Communities and Governments often pull together in times of need. This time, it came in the form of 80 gallons of hand sanitizer.
With support from three levels of government, Doug Judson, Municipal Councillor Fort Frances, Hon. Greg Rickford, MPP Kenora Rainy River District, Hon. Marcus Powlowski MP Thunder Bay-Rainy River District, and along with guidance of CBSA Commercial Officer Megan Moriarty and her team, Cantilever Distillery was able to export sanitizer from the USA and into Canada.
This vital product was produced only minutes from the border.
The Founders of Cantilever Distillery decided to support front line workers in International Falls as their stocks of sanitizer began to dwindle. Spearheaded by Lindsey Goulet and Managing Partner Ed Gackley, sanitizer was quickly distributed where it was needed, including Riverside.
The Distillery project was born in part because of the long history of both communities sharing a common border, common values and a common lifestyle, said the company.
“With this generational emergency upon us it was our teams resolve to exhaust all avenues available in support of both communities,” said a press release from Cantilever.
“Over a hundred years ago illegal moonshine was crossing from Canada to the USA during Prohibition. Today lifesaving sanitizer is moving back across the border into Canada to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. We are happy with the effort’s outcome.”