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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 24, 2016

Wellness speaker

Cameron Penney

Andréanne Fleck Saito, a keynote speaker from southern Ontario, spoke to members of the Northwest Catholic District School Board as part of “Wellness Day” at St. Francis School here yesterday. Saito spoke on the differences between mental health and mental illness, as well as the need to support students while reducing stigma.

High school teachers to start one-day strikes


The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced yesterday that high school teachers with the Rainy River District School Board will undergo a full withdrawal of services, one day per week, beginning tomorrow.

Town to get new phone system


The Town of Fort Frances will be getting a new phone system.

Town council last night awarded a contract for the supply and installation of a new phone system, and related network infrastructure, in eight town facilities to Teleco Landline of Thunder Bay for a total cost of $197,900.

Final Festival results

Press Release

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts wrapped up its Instrumental division Friday, adjudicated by Nancy Nowosad, who teaches piano, saxophone, and theory.

She also is a workshop/masterclass clinician, adjudicator, and Royal Conservatory of Music examiner.


(April 22)

Court musician

Heather Latter

Court musician Patrice Langlois, of Compagnie Les Voisins, provided the music during “The Queen of Colours” show that wrapped up this season of the “Kids and Company” entertainment series yesterday evening at the Townshend Theatre. Audience members enjoyed watching a cartoon brought to life by the onstage court painter. Shows for the 2016-17 series will be announced soon.

Four fires on weekend

From the MNRF

There were four fires in the Northwest Region over the weekend, including two in Kenora District and one each in Nipigon and Dryden districts.

All of these fires have been declared “out.”

No new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon.

The fire hazard ranges from “low” to “high” across the region, with Red Lake District showing the highest hazard.

Pair of Lakers earn scholarships


Andrew Willner and Roshen Jaswal have more to look forward to than next week’s Dudley Hewitt Cup.

The Fort Frances Lakers’ forward and blueliner can anticipate at least a few more seasons sharing the same ice beginning this fall after yesterday committing to play for the NCAA Division III St. Olaf College Lions in Northfield, Mn.

Trump thrilled with exodus-to-Canada talk

Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—Donald Trump has a message for some of the celebrities musing about leaving for Canada if he’s elected president: don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

The billionaire candidate expressed delight today when asked about the phenomenon of famous Americans talking about becoming political exiles if he’s elected.

He said he’d be glad to make it a reality.

Three storm names retired

The Associated Press

MIAMI—The organization that names tropical storms and hurricanes says it will retire the names Erika, Joaquin, and Patricia following the 2015 season.

The World Meteorological Organization announced yesterday that Elsa and Julian will be used for future storms in the Atlantic while Pamela will be used in the eastern North Pacific.

Kelowna keeps mythical monster

The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C.—There’ll be no heave-ho for Ogopogo after councillors in Kelowna, B.C. voted to keep the mythical lake monster as the focus of the city’s parade float.

Staff had proposed ditching the iconic creature in favour of an outdoor recreation theme for the city’s new float, but politicians voted unanimously to stick with tradition.

Trudeau condemns hostage’s murder

The Canadian Press

KANANASKIS, Alta.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday condemned the “cold-blooded murder” of a Canadian beheaded by terrorists in the Philippines after being held hostage for seven months.

Trudeau confirmed the victim was 68-year-old John Ridsdel of Calgary.

Enbridge pipeline replacement gets conditional approval

The Associated Press

CALGARY — Canada’s National Energy Board has granted conditional approval to a massive Enbridge Inc., project to replace a pipeline that would enable more Canadian crude to flow into the U.S.

The $7.5-billion Line 3 Replacement project involves rebuilding a 1031-mile (1,660-kilometre) pipeline that’s nearly a half-century old and has had several ruptures over the years.

Jays blow late lead to White Sox

Melissa Couto
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—There was one persistent feeling that kept coming up in the Blue Jays’ post-game scrums last night: frustration.

After a demoralizing 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, punctuated by Toronto squandering a four-run lead over one bad inning, Marcus Stroman felt that more than anyone.

LGBT debate spurs arrests at North Carolina statehouse

By Jonathan Drew And Gary D. Robertson The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. — A day of protests and arrests around North Carolina’s statehouse marked what’s likely to be weeks of impassioned debate over a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Philippine troops hunt down extremists who beheaded Canadian

By Jim Gomez The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.

Australia says French company wins huge submarine contract


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced Tuesday that French company DCNS has beat out bidders from Japan and Germany to build the next generation of submarines in Australia’s largest-ever defence contract.

3 tropical storm names being retired after deadly season

The Associated Press

MIAMI — The organization that names tropical storms and hurricanes says it will retire the names Erika, Joaquin and Patricia following the 2015 season.

Ready to break the rules on salade nicoise? Grab a tomato

By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Salade nicoise was the first recipe I made when I lived in France, a country that later would become my second home as an adult.