The Times is part of our community

I am being tasked with explaining what is the role of a newspaper in a community.
I have given this a great deal of thought and this past Friday night the incoming president of the Ontario Community Newspaper Association explained it most eloquently by showcasing a series of front pages from papers across the province showing the role of papers in the community.
I am stealing his ideas for this column. I begin with the struggle the Town of Fort Frances is experiencing with the sale of our local paper mill. We followed and wrote about the public meetings, the call for residents across the district to write letters to Premier Ford, the Minister of Natural Resources, and our sitting MPP Greg Rickford to work to open the mill in Fort Frances again.
The newspaper was a community supporter.
I realized in Toronto that the issue of the mill and the town are known across the province.
For over a year the newspaper has followed and written about the expansion of programs at the library, the museum, the student plays and musicals, the Tour de Fort series, and the festival of arts.
The newspaper is a supporter of the arts and cultural programs of the community.
Looking back over the past six months of papers, I am impressed by our writing our writings about mental health issues in the district, our writings promoting “Pride Week” in Fort Frances, homelessness, Alzheimer’s, and other social topics that are impacting the lives of residents.
As a newspaper we are involved the social issues of our community and district.
Our award-winning sports sections covers sports from four-year-old youth to seniors’ basketball, elementary school teams, minor girl’s and boy’s hockey, high school teams in Fort Frances and Rainy River, junior hockey, squash, curling and fishing tournaments.
Yes, we are involved in sports across the district.
The newspaper has focused on the cattle sales in Stratton, the expansion of tile drainage and the increasing acreage devoted to canola, winter wheat, oats, barley and now the experimentation of hops at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. The newspaper has followed the development of the mine and other businesses and industries across the district.
And the newspaper has followed closely the development of the budget of the Fort Frances council, plans for improvements to the infrastructure of the community and plans of the community to protect the tree canopy.
Yes, we are the communicators of council, its plans and ideas for the communities.
Whether it is health, education, recreation, sports, social issues, industry, the Fort Frances Times is there recording the district and participating in the life of the community. It is the community’s story–and we are involved in the community.

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The Times is part of our community

I am being tasked with explaining what is the role of a newspaper in a community.
I have given this a great deal of thought and this past Friday night the incoming president of the Ontario Community Newspaper Association explained it most eloquently by showcasing a series of front pages from papers across the province showing the role of papers in the community.
I am stealing his ideas for this column. I begin with the struggle the Town of Fort Frances is experiencing with the sale of our local paper mill. We followed and wrote about the public meetings, the call for residents across the district to write letters to Premier Ford, the Minister of Natural Resources, and our sitting MPP Greg Rickford to work to open the mill in Fort Frances again.
The newspaper was a community supporter.
I realized in Toronto that the issue of the mill and the town are known across the province.
For over a year the newspaper has followed and written about the expansion of programs at the library, the museum, the student plays and musicals, the Tour de Fort series, and the festival of arts.
The newspaper is a supporter of the arts and cultural programs of the community.
Looking back over the past six months of papers, I am impressed by our writing our writings about mental health issues in the district, our writings promoting “Pride Week” in Fort Frances, homelessness, Alzheimer’s, and other social topics that are impacting the lives of residents.
As a newspaper we are involved the social issues of our community and district.
Our award-winning sports sections covers sports from four-year-old youth to seniors’ basketball, elementary school teams, minor girl’s and boy’s hockey, high school teams in Fort Frances and Rainy River, junior hockey, squash, curling and fishing tournaments.
Yes, we are involved in sports across the district.
The newspaper has focused on the cattle sales in Stratton, the expansion of tile drainage and the increasing acreage devoted to canola, winter wheat, oats, barley and now the experimentation of hops at the Emo Agricultural Research Station. The newspaper has followed the development of the mine and other businesses and industries across the district.
And the newspaper has followed closely the development of the budget of the Fort Frances council, plans for improvements to the infrastructure of the community and plans of the community to protect the tree canopy.
Yes, we are the communicators of council, its plans and ideas for the communities.
Whether it is health, education, recreation, sports, social issues, industry, the Fort Frances Times is there recording the district and participating in the life of the community. It is the community’s story–and we are involved in the community.