Monday, November 24, 2014


True backbone

Kudos to those who stepped up Monday night to ensure the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will live to see another year.
With the previous chair and several long-time members stepping down from the organizing committee, “Festival” (as it is commonly known) was in real danger of folding unless others were willing to fill the void.

Power of unity

A “David-and-Goliath” fight. A “Hail Mary” attempt.
Both are apt descriptions of the delegation of district municipal leaders and First Nations’ chiefs that descended on Queen’s Park earlier this week to plead the case to wrest control of the Crossroute Forest from Resolute Forest Products.

Heed message

In the end, the municipal election here was somewhat anticlimactic.
With Coun. Andrew Hallikas vying the mayor’s chair, and Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft opting not to seek re-election, everyone knew the incoming town council would feature at least two new faces.

Take the time

As of Monday, the number of returned ballots for the municipal election here in Fort Frances was pegged at 1,939, or about 35 percent of the total eligible voters.
That number certainly isn’t anything to cheer about although it was markedly better than the figures as of Friday, when the total stood at 1,566 returned ballots (or less than 29 percent).

Salute youth

Take a look around—at school, in the library, at church, or on the field.
There are young “stars” everywhere who are making a difference, inspiring others, and building community. Yet many may not even realize the effect they are having on others.
As such, it’s time once again to recognize their dedication and nominate them for the 2014 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award.

Have your say

The candidates for Fort Frances mayor and council have made the choice to seek election, and have been pleading their case for office through lawn signs, advertising, pamphlets, submitting profiles, and speaking at last night’s forum sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
Now it’s the voters’ turn to decide who they’d like to see lead our town for the next four years.

Re-open ‘caf’

Why a high school as large as Fort High is unable to offer its students cafeteria-style food over the lunch hour is hard to fathom—yet that’s precisely the case to start the school year.

Small price

Despite the hefty price tag of perhaps $100,000, the Fort Frances Lakers have agreed to host the Dudley Hewitt Cup next spring.
The benefits are obvious. First and foremost, the Lakers—as host team—get an automatic berth into the tournament, the winner of which advances to the national Junior ‘A’ championship (the RBC Cup).

Great to see

Those who thought the current economic challenges facing Fort Frances would dissuade candidates from seeking election as mayor or councillor were way off base.
Four years ago, the current mayor and council all were acclaimed. Talk about a major about-face this time around.

Do it for Terry

The memory and legacy of Terry Fox will live on again this Sunday when communities across Canada and around the world stage the annual walk/run that bears his name.

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