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Warmest welcome

The wait is finally over.

Nearly two years after district residents raised more than $60,000 in support of the “Families for Families” initiative to bring a refugee family to Fort Frances, they are due to arrive in town this Friday.

Positive sign

Some 29 percent of respondents to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Historica Canada are planning to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies this Saturday—a three percent rise compared to last year.

Right decision

There is new hope the strike by more than 12,000 faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges—now into its third week—could be resolved soon.

It was revealed late this morning that both sides in the dispute have agreed to return to the bargaining table tomorrow.

That's the right decision.

Salute our youth

Has your son raised funds for a worthy cause? Has your daughter helped build awareness for child poverty?

Has your young neighbour volunteered to take out the garbage and shovel the driveway for an elderly couple?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should nominate them today to be recognized with an Ontario Junior Citizen Award.

The true legacy

Words cannot adequately convey the sense of pride all of Rainy River District feels over Team Canada winning the silver medal at the world mixed curling championships in Champéry, Switzerland.

A vicious circle

A scheduled bus service between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay may be gone for good.

The Caribou Coach Transportation Company's website carries the bleak message that its bus serving the Fort Frances-Thunder Bay route, including Atikokan, is being suspended as of this Saturday (Oct. 14) for an “undetermined period of time.”

Go Team Bonot!

Plenty of district attention will be focused on Champéry, Switzerland starting this weekend as a pair of Stratton natives vie for world glory.

The Trevor Bonot rink, which includes his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third, along with Thunder Bay couple Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, will represent Canada at the world mixed curling championships running Oct. 6-14.

Refreshing to see

Whether Jagmeet Singh ends up capturing the federal NDP leadership—as early as this Sunday (Oct. 1) or as late as Oct. 15 if a third round of balloting is needed—remains to be seen.

Should he win, however, Canada could have its first “visible minority” prime minister after the next federal election is held in two years.

Questionable plan

Many are applauding the Ontario government for being the first province to unveil a plan to sell recreational marijuana ahead of Ottawa's promise to legalize the drug in Canada as of July 1, 2018.

Such generosity

If our neck of the woods is suffering an economic downturn, you sure wouldn't know it based on the generosity of district residents.

On Saturday, the inaugural “Layin' pipe in the fight” event near Pinewood, a collaboration between Brielmann Ag, Tait Bros. Contracting, and Prinsco Canada, raised more than $19,000 towards breast cancer research.