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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - July 8, 2019

Council to hear asset management plan


Asset management will be a topic of focus for town council at tonight's meeting.

Public Sector Digest (PSD) will be delivering a presentation on the 2018 Town of Fort Frances asset management plan and council has a recommendation to adopt it.

Four new fires over weekend


There were four new forest fires confirmed yesterday in the region.

Fort Frances fire #11 was located near Calm Lake, but has been declared out at 0.1 hectares in size.

Sioux Lookout fire #29 is being observed at 0.7 ha. and is located near Petownikip Lake, approximately 57 kilometres west of Weagamow First Nation.

OPP find youth lost in Quetico Provincial Park

From the OPP

The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a missing person complaint in Quetico Provincial Park. On Friday, officers responded to the complaint of a missing youth on Basswood Lake, a boundary water within Quetico Provincial Park.

The youth intentionally wandered away from his group with the aim of heading further into Canada.

Last day

Ken Kellar

The staff at the Fort Frances Public Library, including Nadine Cousineau, left, CEO Caroline Goulding, Andrea Avis, Samantha Manty, Fiona Gallagher, and summer student Anna Schwartz, bunched together for a photo during Avis' last day on June 21.

Castin' for Cash duo

Jamie Mountain

Klyde Laplante and Gord Watson held up their 13.47-pound Day 2 catch on Saturday afternoon at the 19th-annual “Castin' For Cash” bass tournament hosted by Lake Despair Lodge. The duo finished third at this year's tourney with a two-day total of 28.55 pounds.

McKiver concert

Marc Stuempfle

Melody McKiver, an Anishinaabe musician from Sioux Lookout, had a homecoming of sorts Thursday evening at Rainy Lake Square. McKiver is an instrumental composer and tries to incorporate a storytelling component into her music without the use of lyrics.

City wants iconic monument back, with add-ons

Terry Pedwell
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A city in central Ontario is calling for the return of an iconic monument to explorer Samuel de Champlain that has been a centrepiece in the city's laid-back waterfront landscape for nearly a century.

Spies welcomed energy industry info

Jim Bronskill
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's spy service routinely welcomed reports from the energy industry about perceived threats, and kept such information in its files in case it might prove useful later, newly disclosed documents reveal.

Use of drones in hunting debated

The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE—Tradition and technology are clashing on the tundra where Indigenous groups are debating the use of drones to hunt caribou.

The issue arose during public consultations on new wildlife regulations in the Northwest Territories, where First Nations and Metis depend on caribou for food.

Pikangikum facing second evacuation in weeks

The Canadian Press

PIKANGIKUM, Ont.—For the second time in just over a month, residents of Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario are being asked to evacuate due to smoke from nearby wildfires.

Officials in the remote community say vulnerable residents, including the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory problems are being flown out, along with their immediate families.

Canada posts strongest job creation since 2002

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada's economy delivered its strongest six-month stretch of job creation to start a year since 2002, even though June's employment numbers came in flat.

Over the first half of the year, the country added 248,000 new positions, almost all of which were full time, new Statistics Canada data showed Friday.

Restoration begins on Rembrandt's 'Night Watch'

Aleksandar Furtula
The Associated Press

AMSTERDAM — Researchers and restorers at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum launched a months-long project today, using high-tech imaging technology to throw new light on Rembrandt van Rijn's iconic “Night Watch.”

Blue Jays avoid sweep with win over Orioles

The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Trent Thornton bounced back from the worst outing of his career in a big way.

The rookie right-hander pitched six scoreless innings to help the Toronto Blue Jays down the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 yesterday, avoiding a three-game sweep heading into the all-star break.

Williams reaches quarter-finals

Chris Lehourites
The Associated Press

WIMBLEDON, England—Even though she is short on matches this year, Serena Williams is still big on grass.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion reached the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the 14th time, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 today.

Rapinoe fuses politics, pay with World Cup win

The Associated Press

LYON, France—A Women's World Cup stirred by heated debates on politics, pay and technology saw the narratives fused in yesterday's final by the undisputed and outspoken star of the tournament: Megan Rapinoe.

US wins 4th World Cup title, 2nd in a row, beats Dutch 2-0


LYON, France — Megan Rapinoe stood on the field, arms outstretched, striking her now trademark victory pose symbolizing the confidence of a U.S. team that celebrated and savored each triumph at the Women’s World Cup.

Iranian scientists accused of violating US sanctions

By Kate Brumback The Associated Press

ATLANTA — When a respected Iranian scientist left Tehran bound for the U.S. last fall, he had plans to complete the final stage of his research on treating stroke patients as a visiting scholar at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Parts of southern India facing acute water shortage

The Associated Press

NEW DELHI — With the government able to meet only 40% of the water requirement, millions are depending on water tank trucks in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu because of an acute shortage caused by drying lakes and depleted groundwater.

Cabinet of curiosities: 15,000 ink samples at Secret Service

By Colleen Long The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In a cabinet inside a modest laboratory in downtown Washington are rows and rows of ink samples in plastic squeeze bottles and small glass jars. To the untrained eye, it’s just a bunch of blackish liquid with strange names like “mouldy sponge” or “green grass.”

Research, restoration begins on Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’

By Aleksandar Furtula The Associated Press

AMSTERDAM — Researchers and restorers at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum launched a months-long project Monday, using high-tech imaging technology to throw new light on Rembrandt van Rijn’s iconic “Night Watch.”

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 73 years of marriage

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are marking their 73rd wedding anniversary, approaching George and Barbara Bush as the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history.

The Carters married July 7, 1946, in a Methodist church in their hometown of Plains, Georgia, when he was 21 and she was 18.

Doubts intensify for dog owners, vets about grain-free pet food after FDA report

By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Dog owner Trevor Kramer says his heart skipped a beat when he learned his pooch’s premium kibble might be linked to a serious heart condition.

1 in 4 don’t plan to retire despite realities of aging

By Andrew Soergel The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals’ retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce.

Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they’d like.

Thunderstorms on tap


Tonight will be very cloudy with a strong thunderstorm late and a low of 17 C (63 F).

Tomorrow will cloudy with thunderstorms in the afternoon and in the evening. Expect a high of 24 (75) and a low of 17 (63).

Wednesday will see some rain and a thunderstorm, a high of 20 (68) and a low of 10 (50).