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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - September, 27 2018

OPP warn of cheque scam

News
From the OPP

Members of the Rainy River District OPP would like to notify the public of a scam that has been reported in the Fort Frances area.

Unknown parties fraudulently have acquired and distributed cheques belonging to a business in Calgary.

The culprit(s) have sent the cheques to seemingly random individuals, with one being sent to a residence in Fort Frances.

OPP lay murder charge

News
From the OPP

On Aug. 30, the Treaty #3 Police Service requested the assistance of the OPP with a suspicious death investigation.

An investigation was commenced with members from the Treaty #3 Police Service, OPP North West Region Crime Unit, and OPP Forensic Identification Services under the direction of Det. Insp. Darryl Sigouin of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

Legion ladies approve new member

News
Submitted by
Barb Everett

The local Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29 met on Sept. 12, with 33 members in attendance.

An application for membership was presented and approved for Joyce Schulz.

The charter was draped for Mary Ducharme and her 51 years of service. She held offices of second-vice, first-vice, president, and past president.

Candidates' forum set to go

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates' forum and mayoral debate this Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, and the public is urged to come on out and hear what they have to say.

Chamber past president Cathy Emes confirmed all the candidates running for mayor and council in Fort Frances will be in attendance.

Court teams split with Broncos

Sports
Staff

The four Muskie court sports teams saw some mixed results Tuesday in Kenora.

The junior boys' volleyball squad improved to 2-0 in NorWOSSA play with a straight-sets win (25-13, 25-22, and 25-11) over the Broncos.

Muskie golfers fall short

Sports
Staff

Unfortunately for the Muskie golf team, they won't have any representatives at the NWOSSAA championships here next week.

Fort High finished fourth as a team yet again in the NorWOSSA season-finale Tuesday in Red Lake, carding a combined total of 405 and missing out on qualifying for NWOSSAA this coming Tuesday (Oct. 2) at Kitchen Creek.

Fresh shave

Photos
Sam Odrowski

Fort High teacher Joshua Spooner shared a smile as he got his hair cut by Kim Daley this morning at FFHS to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. Spooner got the most votes from students to be selected to have his head shaved. Runner-up Owen Johnson later volunteered to have his beard shaved after much coaxing from the crowd of Fort High students and staff.

Province loosens pot-smoking rules

National
Shawn Jeffords
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said yesterday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.

Province loosens pot-smoking rules

National
Shawn Jeffords
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario residents will be able to smoke recreational cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted, the Progressive Conservative government said yesterday, loosening rules established by the previous Liberal regime.

Province opts to halt minimum wage hike

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's Progressive Conservative government said it will halt a planned increase to minimum wage that was scheduled to kick in next year, following up on a promise made during the spring election campaign.

Labour minister Laurie Scott said yesterday the minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour rather than rising to $15 as planned by the previous Liberal government.

Reports outline devastation of local news

National
Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The number of articles generated by community newspapers in Canada has declined by almost half over the last decade, and many news organizations are trending toward not-for-profit business models to make up for a dramatic decline in advertising revenues, two studies released Tuesday reveal.

Canadians 'disconnected' from nature: NCC survey

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A suvey for the Nature Conservancy of Canada indicates Canadians feel happier when they are connected to nature but fewer are making the effort the get out of the house.

The online survey of 2,000 Canadians found 87 percent of respondents felt happier, healthier, and more productive when connected to nature.

Vikings visiting Rams on short rest

Sports
Greg Beacham
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay a precocious offensive co-ordinator when they got together in Washington.

After they collaborated on two tremendously-productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFL's youngest head coach in Los Angeles while Cousins got an $84-million contract in Minnesota.

Leafs' power play sinks Canadiens

Sports
Kelsey Patterson
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—If the pre-season is any indication, the Toronto Maple Leafs' power play could wreak havoc this season.

Toronto's star-studded first power-play unit scored two goals as the Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 last night to improve to 5-1-0 in pre-season play.

Brewers, Cubs clinch playoff berths

Sports
Joe Harris
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Fortunately for the Milwaukee Brewers, they didn't slip up.

The Brewers clinched their first playoff spot since 2011 by ensuring at least a spot in the NL wild-card game, helped last night when a rookie St. Louis pinch-runner suddenly fell on his way to the plate in a 2-1 win over the contending Cardinals.

A's close in on Yankees

Sports
The Associated Press

SEATTLE—Oakland Athletics' manager Bob Melvin said he wasn't paying much attention to the out-of-town scoreboard at Safeco Field during his team's 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night.

No matter, Melvin and his team got the result they wanted.

Gibbons not returning as Jays' manager

Sports
Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—John Gibbons got a chance to say goodbye yesterday at Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays made the long-expected announcement that the longtime manager would not return for the 2019 season.

General manager Ross Atkins made it official at an afternoon news conference before the team closed out its home schedule with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros.

Cloudy weekend in store

Weather

It will be mostly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of zero C (32 F) and northwest winds gusting up to 20 km/h.

Tomorrow will see morning showers giving way to gradual clearing, with a high of five (41) and low around minus-five (23).

Look for west-northwest winds gusting up to 24 km/h.

Atown

Around Town

Riverside Health Care will hold its next open board meeting today (Sept. 27) at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at La Verendrye Hospital.