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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 21, 2019

Driver busted going over 175km/h

District
From the OPP

On Oct. 16, 2019, at approximately 3:05 p.m., an officer from the Highway Safety Division of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was on patrol on Highway 11/17, east of Balsam Street, in the City of Thunder Bay when the officer observed the driver of a motor vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed.

FFHS spike squads solid at tourneys

Sports
Staff

Both the Muskie senior and junior boys' volleyball team competed at tournaments over the weekend, with both coming away with respectable showings.

The seniors put in a solid performance and wound up with a 2-3 record at the St. Patrick Volleyball Festival held in Thunder Bay on Friday and Saturday.

Lakers outlast league-leading North Stars

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers are having a solid start to the SIJHL regular season but it remained to be seen how they would stack up against the defending champs.

Turns out just fine, thank you very much.

Fort Frances erased a 3-0 first-period deficit to pull out an exciting 6-5 overtime win over the league-leading Thunder Bay North Stars on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskies shut out Spartans

Sports
Staff

On a sloppy day it was the Muskie football team that managed to smooth out its own game.

The Muskies scored most of their points in the third quarter en route to a 20-0 win over the Neelin Spartans on Thursday in Winnipeg High School Football League action at Nomads Field in Winnipeg.

Rehearsing scene

Photos
Ken Kellar

Could there be a killer among these Fort Frances High School students as they rehearsed a scene for their fall play, “Scared Silly" on Saturday evening? The spooky comedy is made up of nine short skits in an anthology style similar to "Creepshow" or "Tales from the Crypt," and will have audiences howling with laughter even as the chills race down their spines.

Ready to shoot

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tyler Malpass loaded up to fire a wrist shot on Thunder Bay North Stars' goalie Jordan Smith during the third period of the Fort Frances Lakers' comeback 6-5 overtime win over the defending SIJHL champs on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Malpass notched an assist in that one to help pace the Lakers (6-4-1) to their sixth win of the season.

Chiropractor visit

Photos
Ken Kellar

Dr. Jeremy McGuire visited Mrs. Gurski's Grade 4/5 class at St. Francis school on Friday morning to talk to them about the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. Dr. McGuire also imparted the importance of maintaining flexibility and fitness levels in life in order to maintain a higher level of health and mobility as people age.

High school teachers say talks have stalled

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The union representing Ontario's public high school teachers filed for conciliation Friday, saying contracts talks with the provincial government have stalled.

The president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation called the talks with the government and school boards, which started this month, “extremely frustrating and disappointing.”

Catholic teachers' union to hold strike vote

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The union representing Ontario's Catholic school teachers has decided to vote on a province-wide strike next month.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) joins the unions representing both elementary and secondary teachers in making such a move.

Parties vie for vote in frantic final push

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The contenders in today's federal election spent the last day of the campaign calling for voters to unite behind their parties amid accusations of dirty politicking and outright lying.

Thunberg meets with Alberta Indigenous leaders

National
The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta.—Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg continued her tour of Alberta's oilsands region on Saturday, an Indigenous group says, conducting interviews that the group says will be part of an upcoming BBC documentary.

UN report highlights Indigenous housing rights

National
Salmaan Farooqui
The Canadian Press

A United Nations report is highlighting the role “abhorrent” housing conditions play in the poverty and exploitation that Indigenous people face in Canada and around the world.

Jets edge Oilers in shootout to halt slide

Sports
Judy Owen
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Connor Hellebuyck's first shutout of the season couldn't have come at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets.

Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in the shootout as the Jets ended a three-game losing skid with a 1-0 victory over the red-hot Edmonton Oilers yesterday.

Vikings surge past Lions

Sports
Larry Lage
The Associated Press

DETROIT—The Minnesota Vikings were so confident in Kirk Cousins they called for a deep pass, instead of a more conservative run, to seal a victory against the Detroit Lions.

He validated the gutsy decision.

Thieves steal fertility statues

International
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon has taken a criminal twist after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River.

Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and celebrated on conservative social media today.

Torture video found in Alaska contains vital clue to killing

International
Mark Thiessen
The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The suspect in a brutal torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained video of the dying woman.

Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in his distinctive, very un-Alaska accent.