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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 31, 2018

Large donation made to shelter

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Homeless Committee received its largest donation to date in support of opening an “Out of the Cold” shelter here—and it has the 10 First Nations of the southern Treaty #3 to thank.

The committee received word of a $25,000 donation in the days following the “Longest Night of the Year” homeless sleep-out event held Oct. 12-13 on the 200 block of Scott Street.

'Shine the Light' campaign supported

News
Press Release

Riverside Community Counselling Services, a program of Riverside Health Care, is pleased to announce its fifth-annual sponsorship of the “Shine the Light” campaign here.

November is woman abuse awareness and prevention month, and “Shine the Light” was initiated by the London Abused Women's Centre in London, Ont.

'Reindeer' walk/run set to go Saturday

News
Sam Odrowski

A fun way to kick off the holiday season is awaiting at Fort High's outdoor track, where a Reindeer Run, Walk, or Roll event will take place.

The holiday celebration, being hosted by Community Living Fort Frances and District , will take place this Saturday (Nov. 3) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Concerns being voiced over cannabis legalization

News
Sam Odrowski

Cannabis became legal across Canada on Oct. 17 and reaction has been mixed so far.

Here in Fort Frances, Rainy River Cannabis Collective owner Angela Olson said it's a step in the right direction.

“Legalization is a positive step," she remarked. ”This is a product that a lot of people get a medical benefit from and a lot of people enjoy responsibly.

What you need to know about legal pot

News
Sam Odrowski

With cannabis now legal across Canada, there's a few things people should note before blazing up.

In Ontario, only those aged 19 or older will be permitted to use and purchase pot, and possess up to 30 grams in public.

Cannabis now is available for purchase online at www.OCS.ca but retail stores won't start popping up in Ontario until April.

Special Olympics fundraiser lauded

News
Sam Odrowski

The Special Olympics are coming to Thunder Bay in 2020 and a local OPP officer is working to raise both funds and awareness around the organization and event.

Community safety officer Cst. Yenta Davidson is the Law Enforcement Torch Run representative for the OPP here and her role is to enhance the profile of the Special Olympics and raise funds.

More newcomers needed in Northern Ontario: NPI

News
Sam Odrowski

A demographic shift is happening in Northern Ontario and Rainy River District is among the areas experiencing one of the most severe declines in population.

Two councils acclaimed

News
Staff

Two district townships saw their councils all acclaimed for the Oct. 22 municipal election.

In Morley, Andrew McCormick, Gary Jolicouer, Anthony Armstrong, and Maria Vandenbrand were acclaimed as councillors.

Incumbent reeve George Heyens also was acclaimed.

In Lake of the Woods township, Colleen Fadden was acclaimed as mayor.

Treaty #3 to participate in litigation over sex-ed

News
Sam Odrowski

The chiefs of the Treaty #3 First Nations have taken a stand for indigenous youth in the classroom.

At an assembly earlier this month, they passed a resolution instructing lawyers for Grand Council Treaty #3 to file a motion with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to seek intervenor status in the litigation regarding the province's decision to scrap the 2015 sex-ed curriculum.

OPP educating district youths on avoiding online exploitation

District
Sam Odrowski

With October being cyber security awareness month, a local police officer is in the process of visiting schools across the district to educate students about online safety, cyber-bullying, and avoiding exploitation.

“Our most fundamental responsibility as a society is to protect our children from those would do them harm,” said OPP community safety officer Yenta Davidson.

Bill 47 to freeze minimum wage rate

District
Sam Odrowski

The provincial government plans to repeal sections of Bill 148, which includes freezing the minimum wage at $14 an hour until 2020.

The minimum wage was set to increase to $15 an hour on Jan. 1, 2019 under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148) that was passed by the former Liberal government late last year.

Launch celebration held for new distillery, hotel project in Rainer

District
Sam Odrowski

The Cantilever Distillery held a launch celebration Friday afternoon in Rainer, Mn. to outline plans for a 31-room boutique hotel, craft distillery, cocktail room, and rooftop patio/bar.

The project, located at 2078 Spruce St. in Rainer, is set for completion by next summer.

Calendar winners

District

There were more winners in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Winning $30 for Oct. 21-27 were the Niobe Lake Fire Department (Atikokan), Hugh and Carol Clifford (Sleeman), Wayne Flatt (Emo), Carolee Strachan (Emo), Jonathan Nussbaumer (Fort Frances), Bev Jacobson (Atikokan), and Wes McPherson (Fort Frances).

RRFA dinner goes Saturday

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Rainy River Federation of Agriculture will hold its annual dinner and meeting this Saturday (Nov. 3) at the Millennium Hall in Stratton.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:30.

Rainycrest in midst of six-week review

District
Press Release

Earlier this month, Riverside Health Care announced plans to enter into a three-year agreement with Extendicare Assist at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home in Fort Frances.

Riverside finalized this agreement with Extendicare Inc. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Poppy campaign kicks off

District
Sam Odrowski

With the annual poppy campaign having kicked off Friday, residents are reminded to watch out for Legion members at local businesses and schools to make a donation and get one.

The campaign wraps up on Nov. 11 and the money that's raised is spent locally, such as on looking after the Legion's veterans and supporting local facilities like Rainycrest and La Verendyre Hospital.

Spiker squads look to regroup

Sports
Jamie Mountain

It was an admittedly tough day for both the Muskie senior and junior boys' volleyball teams last Thursday in Dryden.

Both squads lost their matches against the host Eagles and will be aiming to regroup as quickly as possible before the NorWOSSA playoffs set for next Tuesday (Nov. 6) at Fort High.

Muskies preparing for semi-final clash

Sports
Jamie Mountain

Fresh off an impressive 39-0 quarter-final victory over the Maples Marauders here Thursday afternoon, the Muskie football team now is ready for its next challenge.

That comes tomorrow when the fourth-seeded black-and-gold are slated to battle the top-ranked Elmwood Giants in a WHSFL semi-final showdown at 5 p.m. in Winnipeg.

Local squashers snare inaugural Northern Cup

Sports
Staff

The first instalment of the Northern Cup Squash Challenge is now in the books between Sioux Lookout and the local Sunset Country Squash Club.

The challenge features 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D' players facing off for five total games each, with total points being the winning decision—much like golf's Ryder Cup scoring.

Bonot rink ready to chase national mixed title again

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A new curling season is upon us and the Team Bonot rink is more than ready to roll.

Junior hoopsters out to finish strong

Sports
Jamie Mountain

With the way they've played this season, NorWOSSA gold more than likely is in the near future for the Muskie junior girls' basketball team.

The Muskies dumped the host Dryden Eagles 46-26 on Thursday afternoon to improve their league record to 6-1.

“I was happy that we got through the game as well as we did,” said Muskie co-coach Gord McCabe.

Lakers facing 'big games' ahead

Sports
Jamie Mountain

There are ups and downs to every hockey season, with the Fort Frances Lakers having experienced the latter recently.

The squad is in the midst of a three-game losing skid after dropping a pair of games over the weekend.

Local sunrise, sunset times

Sports

Here are the sunrise and sunset times for Nov. 1-7:

Sr. squad looking for more home support

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If you've never been to a high school basketball game, or haven't been to one in a while, the Muskie senior girls' basketball team has played in some very entertaining ones so far and would love more support from the community.

That's the message head coach Gord McCabe would like to get out ahead of Fort High hosting the NorWOSSA playoffs on Nov. 6.

Tymkin an unexpected leading scorer for Knights

Sports
Ryan Pyette
London Free Press

Nobody is shocked Cole Tymkin is leading the London Knights in penalty minutes one month into the OHL season.

But scoring?

The rough-and-tumble forward didn't realize it himself until a bunch of his teammates pointed it out to him in the dressing room this week.

His six goals and 13 points in 11 games have set the pace.

Owls' court teams gearing up for playoffs

Sports
Jamie Mountain

The four Rainy River Owls' court teams saw some mixed results in NorWOSSA 'A' action at RRHS on Monday afternoon.

The senior boys' volleyball squad lost 3-1 to the Atikokan Voyageurs to see their league record fall to 4-3.

After dropping the first set 17-25, the Owls fought back to take the second one 27-25.

Sinclair excited to lead new-look Muskie girls

Sports
Jamie Mountain

A wave of new changes has swept over the Muskie girls' hockey team heading into this season.

The roster features just four returning players while the team also has a new coaching staff, which will be led by Chris Sinclair.

Scary sight

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Cassidy Martin took on the role of a possessed women and scared all who passed through the Fort Frances Little Theatre's “Haunted House” set up in the basement of Knox United Church. The event is running for the final time tonight from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $7 each, which can be purchased at the door, with children under 12 requiring to be accompanied by an adult.

Keg-breaking ceremony

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Paul Nevanen of the Koochiching Economic Development Agency took a swing during a keg-breaking ceremony in conjunction with Cantilever Distillery's ground-breaking event held Friday afternoon at Loony's Brew in Ranier, Mn. The distillery, an extension of Flint House here in Fort Frances, will serve both sides of the border when it opens next summer. See story, more photos on A3.

Cannabis at border

Photos

Cannabis is now legal in Canada but remains illegal in the United States and those who attempt to bring cannabis south of the border can face serious criminal penalties. It also remains illegal to purchase cannabis in the United States and bring it to Canada, those who do so can expect legal prosecution, fines, and possibly jail time. Transporting cannabis for medical use is illegal as well.

'Hansel and Gretel'

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Zack McClain, left, played “Hansel," Mackenzie Taylor played the witch, and Mackenzie McClain performed as "Gretel" during "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” staged by Fort High students that ran Friday through Sunday at the Townshend Theatre. The two were found in the witch's house and kidnapped before the witch fell into the fireplace and the pair escaped.

Cantilever alcohols

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Rich Agnew of Wyndham Hotels, left, along with distillery founder, Marty Goulet, revealed all the different kinds of “Woody's Fairly Reliable” alcoholic beverages that the Cantilever Distillery in Rainer, Mn. will offer when it opens next summer. The two talked about the distillery's future moving forward during the launch celebration held Friday afternoon at Loony's Brew in Ranier.

Manitou expansion

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Sam Odrowski

New main carriage lines currently are being installed at Manitou Forest Products to increase the efficiency and yields of its operations. The carriage lines are part of the business's $2-million expansion that was made possible through a loan of close to $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.

All wrapped up

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie wide receiver Ayden Gushulak tried to fight off the tackle of Maples Marauders' linebacker Aaron Gosselin for a gain during the second half of Thursday's win. The fourth-seeded Muskies next will face the top-ranked Elmwood Giants tomorrow at 5 p.m. in a semi-final showdown in Winnipeg.

Awkward angle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Fort Frances Lakers' forward Chase Robideau had the task of trying to corral an awkward rebound and get a scoring chance in front of Thunder Bay North Stars' goalie Brock Aiken during the first period of his squad's 6-4 loss Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Double tackle

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskies Kaden Kocuiba (#58) and Riley Argue (#88) teamed up to tackle Maples Marauders' running back Denzel Hooke to the field during their squad's 39-0 romp in WHSFL quarter-final action Thursday afternoon at Fort High. The fourth-seeded Muskies will look to keep that great defence going in their semi-final showdown versus the top-ranked Elmwood Giants tomorrow at 5 p.m. in Winnipeg.

Running free

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Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks looked to blaze his way up the field while Maples Marauders' linebacker Tariq Samad had him in his sights during his squad's 39-0 win in WHSFL quarter-final action Thursday afternoon at Fort High. Meeks helped lead the Muskies to six touchdowns in the romp.

Chinese intelligence officers charged in US aviation hacking

International
By Brian Melley The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Chinese intelligence officers and hackers working for them have been charged with commercial espionage that included trying to steal information on commercial jet engines, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.