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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 21, 2016

Dance recital

Photos
Devin Eldridge Photography

MarleyRae Huntley, foreground, and Jody Szpara performed a tap dance to “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the memorable theme to classic ’80s TV show, “The Golden Girls,” at the Townshend Theatre on Tuesday evening. The performance was just one number in Chantelle Spuzak’s Dancemakers School of Dance’s 17th-annual recital, this year entitled “What’s on the Telly?”

Seed library set to launch

News
Duane Hicks

In the spirit of “Earth Day” tomorrow, the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre will launch its seed library, with a sunflower start kit giveaway to follow on Saturday.

This marks the second year for the seed library, which is a free community resource open to library members and non-members alike.

Students holding fundraiser for classmate

News
Staff

Students in Lynne Avis’ Grade 7 class at Robert Moore School are hosting a movie night fundraiser tomorrow for a classmate and his family.

Thomas Chapais was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2014.

After having his leg amputated, he had returned to school and was adjusting well to school life.

Tentative deal inked

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board on Monday reached a tentative agreement at the local level with Rainy River District Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)–Educational Support Personnel (ESP).

The new agreement will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2017, aligning with the provincial settlements at the central bargaining table.

Lakers' action

Photos
Submitted

Dustin Deugau was redirected towards his own net in unkind fashion by Tanner Watt of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs during Game 4 of the SIJHL final last night in Dryden. But Deugau and the Lakers had the last laugh by earning a 2-0 win to tie the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

More Festival results

District
Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts continues with its Piano division, adjudicated by Jane Petroni, who teaches piano privately in Winnipeg and through the Preparatory Department of the University of Manitoba.

In this final week of the Festival, the Piano division is slated to wrap up tomorrow while the Instrumental division also is running today and tomorrow.

MNO election set for May 2

District
Staff

Sunset Country Métis Council members will be among those voting for a new Métis Nation of Ontario executive on May 2.

Voting will take place from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Sunset Country Métis office (426 Victoria Ave.)

An advance poll will be held there this Saturday (April 23) from 3-7 p.m.

Man’s body recovered

District
From the OPP

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Kenora OPP officers responded to a report of a deceased male being located along the shoreline of Powder Island on Lake of the Woods.

Members of the Kenora OPP’s Marine and Trails Unit, and the Kenora Forensic Identification Unit, attended the scene yesterday and recovered the body.

Seed library

Photos
Duane Hicks

Library Penny Shumaker got the seed library all ready to go for its “Earth Day” launch tomorrow. This will be the second year for the free community resource to be offered at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.

Bujold off to OFSAA

Sports
Staff

Look out, OFSAA—the “Bujold Bomber” is headed back your way.

Aaron Bujold was the lone representative of the Muskie badminton team at the NWOSSAA championships yesterday in Dryden.

But the 10th-grader shrugged off any feelings of loneliness and got down to business in winning his second-straight silver medal in the senior boys’ singles division.

Rockettes, Rage to meet in final

Sports
Staff

An easier semi-final round likely has never been played.

Both the league-leading Wright Physiotherapy Rockettes and second-place La Place Rendez-Vous Rage were handed forfeit victories last night to advance to the final of the Borderland Women’s Indoor Soccer League.

Lakers knot series again

Sports
Staff

Just call him Pierce Dushenk‘0.’

The Fort Frances Lakers’ goalie turned away all 35 shots he faced last night, and A.J. Rupert and Dylan Robertson each scored, in a 2-0 win over the host Dryden GM Ice Dogs in Game 4 of the SIJHL final.

The best-of-seven showdown is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 here tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Legalization may snuff cannabis culture: experts

National
Tamsyn Burgmann
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Stoner subculture likely will take a hit with the incoming legalization of marijuana in Canada because as the cause vanishes, so will celebration of the drug, say experts.

Tunnel discovered under border

National
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—U.S. authorities said yesterday they discovered a cross-border tunnel that ran a half-mile from a Tijuana house equipped with a large elevator to a lot in San Diego that was advertised as a wooden pallet business, resulting in seizures of more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana.

Free access to parks raises crowd concerns

National
Bruce Cheadle
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—When Finance minister Bill Morneau used a speech in Chicago yesterday to toss out an open invitation to Americans to visit Canada’s natural splendour in 2017, he inadvertently may have highlighted a potential downside for one of the Liberal government’s election promises.

Overcrowding at some popular national parks will need to be managed as Canada flings open the gates.

Battle looming over boat-shaped treehouse

National
Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A Toronto father who built his sons a $30,000 boat-shaped treehouse vowed yesterday to defend what he considers a family haven from city officials who want it torn down.

John Alpeza spent years working on the naval-themed treehouse for his boys, Kristian and Matheas, now 10 and eight.

Notley still bullish on NDP

National
Dean Bennett
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is the last NDP premier in Canada following the party’s defeat in Manitoba’s general election this week, but she says she doesn’t view it that way.

“I like to see myself as not the last one standing but, in fact, the first in a new wave of NDP governments,” Notley said in an interview yesterday.

Volkswagen reaches judge’s deadline for diesel car fix

Business
By Sudhin Thanawala And Tom Krisher The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge’s deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

Sharks have Kings on ropes

Sports
The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Given another chance to win a playoff game with their power play, the San Jose Sharks did just that by getting goals instead of just generating chances.

And with their third win in four games, the Sharks now have another chance to close out the L.A. Kings in a first-round series.

Shaw suspended for anti-gay slur

Sports
Andrew Seligman
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—The NHL yesterday suspended Blackhawks’ forward Andrew Shaw for one game for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago’s Game 4 loss Tuesday night at home to the St. Louis Blues.

Half-mile tunnel found on US-Mexico border, cocaine seized

International
By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — U.S. authorities said Wednesday that they discovered a cross-border tunnel that ran a half-mile from a Tijuana house equipped with a large elevator to a lot in San Diego that was advertised as a wooden pallet business, resulting in seizures of more than a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana.

Justice Department appears open to interrogation suit

International
By Eric Tucker The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has signalled that it won’t try to block a lawsuit arising from the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, leaving the door open for a court challenge over tactics that have since been discontinued and widely discredited.

Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript

Life
By Daniel Estrin The Associated Press

JERUSALEM — The grandchildren of one of the earliest Jewish victims of the Nazis are laying claim to a jewel of Israel’s top museum: the world’s oldest illustrated Passover manuscript.