Council urging public to vote for ‘Kraft’ tour bid

Heather Latter

Fort Frances town council has jumped on board to support the local curling club’s bid in the “Kraft Celebration Tour”—and they are urging the public to vote for the cause as well.
“It’s a real honour to be chosen as one of the communities across Canada,” said Mayor Roy Avis on Monday during the council’s regular meeting, thanking curling club members Patrick Briere and Ron Silver, as well as Hailey Beaudry and Charles Fisher for their bids.
“And so I think it’s up to the community and the residents now to grab a hold of this and run with it and see if we can be the winner,” he stressed.
It was announced on June 30 that Fort Frances was selected as one of 20 finalists in the competition, which saw a total of 629 nominations, and would be going head to head with Dryden in an online 24-hour voting battle on July 19, starting at 11 a.m. and ending on July 20 at 11 a.m.
The town with the most votes will win $25,000 for their project, which for the curling club is a geothermal heating and cooling system, a live TSN SportsCentre broadcast in Fort Frances, a free BBQ sponsored by “Kraft,” and a family fun zone sponsored by “Kraft” and TSN.
“You can vote as many times as you like,” stressed Briere in a letter to council, citing the more people vote, the better the chance that Fort Frances will win.
Briere also requested the “Kraft Celebration Tour” planning committee be allowed to advertise on the town’s website and social media, that the town cover the expenses of copying posters, flyers, and business card handouts, and that the committee receive a temporary exemption from the sign bylaw to allow them to hang their flyers and posters around town.
In addition, he asked for a member of council to sit on their committee,
“This is important as, should we be successful, a town representative will need to be available to attend a planning meeting with TSN,” Briere explained.
“If we could have the support of every citizen in Fort Frances and every citizen in the district, I think we can become the winner,” Mayor Avis expressed.
“I would like to encourage residents of Fort Frances get to into their e-mail address books and contact friends and relatives who live outside of town and get them to vote,” echoed Coun. Andrew Hallikas.
“Also, ask them to contact their friends and relatives and get them to vote,” he added. “This is a great opportunity for Fort Frances.”
Full voting details can be found at or