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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 28, 2019

User fees could see inflationary increase

News
Staff

Town residents could see a small inflationary increase to user fees next year.

Council will vote this evening on a recommendation to increase 2019 user fees by 1.7 percent, which is reflective of inflation as per the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Council will also vote to approve the 2020 budget timetable to begin early preparation and planning of next year's budget.

Football Muskies fall to Maples

Sports
Staff

A bye to the Winnipeg High School Football League playoff semifinals just wasn't to be for the Muskie football team.

The Maples Marauders scored four touchdowns en route to a 29-6 win over the black-and-gold last Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg.

Lakers split games on road

Sports
Staff

The Fort Frances Lakers showed off some of their patented early-season resilience by splitting a pair of games over the weekend.

After rallying for a 4-3 shootout win over the host Red Lake Miners on Friday night, the Lakers followed that up with a hard-fought 3-2 road loss to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs last night.

Men's hoops league kicks off new season

Sports
Staff

It was a great start to the 2019/2020 Fort Frances Men's League Basketball Season on Thursday at Fort High, with lots of returning players and a number of new faces.

The early game featured the Muskies squaring off against the RBC Lions, which turned out to be a tight opening game.

DCL work

Photos
Ken Kellar

Workers with Daryl's Custom Landscapes took advantage of a sunny—if cool—day on Friday to trim back some trees in town, like this one on the edge of the parking lot at Fort Frances General Supply. Anyone looking to do some yardwork of their own might find this week a no-go as the forecast calls for snow flurries for what remains of October.

Gala ensemble

Photos
Ken Kellar

Members of the Rainy Lake Community Orchestra played for the crowd during the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Black & White” gala Saturday evening at the Copper River Inn. The sold-out fundraiser featured a number of activities to raise money in exchange for some enviable prizes, including a penny table, silent and live auctions, and games.

Ford gov't promises to change tune

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford's government is promising to strike a new tone when the Ontario legislature resumes session today, vowing to dial down behaviour that has often sparked nasty political fights.

Ontario changing pharmacist payments

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with the province's pharmacists that will see them take millions of dollars less in payments over the next half decade.

The deal, outlined in a Ministry of Health letter obtained by The Canadian Press, shows the province will save $436 million under the new reimbursement model.

Former MPP joins Liberal leadership race

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Former member of Kathleen Wynne's government Arthur Potts has announced on Twitter that he's entering the leadership race for the Ontario Liberals.

Potts joins a race featuring multiple other former MPPs who lost their seats when the party was decimated in last year's loss to Premier Doug Ford's Conservatives.

Campus papers lose money due to tuition changes

National
Nicole Thompson
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Recent government-mandated changes to tuition fees in Ontario have resulted in some campus newspapers losing a significant portion of their funding.

The “Student Choice Initiative"—announced by the Progressive Conservative government in January—allows post-secondary students to opt out of services deemed "non-essential,” including campus newspapers and unions.

Surgery scheduled in Thailand for paralyzed Bronco

National
Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is to depart on a 12,000-kilometre journey to Thailand later this week for surgery that could help restore some of his movement.

And one thing Ryan Straschnitzki is determined to take with him is his hockey sled.

Perfect Patriots beat Browns

Sports
Kyle Hightower
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Bill Belichick was 39 years old when he coached the Cleveland Browns to a win over the New England Patriots in 1991—his first as an NFL coach.

Astros hammer Nats, lead World Series 3-2

Sports
Ben Walker
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros went to Washington, hoping to snap out of their funk and bring the World Series back to Minute Maid Park.

Not only are they heading home with more games to play, now they're just one win from another crown.

Paul leads Sens over Sharks 5-2

Sports
Lisa Wallace
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Nick Paul hopes he's played his last game in the minors.

Paul had the first multi-point game of his NHL career with two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators beat the San Jose Sharks 5-2 yesterday.

Shop's Halloween display: Trump holding Obama head

International
The Associated Press

FOWLERVILLE, Mich.—A mid-Michigan auto shop has replaced a Halloween display depicting a scowling President Donald Trump holding the severed head of former President Barack Obama by a black rope.

Depositions turn to the White House

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry.

House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family, and to investigate the country's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Flurries throughout week

Weather

Tonight will bring a chance of flurries with a low of minus-six C (21 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and cloud turning to flurries overnight. Expect a high of minus-one (30) and a low of minus-nine (16).