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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 12, 2016

Message of inclusion

Duane Hicks

Erinne Wreggitt, left, and Laurie Nuttall of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic (NCLC) showed off the winning entry in its contest amongst staff to come up a T-shirt design for “International Day of Pink” tomorrow. The design was created by Yvonne Treffers, a community legal worker in the Atikokan office.

Process to hire new CAO moves on


The town is on its next step to hire a new Chief Administrative Officer.

The deadline for applications was Friday (April 8) and town council got its first look at the applications received during an in-camera session at last night’s meeting,

“We’re moving forward in replacing our CAO, Mr. McCaig, who’s done a tremendous job for this community,” said Mayor Roy Avis.

Sports tourism options on table

Joey Payeur

It could be a vital first step in providing an economic boost to the district.

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is holding a planning session on sports tourism tomorrow (April 13) from 7-9 p.m. at the Copper River Inn.

Commons to hold emergency debate

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Speaker of the House of Commons has agreed to allow an emergency debate on the suicide crisis playing out in Attawapiskat First Nation as well as other communities.

The debate, requested by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, is scheduled to take place today after 6 p.m. (ET) and last until around midnight.

Give back fundraiser proceeds: Tories

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The opposition Conservatives are demanding that the Liberal justice minister give back the money from a Toronto fundraiser last week.

Jody Wilson-Raybould attended the $500-a-head evening with lawyers at Torys LLP, a prominent Bay Street law firm.

Feds boosting efforts to catch tax cheaters

Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Canada Revenue Agency is boosting its efforts to hunt down tax dodgers—including those who shelter cash offshore—under an expanded plan expected to recoup $2.6 billion in unpaid taxes over the next five years.

Brassard resigns as chef de mission

Dan Ralph
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Freestyle skiing champ Jean-Luc Brassard, who earlier this year criticized the Canadian Olympic Committee’s handling of alleged sexual harassment by former president Marcel Aubut, has stepped down as Canada’s chef de mission for the Summer Games in Rio.

Back in February, Brassard told Radio-Canada he would considering resigning over the Aubut scandal.

Quebec leads way in UFO sightings

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The 2015 Canadian UFO Survey says Quebec leads the country when it comes to sightings of unidentified flying objects.

The annual survey by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research, released yesterday, says last year had the second-largest number of sightings in the last three decades, with 1,267.

Shellfish behaviour: US lobster industry at odds with Sweden

By Patrick Whittle The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Exactly how 32 American lobsters wound up in Swedish waters isn’t clear. But because some of them were wearing the rubber bands that are put on lobsters’ claws in captivity, many suspect the shellfish had been exported to Europe and then either escaped into the wild or were set free by animal rights activists.

Al-Jazeera America network shuts down Tuesday


NEW YORK — Al-Jazeera America, which couldn’t attract an audience to another cable news network in the United States, signs off Tuesday night following a three-hour live farewell designed to highlight its work since a 2013 launch.

Assisted death not suicide: group

Health & Wellness
Geordon Omand
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Life-insurance providers have told the federal government its members are willing to lift the standard two-year exemption for suicides and pay out policies on people who end their lives through physician-assisted death, says the head of the industry’s professional association.

US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

Health & Wellness
By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments.

Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become infected during pregnancy.

Nats rally again

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—On a day that reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 and struck out for the first time in 2016, and ace Max Scherzer allowed four runs in the first two innings, the Washington Nationals still were able to come away with a win.

“We had other guys step up tonight,” said manager Dusty Baker.

’Hawks expect physical battle with Blues

Jay Cohen
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—The last title defence for the Chicago Blackhawks also started with the St. Louis Blues—and it nearly ended there, too.

Four of the six games went to overtime before the Blackhawks moved on.

Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press

DETROIT — The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.

Rival pickups from Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Toyota didn’t fare as well, according to results released Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Court upholds Utah’s polygamy ban in “Sister Wives” case

By Lindsay Whitehurst The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has upheld Utah’s ban on polygamy, dealing a legal blow to TV’s “Sister Wives” in a ruling that sides with prosecutors who said they need the ban to go after polygamists like imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs.

B.C. scientists develop alluring way to trap rats

Tamsyn Burgmann
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Scientists have outwitted the crafty rat with a stimulating new formula that puts sex on the brain.

A team at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. has developed a rat trap that combines synthetic sex pheromones, food scents, and baby rat sounds to lure rodents to their deaths.

Handwriting study finds clues on when biblical texts written

By Daniel Estrin The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.

Canary seed snaps, chocolate chip cookies

The Canadian Press

High-protein, gluten-free canary seed has received approval from Health Canada for human consumption.

Here are two recipes that feature canary seed (alternate ingredients have been given since canary seed is not yet widely available).


Doing the impossible: Make a vegan Caesar worth celebrating

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

I’ve heard that many restaurant chefs despise making Caesar salads, but I don’t understand why. Who wouldn’t love making lemony-cheesy-black-pepper-salad dreams come true?