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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 22, 2016

Mexican fiesta

Heather Latter

Rainycrest dietary manager Dwayne Hunking handed over a cup of bean salad to a disguised Ruth Caldwell yesterday during the Rainycrest Volunteer Appreciation Mexican Fiesta in Hallett Hall there. The luncheon featured a tasty taco salad meal from the “cantina,” followed by dessert, as well as some prizes and games. Staff even said “gracias” to the volunteers by singing to those on hand.

Town to host OFSAA curling


The top high school curlers in the province will congregate here in just under two years’ time.

It was confirmed today that Fort Frances will be the site of the 2018 OFSAA curling championships—marking the first time since 1981 the community has hosted the event.

More Festival piano results

Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wrapped up its 76th-annual edition today.

The Piano Division was adjudicated by Jane Petroni, who teaches piano privately in Winnipeg and through the Prepartory Department of the University of Manitoba.


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Legion set for ‘Tina Turner’ show

Duane Hicks

World champion Tina Turner tribute artist Luisa Marshall will be performing at the Fort Frances Legion next Thursday (April 28) as part of her cross-Canada “Hope Beyond Thunderdome” tour.

Legion concert


World champion Tina Turner tribute artist Luisa Marshall will be performing next Thursday at the local Legion. She is stopping here on a tour to raise awareness of PTSD.

Instrumental results from Festival

Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wrapped up its 76th-annual edition today.

The Instrumental Division, which ran yesterday and today, was adjudicated by Nancy Nowosad of Winnipeg, who maintains a busy schedule as a teacher of piano, saxophone, and theory, as well as a workshop/masterclass clinician, adjudicator, and Royal Conservatory of Music examiner.

Queen gets walkway gift

The Canadian Press

BANFF, Alta.—A walking trail “fit for a queen” in one of Canada’s most well-known national parks is Alberta’s 90th birthday present to the Queen.

The Commonwealth Walkway is to be created in the town of Banff in Banff National Park in honour of the monarch reaching the milestone.

Family slams right-to-die bill

Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Parliamentarians are being urged to amend a proposed new law on medically-assisted dying by the children of the woman whose suffering was central to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the ban on assisted death.

Trudeau signs climate document

The Canadian Press

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined world leaders today to help formally ratify a global treaty on climate change.

Putting his signature to the Paris accord was the easy part.

The hard part comes next: reducing Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent over the coming decades.

Volkswagen owners will get a choice: a buyback or repairs

By Sudhin Thanawala And Tom Krisher The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S. will have the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW’s expense, under a deal announced Thursday by a federal judge.

Jays fall to Orioles

David Ginsburg
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE—After a wild first inning, it appeared as if the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles finally found their offensive mojo.

But the Jays never added to their early outburst while Baltimore waited until the latter stages before rallying for a 3-2 victory last night.

Manny Machado drove in two runs, including the tie-breaker in the eighth inning.

Arrieta tosses second no-hitter

Joe Kay
The Associated Press

CINCINNATI—Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts—shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout last night.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner threw the first no-hitter of the season.

Arrieta (4-0) struck out six, walked four, and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield.

‘Hawks stay alive with double OT win



ST. LOUIS—The Chicago Blackhawks finally got a goal from one of their top stars.

Patrick Kane’s first of the playoffs saved the defending Stanley Cup champions’ season.

Arrieta throws 2nd career no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds 16-0

By Joe Kay The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.

And his catcher suspects that the reigning NL Cy Young winner has a few more of those no-hit moments left in him.

Solar plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

By Audrey McAvoy And Caleb Jones The Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it’s California or bust.

South Dakota sites mulled for nuclear waste drilling project

By James Nord The Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there.

FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey hinted at an event in London on Thursday that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

Comey was asked during a question-and-answer session at an Aspen Security Forum event how much the FBI paid for the method from an unidentified third-party to access the phone.

UN event spotlights 17 goals to end poverty and save planet

By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

A 17-year-old Honduran-American activist called for a youth movement to eradicate poverty and preserve the planet. The president of the tiny Pacific island nation said urgent funds are needed to develop his country and prevent the devastating impact of climate change. Actor and advocate Forest Whitaker urged people around the globe to join forces to achieve U.N.

Up to 170 states poised to sign landmark climate agreement

The Associated Press

As many as 170 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal takes a key step toward entering into force years ahead of schedule.

Firms that paid for Clinton speeches have US gov’t interests

By Stephen Braun The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — It’s not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found.

Solar plane back in air

The Associated Press

KAPOLEI, Hawaii—A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it’s California or bust.

The fresh flavour of white asparagus is worth searching for

By Sara Moulton The Associated Press

Here in America we think of white asparagus as the pink elephant of the vegetable world not even a rumour so much as a hallucination.

It actually has been a staple in Europe for centuries. These days, happily enough, I’ve been spotting white asparagus more often on our side of the pond.