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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - April 29, 2016

Visiting candidate


Métis Nation of Ontario presidential candidate Margaret Froh and MNO citizen Kevin Marusyk discussed Métis harvesting rights among other issues at a meet-and-greet yesterday morning at La Place Rendez-Vous. Secretary-treasurer candidate Tim Pile also joined Froh on a tour of Region 1—with additional stops in Atikokan, Dryden, and Kenora.

Folk singer to perform


Newfoundland traditional singer Matthew Byrne is coming to Fort Frances.

The winner of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year will be playing at From The Grind Up next Wednesday (May 4) at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 (available at the door) but seating is limited.

Parking meter survey planned

Duane Hicks

With the possibility of parking meters on Scott Street being a hot topic, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will be surveying its members on how they feel about the matter starting Monday (May 2).

The Chamber will meet with the town about the issue in the near future.

Rainycrest Auxiliary planning spring tea

Press Release

It may not look like spring out there yet but spring is in full swing at Rainycrest Long-Term Care here.

The Rainycrest Auxiliary is busy planning a spring tea set for Wednesday, May 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. Phone a friend and come for a great time of socializing, tea or coffee, sandwiches, and dessert.

There also will be a bake table, “Lucky Lotto,” and door prizes.

Co-op display

Cameron Penney

Mathew Nowak, left, explained to Jarrod Ball the proper way to perform a knee surgery during “Co-op Display Day” for Semester II yesterday morning at Fort High. To help explain the process, Nowak wore the same outfit a surgeon would while performing the surgery.

‘Get loud’ theme of mental health week

Press Release

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s 65th-annual Mental Health Week runs May 2-8.

And again this year, the CMHA is asking Canadians to “get loud” for mental health!

Getting loud means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that usually go hand-in-hand with mental illness.

Fire scene heating up

From the MNRF

Three new fires were confirmed in the region by late yesterday afternoon.

Thunder Bay Fire #2, located near Hawk Lake, has been declared “out” at 0.1 hectares in size.

But Kenora Fire #7, burning near Wabaseemoong First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 0.5 ha at last report.

Premier touts plan on climate

Alexander Panetta
The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON—Alberta’s new premier began her campaign to rehabilitate the reputation of her province’s oilsands in the United States, where it was battered by the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.

Rachel Notley walked a Washington audience through the climate-change measures taken by her new NDP government.

Thieves buzz off with bees

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec beekeeper Jean-Marc Labonte said yesterday that he’s in a sticky situation after thieves buzzed off with about five million of his bees.

He said he noticed Wednesday that 180 hives were stolen from a field near Victoriaville, Que., about 150 km northeast of Montreal.

Trudeau hauls water during visit to reserve

The Canadian Press

SHOAL LAKE, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled large jugs of drinking water and spoke with school children yesterday as he was immersed in the daily struggles of an isolated reserve that has been under a boil advisory for 19 years.

Bail system needs fix: note

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada lacks a full picture of the issues related to bail, says a recent note drafted to brief Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on the state of the criminal justice system.

The document, obtained by The Canadian Press, suggested half of those in provincial jails are on remand and have not been convicted of anything.

The bail question troubles many people.

Hawks eager to face Cavaliers in rematch

The Associated Press

BOSTON—The Hawks overcame 50 years of sour playoff memories to get by a hobbled Boston team and into the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Their reward is rematch with “King James.”

Capitals win opener in OT

Stephen Whyno
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—T.J. Oshie raised his arms in celebration and looked at referee Dan O’Rourke.

Oshie was pretty sure he scored in overtime to complete a hat trick and one of the biggest games of his career.

Shipping containers offer welcome homes in Phoenix

By Terry Tang The Associated Press

PHOENIX — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home.

Giant Chinese zodiac sculptures are turning heads in Boston

By Mark Pratt The Associated Press

BOSTON — A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac are stopping people in their tracks in downtown Boston and sparking conversations.

Former SS Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial in Germany

By David Rising The Associated Press

DETMOLD, Germany — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it.

Australia blocks $284 million ranch sale to Chinese

The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian government has blocked a Chinese-led consortium from buying the nation’s largest private land holding, a collection of Outback cattle ranches, for 371 million Australian dollars ($284 million).

Yearning for North Korea - the nation they fled

By Tim Sullivan The Associated Press

INCHEON, Korea, Republic Of — For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.

SpaceX aims to send capsule to Mars

Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX is shooting for Mars.

Elon Musk, the company’s billionaire founder and chief executive, announced yesteday via Twitter that he plans to send a Dragon capsule to land on the red planet as early as 2018.

It would represent a big first step toward his ultimate goal of colonizing the red planet.

Dwarf moon detected

Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Chalk up a moon for the icy dwarf planet Makemake.

The Hubble Space Telescope has detected a tiny, dark moon circling the dwarf planet on the frozen fringes of our solar system.

On Tuesday, scientists announced the discovery by some members of the team that spotted Pluto’s smaller moons years ago.

Makemake itself is just 870 miles wide.