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Give it a chance

The proposed design of the new Rainy Lake Market Square—formally unveiled last Thursday afternoon during a come-and-go open house on-site—sure generated plenty of chatter by those who either loved it or panned it.

Some called it “fantastic.” Others felt it was “underwhelming.” Still others said their input either hadn’t been heard or was downright ignored.

First-class flub

After much debate and shenanigans (read “Elbowgate”), the federal government’s bill on assisted dying finally passed in the House of Commons yesterday.

But don’t start cheering just yet. First of all, it’s clear Bill C-14 won’t pass the Senate—if it even does at all—prior to this Monday’s deadline (June 6) set by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Still so elusive

It’s here!

Yes, the Victoria Day long weekend is upon us again—marking the unofficial start of summer and, of course, the launch of yet another tourist season here in Rainy River District.

Hold ’em high

Going winless in three games at the Dudley Hewitt Cup last week in Kirkland Lake to finish in fourth place and out of the playoffs certainly wasn’t the ending to their season the Fort Frances Lakers had hoped for, especially after coming within a win of advancing to the RBC Cup a year ago.

Fight ‘blight’

Kudos to town council for initiating a “Fight the Blight” campaign over 11 days starting this coming Monday—and hopefully local residents take full advantage of this opportunity to help beautify our community.

Real message?

Hydro One already is in most people’s bad books with its exorbitant rates—especially for those who live in rural areas like here in Rainy River District.

Needless to say, the Ontario Energy Board’s recent announcement of a 2.5 percent increase in time-of-use pricing only will exacerbate that view.

Tap potential

There’s a push on to better develop sports tourism in Rainy River District—and for good reason. It provides a major financial shot-in-the-arm that cannot be ignored.

Hard to fathom

There’s been a lot of buzz on social media this past week over the actions of some U.S. states directed against same-sex couples and the LGBTQ community in general.

Time to shine

There aren’t many district events that can boast a 75-year plus history.

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is among those few—getting underway today for the 76th time and running through April 22, with the annual “Highlights” concert set for Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.