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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 23, 2015

Nearing completion

Duane Hicks

Paving on the final section of the King’s Highway project should take place in the latter half of next week. The contractor is awaiting water sample results for the newly-installed watermain. If they come back clear, they’ll complete the final four watermain tie-ins, then install the geogrid, place granular materials at the watermain tie-in locations, and pave the road.

Food drive


Staff at The Bargain Shop! here showed off just a few of the many cart loads of non-perishable food items—purchased and donated by customers—that have been delivered to the local United Native Friendship Centre during their store’s food drive. The food drive continues there until the end of the month.

Spinning wheel

Heather Latter

Fort High student Faith Pollard spun the wheel and answered a question about distracted driving during a demonstration by the Northwestern Health Unit yesterday at FFHS. Students also could try out a driving simulator game that required them to respond to texts while “driving” in an effort to showcase how dangerous texting while driving can be.

Mental health apps

Heather Latter

James Woods, a mental health worker at the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, highlighted some apps that can help with mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation at the centre’s open house yesterday. Woods also demonstrated the MUSE system, which offers guided meditation with a bio-feedback headband.

Seniors’ scooters must follow rules


Personal mobility devices such as scooters have become popular amongst today’s seniors.

But when it comes to the law, are they considered a vehicle or not?

People operating scooters or motorized wheelchairs are treated the same way as pedestrians, local OPP Community Services Officer Cst. Guy Beaudry told the Times yesterday.

Quiet on fire scene

From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region between Oct. 19-22.

There are three active fires in the region, all of which are “being observed.”

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the region.

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map, visit

Trudeau to face Senate hurdles

Jordan Press
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legislative agenda could face roadblocks in the Senate—requiring his Liberal government to negotiate concessions with Conservative senators who hold the hammer of the majority in the upper chamber.

Premiers to attend summit

Bruce Cheadle
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s premiers huddled by teleconference call yesterday and agreed that everyone not facing an election campaign will attend December’s climate change summit in Paris with prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau, The Canadian Press has learned.

Tory hopefuls weighing in

Jennifer Ditchburn
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Toronto businessman Mark Mulroney says he won’t run for the Conservative leadership—at least not for now.

Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, on the other hand, appears to be openly musing about a bid.

Trudeau’s note sold

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A note that referenced the past while predicting the future has been sold for more than $12,000.

The document is a 2013 note in which then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would succeed Stephen Harper as Canada’s prime minister.

Duceppe steps down

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Gilles Duceppe, the Bloc Quebecois’ first-ever MP and the man who dominated the party for nearly 15 years, stepped down as leader yesterday after a less-than-stellar performance in this week’s election.

Duceppe’s departure comes four months into his second spell as head of the sovereigntist party following a 14-year stint between 1997 and 2011.

Teachers could see pay docked

Keith Leslie
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario elementary teachers and some support staff engaging in work-to-rule campaigns soon may see their pay docked.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and support staff with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, who do not yet have contracts, have been on administrative strikes.

Senators fall in SO

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Chris Neil is used to delivering a knockout punch but last night, the New Jersey Devils proved to be the heavyweights.

The Devils topped the Senators 5-4 in a shootout—ruining what otherwise was a perfect night for Neil, who was playing his 900th career game with Ottawa.

Jays look to force Game 7

Dave Skretta
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals have established a reputation for dramatic post-season comebacks the past couple of years, beginning with last season’s wild-card victory over Oakland.

Turns out, the Toronto Blue Jays have some never-say-quit spirit, too.

Dodgers, Mattingly agree to part ways

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Don Mattingly and the L.A. Dodgers stuck to their scripts yesterday, insisting they agreed to a mutual parting of the ways while never revealing the exact reason he won’t return as manager.

Like a publicist announcing the demise of a Hollywood marriage, the parties insisted the split was amicable.

Spin questions ‘Chase’ decorum

Dave Skretta
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Joey Logano scoffed at the seemingly unwritten rule that you don’t spin someone when you’re already guaranteed of advancing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

After all, as he pointed out after sending fellow title contender Matt Kenseth for a ride at Kansas Speedway, “NASCAR does the rules. I just drive the race car.”

Seahawks still rule rivalry with 49ers

The Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—No turkey necessary this time; just some high-flying defence and more power running by Marshawn Lynch.

The Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their tried-and-true formula to get back in the win column, with Russell Wilson & Co. ruling this one-sided rivalry with San Francisco.

On another Thursday night—and on San Francisco’s home field again.

Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs

By Chris Carola The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. A private Japanese organization that has found the remains of World War II soldiers on Saipan is planning another excavation on the Pacific island in the hopes of finding more unmarked graves, including those of American servicemen still listed as missing in action from a fierce battle fought more than 70 years ago.

Free housing, other efforts attempt to attract women into tech field

By Phuong Le The Associated Press

SEATTLE Free rent and groceries were selling points, but college freshman Aishwarya Mandyam was more excited about the chance to connect with like-minded women when she moved into the eight-bedroom house offered up by a Seattle software startup.

Plague was spreading 3,000 years earlier than previously thought, as early as 2,800 BC

By Maria Cheng The Associated Press

LONDON The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve.

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday.

Why mess with mashed potatoes? Because Parm improves them

By Katie Workman The Associated Press

Plain old mashed potatoes are always brilliant, and it’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving table without them. Still, every once in a while we like to change things up. But not too much. Here, a small amount of Parmesan cheese adds earthiness and nuttiness to the classic smooth, creamy potatoes, and turns a traditional side into something inspired with no extra work.

Cook the apples, lose the gap! Mastering a better apple pie

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Any number of tasks may strike you as easy as pie, but anyone who’s ever actually made a pie can tell you that it actually requires some care if you want it to turn out well.