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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - February 18, 2020

Failure to stop results in officer injuries

From the OPP

On Thursday, Feb. 13, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) from the Ignace and Dryden Detachments were notified of three individuals involved in a series of thefts in the Thunder Bay area. The three individuals were believed to be travelling westbound on Highway 17 in two separate vehicles.

Muskie hockey squads shine at 'Showcase'


The Muskie boys' and girls' hockey teams were able to show off just what has made them successful this season with spectacular showing at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase held here over the weekend.

The boys' squad compiled a 4-0 record and allowed just a single goal each game as part of a strong showing.

Muskies end regular season with split against Eagles


It was a day of mixed results for the Muskie court sports teams in the NorWOSSA regular-season finale against the host Dryden Eagles on Thursday.

Both senior squads finished the season undefeated and ended the year on a winning note while both junior teams suffered losses.

Lakers split both weekend matches


It's been an up and down season for the Fort Frances Lakers and it was much of the same over the weekend.

A spirited effort saw the Lakers pull out a 5-2 win over the visiting Red Lake Miners on Friday night but it was a much different story for the squad yesterday afternoon as a lackadaisical effort led to a 3-0 loss to the expansion Wisconsin Lumberjacks.

Fam day skate


It was a great day out for the whole family at the '52 Canadians Arena for the free Family Day Skate on Monday.

Chasing puck

Jamie Mountain

Kianna Antonick (4) looked to chase down Starr Schott of the Kenora Broncos in an attempt to win back the puck during the Muskie girls' hockey team's 7-2 win on Saturday afternoon at the annual Scott Clendenning Memorial Showcase at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). The Muskies compiled a 3-1 record over the weekend.

Protesters shut down eastern Ontario border

The Canadian Press

THOUSAND ISLANDS, Ont.—Protesters blocked access to a border crossing in eastern Ontario on Monday afternoon, closing down the Thousand Islands Bridge for several hours amid a national movement opposing a natural-gas pipeline in northern British Columbia.

Ontario legislature returns as teachers strike

Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The Ontario legislature resumes today after a winter break that's been consumed by an escalating conflict with the province's public school teachers.

Contract talks between the Progressive Conservative government and the four major teachers' unions have largely stalled, and a co-ordinated provincewide strike set for Friday will see about two million students out of class.

Freight train derailment disrupts commuter rail

The Canadian Press

A freight train derailment west of Toronto is causing disruptions for commuter trains into the city this morning.

GO Transit says several trains on its Lakeshore West line heading to Union Station are affected.

Catholic teachers plan more strikes

Megan Walchuk

All four bargaining units representing Ontario's teachers are set for a one-day walk-out on Friday, Feb. 21, if a deal cannot be reached by that time.

The strike will affect all schools in the Rainy River District. Board representatives are urging parents to seek alternative childcare.

Various teacher unions set to strike for today

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Teachers in Ontario's French system are holding a strike today, as public elementary and high school teachers walk out at select boards.

The strikes come one day after all four of Ontario's major teachers' unions—including the one representing English Catholic teachers—announced a joint one-day strike for next Friday, Feb. 21.

China forfeits Davis Cup tie in Romania due to virus

The Associated Press

LONDON — China forfeited a Davis Cup tie on Tuesday because its men's tennis team cannot travel to Romania next month.

The International Tennis Federation cited increased restrictions in response to the current coronavirus outbreak‚ for the decision.

China was to play in Piatra Neamt, Romania, on March 6-7 in a World Group I playoff.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign free-agent linebacker Micah Awe to deal

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed American linebacker Micah Awe to a two-year contract Monday.

The six-foot, 225-pound Awe had been on the free-agent market since Tuesday.

Government troops, rebels exchange fire in eastern Ukraine

The Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists blamed each other for an outbreak of fighting in the country's rebel-held east on Tuesday.

Ukraine's military said in a statement that the separatists attempted to advance into the Ukraine-controlled territory but were repelled.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy denounced the attack as a “cynical provocation.”

Sun and clouds on the way


Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -25 C (-13 F).

Tomorrow will see a mix of sun and cloud during the day with clear skies overnight and a high of -17 (one) with a low of -22 (eight below).

Thursday will be sunny and clear with a high of minus-six (21) and a low of -11 (12).