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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 17, 2015

Remember Riel

Photos
Heather Latter

Mayor Roy Avis joined Sunset Country Métis members for the raising of the MNO flag in honour of “Louis Riel Week” yesterday outside the Civic Centre. During the flag-raising, the group heard about Riel and his efforts to preserve Métis rights and culture. It was followed by a lunch of wild rice soup and bannock at the Métis Hall here.

—Heather Latter photo

Santa’s sleigh awash in funds

News
Duane Hicks

It looks like Santa will be riding in style during the Fort Frances Community Christmas Parade on Nov. 28.

A call for donations to help repair Santa’s sleigh was met with overwhelming support from local businesses and residents, who donated more than twice the amount needed.

“We got tons of donations over the last week,” enthused parade co-ordinator Scott Krienke-Turvey.

‘Faceless Dolls’ returning

News
Staff

The Northwest Catholic District School Board is set to bring back the “Faceless Doll” project first introduced to St. Francis School students here last November by the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Highway collision

District
Staff

Emergency services responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances, near The Great Bear, early this morning.

A vehicle struck a rock cut around 2 a.m.

The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when members of the Watten Fire Department, OPP, and Rainy River District EMS responded to the scene.

Lakers up to No. 4

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers have inched a little closer to the peak of the national Junior ‘A’ mountain.

After running their winning streak to nine games, the squad moved up one spot to No. 4 in the CJHL’s weekly top 20 rankings announced yesterday.

The Lakers (16-2) hold a seven-point lead over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (11-4-1-2) for first place in the SIJHL.

Muskie boys open on road

Sports
Staff

Saturday was for fun; but now things get serious.

The eight-time defending champion Muskie boys’ hockey team begins its quest for another NorWOSSA crown—and OFSAA berth—tonight against the host Dryden Eagles in the regular-season opener.

Duffy to star in trial’s last hurrah

National
Jennifer Ditchburn
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The last chapter of the long trial of Sen. Mike Duffy will be headlined by a much-anticipated appearance by the main character himself.

On Thursday, Ontario Justice Charles Vaillancourt will resume hearing the Crown’s case against Duffy on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust, and bribery.

Plane crash a ‘terrorist’ act

National
Lynn Berry
The Associated Press

MOSCOW—A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said today, telling President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear the crash that killed 224 people was a “terrorist” act and offering a $50 million reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Canada will increase Iraqi trainers

National
Mike Blanchfield
The Canadian Press

MANILA, Philippines—Canada will increase the number of ground troops it has in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger military contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

‘Fathers’ plaques in works for 2017

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal department overseeing “Canada 150” celebrations is embarking on a capital-wide project to place commemorative plaques at locations where 15 Fathers of Confederation made a home during their time in Parliament.

Two bison killed in park

National
The Canadian Press

ARDROSSAN, Alta.—Two bison have been shot and killed in a national park east of Edmonton.

Parks Canada says it happened near the north entrance of Elk Island National Park over the weekend of Oct. 17-18.

One of the animals was dragged along Highway 16, which bisects the park, to a field about 800 metres north of the park, where some of its meat was cut off.

Bengals handed first loss

Sports
Joe Kay
The Associated Press

CINCINNATI—The Texans were the perfect team to give the Bengals their first loss—on their home field in a big Monday night game, no less.

They have a way of doing this to them, especially if T.J. Yates is running the offence.

Zimmer out to keep Vikings grounded

Sports
The Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—One of coach Mike Zimmer’s favourite warnings for the Minnesota Vikings is this: “Don’t take the cheese.”

The advice to stay hungry and avoid complacency—analogous to a mouse sniffing a trap set with a tasty snack—will be especially pertinent now that they’ve moved past the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.

Jets play better but still lose

Sports
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—David Backes wasn’t sure what to expect from the St. Louis Blues’ new-look top line.

It turned out to be a winning combination last night.

Backes had two goals, and assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko’s score, to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

How the Paris attacks may renew the debate over encryption and security technology

Technology
By Bree Fowler And Michael Liedtke The Associated Press

NEW YORK The deadly attacks in Paris may soon reopen the debate over whether — and how — tech companies should let governments bypass the data scrambling that shields everyday commerce and daily digital life.

Food bank use on rise: report

Life
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Food Banks Canada is using its annual report on the number of people using food banks in the country to push anew for the federal and provincial governments to do away with the social assistance programs.

Oh, bother! Hungry black bear gets head stuck in milk can; wildlife workers to the rescue

Life
The Associated Press

THURMONT, Md. In an episode reminiscent of “Winnie the Pooh,” Maryland state wildlife workers used an electric hand saw to remove a milk can that was stuck on the head of a bear.

Natural disasters in Philippines make it a poster child for urgent action on climate change

Science
By Teresa Cerojano The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines two years ago, flattening entire villages and killing thousands, the country became a poster child for the havoc wrought by global warming and increasingly extreme weather.

Magnitude-6.1 earthquake hits western Greek island of Lefkada; 2 deaths, damage reported

International
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Lefkada on Tuesday, leaving two people reported dead and damaging roads and buildings.

Head of Russia’s FSB: crash of the passenger plane in Egypt was the result of ‘terrorist’ act

International
The Associated Press

MOSCOW The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt was brought down by a homemade bomb placed on board in a “terrorist” act, the head of Russia’s FSB security service told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.