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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 26, 2018

Top citizen to be named


Who will be the 2018 “Citizen of the Year?”

The answer to that question will be revealed at tonight's town council meeting.

The new “Citizen of the Year” will be honoured during a presentation following the committee of the whole meeting.

The town received a total of five nominations by the Oct. 26 deadline.

Results mixed for Muskies


It was a weekend of very different results for the two Muskie hockey teams.

The Dryden Eagles used a late three-goal outburst in the third period to down the Muskie girls' squad 4-1 yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Strachan named all-star coach

Press Release

The SIJHL announced Thursday the coaches and officials for its all-star game and skills competition, which is slated for this Wednesday (Nov. 28) at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Wayne Strachan of the Fort Frances Lakers was named as head coach for the Team Canada.

Strachan, a five-time recipient of the SIJHL's coach-of-the-year award, also is the winningest coach in league history.

Lakers extend losing streak


It's been some trying times of late for the Fort Frances Lakers.

A pair of 5-2 losses to the visiting Thunder Bay North Stars and Red Lake Miners over the weekend extended the Lakers' losing streak to four games.


Jamie Mountain

Muskie Issy Taylor and Cali Lappage of the Dryden Eagles both looked to have the quickest stick in the draw during a face-off in the third period of Fort High's 4-1 loss yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena. Lappage won the face-off and later scored an empty-netter to hand the Muskies (1-2) their second loss of the NorWOSSA season.

Baking galore

Duane Hicks

Beth Logue showed off some of the baked goodies she was selling Saturday morning during the Alberton Rec Committee's fifth-annual “Holiday Bazaar” at the Alberton municipal office. Vendors of all ages were selling their wares at the event, which was just one of several holiday-themed bake sales and bazaars held in recent weeks.

GM reveals closure of Oshawa assembly plant

Armina Ligaya
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—General Motors will close its production plant in Oshawa, Ont., along with four facilities in the U.S., as part of a global reorganization that will see the company focus on electric and autonomous vehicle programs.

Winter weather forecast 'mixed bag'

Alanna Rizza
The Canadian Press

Canadians can expect a “mixed bag” of winter weather in the coming months, according to The Weather Network.

The network is predicting western Canada will have warmer-than-normal temperatures this winter while the eastern half of the country will experience a long-lasting and colder-than-normal season.

Province to create new French commissioner job

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—After days of backlash over its cuts to institutions serving francophones, Ontario's Progressive Conservative government says it's making changes meant to recognize the “significant and ongoing” contributions of the Franco-Ontarian community.

More koi make meals for evasive B.C. otter

The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—An opportunistic otter that is preying on koi in a unique downtown Vancouver garden has eaten at least three more of the large fish and continues to evade efforts to trap and remove it.

Official: GM to close Ontario plant, costing 2,500 jobs


TORONTO — General Motors is planning to announce the closure of its Oshawa, Ontario, plant Monday, which will eventually result in the loss of about 2,500 jobs.

Canadian kids rank low in physical activity

Health & Wellness
By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadian kids continue to rank low in a global report on physical activity.

The most recent release from the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance finds children in Slovenia and Japan to be the most active among 49 countries studied.

Vikings get crucial win over Packers

Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Once Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings took the lead on Green Bay, they played with a fierce refusal to let it go.

They held onto the ball with the same determination.

Raptors hang on for fifth-straight win

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points with a typically dominant performance yesterday.

But it was an out-of-character moment that happened after a whistle that was the talk of the Toronto Raptors' locker-room afterward.

Leonard led the league-leading Raptors to a 125-115 victory over veteran Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat for their fifth-straight win.

Stamps finally exorcise Grey Cup demons

Dan Ralph
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A slick turf couldn't derail Bo Levi Mitchell, Terry Williams, and the Calgary Stampeders.

Mitchell threw two TD passes to earn game MVP honours while Williams had a record 97-yard punt return touchdown as Calgary ended two years of Grey Cup misery with a 27-16 win over the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL final last night.

Flames scorch Coyotes

The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Calgary coach Bill Peters took one on the chin yesterday—and so did the team his Flames dominated, the Arizona Coyotes.

Noah Hanifin and Mark Jankowski each scored twice, and former Coyotes' goalie Mike Smith just missed his 38th career shutout, as the Flames dumped Arizona 6-1.

Startups, old-line automakers aim to take bite out of Tesla

By Tom Krisher The Associated Press

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In a renovated old cash register factory in suburban Detroit, 300 engineers are toiling away on an all-electric pickup truck and an SUV that they hope can take on Tesla.

Anxiety abounds at NASA as Mars landing day arrives

Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A NASA spacecraft's six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale today in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains.

The InSight lander aimed for an afternoon touchdown as anxiety built among those involved in the $1-billion international effort.

Ukraine demands Russia release vessels as tensions build

By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Ukraine’s president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern.

Anxiety abounds at NASA as Mars landing day arrives

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft’s six-month journey to Mars neared its dramatic grand finale Monday in what scientists and engineers hoped would be a soft precision landing on flat red plains.

The InSight lander aimed for an afternoon touchdown, as anxiety built among those involved in the $1 billion international effort.

Milder weather in forecast


It will be overcast tonight, with an overnight low of minus-13 C (eight F) and northwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

Tomorrow will see some sunny breaks, with a high of just minus-nine (16) and low again around minus-13 (eight).

Look for northwest winds gusting up to 17 km/h.