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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 2, 2019

High school teachers to strike Dec. 4

News
Staff

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) announced Thursday that their members will be engaged in a one-day, province-wide strike (full withdrawal of services) this Wednesday (Dec. 4) unless progress is made at the central bargaining table.

Police probe fatal collision

District
From the OPP

At approximately 7 p.m. yesterday, officers from the Thunder Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving two tractor trailer units. The collision occurred on Hwy. 17, west of Raith.

The tractor trailer units were involved in a head on collision and became engulfed in fire.

Lakers' game cancelled

Sports
Staff

The SIJHL postponed Saturday night's game between the Fort Frances Lakers and the Thief River Falls Norskies that was scheduled to take place at the Ralph Engelstad Arena due to a winter snow storm and unsafe highway travel conditions in the area.

A make-up date for that contest will be announced by the league once it is finalized between the two teams.

Muskie boys wrangle Rams

Sports
Staff

Reed Bodnar scored twice to pace the Muskie boys' hockey team to a 5-2 win over the Red Lake Rams in NorWOSSA action on Friday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

It was also the Muskies' annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game, in which they saw their league-leading record improve to 6-0.

Tree lighting crowd

Photos
Ken Kellar

With only a few minutes to go before the official lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Fort Frances post office building, a crowd started to assemble to witness the festivities on Saturday evening. Deputy mayor Andrew Hallikas addressed the crowd and “Citizen of the Year” Joy Lockman led the countdown to the flipping of the switch.

Career day

Photos
Ken Kellar

Students who dressed up for “Career Day” at St. Michael's School on Friday assembled in the school gym for a photo. The dress-up day allowed students to come to school in the uniform or dress of the profession they wanted to pursue when they grew up—from the medical field to the world of sports, with even a few future superheroes and royalty included.

Tour de fort

Photos
Ken Kellar

The Slocan Ramblers (Adrian Gross, left, Frank Evans, Alastair Whitehead and Darryl Poulsen) brought their blistering brand of bluegrass to the Townshend Theatre on Friday night during the last Tour de Fort performance of the calendar year. The Juno-nominated band thrilled the audience with toe-tapping original songs and bluegrass standards played with impressive technique and style.

Charlie Brown play

Photos
Ken Kellar

The cast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ran through a rehearsal on Thursday night before the two showings of their play at La Place Rendez-Vous the following evening. The two casts performed the stage version of the classic CBS special to packed houses with help from director Trevor Barker and his crew.

OECTA moves closer to strike

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The union representing the province's English Catholic teachers says it is moving closer to a legal strike position.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) requested a “no-board” report on Friday, which can take a few days to be issued.

Once that happens, teachers would be in a legal strike position 17 days later.

Premiers seek consensus on how to deal with feds

National
The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—A meeting of Canada's premiers is underway just outside Toronto to set some collective priorities for dealing with the new minority federal government.

Trudeau to fete, defend alliance with NATO

National
Lee Berthiaume
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is off to London where he will spend the next few days trying to give the NATO military alliance a boost amid existential questions about its future—while defending Canada's own commitment to it.

Injured Bronco itching to get back on ice after surgery

National
Bill Graveland
The Canadian Press

A hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says he is thrilled with the progress he's made since receiving spinal surgery in Thailand a month ago.

Doctors implanted an epidural stimulator in Ryan Straschnitzki's spine and one week later injected stem cells above and below the injury to try to reverse some of the damage.

Ontario to allow e-scooters next year for pilot project

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is starting a five-year pilot project beginning Jan. 1 to allow e-scooters on roads.

The two-wheeled, motorized vehicles are currently illegal to operate anywhere in the province other than on private property.

The pilot will let municipalities decide whether to allow e-scooters on municipal roads, including parks and trails.

Vulnerable Vikes pass D seeks progress vs. Wilson, Seahawks

Sports
Dave Campbell
The Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn.—The priority during the bye week for Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and his staff was not difficult to discern.

Pass defence that has uncharacteristically been a problem in several recent games needed some work.

Jackson, Ravens beat 49ers to extend win streak to 8

Sports
David Ginsburg
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE—Neither rain, wind nor the San Francisco 49ers' top-ranked defence could prevent Lamar Jackson from guiding the Baltimore Ravens to their franchise-record eighth straight win.

Man tried to rob workplace

International
The Associated Press

OAKWOOD, Ga.—Police in Georgia say a man called out of his Steak on Shake job because he was “intoxicated,” then showed up anyway and demanded money while holding a co-worker at gunpoint.

The Gainesville Times reports 20-year-old Kentarias Gowans, of Flowery Branch, is charged with offences including aggravated assault.

Justice sought after woman gang raped, killed

International
Sheikh Saaliq
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI—Hundreds of people gathered in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and other Indian cities today to demand justice in the case of a veterinarian who was gang-raped and killed last week.

The protesters demanded a fast-track investigation of the case and stringent laws for the safety of women in India.

Amazon pulls Auschwitz ornaments

International
The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland—Amazon said today it has removed “Christmas ornaments” and other merchandise bearing the images of Auschwitz that had been available on its online site.

Amazon, which functions as a marketplace on top of selling products itself, said in a statement that “all sellers must follow our selling guidelines” and that those who do not will be removed.

Chance of flurries overnight

Weather

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries and a low of minus-six C (21 F).

Tomorrow will be cloudy with a chance of flurries throughout the day and overnight, bringing a high of minus-three (27) and a low of minus-five (23).