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Don't squeak, roar

A town delegation once again is heading to Toronto to “bend the ear" of various provincial ministers and parliamentary secretaries on seemingly chronic issues such as the need for a full-time Crown Attorney and resident judge here, the lack of "Connecting Link” funding to help repair our deteriorating roads, and timber management, just to name a few.

Falling short

Citing a “significant compression" between principal and superintendent compensation inconsistent with its recruitment needs, the Rainy River Distict School Board has proposed an "Executive Compensation Program" to "reduce the gap, rectify the inequity, and support succession planning into the future.”

Truly lucky

Sometimes it take the perception of others to put things into perspective for the rest of us.

Rami Canoon, the father of a second Iraqi refugee family that arrived in Fort Frances just this past Friday, didn't seem to mind the bitter cold that greeted them.

Forging ahead

Communities which lose their major industry/employer often succumb to a downward spiral that inevitably drains the life out of them.

Looking back at 2017, that certainly isn't the case here.

Solution needed

Town council's reasoning for not re-opening the office at Point Park during the summer months was solid.

There is the expense involved, including renovations to the building, as well as the need for a cash register, point of sale terminal, and phone and Internet connections.

Filling a need

“Long overdue” was how Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services executive director Calvin Morrisseau put it during Friday's grand-opening ceremony for the new Mino Ayaa Ta Win Healing Centre located in the former Ivik building on Mishkiki Miikan Road off Highway 11, about 10 minutes east of Fort Frances.

Long overdue

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon and rightfully apologized for decades of government-sanctioned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ2 community during the so-called “gay purge” that began as far back as the 1940s.

Deserving thanks

It's no real surprise that incumbent MPP Sarah Campbell announced Monday that she would not be seeking re-election in the upcoming provincial election scheduled for June, 2018.

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.