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It's troubling to see the crescendo of “fake news” chants U.S. President Donald Trump has been directing towards the mainstream media south of the border, to the point of whipping his supporters into a frenzy that leaves journalists actually fearing for their safety, is spilling over into our country.

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We may be into the dog days of summer.

This is the most vacated week of the year as more families begin or end their summer vacations, taking advantage of the holiday weekend.

It is that time of year when the first crop of hay is finally put away, and the growing crops in the fields begin to brown.

This is the weekend that summer reading takes hold of cabin-goers.

A scary thought

As we all know, summer means community festivals. And here in Rainy River District, we're fortunate to have several that are held year after year to not only give local residents something to do but also attract much-needed visitors to our area.

A long way to go

A week of celebration focusing on the diversity of our community was a resounding success.

Borderland Pride must be commended for their effort this year. Hopefully the community will embrace the celebration for future years.

Real message

It's great to see a groundswell of support for the inaugural “Pride Week” here, as indicated by the people who turned out for an open air art studio on Monday to kick off the festivities and the number of local businesses that have decorated their store windows with colourful displays and messages.

Welcomed news

It certainly wasn't a “stop the presses” moment upon learning newly-elected MPP Greg Rickford, who captured the Kenora-Rainy River riding quite handily in the June 7 provincial election, was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Premier Doug Ford's new government during a ceremony Friday morning at Queen's Park.

A shame to see

Word that this year's “Relay for Life,” set to go this Saturday afternoon at the new Rainy Lake Square, likely will be the last one held here is sad but not all that surprising.

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After a relatively short “official” campaign, Ontarians head to the polls tomorrow to elect a new government. Will you be among them?

Turnout for provincial elections has been dismal of late. It was just 52.8 percent in 2007 before sinking to a record-low 48.2 percent in 2011. It then crept up slightly to 51.3 percent in the last election held in June, 2014.