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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 17, 2019

Overnight warming centre on horizon

Press Release

With cold weather beginning to descend on the Rainy River District, members of the Fort Frances Homeless Committee have been working diligently to secure another temporary centre for this winter to allow individuals experiencing homelessness a warm, safe place to be overnight.

Water treatment plant experiencing high flows


The town's water treatment plant is experiencing high flows, primarily due to infiltration and inflow.

Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob said he'd like to remind residents that at this time of year the town requires sump pumps to be discharged to the surface of yards or storm sewers.

They're not permitted to be discharged in sanitary sewers.

Business awards gala postponed


The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce's annual business awards gala that was supposed to run this fall is being postponed to Feb. 13, 2020.

At Tuesday evening's council meeting, Chamber of Commerce board member Coun. Michael Behan said the awards event will still be held at the Copper River Inn and seven businesses have already been confirmed as sponsors.

Town's future being charted


Council has been working on its future vision for Fort Frances.

They began last Monday drafting their strategic plan which will guide the town's course over the next several years.

“It was a very productive meeting . . . the main objectives were for the mill and all mill properties and the future to be determined,” said Mayor June Caul during Tuesday evening's council meeting.

CRA scam hits Fort Frances

From the OPP

The Rainy River District detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has recently received several complaints from local citizens regarding phone calls where the caller is identifying themselves as a representative of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

There are times that the CRA may contact you by telephone.

However, the CRA will never:

Lakers rally for win over Miners

Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers were behind the eight-ball early once again on Tuesday night.

But instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they battled and clawed their way to a 4-3 comeback win over the Red Lake Miners at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskies take three from Broncos


The Muskie court sport teams travelled to Kenora yesterday, where they came away with three wins.

In girls' basketball action, both the juniors and seniors improved their records to 6-1 with wins over the host Broncos.

Led by Tatum Glowasky's team-high 11 points, the juniors dumped the Broncos (1-5) 44-19.

Eyeing puck

Jamie Mountain

Praveen Dhaliwal tried to fend off the attempted hook of Red Lake Miners' forward Morgan Venne and skate the puck out from behind the visitors' net during the third period of the Fort Frances Lakers' 4-3 win on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

FFHS votes

Ken Kellar

DJ Payne, left, and Josh Ward dropped their votes in the ballot boxes during Fort Frances High School's Student Vote 2019 this morning in the high school atrium. The votes have been taking place most of this week, with students able to go to the atrium, learn about the local representatives and platforms of each federal party, and cast a vote for their choice.

Elementary teachers say talks have stalled

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The union representing Ontario public elementary school teachers asked for a conciliation officer yesterday to help with stalled contract talks with the government.

The president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said bargaining with Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government has reached a virtual standstill.

Ford won't be drawn into federal election

The Canadian Press

KENORA, Ont.—Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he won't be drawn into the federal election despite being the subject of frequent attacks from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Ford made the comments during only his second media availability since the campaign began in September.

Justice system still adjusting to legal pot

Lauren Krugel
The Canadian Press

Police, lawyers and advocates say that one year into cannabis legalization, Canada has a long way to go toward stamping out the black market and pot-impaired driving.

“We can't call it a success at this point,” Chief Const. Mike Serr of the Abbotsford, B.C., police department said of the law change a year ago today.

Kendricks on verge of breakout season

Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn.—For an accomplished, experienced group like the Minnesota Vikings' defence, maintaining that edge is more of the goal than plowing new ground.

McDavid, Oilers trounce Flyers

Jason Hills
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Edmonton Oilers were clinging on to a one-goal lead in the second period and hanging on tight against the Philadelphia Flyers, but then their dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl took the game over and made a big statement.

Basement flooded with blood

The Associated Press

BAGLEY, Iowa—Blood may be thicker than water, but it'll still flood your basement.

Nick Lestina found this out the hard way two weeks ago when he discovered five inches (13 centimetres) of blood, fat and other animal tissue flooding his family's basement in Bagley, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometres) northwest of Des Moines.

Dutch farmers protest efforts to cut emissions, reduce herds

Mike Corder
Peter Dejong
The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Dutch farmers drove their tractors in slow-moving convoys to a massive demonstration yesterday to protest their treatment by the government as it seeks to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions.

It is the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government is unfairly targeting them as it seeks to slash emissions.


Around Town

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Thunder Bay North Stars in SIJHL action on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for those 12 and under, and free for those under five.