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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 3, 2019

'Out of the Cold' warming centre to open soon

News
Press Release

The Fort Frances Homelessness Committee and the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) are pleased to announce the “Out of the Cold” overnight warming centre will have a new home this winter.

Trip of the month (Dec.)

Photos
Ken Kellar

Allie Brechtefeld of Kenton Creations and Kiwanian Robin Wright displayed the winning ticket in the last Fort Frances Kiwanis Club “Trip of the Month” draw of 2019 yesterday at International Travel Services. The winner of the December draw was Bill Johnson, who won a trip to Maui, Hawaii, valued at $4,500.

'Tree of Christmas Giving'

Photos
Duane Hicks

A “Tree of Christmas Giving” has been set up at Rainycrest Long Term Care with tags on it for the residents there. Here's how it works: Pick a paper ornament from the tree. Go get a gift (or gifts) for the individual (they are only identified as male or female and what size they wear—not by name). Bring the gift back to the activation department by Dec. 18.

Premiers ask for more health funding

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Canada's provincial and territorial leaders agreed yesterday to press the federal government for higher increases to health-care funding, but most expressed hesitation about a national pharmacare program.

Auditor to assess climate change plan

National
Allison Jones
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's auditor general will assess the government's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in her annual report, to be released Wednesday.

It is one of 19 areas in which Bonnie Lysyk's office has conducted value-for-money audits this year.

First Nation seeking action over water quality

National
Kelly Geraldine Malone
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A chief of a Manitoba First Nation is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and other reserves that have experienced long-term boil water advisories.

Man, 88, charged in historical sex assaults

National
The Canadian Press

GERALDTON, Ont.—An 88-year-old man from northern Ontario is facing a number of sex charges related to alleged offences dating back more than 30 years.

Provincial police say they began investigating the man in May of this year after receiving a complaint.

First Nations chiefs convene special assembly

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Hundreds of First Nations chiefs from across Canada are gathering in Ottawa today for a special assembly.

Startup Media Central buys Now Magazine

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Media Central Corp. Inc. says it has agreed to buy Toronto weekly Now Magazine for as much as $2 million in the first step of a plan to consolidate the alternative publication landscape.

The startup media company says the magazine will provide it with millions of annual readers through its 500,000 weekly readers and a website that sees more than 729,000 unique visits a month.

More workers using food banks

National
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The organization overseeing Ontario's food banks says residents with full and part-time jobs are increasingly reaching out for help to put food on their tables.

Feed Ontario says the number of food bank users with jobs has gone up 27 percent over the past three years.

Fire closes stretch of Toronto subway line

National
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Passengers from one Toronto subway train had to trudge through a smoky tunnel, while thousands of others saw their commutes otherwise delayed or interrupted after a small fire shut down a stretch of the city's busy crosstown line for several hours during the Monday morning rush.

Pay equity announced for Brier, Scotties champions

Sports
The Canadian Press

Canada's men's and women's curling teams will be playing for the same prize money at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson announced Sunday.

The Brier (Canada's men's curling championship) and the Tournament of Hearts (the national women's championship) will offer total purses of $300,000 to the competing teams.

Seahawks take over 1st place

Sports
The Associated Press

SEATTLE—By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game.

Even when they're comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving.

“Close games are cool, aren't they? I like them,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll joked.

Allen, Blues beat Blackhawks

Sports
The Associated Press

CHICAGO—No Stanley Cup slump for St. Louis so far.

The Blues just keep rolling along.

Jake Allen made 38 saves, Brayden Schenn scored his team-leading 14th goal and St. Louis beat the short-handed Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 last night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Dictionary.com chooses 'existential' as word of the year

Lifestyles
Leanne Italie
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star called Forky helped propel “existential” to Dictionary.com's word of the year.

The choice reflects months of high-stakes threats and crises, real and pondered, across the news, the world and throughout 2019.

Cats are hard to read: study

Lifestyles
The Canadian Press

GUELPH, Ont.—Science has confirmed what many pet owners already know.

“Cats are quite hard to read,” said Georgia Mason, a behavioural biologist whose recently published paper digs into the age-old question: What is my cat thinking?

“Cats are a bit overlooked and underappreciated,” she said.

Flurries, colder temperatures on way

Weather

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

Tomorrow will be cloudy with continuing chances of flurries and remaining cloudy overnight with a high of minus-two (28) and a low of minus-11 (12).