies had advanced after edging the Kenora Broncos 1-0 in the semi-final that morning.

Champs again

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Captains Cole Kowalski and Cam Lidkea hoisted the NorWOSSA trophy after the Muskie boys' soccer team blanked the Kenora Broncos 2-0 here yesterday afternoon to capture their eighth-straight league title.

Band concert

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort Frances High School students took their musical talents to the Townshend Theatre stage last night to perform their annual year-end concert for parents and staff who filled it to maximum capacity.

Jackson's estate sues over TV documentary

National
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—The estate of Michael Jackson sued ABC and parent company Disney yestersday, saying a two-hour documentary on the singer's last days improperly used the King of Pop's songs, music videos, and movies.

Jehovah's Witness cannot appeal expulsion

National
Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A Jehovah's Witness who was expelled from a Calgary congregation cannot take his case to a judge, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

In a 9-0 decision today, the high court said the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has no jurisdiction to review the congregation's decision to shun Randy Wall over alleged drunkenness and verbal abuse.

Ontario PCs quietly release plan online

National
Paola Loriggio
Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press

After vowing for weeks to deliver a fully-costed platform, Ontario's Progressive Conservatives yesterday quietly released a compilation of their campaign promises without saying how they would pay for them.

The updated “Plan for the People,” posted on the party's website, lays out how much each initiative is expected to cost but not where the money will come from.

Feds' pipeline purchase spurs talk of reviving Energy East project

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to go to the wall to save the Trans Mountain pipeline and get oil to Canada's west coast, federal Conservatives say he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline that would have brought oil to Canada's east coast.

And at least one Liberal backbencher is echoing that sentiment.

Quebec woman reaches summit of Mount Logan

National
Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebecer has become the first woman to climb to the top of Canada's highest mountain in a solo trek, her agent said yesterday.

“Monique just reached the summit,” Francois Masse said in an e-mailed message to The Canadian Press, referring to Monique Richard.

Key interest rate held steady

National
Craig Wong
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold yesterday but noted the Canadian economy was a little stronger than expected in the first quarter, raising expectations that rate hikes are coming later this year.

CP Rail reaches deal with crews

National
Ross Marowits
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Canadian shippers breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday after CP Rail reached a tentative agreement with its train crews to end a strike mere hours after it began.

The Calgary railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference reached a four-year deal while the union also completed a five-year agreement for the Kootenay Valley Railway.

Quebec woman reaches summit of Mount Logan

National
Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebecer has become the first woman to climb to the top of Canada's highest mountain in a solo trek, her agent said yesterday.

“Monique just reached the summit,” Francois Masse said in an e-mailed message to The Canadian Press, referring to Monique Richard.

Canada invests $54M in F-35 development

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada quietly has paid another $54 million toward development of the F-35 stealth fighter, bringing its total investment in the controversial project to roughly a half-a-billion dollars over the last 20 years.

Many affected by 'Roseanne' cancellation

Business
Andrew Dalton
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—The unprecedented sudden cancellation of one of television's top comedies has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake.

Roseanne Barr's racist tweet and the swift axing of her rebooted show put hundreds of people out of work, with some wondering whether they would be paid, most knowing they wouldn't be, and few with any legal recourse.

Iowa utility: Project means wind will meet customer demand

Business
By David Pitt The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa-based utility submitted plans Wednesday for a massive wind turbine project that would be the nation’s first investor-owned electric utility to generate all of its customer demand from wind energy.

Michigan commits $50M to building second large Soo Lock

Business
By David Eggert The Associated Press

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders on Wednesday committed up to $50 million to upgrade the Soo Locks, a bid to persuade the federal government to fund the long-sought $1 billion proposal to build a second large lock that allows commercial ships to traverse the Great Lakes.

Blue Jays get swept by Red Sox

Sports
Ken Powtak
The Associated Press

BOSTON—The Boston Red Sox are rolling into Houston for their first matchup against the champion Astros since getting bounced by them last post-season.

J.D. Martinez hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer over the “Green Monster” and out of Fenway Park as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 yesterday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep.

Shapovalov gets ousted

Sports
The Canadian Press

PARIS—Denis Shapovalov's first career Grand Slam as a seeded player didn't last long.

The No. 24 seed, from Richmond Hill, Ont., lost 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-4 to world No. 70 Maximilian Marterer of Germany in the second round of the French Open today.

Warriors, Cavaliers ready for Act IV in Finals

Sports
Janie McCauley
The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif.—Cleveland and Golden State were stressed and stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest showdown in the NBA Finals.

“Splintered” is how Stephen Curry described what he feared could happen in the second quarter of Game 7 at Houston, with the Warriors pushed to the brink by the Rockets.

Capitals even up final with Golden Knights

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS—A goal from the most unlikely source and a jaw-dropping save has the Washington Capitals back on even terms in the Stanley Cup final.

Gender-bending, time-travelling pronouns: A history

Life
By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — On college campuses and in workplaces, across social media and in deference to non-binary people, gender-neutral pronouns are more than just a new wave of political correctness.

They’re the focus of debate that stretches back hundreds of years.

A spud is born: UMaine unveils gourmet ‘Pinto Gold’ potato

Science
The Associated Press

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine says it’s releasing a new type of gourmet potato.

The new spud is called the “Pinto Gold” and the university’s potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. Gregory Porter, who leads the breeding program, says the potato will be especially well suited to roasting.

Where’s Melania? First lady not seen in public for 3 weeks

People
By Darlene Superville The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — After nearly three weeks out of sight, Melania Trump tried to put to rest speculation about her health and even her whereabouts as she continues to recover from medical treatment for a kidney condition. It didn’t completely work.

’Roseanne’ cancellation brings unemployment, uncertainty

People
By Andrew Dalton The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The unprecedented sudden cancellation of one of television’s top comedies has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake.

Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet and the swift axing of her rebooted show put hundreds of people out of work, with some wondering whether they would be paid, most knowing they wouldn’t be, and few with any legal recourse.

Atown

Around Town

To mark Paramedic Services Week, the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics and Rainy River District Paramedic Services will hold free barbecues from 4-8 p.m. today (May 31) at the Emo ambulance base, as well as on Saturday, June 2 from noon-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances ambulance base. There also will be games, prizes, a bake sale, open house, and ambulance tours.