Sunday, March 1, 2015

Editorials

Sign of times

Not surprisingly, the Ontario government’s decision to update the sex education curriculum has been greeted by howls of protest, including here in Rainy River District, where a meeting hosted by the Parents As First Educators (PARE) group drew about 75 people last month at the Emo Inn.

Thank a coach

Plenty of Rainy River District eyes are focused on Moose Jaw, Sask. this week, where Devlin native Jenna Enge is playing second for the Northern Ontario rink competing at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Impressive

It’s great to see French Immersion has been resurrected here after the Northwest Catholic School Board began phasing it out almost a decade ago.
Being bilingual in both official languages obviously is a tremendous asset in a country like Canada—opening doors to future employment opportunities and having a crucial leg up on those applicants who are not.

Worthless sham

What will you be doing on Oct. 19? Perhaps voting in a federal election—that is, if the much-ballyhooed fixed-date section of the Canada Elections Act is followed.
There’s increasing speculation, however, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may send Canadians to the polls perhaps as early as this spring.

Long overdue

Word that 36 assisted living units will be available here to high-risk seniors by 2017, along with six in Emo and additional ones in both Rainy River and Atikokan, is welcome news—and long overdue.

If only

Dogs, geese, and strippers seemed to be the hot topics of conversation here this past week.
Social media was abuzz over the town’s musing to ban dogs from the Seven Oaks area at the Point while the Times’ weekly web poll on the issue garnered nearly 500 votes as of late this morning.

Two-way street

Town council seems to be over-thinking what should be a fairly straightforward decision to simplify the corporate rate structure for Memorial Sports Centre memberships.

What then?

With the future of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton still in limbo, the Northwest Catholic District School Board now is weighing the merits of consolidating St. Michael’s (JK-Grade 3) and St. Francis (Grade 4-8) here.

Real legacy

There probably aren’t too many people around here who will shed a tear when we say good-bye to 2014 tonight.
To say this was a challenging year is a colossal understatement—from Resolute Forest Products’ decision to permanently close its mill here to battling the rising waters of Rainy Lake and the Rainy River for much of June.

Real shame

Downtown. Dec. 17, 2024.
The windows are covered in plywood. Someone has sprayed the boards with black spray paint—pictures of ugly beings and foul language.

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