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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - May 3, 2016

Grilling 'dogs

Cameron Penney

Bailey Langford (foreground) and Haley Keast served up some hotdogs during a mental health awareness barbecue yesterday afternoon hosted by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services here. The barbecue, which featured snacks, prizes, and a bouncy castle, kicked off a week of events for Children’s Mental Health Week.

MNO sees record turnout for election


The Métis Nation of Ontario saw a record turnout for its election yesterday, with results to be announced May 12.

Across the province, the average increase in voter turnout was nearly 50 percent.

In addition to the votes cast yesterday, regions from across Ontario mailed in ballots to the Ottawa office of the MNO.

These ballots will be counted early next week.

Survey running

From the OPP

Between early May and late June, expect to see Statistics Canada employees surveying your neighbourhood.

OPP are reminding residents that about 35,000 Statistics Canada employees will be working within neighbourhoods and communities across the country this spring to conduct the census.

Mass yoga

Cameron Penney

Students at Robert Moore School participated in a group yoga session yesterday afternoon in conjunction with both Mental Health Week and Education Week. Students were taught various yoga poses, such as the “downward dog” and the “chair pose.”

Fire hazard on rise in region

From the MNRF

Three new fires were confirmed yesterday in the districts of Kenora and Thunder Bay.

Between April 30 and May 1, an additional seven new fires were confirmed in the districts of Kenora, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, and Thunder Bay.

Most already have been declared “out.”

‘Student voice’ enhanced


Rainy River District School Board trustees will hear a presentation tonight on how the Student Work Study Teacher (SWST) initiative supports the enhancement of “student voice” throughout the system to further develop a strength-based learning approach.

Jumping for heart

Cameron Penney

Oasis Millett-Tucker, left, helped spin the rope while Kara Scott and Ayanna Savage jumped during the “Jump Rope for Heart” yesterday afternoon at Robert Moore School. The annual event, which rasies money for heart disease and stroke research, was part of the activities planned for Education Week.

Mental health tips for seniors

Health & Wellness
From the CMHA (F.F. branch)

If you are a senior with a mental health issue, there are treatment options and strategies that can help:

Nightmarish start for Faragher


The excitement of making it to the next stage of the post-season died off in less than four minutes for Ryan Faragher.

It was a nightmarish start to the second round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs for the 23-year-old Fort Frances native and the rest of the Utah Grizzlies, who trail the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets 2-0 after a pair of road losses to open the best-of-seven series.

Winning ticket


Kayle Koval, a past winner of the Kiwanis Club’s “Trip of the Month” draw, read out the name of the winner for May yesterday at International Travel Services while Kiwanian Robin Wright looked on. Jack Drennan of Emo will be headed on a Canadian Rockies tour—a trip valued at $4,100. Next month’s trip is to Freeport, Bahamas ($4,500).

Lakers set for opener


It’s hockey night tonight.

The Fort Frances Lakers hope the third time’s the charm as they open play at the 2016 Dudley Hewitt Cup against the host Kirkland Lake Gold Miners at 6:30 p.m. (CDT).

Duck leads ducklings through school’s halls

The Associated Press

HARTLAND, Mich.—A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard.

She returns each year to lay her eggs and then walks the hallways with her ducklings, with the help of students and staff, to safely get to a nearby pond.

The duck named “Vanessa” has appeared at Village Elementary School in Hartland for the past 13 years.

Citizenships granted despite holes

Stephanie Levitz
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—People with serious criminal records and others using potentially phoney addresses are among those who managed to secure Canadian citizenship, thanks to a system that doesn’t do enough to root out fraud, the auditor general has found.

Who created bitcoin? The long search may not be over

By Brandon Bailey The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? For many in the tech world, the identity of bitcoin’s elusive creator has been a long-running parlour game. And the speculation might not be over.

Leicester wins English title for 1st time in 132-yr history

By Rob Harris The Associated Press

LONDON — Leicester City secured its first Premier League title without playing on Monday after second-place Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea in one of the biggest-ever triumphs by an underdog in sports.

Fireworks likely source of Mount Rushmore water pollution

By Regina Garcia Cano The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Past fireworks displays at Mount Rushmore National Memorial are the likely source of a pollutant found in water within the site in western South Dakota, according to a government report released Monday.

Duck leads ducklings on annual waddle through school’s halls

The Associated Press

HARTLAND, Mich. — A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings with the help of students and staff to safely get to a nearby pond.