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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September, 25 2018

Quiet on fire scene

News
From the MNRF

No new fires were confirmed in the Northwest Region by mid-afternoon yesterday.

There currently are six active fires in the region, one of which is listed as “under control" and five as "under observation.”

The forest fire hazard is “low” across the region.

To see a complete list of fires across the province, click on our interactive map.

Falls airport lands $1.16-million federal grant

News
Laurel Beager
Editor, The Journal
International Falls

Falls International Airport will receive more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new safety equipment and infrastructure projects.

Senior centre asking for help

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is asking town council to support, in principle, helping it acquire a larger facility that would meet current and future programming needs.

In a letter to council, Diane Maxey, chair of the Fort Frances Senior Centre Board of Management, explained that activity there has increased over the past few years.

Radio ad questions truth of residential school trauma

National
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—A radio ad airing in Saskatchewan is asking listeners whether Canadians are being told the whole truth about residential schools.

The radio spot, which aired recently across multiple private radio stations, was made by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Winnipeg-based think-tank.

Métis group gets funding

National
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The federal government says it will provide more than $154 million to the Manitoba Métis Federation as the group works towards self-government.

The government said in a statement Saturday that the federation will use some of the money to improve the social and economic well-being of the Manitoba Métis community.

Judge declares Cosby a 'sexually violent predator'

National
The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa.—A judge declared Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” today as a first step toward sentencing the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago.

The classification means Cosby must undergo monthly counselling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities.

Region picking up post-tornado pieces

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—Residents from across Canada's national capital region who were hit by Friday's devastating tornadoes have started rebuilding their homes—and their lives.

Festus John worried about his future yesterday in a Gatineau, Que. community centre that had been transformed into an emergency shelter for hundreds of people unable to return home.

Liberals reject motion

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal Liberals have rejected a request by opposition MPs to delve into the issue of whether it's appropriate for a politician to routinely use the Constitution's controversial notwithstanding clause to override a court's decision.

Ontario to dig deeper into fiscal situation

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford slammed his predecessor's handling of Ontario's books yesterday, calling it the “biggest government scandal in a generation,” as he announced plans for a special committee that would dig further into the province's fiscal situation.

Few asylum-seekers have been removed

National
Teresa Wright
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Confusion over the number of irregular migrants that have been removed from Canada led to an apology yesterday from Border Security minister Bill Blair—and attracted fresh calls from Opposition MPs for more action to address ongoing border woes.

Jets nip Flames in OT

Sports
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The odds are stacked against Sami Niku when it comes to cracking an experienced Winnipeg Jets' blueline this season.

But the 21-year-old Finn is showing he's not far away.

Niku and Nikolaj Ehlers, who notched the overtime winner, each scored twice last night as Winnipeg won 5-4 over the Calgary Flames.

CJ Suess rounded out the scoring for Winnipeg.

Osuna earns save against ex-team

Sports
Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—If last night's game marked the last for Marco Estrada in a Blue Jays' uniform, he wasn't pleased with how it ended.

Estrada, who will become a free agent at the end of the season, allowed four runs on seven hits—including two solo homers—as the Jays fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros to open their final home series of the year.

Steelers able to hold off Bucs

Sports
Fred Goodall
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla.—It was not the way Ben Roethlisberger would draw it up but the Pittsburgh Steelers will take it.

Cool weather in forecast

Weather

Look for occasional rain and drizzle tonight, with an overnight low of two C (35 F) and west winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will see brief afternoon showers, with a high of 12 (53) and low around four (39).

Look for west-southwest winds gusting up to 18 km/h.

A little rain is forecast for Thursday, along with a high of 10 (50) and low dipping to minus-one (30).