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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

MAT to take effect Jan. 1

News
Duane Hicks

Council's hands are tied—a new municipal accommodation tax (MAT) still will come into effect on Jan. 1.

Lions still unbeaten in men's hoops

News
Staff

The games were much higher-scoring in Fort Frances Men's Basketball League action last Tuesday night at Fort High.

The first game of the night saw the RBC Lions aiming to keep their perfect record intact against the BDO Ballerz.

In the only close game of the night, RBC found themselves in the unusual spot of being behind for much of the first half.

MAT presentation

Photos
Duane Hicks

Sarah Noonan of La Place Rendez-Vous asked town council yesterday evening to delay implementing the new four percent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) until more questions and concerns can be addressed.

Quebec minister brushes off payment protests

National
Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Quebec's finance minister yesterday brushed off complaints from Alberta about his province's share of the federal equalization-funding pie, calling them pre-election posturing in the Prairie province.

Ontario's deficit will rise

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's financial watchdog says the province's deficit will rise to $12.3 billion this fiscal year—half-a-billion more than he predicted before the spring election but less than the Progressive Conservative government's own projections.

Oath for indigenous councillors changed

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government says indigenous people no longer will have to swear allegiance to the Queen while being sworn into municipal office.

An alternate oath is being offered after an indigenous councillor-elect in a Northern Ontario town was forced to vacate his recently-won seat because he wouldn't pledge allegiance to the Queen.

Transfer of child-killer under review

National
Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Public Safety minister Ralph Goodale says he will examine the transfer of Victoria Stafford's murderer, Michael Rafferty, from a maximum-security prison to a medium-security facility—a review that will take place just weeks after Rafferty's accomplice, Terri-Lynne McClintic, went back to a prison from an indigenous healing lodge.

'Fearless Girl' gets her new home

Business
Karen Matthews
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—The “Fearless Girl” is making her stand outside the very temple of American capitalism.

The hands-on-her-hips statue that spent most of the past two years staring down Wall Street's “Charging Bull” sculpture, becoming a spunky symbol of feminine empowerment, was unveiled yesterday at her new permanent home in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

Surging Penguins edge Islanders

Sports
The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y.—Casey DeSmith is providing a lift for the Pittsburgh Penguins while Matt Murray is sidelined by a lower-body injury.

DeSmith made 25 saves to lead the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout win against the N.Y. Islanders last night.

“He was really good all night. He was locked in,” said Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan.

“He made some big saves for us.”

Seahawks suddenly on brink of playoffs

Sports
Tim Booth
The Associated Press

SEATTLE—Bobby Wagner leapt over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field-goal attempt, and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns.

Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care.

“I'm not stressing about that. I made the play. They called what they called,” Wagner said.

Lions hire Claybrooks as head coach

Sports
Gemma Karstens-Smith
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—DeVone Claybrooks has been named the new head coach of the B.C. Lions.

The Lions made the long-expected move official in a news release today.

The former Calgary Stampeders' defensive co-ordinator replaces Wally Buono, who retired at the end of the season following 46 years in the CFL.

Tiny asteroid studded with boulders: NASA

International
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought.

Scientists yesterday released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft, Osiris-Rex, hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which only is about three blocks wide and weighs about 80 million tons.

NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

Science
By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — NASA’s first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought.

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on spacewalk

Science
The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Two Russian cosmonauts were preparing to venture outside the International Space Station Tuesday to inspect a section where a mysterious leak has been discovered.

’Truth isn’t truth’ tops list of notable quotes in 2018

International
The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The assertion that “truth isn’t truth,” made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian’s list of the most notable quotes of 2018.

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get colour boosts

Lifestyles
By Candice Choi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Many companies including McDonald’s and Kellogg are purging artificial colours from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different.

Colours send important signals about food, and companies aren’t going to stop playing into those perceptions.

Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

Lifestyles
By Gillian Flaccus The Associated Press

TUALATIN, Ore. — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.

Can’t get a whole pig? You can still make a yummy porchetta

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Traditionally, Italian porchetta is a whole pig that is spit-roasted to produce fall-apart tender, rich pieces of slow-cooked pork, aromatic with garlic, fennel seeds, rosemary, and thyme. It’s served with pieces of crisp skin on a crusty roll.

For a quick take on pizza at home, use Indian flatbread

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Naan is an Indian flatbread with a chewy texture and a puffed, slightly charred crust. Brushing the baking sheet with olive oil and then baking the naan on the lowest rack in a 400 F oven gives it a crispy texture—just like pizza crust. This recipe can be doubled. Follow this recipe with your kids.

PIZZA IN A FLASH

Servings: 1-2

Pretty holiday cookies that don’t taste like cardboard

Recipes
By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

Making holiday cookies—the rolled, cutout, and glazed butter-cookie variety—is everyone’s favourite December activity. Unfortunately, these cookies either look good but taste like cardboard or have buttery, rich flavour but lack visual appeal.

Milder weather in store

Weather

It will be mostly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of minus-eight C (17 F) and south-southeast winds gusting up to 13 km/h.

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and clouds, with a high of minus-three (26) and low around minus-nine (16).

Look for south-southeast winds gusting up to 15 km/h.