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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 7, 2019

Date set for Santa Claus parade


Mark the first Saturday of December on your calendars!

Santa Claus will be coming to town that day as part of the annual Christmas parade in downtown Fort Frances.

The parade is slated for Saturday, Dec. 7. Start time is 5 p.m. with lineup to begin at 3:30 p.m. and float judging to take place at 4:15 p.m.

No cash calendar next year

Press Release

The Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association wishes to inform the public that they will not be undertaking a cash calendar lottery project for 2020.

We wish to extend thanks to all those who supported the sale of these calendars over the years.

Special thanks to all the district fire teams and others who assisted with the calendar sales.

Rainycrest visit

of Riverside Health Care

Travis Irwin, accompanied by his mother, Heather, took part in trick-or-treating at Rainycrest Long Term Care on Halloween. An estimated 250 kids stopped by the home where many residents were on deck handing out candy.

Exploring industries

Sam Odrowski

Registered dental hygienists Elizabeth Bobczynski and Angela DeGagne of Fort Frances Tribal Area Health spoke to attendees of the United Native Friendship Centre's career fair about opportunities in dental hygiene yesterday afternoon. The event was meant to provide job seekers with a glimpse at a “day-in-the-life” of various occupations.

An ounce of prevention

of Riverside Health Care

Katie Bissonnette received her influenza vaccine from Infection Control Practitioner Jodi Jewell as part of Riverside Health Care's annual staff flu shot campaign. Over 100 Riverside employees across the district have already received their flu shot as part of this program with staff clinics happen throughout November.

Gymnastics ribbon cutting

Jamie Mountain

The new Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy held its official grand opening yesterday evening in the auditorium of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Musical revue

Ken Kellar

Fort Frances High School students ran through the final rehearsal of the musical revue last night at the Townshend Theatre in advance of its opening night tonight. “What's the Difference?” features a bevy of songs about, or featuring, numbers and stretches across decades and genres of music, ensuring there's a little bit of something for everyone.

Ontario tries to undo damage from earlier cuts

Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is reaching into its pockets for hundreds of millions of dollars to undo some of the damage caused by a year of cuts.

Where the spring budget—and last year's fall economic statement—cut from wide swaths of programs and services, yesterday's document tells the story of a host of recent reversals.

First Nations struggling with food insecurity

Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Rates of obesity and diabetes are higher among First Nations adults than in the general Canadian population, while almost half of all Indigenous families have difficulty putting enough food on the table, a new study has found.

County passes independence vote

The Canadian Press

STRATHMORE, Alta.—Some discouraging words about national unity from out on the range in southern Alberta.

A rural municipality east of Calgary has passed a resolution that says if the federal government does not treat Alberta more fairly the province should hold an independence referendum.

Unemployed youth face health risks: study

Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A new study is offering what it calls a rare look at the health and psychological impacts endured by Canadian youth who are not working, training or studying.

The Statistics Canada research said 11.1 percent of youth, aged 18 to 29 years old, found themselves in this situation and, therefore, were at risk of persistent social and economic challenges.

Remembering those animals who served Canada

Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—While Remembrance Day is intended to remember those members of Canada's armed forces who gave their lives in defending the country, it is also an important moment to reflect on the cost of war and the sacrifices of all those who have served in uniform.

Not all of those who served Canada—and in some cases laid down their lives—have been people, however.

B.C. bones yield new dinosaur species

Dirk Meissner
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—A geologist's discovery of a mysterious claw in rocks along a rail line in British Columbia's northern wilderness almost 50 years ago has led to the recognition of the first dinosaur species unique to the province.

New inductees into Toy Hall of Fame

The Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Matchbox cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

The newest honorees debuted decades ago but occupy store shelves even today.

Mix of sun, clouds, flurries on tap


Tonight will have a few clouds and a low of minus-12 C (10 F).

Tomorrow will see periods of light snow turning to a chance of flurries overnight with a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-eight (18).

Saturday will continue with a chance of flurries throughout the day and overnight, bringing a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-14 (seven).


Around Town

The Friends of the Fort Frances Museum will hold its eighth-annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser, this year tying into the new Prohibition exhibit, today (Thursday, Nov. 7) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the museum. It also will feature “giggle water,” hors d'oeuvres, live music, auctions, and games.