Saturday, December 20, 2014


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.

Great effort

There likely were plenty of crossed fingers around town this afternoon as Knox United Church waited to learn if it had advanced to the final round of the Aviva Community Challenge Fund—and a shot at the $100,000 grand prize.

Deserving of thanks

The new Fort Frances council for 2014-18 only was sworn in Monday evening but, as Mayor Roy Avis correctly observed, it will have to hit the ground running.

Fair balance

Town council’s decision to maintain term limits on municipal boards and committees, except in cases when there are not enough applicants to fill all the vacancies, was the right one.
Given problems in the past of not enough people applying to sit on a particular board or committee, council initially looked at abolishing term limits altogether to solve the conundrum.

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.

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