Monday, July 6, 2015

Editorials

Plan better

Who says there’s nothing to do in Fort Frances?
Saturday alone saw the “Relay for Life,” the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival,” the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” and the windup for the older divisions in Fort Frances Youth Soccer all being held.
Couchiching also had planned its pow-wow for this past weekend, although it ended up being postponed due to other circumstances.

‘New normal?’

Barring an entry by a candidate from a more obscure party, the field has been set.
Now it’s in the hands of Thunder Bay-Rainy River voters.
Thunder Bay lawyer Don Rusnak captured the Liberal nod following nomination meetings here and in Atikokan on Sunday, and then the final one Monday night in the Lakehead.

Follow dreams

Unless you were a die-hard Tampa Bay Lightning fan, it’s a safe bet most here were cheering loudly Monday night when Duncan Keith not only won his third Stanley Cup but also was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Adding to the excitement, of course, is word of plans afoot to have Duncan bring the Stanley Cup to Fort Frances sometime this summer.

Keep it alive

It’s a shame to hear that this year’s “Peace Pull,” the international tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls, likely won’t happen.

Have your say

The town is working on a new strategic plan for the next four years—and once again has invited public input to help create it.
The plea seems to be falling on deaf ears, however. As of press time today, just two people were on the agenda for the public meeting being held this coming Monday (June 8) in conjunction with town council’s regular meeting.

Admirable lead

Hats off to the students at Robert Moore who pushed to start up a Gay-Straight Alliance club at their school—and kudos to administration for allowing it to happen.
Given the backlash over the recently-revamped sex education curriculum in Ontario schools, no doubt some parents (and others) would oppose such a club at the elementary level.

Be ‘welcoming’

Whether you call it the “Victoria Day Weekend,” the “May Long,” or the “May 2-4,” the upcoming holiday weekend certainly is among the most anticipated of the year.

Needed action

Word that the Fort Frances Salvation Army, United Native Friendship Centre, and Sunset Country Métis have begun to better co-ordinate the food bank services they offer to local residents is welcome news—and long overdue.

Replace prayer

Perhaps the current town council supports reciting a prayer before its meetings and adamantly opposes any moves to change that tradition. Or perhaps council fears a public backlash if it chose to abolish the practice.
Whatever the reason for its decision, council erred in choosing to sit on its hands Monday night rather than deal with the inevitable in a prompt and decisive manner.

‘Go Lakers!’

All eyes will be on the Ice For Kids Arena here next week as the Fort Frances Lakers vie to capture the Dudley Hewitt Cup and advance to the Royal Bank Cup national Junior ‘A’ championship May 9-17 in Portage La Prairie, Man.

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