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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September 2, 2015

Town tour

Photos
Duane Hicks

Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, left, chatted with deputy mayor June Caul during a tour of the Fort Frances Tourist Information Centre last Wednesday. Dowdeswell spent the day touring sites around town and learning about the community.

‘High’ art

Photos
Heather Latter

Artist Brian Romagnoli used a scissor lift to work on the middle portion of the heritage mural dubbed, “E.W.Backus & Company,” on the west side of the CIBC building yesterday.

School smiles

Photos
Heather Latter

Grade 1 students Jakobe Kempf, left, Aubrey Meeks, and Josh Dittaro were all smiles yesterday during their first day in the French Immersion class at St. Michael’s School here. French Immersion in both SK and Grade 1 was reinstated there this year after being previously phased out.

Lt.-Gov. visits Fort Frances

News
Duane Hicks

Some have called the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre a jewel in the crown of Fort Frances, and Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell wholeheartedly agrees.

Dowdeswell, who was in Fort Frances last Wednesday as part of her tour of Northern Ontario, said the state-of-the-art facility was the highlight of her visit here.

Skating drill

Photos
Joey Payeur

Muskies blueliner Avery Cates from Emo was a golden flash of pure acceleration while racing down the ice during one of the various skating drills put on by RISE Skills Testing during the last day of the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association Development Week camp at the Ice for Kids Arena this past Thursday.

Provincial Land Tax reform underway

News
Staff

The Provincial Land Tax (PLT)— the property tax applied in unincorporated areas of Northern Ontario outside municipal boundaries—is being updated in order to address inequities between municipal property taxes and PLT.

Highway work behind schedule

News
Heather Latter

It looks like motorists will be using the Fourth Street detour for at least another six weeks, as the road work taking place on King’s Highway is almost a month behind schedule.

Bay City Contractors Inc. are nearing the end of the first phase of the project (from just east of York Avenue to Webster Avenue), with all of the pipe laid for 473 metres of road.

35th Terry Fox Run in works

District
Heather Latter

After last year’s event saw an excellent turnout of about 100 and raised more than $13,000 for cancer research, organizers of this year’s Terry Fox Run are hoping to make the 35th anniversary another success.

Local air cadet earns wings

District
Heather Latter

WO2 Nick Piotrowski of the 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadets is now a licensed pilot after earning his wings this summer.

The 17-year-old took advantage of the Power Pilot scholarship through Air Cadets during a seven-week stint at the Discovery Aviation Academy in Sudbury.

Saskatoon distillery attaches label to booze promoting moderation

Business
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON — A Saskatoon micro-distillery is taking an extra step to inform its customers about the benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation.

Lucky Bastard Distillers has created a label that informs consumers of Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines and communicates the number of standard drinks in each bottle.

Clutch hitting, pitching lift Knights to title

Sports
Joey Payeur

It was a double play followed by a double-double that even Tim Hortons couldn’t top.

Lakers in urgent need of billets

Sports
Joey Payeur

Mary Polz and Jane Johnstone weren’t beating around the bush.

“We are very short of billets,” Polz said bluntly in regards to the lack of current available households willing to take in members of the Fort Frances Lakers for the upcoming SIJHL season.

Changes for skate club

Sports
Joey Payeur

There will be transitions aplenty when it comes to the Border Skating Club this season for its younger skaters.

Longtime coach with the local club Penny McComb said the changes will involve the newest bladers of the bunch in the CanSkate division.

“With me going south in the winter now, Jenna Cousineau will be the new head coach of CanSkate,” announced McComb.

Wild invites Bethune to futures tourney

Sports
Joey Payeur

Jared Bethune has gone in a matter of two months from being a dejected non-draftee by the NHL to feeling sky-high about his big-league hopes once again.

Quebec MDs to get euthanasia guide to prepare for legalized assisted death

Health & Wellness
By Sheryl Ubelacker THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — The college that regulates Quebec doctors will soon provide practitioners with detailed guidelines — including what drugs to use — for euthanizing terminally ill patients who seek help to end their lives.

But it’s unclear whether other provinces and territories will adopt a similar practice when doctor-assisted death becomes legal across the country early next year.

Urban homesteading, earth-wise consumption possible even in apartments: author

Life
By Lois Abraham THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Raising quail on a balcony, rabbits in a condo, or eating insects might not be among the habits of the average person in this country.

But Michelle Catherine Nelson believes supporting and growing sustainable food may be the most important contribution to our ecosystem that anyone can make.

New measurement trims official elevation of Alaska’s Denali, North America’s tallest peak

International
By Rachel D’Oro THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — North America’s tallest mountain doesn’t just have a new name. It also has a new elevation.

Denali, the Alaska mountain formerly known Mount McKinley, is now officially 10 feet shorter, measuring 20,310 feet at its highest point, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday.

Pope: Some women feel they had no other option in having abortion; stresses merciful approach

International
By Frances D’Emilio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make “this agonizing and painful decision.”

N. Korean airline, named world’s worst, delivers authoritarian service but good safety record

International
By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PYONGYANG, North Korea — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travellers a stern lecture, or worse.

FOOD FINDS: Want to be a better cook? Alice Waters says start by stocking a better pantry

Recipes
By J.M. Hirsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

When it comes to aspirational cooking, it’s tough to top Martha Stewart and Alice Waters.

Practise urban homesteading with rabbit stew, purple loosestrife risotto recipes

Recipes
The Canadian Press

Michelle Catherine Nelson has parlayed her passion for food and the environment into a doctorate degree and a book about urban homesteading.