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Fort Frances Time Online Edition - September 2, 2016

Electoral reform

Duane Hicks

Local MP Don Rusnak, accompanied by constituency assistant Jennifer de Bakker, led a town hall-style discussion on electoral reform yesterday at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. More than 20 people attended the session to share their thoughts and opinions. The federal government has committed that 2015 would be the last election under the current “first-past-the-post” system.

Safeway slashes prices

Press Release

Starting today (Sept. 2), customers in Western Canada will save on their purchases of thousands of lower everyday prices up and down the aisles in their local Safeway and Sobeys stores.

On its way

Joey Payeur

Sight & Sound pitcher John Desaulniers was every bit the ace his team needed him to be last night—pitching a two-hit shutout as the second-ranked Wolves blanked the third-seeded Couchiching Raiders 5-0 in the second-and-deciding game of the Rainy River District Fastball League’s East Division final at the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field.

New fire in district

From the MNRF

One new fire was reported in the Northwest Region by the late afternoon yesterday.

Fort Frances Fire #20, located about 55 km north-northeast of Fort Frances, was listed as “not under control” at 0.2 hectares in size.

The forest fire hazard forecast is “moderate” to “high” in the southern sectors of the region, and “high” across the far north.

Lakers open camp


Matt Mason is building himself a good reputation right from the start.

Mason netted a hat trick to lead Team Black to a 9-3 win over Team White as the Fort Frances Lakers opened training camp last night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

The three-time defending SIJHL champs will hold five intrasquad games over three days as they select their roster for the upcoming season.

Tymkin survives first set of cuts


Cole Tymkin has put himself in position to make a big step in his hockey career.

The 17-year-old Fort Frances resident, a native of Rainy River, yesterday made it through the initial roster cutdown to 25 players for the defending Memorial Cup champion London Knights (OHL).

New library CEO

Duane Hicks

Caroline Goulding is settling in as the new CEO at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Goulding said she’s impressed by the library and its programming, as well as the friendliness of the community. She replaced Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, who now is CEO of the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Woman recovering from well fall

The Canadian Press

REDWATER, Alta.—An Alberta woman says she has been sore and sleep deprived since she spent hours clinging to the sides of an abandoned well near Edmonton earlier this week.

Trieva McBeth plunged more than two metres into the grass-covered hole while she was walking her dog near Redwater on Monday.

Days later, her voice remains hoarse from screaming for help.

Tories handily win Toronto byelection

Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives won a provincial byelection yesterday in northeast Toronto, but it may have come at a cost.

City councillor Raymond Cho won the Scarborough-Rouge River riding—defeating the Liberals in a seat they have held since it was created in 1999.

Hanjin bankruptcy causes global shipping chaos, retail fears

By Robert Jablon The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves.

Redblacks capitalize on Alouette miscues

Kelsey Patterson
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Alouettes’ coach Jim Popp was at a loss for words when describing the late interception that eventually cost Montreal the football game.

Montreal lost 19-14 against the Ottawa Redblacks last night after quarterback Kevin Glenn’s easy interception ended the Alouettes’ comeback attempt.

Vikings end pre-season unbeaten

Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS—Never mind Jared Goff’s status as the first overall pick in the draft for L.A.

For now, with a lot left to learn, he’s the third-stringer.

Goff’s first start of the pre-season for the Rams featured two turnovers and one touchdown as the Minnesota reserve running backs led a 27-25 victory by the Vikings last night.

Blast sets back SpaceX

The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A massive explosion erupted yesterday at SpaceX’s main launch pad—destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread Internet service in Africa.

There were no injuries. The pad had been cleared of workers before what was supposed to be a routine pre-launch rocket test.

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions

By Youkyung Lee :The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung Electronics recalled all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Friday after finding batteries of some of the flagship gadgets exploded or caught fire.

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

By Esther Htusan The Associated Press

PINLEBU, Myanmar — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands.

Obama warns against global warming’s impact on Pacific atoll


President Barack Obama plunked down on a speck of coral reef in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Thursday and gazed out at the turquoise waters of the marine monument he’s widened to become the largest in the world.

Super Mario marketing op in Rio cost Nintendo how much? Zero

By Yuri Kageyama The Associated Press

TOKYO — How much did Nintendo pay to land that dream marketing opportunity at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony, where Japan’s prime minister popped out dressed as the red-hatted plumber Super Mario?


US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

By Dan Elliott The Associated Press

DENVER — Federal land managers issued guidelines Thursday for restricting energy development, livestock grazing and other activities on public land in the West to protect the greater sage grouse, part of a broad effort to save the bird without resorting to listing it as an endangered species.