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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 13, 2020

Family Centre expands space

News
Sam Odrowski

The Family Centre—located in the Volunteer Bureau on Fourth Street—has expanded to the entire hall, where it hosts people throughout the day in need of warmth, a hot meal, and adequate clothing.

Business awards return tonight for 23rd year

News
Staff

It's time to celebrate your local businesses.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 23rd annual Business Awards tonight at the Copper River Inn. The night is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.

The event will also feature entertainment, a cash bar, silent auction and the presentations of the awards.

Correction

News

The article “Loads of fun events planned for Family Day” in Wednesday's edition of the Times stated that the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre would be open for activities on Family Day (Feb. 17).

RRFDC looks back on 2019 economic development

News
Ken Kellar

2019 proved to be an interesting and varied year for Fort Frances, from an economic point of view.

Loads of fun events planned for Family Day

News

Family Day is almost here. Time to pack up the kids, and have some fun together throughout the Rainy River District.

This year, the holiday lands on Monday, Feb. 17, and a variety of local groups have been busy organizing events and activities.

On the calendar this year are:

Shevlin meeting well attended

News
Megan Walchuk
Editor

It was a night of big dreams and big ideas, and the start of what could be some big plans for Fort Frances.

Family Centre expands space

News
Sam Odrowski

The Family Centre—located in the Volunteer Bureau on Fourth Street—has expanded to the entire hall, where it hosts people throughout the day in need of warmth, a hot meal, and adequate clothing.

Country Jam approaching

District
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

Two country jams are on tap for the next couple of weeks. The Barwick Jam will be held in the Barwick Hall on Feb. 15. Admission to this event will be $5 and will include the entertainment plus a light lunch and some tea/coffee, pop or water. Come out for a great time with family and friends.

Muskie girls thump Warriors

Sports
Staff

Offence was aplenty for the Muskie girls' hockey team during their annual “Seniors Night” game here on Tuesday night.

The Muskies rode the strength of a three-goal outburst in the first period to a 7-2 rout of the Sioux Lookout Warriors in NorWOSSA action at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskie boys take down Warriors

Sports
Staff

Nolan Mann scored twice and assisted on two others to pace the Muskie boys' hockey team to a convincing 6-1 win over the two-time defending NorWOSSA champion Sioux Lookout Warriors on Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena.

Peyton Avis scored and added four assists to also impress offensively for the Muskies, who saw their league-best record improve to 10-0.

Miners overtake top spot with win over Lakers

Sports
Staff

Red Lake Miners' captain Shaye Sommerfeld scored twice to lead his side to a 6-2 win over the Fort Frances Lakers in SIJHL action on Tuesday night at the Cochenour Arena.

With the win, the Miners (28-12-3-2) moved into first place overall in the SIJHL standings, two points clear of the idle Thunder Bay North Stars (28-13-3), who do however hold a game in hand.

Muskies win three against Broncos

Sports
Staff

There was no shortage of excitement at Fort High on Tuesday.

Three of the four Muskie court sports teams came away with wins in NorWOSSA action against the visiting Kenora Broncos.

Ethan Barker sunk a jump shot at the buzzer to lift the Muskie junior boys' basketball team to a thrilling 38-37 win over the Broncos.

In on goal

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Peyton Avis broke in all alone on the Sioux Lookout Warriors' goal and looked to deke to his backhand on goalie Jessen Bighead during the first period of the Muskie boys' hockey team's 6-1 win in NorWOSSA action on Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena. Avis scored once and added four assists to help the Muskies improve to 10-0 in league play.

Reaching for puck

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Muskie captain Jill Calder, right, tried to get her stick on the puck before her Sioux Lookout Warriors' opponent did during the second period of Fort High's 7-2 win in their annual “Seniors Night” game on Tuesday night at the Ice For Kids Arena. Calder netted a hat trick to help the Muskies improve to 7-1 in NorWOSSA play.

Bridge intro

Photos

Audery Livingstone, left, watched as Mary King helped Lillian Pearson select the best card to play, while Darleen Begin and Bill Nicolson looked on as they played Bridge at the Seniors Centre last Friday. King helps facilitate the “Introduction to Bridge” events each Friday from 10 a.m. until noon.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Crossed up

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Caleb Allan had his Kenora Broncos' opponent on skates as he hit him with a nasty crossover to get past him during the first quarter of the Muskie senior boys' basketball team's 78-37 romp in NorWOSSA action on Tuesday afternoon here.

100th day

Photos

Students from Mrs. Harris and Mr. Cousineau's classes celebrated their 100th day of class for this school year yesterday at St Mary School. Students decorated party bags and made custom beaded bookmarks to mark the milestone day of the year. -Ken Kellar photo

The latest on Canada's anti-pipeline protests

National
The Canadian Press

Here is the latest news on protests across Canada over a natural-gas pipeline project in British Columbia:

Quebec seeks resolution to rail line blockade

National
Sidhartha Banerjee
The Canadian Press

KAHNAWAKE, Que.—Mohawks manning a barricade that has disrupted rail traffic near Montreal said yesterday they'll remain in place as long as the RCMP is present on territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in northern British Columbia.

NDP seeks provincial support on pharmacare plan

National
Laura Osman
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The New Democrats are asking the provinces to support their promised universal pharmacare legislation, hoping to win premiers over by calling on Ottawa to increase federal health transfers.

Front-runner emerges in Ontario Liberal race

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca has emerged as the clear front-runner in the Ontario Liberal leadership race, according to new data released by the party.

Del Duca has secured the support of 1,173 delegates out of the 2,724 who will select the party's replacement for former premier Kathleen Wynne at a convention on March 7.

Ottawa gives funds to cut plastic waste

National
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The federal government will give $1 million each to three companies developing technologies to address plastic waste from food packaging and construction.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the winners of his government's plastics innovation challenge, which is part of its plan to ban many single-use plastics by 2021.

Canada set to spend $6.5M on coronavirus studies

National
Laura Osman
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada will aim $6.5 million at research on stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus, after co-ordinating with researchers around the world on tackling the outbreak.

Canada's climate goals for power on track

National
Bob Weber
The Canadian Press

Canada appears poised to rack up a climate-change win, says a recent government report submitted to the United Nations.

The federal report filed last month says Canada is on track to meet one of its crucial climate-change commitments—generating at least 90 per cent of non-industrial electricity from emissions-free sources by 2030.

Man charged in crowbar attack

National
The Canadian Press

WHITBY, Ont.—Police say a man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly beating an elderly man with a crowbar in Whitby, Ont.

Durham regional police say the two men both rented rooms in the same home.

They say the accused entered the man's room on Saturday and allegedly attacked him with the crowbar.

Ontario teachers set to stage a joint walkout for Feb. 21

National
Allison Jones
THE CANADAIN PRESS

TORONTO—Schools across Ontario will be closed Feb. 21 as elementary, secondary, Catholic and French teachers banded together yesterday to announce a joint strike in a bid to ramp up pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government with contract negotiations at a near standstill.

The one-day job action will leave more than two million students out of class.

Extreme cold warning here

Weather

Environment Canada warns that as of this morning Fort Frances and the surrounding area is under an Extreme Cold warning, as temperatures with the windchill are expected to reach -40 C (-40 F) today. Take caution to bundle up if you must be outside.

Tonight will be clear with a low of -30 (-22) with the wind chill dropping temperatures to -36 (-33).

Atown (Feb 13)

Around Town

The Fort Frances Lakers will take on the Red Lake Miners at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Ice for Kids arena. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for students; $5 for children 12 and under; free for children under five.