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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September 1, 2015

Back to school

Photos
Heather Latter

Nick Gray, left, along with friend, Cameron O’Brien, and brother, Jon Gray, arrived at Robert Moore School this morning for their first day of Grade 7, Grade 3, and Grade 4, respectively. Students throughout the district headed back to class to kick off the 2015-2016 school year.

Trip draw

Photos
Staff

Tichbornes Real Estate sales rep Bonnie Broman, left, drew the September “Trip of the Month” draw winner as Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on this morning at International Travel Services. Ted and Annie-Marie Fitzgerald of Fort Frances are heading off on a Caribbean cruise—a trip valued at $4,500. Next month’s trip is to St. Petersburg, Fla. ($3,600).

Intense focus

Photos
Joey Payeur

Damon Nyberg, right, wasn’t letting the ball out of his sight while Kenton Bowles watched the play unfold during the first day of Muskie football training camp yesterday at Fort Frances High School. The Muskies had 28 players out for the opening session, with more expected today with it being the first day of school.

‘Support Services’ to be recognized

News
Staff

The School Support Services Department of the Rainy River District School Board will receive the “Recognition of Excellence” tonight at the board’s regular meeting for supporting system goals.

Wild invite Bethune to camp

Sports
Joey Payeur

Jared Bethune can’t wait to get Wild.

The Fort Frances native was announced yesterday as one of 25 prospects being invited to be part of the Minnesota Wild’s entry into the 2015 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 11-15.

More than half of Canadians have less than $10K set aside for emergencies: BMO

News
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Canadians on average are socking away more money for potential financial emergencies than in the past, but a new survey has found that almost a quarter are still living paycheque to paycheque.

The survey, conducted by Pollara for the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), found that Canadians on average have $41,694 in emergency savings, up from an average of $35,237 in 2014.

Economy shrinks again, Canada now in recession

National
Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s economy recoiled for the second-straight quarter of 2015—knocking the country backwards into a technical definition of recession, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed today.

Pension ad may have been partisan under old regulations

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s auditor general would question the timing of a new pension plan ad—which is running during the federal election campaign—if the Liberal government hadn’t changed the oversight rules.

Ad for new sex-ed curriculum released

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s Liberal government has released a new ad promoting an updated sex-education curriculum that is in schools this year.

The new curriculum has met with some opposition and controversy and has prompted protests by some parents, with some even threatening to pull their kids out of school this year.

Alberta faces $5.9B deficit, may grow if oil stays low

National
Dean Bennett
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta’s finance minister says the province is on track for a record $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businesses.

And Joe Ceci says the worst may not be over if low oil prices persist and the province continues in recession.

Man vying for world-record cucumber

National
The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C.—The record for the world’s longest cucumber might belong to a Kelowna, B.C., man who’s also vying to have the longest pickle on the planet.

Daniel Tomelin, 54, said his garden has produced the king of all cucumbers, somehow splitting off from the crowd and going above and beyond his wildest expectations.

Stark future without action on climate change: Obama

National
Josh Lederman
The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned yesterday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.

12th person gored to death by bull

National
The Associated Press

MADRID, Spain—A Spanish mayor says a man has died after being charged down and gored by a bull that was being herded into a northern village as part of annual celebrations to honour its patron saint.

Jesus Garcia Pastor said the 66-year-old man had wandered into an area of the town of Cuellar that was forbidden to revelers and was struck as the bull ran.

More Canadians need emergency savings

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Canadians on average are socking away more money for potential financial emergencies than in the past, but a new survey has found that almost a quarter are still living paycheque to paycheque.

The survey, conducted by Pollara for the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), found that Canadians on average have $41,694 in emergency savings, up from an average of $35,237 in 2014.

Economy shrinks again, pushes Canada into technical definition of recession

Business
By Andy Blatchford THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Canada’s economy recoiled for the second-straight quarter of 2015 — knocking the country backwards into a technical definition of recession, fresh Statistics Canada data revealed Tuesday.

Alberta faces $5.9B deficit; minister says that may grow if oil stays low

Business
By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON — Alberta’s finance minister says the province is on track for a record $5.9-billion deficit this year as the oil crunch hits families and businesses.

And Joe Ceci says the worst may not be over if low oil prices persist and the province continues in recession.

Saskatchewan projecting $292M deficit; province blames wildfires, low oil prices

Business
The Canadian Press

REGINA — Saskatchewan is forecasting a $292-million deficit this year mainly due to low oil prices and the cost of fighting wildfires that forced thousands of people from their homes this summer.

Finance Minister Kevin Doherty announced the red ink Monday in the province’s first-quarter report for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Bases-loaded RBI gives Dodgers win

Sports
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 14th inning before the Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs. With slugger Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, the slow-footed Ellis knew he would have to hustle to score.

Jays remain upbeat despite loss

Sports
John Chidley-Hill
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Toronto Blue Jays may have ended August on a losing note, but they’re far from concerned.

Danny Salazar outlasted David Price in a pitchers’ duel as the Cleveland Indians beat Toronto 4-2 last night. The Blue Jays got runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth and kept it a very tight game until the final out.

At Harvard’s new ‘virtual classroom,’ students tune in to class from computers anywhere

Technology
By Collin Binkley The Associated Press

The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.

In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference.

3,000 Philly Naked Bike Ride participants cruise through couple’s wedding day photo shoot

Life
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Here comes the bride all dressed in white. And, don’t look now, but here come thousands of bicyclists not dressed in anything.

Nude and body-painted participants from this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride cruised through the wedding day photo shoot of lovebirds Ross Cohen and Blair Delson.

In Alaska, Obama depicts stark future without action on climate change by US, other countries

Science
By Josh Lederman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska.