Megan Walchuk Today marks Orange Shirt Day in Canada – a day when we recognize that Every Child Matters. The national day grew from Phyllis Webstad’s story of being forced to give up her new orange shirt she proudly wore to her first day of school at St. Joseph Mission […]

Megan Walchuk Although it hasn’t enjoyed the fanfare and photo-ops of a traditional school year, remote learning has quietly begun at kitchen tables across the region this week. As with all new systems, there will be bumps and growing pains. An entirely new schooling system created in a matter of […]

Megan Walchuk The first frosty nights of the season hit the region earlier this week. For many, it may have prompted a quick harvest of the garden. Others may have flipped their furnace on, or dug a heavier coat out of storage. It was a gentle nudge that seasons are […]

Megan Walchuk The back to school season is usually a time to reorganize; to shake off the late nights and lazy days and get life back to normal. We’re craving a return to normalcy now more than ever, but many families are feeling nervous about the return to school. Teachers […]

Megan In today’s media climate, where we’re so conditioned to expect to know every detail of a story, our readers are sometimes curious why we choose to omit the names of the accused in police reports.  There’s certainly a time to report every detail: when there’s a danger to the public. […]

With summer here, social media posts showing perfectly risen bread have given way blossoming gardens, busy bees and fresh produce. Whether it’s COVID-inspired worries, or an over abundance of time at home, our food supply is in sharp focus. But the search for homegrown food has spread beyond our backyards. […]

Megan Walchuk Canada is turning 153 years old tomorrow, but it’s never had a birthday bash like this before. This Canada Day won’t be like any other – no fireworks, or family events at the Point. It’s true it will look different, but all our favourite things will be there […]

Megan Walchuk Letters to the editor have been a venue of civil discourse for hundreds of years. They’re the precursor of internet chat rooms and comments sections, and an important part of the service newspapers provide. The policies we have in place for our Letters section exist to create transparency […]

Passionate. Flexible. Self-motivated. Focussed. These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the entrepreneurs in our District. But the one that seems the most accurate and timely right now is “risk-taking.” Risk is the operative word for entrepreneurs, whether they run a franchise, or a mom and pop. […]

Shocking images of police violence, protests and counter-protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, at the hands of Minneapolis police, have left many Canadians shaken and appalled. We can soothe our nerves by calling it an American made problem. That Canada knows better. But statistics say otherwise. Although force […]

Megan Walchuk Today at noon, a Pride flag was raised at Fort Frances town hall, joining thousands of others flying across the globe. June is internationally recognized as Pride Month – a peaceful rally for the equality and acceptance of all people, regardless of who they love and how they […]

Megan Walchuk Last week, our region was left reeling. After weeks of relative calm, and community pride in keeping our case load of COVID-19 low, four new cases emerged. And not just typical cases – it’s now clear there are people out there who don’t know they’re sick. People who […]