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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 29, 2018

Correction

News

An article in yesterday's Times incorrectly named a Muskie senior boys' basketball player as Ben Larson.

In fact, his name is Brandon Larson.

The Times regrets any confusion or disappointment this error may have caused.

Santa to be in new sleigh

News
Duane Hicks

The annual Christmas parade, this year entitled “Christmas at the Movies,” is all set to go this Sunday (Dec. 2) and it's shaping up to be a holiday event to remember.

The parade will be held along Scott Street at 3 p.m., starting at Reid Avenue and ending at TD Canada Trust at Mowat Avenue.

Team U.S.A. wins all-star game again

Sports
Staff

For the second-straight year, Team U.S.A. shone the brightest as it downed Team Canada 8-6 in the SIJHL's annual all-star game last night at the Ice For Kids Arena here.

Arctic Cat pulls out first win of season

Sports
Staff

It was a night of firsts in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action Tuesday night at Fort High.

The first game saw the Muskies taking on winless Arctic Cat.

Muskie girls nip Broncos in OT

Sports
Staff

Anytime the Muskies and International Falls Broncos square off, it's bound to be a classic.

That rang true once again Tuesday night as Reece McQuaker scored the overtime winner with just 36 seconds left to lift the Muskie girls' hockey team to a thrilling 2-1 win in over the visiting Broncos in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series.

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Photos
Jamie Mountain

Garrett Wojcicki (Minnesota Iron Rangers) of Team U.S.A. looked to fire one into the gaping net during his squad's 8-6 win over Team Canada in the SIJHL's annual all-star game last night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Despite being unable to finish this glorious scoring chance, Wojcicki redeemed himself with a third-period marker.

Scrum chase

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie Martina Woods was knocked down to the ice from behind while trying to chase down International Falls Broncos' captain Taylor Sears during Fort High's 2-1 overtime win in the opener of their annual two-game “Border Battle” exhibition series Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. The two teams will lock horns again in the series finale Jan. 21 in the Falls.

Up for bid

Photos
Duane Hicks

A handful of items donated for the “Spirit of Christmas” currently are on display at the La Verendrye General Hospital tuck shop. The hospital auxiliary's silent auction fundraiser, to be held this Sunday (Dec. 2) starting at 2 p.m. in the Copper River Inn ballroom, will feature a wide array of arts and crafts, handcrafted holiday decorations, and gift ideas.

Kindness pledge

Photos
Duane Hicks

Mayor-elect June Caul showed off the tag she filled out this morning for the new “Christmas Kindness Pledge" initiative. Go Local Fort Frances and the Town of Fort Frances are inviting local residents to go to participating "Go Local" businesses and fill out tags, promising to do a good deed this holiday season.

B.C. postal plant hit by other union pickets

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada Post employees have been legislated back to work after more than five weeks of rotating strikes but that isn't stopping their brethren from picking up picket signs to support them—and once again slowing the mail in the process.

Feds go cold on right to housing

National
Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal Liberals aren't living up to a promise to legislate a right to housing, a group of housing and homelessness advocates say, and that's threatening the objectives of their own $40-billion housing strategy.

Marketing scheme boosts town

National
The Canadian Press

A town of about 1,400 people in Northern Ontario is crediting an ambitious marketing campaign with drawing two dozen new families to the community.

Last year, Smooth Rock Falls, Ont. offered to reimburse 90 percent of the cost of the land if people built on it within two years—reducing the land cost to as little as $500 in some cases.

Provincial agencies to now need OK for wage settlements

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's provincial agencies, including the LCBO, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., and Ontario Power Generation, now will need the government's direct approval for any wage settlements reached through collective bargaining.

Tests ordered in grizzly attack

National
The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE—Tests will be performed on the body of a grizzly bear to try to find out why it killed a woman and her 10-month-old daughter in Yukon earlier this week.

Environment Yukon spokeswoman Roxanne Stasyszyn said it's hoped the examination will offer some clues about what motivated the grizzly to attack Valerie Theoret and her baby on Monday near their cabin northeast of Mayo.

Canada on track for signing of trade deal

National
Kristy Kirkup
The Canadian Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Canada says it is on track to sign a new North American free-trade agreement on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina but Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland would not provide a firm confirmation today.

Astronaut focused on launch

National
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is bracing for some tense moments during this Monday's launch of the Soyuz rocket that will send him and two others to the International Space Station.

On Oct. 11, a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing.

Union leader hits back at Ford's 'false hope' charge

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Union leaders and politicians who talk about saving a General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont. are selling “false hope,” Doug Ford said yesterday, as the leader of the union representing the affected autoworkers accused the premier of undermining efforts to fight the job cuts.

Ford held a news conference after an emergency cabinet meeting on the GM closure yesterday afternoon.

Online edible pot sales concern cop

National
The Associated Press

DELTA, B.C.—Cst. Derek Gallamore was shocked when his department in Delta, B.C. busted a woman allegedly selling weed-laced brownies with 40 times the recommended single dose of THC.

The sugary treat looked identical to a regular grocery store confection but packed a whopping 400 mg of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Younger school entry could set stage for ADHD diagnosis

Health & Wellness
By Carla K. Johnson The Associated Press

The youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in early grades, a study shows, an intriguing finding for parents on the fence about when to start their child in school.

Clash of winning streaks tonight

Sports
Schuyler Dixon
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Tex.—Drew Brees and the Saints have a chance to do something that should seem familiar to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.

If it happens, New Orleans even might have the NFC South title already in hand by the end of the week.

The record-setting quarterback will go for an 11th-straight win after a season-opening loss in a visit to the Cowboys tonight.

Leafs nab win in Matthews' return

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Auston Matthews says the last month has been torture watching his Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team's star centre jumped right back in the action without missing a beat last night.

Matthews had two goals and an assist in his return to the lineup after missing 14 games with a shoulder injury as the Leafs beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 for their third-straight victory.

NBA making a ‘long-term play’ in Africa

Sports
By Ken Maguire The Associated Press

SALY, Senegal — Timothy Ighoefe is an intimidating defender at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds. Still, the Nigerian knows he must improve if his decision to play basketball instead of soccer is going to pay off and take him to the NBA.

If your Tesla knows where you are, China may too

Technology
By Erika Kinetz The Associated Press

SHANGHAI — When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car. What he didn’t know is that Tesla constantly sends information about the precise location of his car to the Chinese government.

Driver killed by elephant

International
The Associated Press

BANGKOK—A man was killed by a wild elephant after his speeding car hit the animal near a national park in northeastern Thailand, police said today.

Police Lt. Col. Kemchat Paedkaew said the accident occurred at dusk yesterday on a small road that has signs telling drivers to beware of wild animals that sometimes stray from Khao Yai National Park.

Reprieve for beefy steer

International
The Associated Press

LAKE PRESTON, Australia—“Knickers” the steer is huge on the internet—for being huge.

The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of “Holy Cow!" after photos surfaced of the 194-cm (6'4”) steer standing head and shoulders above a herd of brown cattle in Western Australia state.

After car hits Thai elephant, animal kills driver

International
The Associated Press

BANGKOK — A man was killed by a wild elephant after his speeding car hit the animal near a national park in northeastern Thailand, police said Thursday.

Police Lt. Col. Kemchat Paedkaew said the accident occurred at dusk Wednesday on a small road that has signs telling drivers to beware of wild animals that sometimes stray from Khao Yai National Park.

Pope urges charity when churches are sold, reused

International
The Associated Press

ROME — The Vatican and bishops from Europe and beyond have developed guidelines for the sale or reuse of Catholic Churches to help ensure that they retain their cultural heritage and serve the community, not commerce.

Cost of keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

International
By John Flesher The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report.

Canadian youths rank low in physical activity

Lifestyles
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.

Cloudy skies in forecast

Weather

It will be cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-eight C (17 F) and southwest winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Tomorrow also will be cloudy, with a high of minus-three (26) and low again around minus-eight (17).

Look for west-northwest winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

“Holly Daze” festivities go Friday and Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) in Emo. See page C1 of Wednesday's Times for a schedule of events.