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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - December 6, 2018



An article in yesterday's Times incorrectly listed local figure skaters Jordyn Seguin, Whitney Williamson, Hallee Nugent, and Mya Scott-Thompson as part of the Border Skating Club.

In fact, they all are members of the Northern Lights School of Skating, which is directed and owned by Ashley Cumming.

The Times regrets any confusion or disappointment this error may have caused.

Court teams earn split


The four Muskie court teams travelled to Kenora on Tuesday to open the NorWOSSA regular season against the Broncos, with mixed results.

The senior girls' volleyball squad came away victorious in straight sets, taking the best-of-five match by scores of 25-15, 55-15, and 25-22.

It was much of the same for the Muskie juniors as they also won 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, and 28-26).

School board elects chair, vice-chair

Press Release

The Rainy River District School Board is pleased to announce that elections for the office of chair and vice-chair were held at the inaugural board meeting on Tuesday here.

Trustee Raymond Roy was acclaimed as board chair while trustee David Kircher was acclaimed as vice-chair.

Both represent the Town of Fort Frances and the unorganized territory east of Fort Frances.

Muskies shut out Bears


After a thrilling comeback win over the Dryden Eagles here Sunday, the Muskie boys' hockey team kept the momentum going with a 4-0 shutout over the Baudette Bears in exhibition action Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena.

It also was the team's annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game.

Lakers' slide hits six


Zach Ross broke a scoreless tie with 5:40 left in regulation time, while Bailey Schmitz turned aside all 34 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, as the Thief River Falls Norskies won 3-0 last night to hand the visiting Fort Frances Lakers their sixth-straight loss.

'Co-op Display Day'

Sam Odrowski

Fort High student Samantha Hammond spoke about her placement at the Rainy Lake Family Dental Centre to passers-by during “Co-op Display Day” held yesterday in the school cafeteria. Her project included information on what she learned and education on how to maintain good oral health.

Tree tags

Duane Hicks

“Christmas Kindness Pledge" tags have started to appear on the Christmas tree in the Rainy Lake Square. The public can find the tags at participating "Go Local" businesses and fill them out—pledging to do a good deed for someone else this holiday season. "Go Local” staff then will pick them up and hang them on the tree until Christmas.

Charity calendars


Nancy Lockman, left, Mary O'Conner, client services co-ordinator for the local Alzheimer Society, Joyce LaFreniere, and Noreen Melville, along with several other volunteers, were busy selling the group's cash calendars at Canadian Tire on Saturday. Anyone who missed out still can buy a calendar at the Fort Frances Times' office until Dec. 20. They cost $20 each.

Oath of office

Sam Odrowski

Raymond Roy, one of two trustees representing Fort Frances, recited his oath of office during the inaugural meeting of the new Rainy River District School Board on Tuesday night at the Education Centre here. Fellow trustees David Kircher, David Loewen, John Fuhrer, Jeff Lehman, and Kathryn Pierroz also were sworn in. Roy later was acclaimed to serve as the board's new chair.

PM promising action on 'unacceptable' gun access

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons to confront gun violence in the country.

Speaking to Montreal radio station 98.5 FM today on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Trudeau did not rule out a full ban when asked by the host.

Environmental oversight weakened: critics

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is weakening environmental oversight at a time when the province is changing gears on fighting climate change, advocacy groups said yesterday as they urged the government to cancel proposed changes to the environmental watchdog.

House rising early for break

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's legislature is rising for its winter break today—a week earlier than scheduled.

The recess comes as the Progressive Conservative government is dealing with criticism on several fronts.

Social assistance costs ballooned under Liberals

Paola Loriggio
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's social assistance costs ballooned under the previous Liberal government but the system failed to help recipients become self-reliant or consistently ensure that only those eligible received support, the province's auditor general said yesterday.

Mandatory high heels banned

The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta has taken steps to ban employers from requiring people to wear high heels at work.

Labour minister Christina Gray said the province is amending the occupational health and safety code that currently allows employers to make high heels mandatory.

“Our government has the back of every worker and today we are also looking out for your feet,” Gray said Friday.

Manitoba pot stores complying with rules

Steve Lambert
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Manitoba's cannabis regulator says stores in the province are following the rules of legalized recreational marijuana.

The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba said no retailers have been fined and only two cautions have been issued since sales were legalized in October.

One caution was for a broken lock on a storage unit, which was fixed.

Child exploitation major problem in Ontario: OPP

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press

Provincial police say statistics from a single month's worth of child exploitation investigations show the issue remains a major problem in Ontario and beyond.

As part of a bid to raise awareness of child exploitation, the OPP released figures from the month of November.

Indigenous councillor refuses oath to Queen

Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario government said yesterday it was looking into rules requiring all municipal councillors to pledge allegiance to the Queen after an indigenous councillor-elect refused to do so on Monday.

The issue arose in Hearst, Ont., where Gaetan Baillargeon said he was forced to vacate the seat he recently won in a general election because he wouldn't take the oath.

Boxer is stable but critical

The Canadian Press

QUEBEC—The medical team treating boxer Adonis Stevenson in a Quebec City hospital said yesterday it is too early to say anything definitive about his prognosis as he continues to receive treatment for a severe traumatic brain injury.

Bank leaves interest rate untouched

Andy Blatchford
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada left its trend-setting interest rate untouched yesterday as fresh economic developments, including the sharp drop in oil prices, threatened to delay future hikes.

The central bank's decision maintained its trend-setting rate at 1.75 percent.

It followed a quarter-point increase at the bank's previous policy meeting in October.

Seattle moves into the next phase of expansion process

Stephen Whyno
The Associated Press

SEA ISLAND, Ga.—Seattle's NHL expansion team has its roots in Dave Tippett's computer.

That's where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that still is two-and-a-half years off.

Oilers win on McDavid's shootout goal

Joe Harris
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—Connor McDavid hasn't always looked like a natural in shootouts.

The work he's put in showed up last night.

McDavid scored in the shootout after Oscar Klefbom tied it late in the third period as the Edmonton Oilers edged the St. Louis Blues 3-2 last night.

McDavid improved to 7-for-13 in shootouts for his career. It was his fifth game-deciding shootout goal.

Titans out to keep playoff hopes alive

Teresa M. Walker
The Associated Press

NASHVILLE—The Jacksonville Jaguars already have fallen quickly—from being a win away from their first Super Bowl berth in January to last in the AFC South in December.

The Tennessee Titans desperately want to avoid joining them as a one-and-done playoff team, especially after sweeping the Jaguars last season.

Raptors get back into win column

Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—In the dying minutes of last night's win, Kawhi Leonard hauled down a rebound and sprinted coast to coast—leaving the stunned Sixers in his wake and throwing down an emphatic dunk.

The highlight-reel play was the punctuation mark of a 36-point performance by Leonard, who virtually took over the game en route to a 113-102 victory over Philadelphia.

Rangers remain most valuable NHL franchise

The Associated Press

TORONTO — The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to Forbes.

The Rangers top the annual list of franchise valuations at $1.55 billion, up 3 per cent from last year.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.35 billion, and Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, 4 per cent increases for both clubs.

Sails make a comeback as shipping tries to go green

By Kelvin Chan The Associated Press

LONDON — As the shipping industry faces pressure to cut climate-altering greenhouse gases, one answer is blowing in the wind.

Bush now home for final resting place

The Associated Press

HOUSTON—George H.W. Bush, who shaped history as 41st president and patriarch of a family that occupied the White House for a dozen years, was going to his final rest today in Texas.

More than 11,000 people paid their respects to Bush as his casket lay in repose all night at a Houston church where his family worshipped.

Special treats rocketing to space station

Marcia Dunn
The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station yesterday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams, and the obligatory fruitcake.

The SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground after lift-off, however, and ended up in the sea just a couple of miles offshore.

China demands Canada release Huawei executive

By Joe McDonald And Rob Gillies The Associated Press

BEIJING — China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.

For comfort and energy savings, address those drafty windows

By Tracee M. Herbaugh The Associated Press

There are plenty of reasons to fix or replace windows, but wintry temperatures push many homeowners to get the job done.

Besides the discomfort they cause, drafty windows can add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill over the course of a winter.

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake.

The SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground after liftoff, however, and ended up in the sea just a couple of miles offshore.

Sea reefs and sunsets: Living Coral is colour of the year


NEW YORK — The Pantone Color Institute has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 colour of the year.

Sunny weekend in store


Expect increasing cloudiness tonight, with an overnight low of minus-18 C (zero F) and southwest winds gusting up to 11 km/h.

Tomorrow will see gradual clearing, with a high of minus-eight (17) and low around minus-14 (seven).

Look for southwest winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Atown copy (Dec. 6)

Around Town

A candlelight service in observance of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, will be held today (Dec. 6) at 6 p.m. at Knox United Church. Refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.