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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - June 21, 2018

Entries now being sought for 'sweetheart' contest


In conjunction with “Mall Days" next Thursday (June 28), the Xi Tau chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be holding its "Little Sweetheart Photo Contest” to showcase cute local youngsters.

Entries still are open for the contest, with the first 16 to be accepted.

Armed robber nabbed

From the OPP

Yesterday around 11:20 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call of a robbery in progress at a local business.

The suspect was wielding a weapon at the time of the robbery.

All available officers immediately attended the area of the business and conducted patrols for the suspect.

Charge laid in stabbing here

From the OPP

Just after midnight on June 11, members of the Rainy River District OPP were dispatched to a report of an altercation on Third Street East in Fort Frances.

Two male parties received minor injuries as a result of the incident.

As a result of the police investigation, a 21-year-old Fort Frances man is facing a charge of assault with a weapon.

Fake jewellery being sold

From the OPP

The Kenora OPP has been made aware of fraud regarding fake gold jewellery being sold in the Kenora area.

Police have been told that individuals driving a small grey hatchback have approached Kenora residents trying to sell fake gold jewellery that is stamped “18K” with a story that they are trying to get back to Montreal.

Driver facing charges

From the OPP

On June 11 around 5 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Town of Fort Frances.

Officers commenced an investigation and located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue and Third Street West.

Charged upped to murder

From the OPP

On Feb. 26, 2018, shortly after 8 a.m., members of the Kenora OPP responded to a report of a sudden death at a residence on the 800 block of Railway Street in Kenora.

The female victim, identified as 77-year-old Brenda Richardson of Fort Frances, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trenton Richardson, 26, a former Kenora resident, was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Five new fires sparked

From the MNRF

Five new fires were confirmed by yesterday afternoon in the Northwest Region.

Sioux Lookout Fire #22, located in the far north near Windigo Lake, was listed as “being observed” at 30 hectares in size.

Sioux Lookout Fire #23, burning near Opakopa Lake, 20 km southwest of Weagamow Lake First Nation, was listed as “not under control” at 40 ha at last report.

Mens soccer

Jamie Mountain

Connor Nelson of Manitou Forest Products kept the ball in front of him as he surveyed his options on the pitch during his squad's 1-0 loss to CJ Contracting yesterday evening in Borderland Soccer League men's division action.

'Unmasking' initiative

Duane Hicks

A display of masks made by local individuals who recently participated in the Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario (BISNO) “Unmasking Brain Injury" initiative now can be seen at the Fort Frances Public Library. The idea behind the initiative is that there's a story behind every mask—and behind behind every mask there's a person who has been touched by a brain injury.

Overpass work

Stephanie Hagenaars

Construction on the overpass started yesterday and already was causing long waits as traffic is reduced to one lane. Pylons were laid out and vehicles diverted by midday, with temporary traffic lights installed to assist in the flow of traffic. As of 3 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up to just past Second Street while westbound traffic was lined up to about School Road.

Laker signings

Jamie Mountain

The Fort Frances Lakers held a press conference yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena boardroom to announce the first wave of local player signings in Nick Hahkala, Colton Bodnar, Cole Allan, Noah Loveday, and James Gushulak. Lakers' head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan also announced a trade for Brett Hahkala from the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).

Ontario solar market expected to decline

The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Solar industry participants say they expect more investment to flow to Alberta and the United States in the wake of premier-elect Doug Ford's vow to axe Ontario's cap-and-trade system and the Green Ontario Fund consumer rebate program it fuels.

Eel meat seized in 92-country wildlife sting

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—An undistinguished shipping container in the Port of Vancouver turned into one of the largest busts of illegal wildlife products in Canadian history.

The container held 18 tonnes of eel meat, much from the critically-endangered European eel, intended for sushi diners and other epicures across the country and worth millions of dollars.

Nurses, teachers exempt from hiring freeze: Ford

Paola Loriggio
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's incoming premier said Tuesday that teachers and nurses are exempt from the public service hiring freeze he has ordered as part of his efforts to curb government spending.

Missing family found

The Canadian Press

DEASE LAKE, B.C.—Search-and-rescue teams in northwestern British Columbia say a family of four from Oregon has been found safe in a remote and rugged area just 250 km south of the Yukon border.

Dave Jephson with Terrace Search and Rescue said the couple, Jeffery Phan and Michelle Lesaca, both 24 years old, and their two- and three-year-old children were found yesterday.

Ottawa unveils advisory panel on pharmacare

Janice Dickson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal government has unveiled a six-member advisory council that will consult Canadians and inform plans for a national pharmacare program—but it offered few details on the process yesterday, including when consultations officially get underway.

Man jailed for bulldozing house

The Canadian Press

YORKTON, Sask.—A Saskatchewan man who bulldozed a house with two people inside, including his son's wife, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

Ronald Fatteicher, who is 60, knocked down the house last summer on rural property near Calder east of Yorkton.

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

By Gene Johnson The Associated Press

Mail-order weed? You betcha!

With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Health & Wellness
By Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Now that the world’s leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next?

The short answer is probably not.

Mickelson apologizes for hitting moving ball

The Associated Press

NEW YORK—Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.

The apology came yesterday in a statement released by his representatives.

“I know this should've come sooner but it's taken me a few days to calm down,” Mickelson said.

Jays squeak out win over Braves

Gregory Strong
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—J.A. Happ has been the lone Toronto Blue Jays' starter who has been consistently strong this season.

But with his team continuing to languish under the .500 mark, each solid performance is raising the chances he'll soon find himself wearing another uniform.

US stepping up Earth’s protection from asteroids, comets

By Marcia Dunn The Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to protect the planet from incoming asteroids that could wipe out entire regions or even continents.

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

By Mike Schneider The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there.

Esoteric ‘brencheese’ and buzzy ‘spoiler alert’ added to OED


NEW YORK — From the positively medieval to the beat of contemporary music: Brencheese, deathshildy and hip-pop are among about 1,000 new or refreshed entries added in June to the online Oxford English Dictionary.

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

By Lisa Rathke The Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to require that pure maple syrup and honey be labeled as containing added sugars.

Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.


Around Town

Emo Feeds is holding its grand-opening celebration today through Saturday (June 21-23). See the ad on page A12 of Wednesday's Times for full details.

The Asham Stompers and Sagkeeng's Finest will grace the Townshend Theatre stage today (June 21) starting at 7 p.m. as part of the United Native Friendship Centre's 45th anniversary celebrations.