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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - November 21, 2019

Xmas parade needs floats

News
Staff

The Fort Frances Christmas Parade is in need of your help.

“The parade is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., we need floats,” said parade organizer Scott Krienke-Turvey.

“This is a community Christmas parade and without community involvement on both sides of it, it doesn't work. Right now we have a limited number of floats, so we're hoping to double or triple that number.”

Muskie squads clip Eagles' wings

News
Staff

The Muskie girls' and boys' hockey teams both did a great job of protecting home ice on Tuesday night against the visiting Dryden Eagles.

Both squads came away with wins in their home-openers to stay unbeaten in NorWOSSA play.

Correction

News

The date has been changed for the Fort Frances Legion Ladies' Auxiliary to Br. #29's upcoming event, the “PJs and Pearls Gala.”

The event will now be on April 4, 2020 (changed from Feb. 29, 2020). The former date was erroneously reported in yesterday's Times.

Advance tickets cost $60 each; after March 15, they will cost $70 each.

Repap backs away from local mill

News
Staff

Rainy River Packaging, formerly known as Repap Resources, is no longer interested in purchasing the Fort Frances mill.

The company has been interested in the mill property since December of last year but its investors have backed away due to the restrictive covenants that Resolute Forest Products attached to its sale to Riversedge Developments in July.

Single-use plastics could be banned

News
Sam Odrowski

A town councillor is trying to get Fort Frances to do a small part in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.

Coun. Douglas Judson submitted a proposed bylaw to council that will ban single-use plastics, such as checkout bags, drinking straws, styrofoam food containers and other single-use products in town.

Owners of recovered property sought: OPP

District
From the OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police are seeking public assistance in attempting to identify owners in relation to stolen property that was recovered from a residence in Fort Frances on Nov. 17, 2019.

A search warrant was executed by members of the Rainy River District OPP with assistance from the Northwest Region Crime Unit and as a result, police have arrested and charged one person.

Malpass scores two to lift Lakers over Thief River Falls

District
Staff

Tyler Malpass seems to be finding his offensive groove lately.

The Sault. Ste. Marie native scored twice to pace the Fort Frances Lakers to a 6-4 win over the Thief River Falls Norskies last night in SIJHL action at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

It was the second victory in a row for the Lakers after snapping a season high six-game losing skid.

CN strike

Photos
Sam Odrowski

A heavy snowfall didn't stop CN workers from striking in front of the CN train yard by the Central Ave and Second Street intersection yesterday afternoon. Thousands of CN workers across Canada are on strike to protest current working conditions and railway safety.

Busy crease

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jill Calder tried to clear the puck as Muskie goalie Kamryn Sandelovich fought through some busy traffic in front of her net during the second period of Fort High's 7-0 win over the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action on Tuesday night at the '52 Canadians Arena. The Muskies improved to 2-0 in league play with the win.

Deck the halls

Photos
Duane Hicks

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Rainycrest Long Term Care. Activation staff members Mary Lou Mitchell, left, and Joann Magel took some time yesterday afternoon to put up tinsel and other holiday decorations to give the home a festive feel.

SGEI open house

Photos

Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong program officer Glenda Henderson, left and executive director Marie Seymour were on hand at the Seven Generations Education Institute's open house yesterday evening. The pair talked to attendees about Shooniya Wa-Biitong's programs and their partnership with Seven Gens where they provide funding to students.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Trudeau taps western MP

National
Mia Rabson
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Jonathan Wilkinson has been the minister of environment and climate change for less than 24 hours but the job is likely going to get harder from here.

“Environment is probably the most challenging portfolio in government the next three years,” said Stewart Elgie, a law professor at the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment.

Bill introduced to scrap provincial pit bull ban

National
Liam Casey
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A member of Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative caucus is hoping to reverse the province's ban on pit bulls.

Rick Nicholls introduced a private member's bill in the legislature Tuesday that would alter controversial provisions in the Dog Owners' Liability Act that prohibit the breed.

Ottawa man dies due to CO poisoning

National
The Canadian Press

An elderly man has died and his partner is in critical condition as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in the Ottawa home they shared, city paramedics said Tuesday.

Spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said the couple was found earlier in the day by a neighbour who went to check on their well-being, though he did not elaborate on what prompted the man's concern.

Contract cancellations should be probed

National
Shawn Jeffords
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario's auditor general should look into the cancellation of hundreds of renewable energy contracts by the Doug Ford government so the public knows how much that decision will end up costing taxpayers, the leader of the Opposition said yesterday.

Shatner among honourees

National
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Gov. Gen. Julie Payette honoured 39 people with the Order of Canada this morning, including actor William Shatner, writer Ann-Marie MacDonald and lawyer James Lockyer.

Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

Business
Cathy Bussewitz
The Associated Press

NEW YORK—When Deb Fink heard about a company that could drive her nine-year-old son to his after-school program, she balked at the idea of putting him in a car with a stranger.

But faced with the unrelenting pressure of driving him where he needed to go in the middle of her workday, she decided to give it a try.

CN Rail strike stokes forestry industry fears

Business
Dan Healing
The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A chronic shortage of truck drivers across Canada is compounding the effects of a strike at Canadian National Railway Co., says the CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Tkachuk scores OT winner as Sens top Habs

Sports
Kelsey Patterson
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Jean-Gabriel Pageau is showing no signs of slowing down.

Pageau scored for the second straight game to help the visiting Ottawa Senators defeat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in overtime last night in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.

Raptors beat Magic to remain unbeaten at home

Sports
Lori Ewing
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Fred VanVleet provided the steady hand. The trio of Terence Davis, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson combined for a massive boost of energy.

VanVleet, who started at point guard for the sixth consecutive night in place of an injured Kyle Lowry, scored 24 points to lead the Raptors past the Orlando Magic 113-97 yesterday in a battle between short-handed teams.

Leafs fire head coach Babcock

Sports
Joshua Clipperton
The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Brendan Shanahan had seen enough.

And since he helped bring Mike Babcock to Toronto in the spring of 2015, the president of the Maple Leafs felt it was only right he be there when the axe fell on his head coach.

Sitting uncomfortably outside the playoff picture, the scuffling Leafs fired Babcock yesterday and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe.

Camel, cow, donkey found roaming together along road

International
The Associated Press

GODDARD, Kan.—Authorities discovered a camel, a cow and a donkey roaming together along a Kansas road in a grouping reminiscent of a Midwestern Christmas Nativity scene.

The Goddard Police Department asked for help in locating the owners of the three friends travelling together (towards a Northern star).

Great whites appearing more

International
The Associated Press

OUTER BANKS, N.C.—It's not officially Shark Week but for trackers along the East Coast, several great white sharks are putting on a show.

The Charlotte Observer reported nine sharks tagged by the ocean data-gathering organization OCEARCH have appeared near the coast in a five-day span, including two that are about 12 feet (3.66 metres) long.

Sun on tap

Weather

Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a chance of flurries and a low of minus-13 C (nine F).

Tomorrow will bring a mix of sun and clouds with a chance of flurries during the day before clearing overnight with a high of zero (32) and a low of minus-six (21).

Saturday will be sunny and clear overnight with a high of two (36) and a low of minus-seven (19).

Atown

Around Town

The first-annual “Copper + Pine” Christmas craft market will take place at the Copper River Inn on Friday, Nov. 22 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Find unique craft ideas made by Rainy River District artisans