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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - October 31, 2019

Hallway medicine will get worse: NDP

News
Press Release

NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said a new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) offers damning evidence that hallway medicine in the province is only going to keep getting worse under Doug Ford's Conservatives.

Highly caffeinated comedy coming to Backus

News
Press Release

The Minnesota-grown hit show Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy will perform at Backus Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. as part of its first-ever Minnesota tour.

Triple Espresso has delivered laughs to more than two million people in six countries—including in multiple Minnesota cities—and has performed in the Twin Cities every year since 1995.

Accidental 9-1-1 calls on the rise

News
Staff

The Town of Fort Frances has had nearly twice as many accidental 9-1-1 calls this year, compared to 2018.

From January to the end of September, there were 355 9-1-1 hangups, pocket dials, or dropped cell calls, which is up from 189 over the same period last year.

Tips sought to solve mischief

District
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are requesting assistance from the public to solve a mischief that took place sometime between Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 on Highway 615 in Chapple Township.

A grey Toyota Corolla parked at the Off Lake turn off was shot several times with what appears to be a shotgun or pellet gun.

Lakers taken down by visiting Miners

Sports
Staff

A Spencer Milne goal with two-and-a-half minutes left in the first period held up as the winner as the visiting Red Lake Miners downed the Fort Frances Lakers 3-1 in SIJHL action on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

It was the second loss in a row for the Lakers, who slipped into third place with a 7-6-1 record.

Muskies win three against Warriors

Sports
Staff

It was an excellent end to the NorWOSSA 'AA' regular season for the Muskie court sport teams on Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Sioux Lookout Warriors.

Three of the four squads came away with wins at Fort High.

In girls' basketball action, the seniors got at least a basket from each player as they cruised to a 59-22 romp to finish with a league-best 8-1 record.

Political graves

Photos
Sam Odrowski

While many houses around town are decorated with ghosts, skeletons, and zombies, one Second Street East resident made a political statement with their decorations, writing onto tombstones various issues and viewpoints which they feel should be dead and buried.

Muskie defence

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Tatum Glowasky did her best to keep her Sioux Lookout Warriors' opponent from scoring while Muskie teammates Grace Smith and Ayiana Gagne looked on during the first quarter of Fort High's 62-27 rout of the Sioux Lookout Warriors in NorWOSSA junior girls' basketball action on Tuesday afternoon here.

Ford food drive

Photos
Ken Kellar

Sydney Stanley, left, braved the chilly weather to make a donation to Sunset Country Ford employee Brittany Strachan for the local dealership's WE Scare Hunger food drive on Tuesday. The business has teamed up with students from Fort Frances High School to collect non-perishable food items for donation to local food banks during the month of October.

Race for puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Reece Hopfner skated the puck around the stick-check of Red Lake Miners' defenceman Carson Lux during the first period of the Fort Frances Lakers' 3-1 loss on Tuesday night in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena. The Lakers next host the Thunder Bay North Stars tomorrow night.

Poppy flag

Photos

Fort Frances mayor June Caul, left, and members of the Fort Frances Legion raised the poppy flag at the Fort Frances Community Centre on Friday in advance of Remembrance Day and to mark the beginning of the Legion's poppy campaign. The campaign will run until Nov. 11 and all of the money that is raised in that time stays local to help those in our community.

Gussy pic (Oct. 30)

Photos
Submitted

A pile of oyster shells ready to be recycled. These shells were placed in bags about the size of the buckets seen in the photo, then placed back in the ocean in specific locations.

Decisions, decisions

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Keisha DeBungie eyed up the basket while Muskie teammate Aurora Hutton jostled for position with a Sioux Lookout Warriors opponent during the second half of Fort High's 59-22 romp in NorWOSSA 'AA' senior girls' basketball action on Tuesday afternoon at Fort High. DeBungie scored four points to help pace the Muskies' offence.

Over the net

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jaxon Gartzke sent the ball over the net and past the outstretched arms of a pair of Sioux Lookout Warriors' defenders during the first set of the Muskie senior boys' volleyball team's 2-1 win in NorWOSSA action on Tuesday afternoon at Fort High. The Muskies finished the regular season in third place with a 3-6 record.

More than one-third of Canadians voted strategically: poll

National
Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—More than one-third of Canadians voted strategically in last week's federal election to stop another party from winning, a new poll suggests.

Thirty-five percent of respondents to the Leger poll said their decision about who to support took into account the chances that their vote would prevent another party's candidate from being victorious.

Ontario argues carbon tax stickers OK

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A law mandating that gas stations display anti-carbon tax stickers “furthers the purposes of freedom of expression,” the Ontario government argues as part of its defence to a constitutional case.

New beds won't help long-term care waits: FAO

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government's plan to add 15,000 new beds to the long-term care system won't be enough to stop wait lists from growing, the province's fiscal watchdog said yesterday.

A new report from Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman said wait lists are projected to peak at 40,200 people next year, dropping to about 37,000 once the new beds come online in 2023-2024.

MacKay again denies Tory leadership plans

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay is again trying to quell rumours that he's planning to seek the leadership of the Conservative party should the job come open in the next six months.

Siakam leads Raptors over Pistons

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Pascal Siakam is feeling confident in his expanded role as a focal part of the Raptors offence.

The results are following.

Siakam scored 30 points yesterday for the third time in five games, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 125-113 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Nationals win 1st World Series title

Sports
Ben Walker
The Associated Press

HOUSTON—Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound.

Almost out of contention in May, champs in October.

Binnington leads Blues past Wild 2-1

Sports
David Solomon
THE ASSCOAITED PRESS

ST. LOUIS—The St. Louis Blues are going to need contributions from all over their roster to make up for the loss of star forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

Jordan Binnington led the way last night.

Binnington made 35 saves and Alex Pietrangelo snapped a tie in the third period, leading the Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Dog struck by car rides inside bumper for miles

International
The Associated Press

ROTTERDAM, N.Y.—A dog hit by a car in upstate New York rode for 45 minutes wedged between the broken bumper and the grille before the driver realized she was carrying an injured passenger.

Coco, a shiba inu, was being treated for a fractured elbow after being struck in Albany.

Man arrested robbing bank in front of officer

International
The Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Authorities in Maryland say a man suspected of several bank robberies was arrested after he robbed a bank in front of an off-duty police officer.

News outlets report 51-year-old Fletcher Dorsett was arrested and charged with armed robbery, assault and theft.

Flurries arrive tomorrow

Weather

Halloween night will be mainly cloudy with a low of minus-four C (25 F).

For tomorrow, the first day of November, expect a chance of flurries lasting through the day and overnight with a high of one (34) and a low of minus-four (25).

Saturday will bring a continuing chance of flurries all day and lasting overnight with a high of one (34) and a low of minus-four (25)

Atown

Around Town

“Trunk or Treat 2019” will take place this evening (Oct. 31)from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre parking lot. Stop by and get treats from participants who will be there showing off their decorated vehicles. Free hot dogs for kids, contests, prizes and more. Any questions? Please call 274-9879.