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Positive vibes

Life has its ups and downs; triumphs and tragedies; successes and challenges. Looking back over the past 12 months, though, it’s clear 2016 had plenty of positive vibes for Fort Frances and Rainy River District.


Sometimes it’s the smallest of gestures that make the biggest impact.

Maria Gilbert, a Grade 11 student at Fort Frances High School, was selected as the local recipient of RBC’s “Canada 150” initiative—a promotion in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 in which one youth from communities across the country is given $150 to make a difference within their community.

Role models

Stratton residents, particularly those involved in the curling scene there, undoubtedly are very proud after two of their own—siblings Trevor Bonot and Jackie McCormick—helped Northern Ontario capture the 2017 Canadian mixed curling championship on Saturday in Yarmouth, N.S.

Deserving youth

We all know young people who are making a difference in our community or in the lives of others.

Perhaps they’re helping an elderly neighbour with yard work or shovelling snow. Or maybe volunteering their time and effort for a worthy cause.

Whatever the reason, if you know someone who deserves a large pat on the back, nominate them today for the Ontario Junior Citizen Awards.

Seeing the day

Eight years ago, Americans made history by electing the country’s first black president in Barack Obama. And they may be on the verge of doing so again this coming Tuesday if they choose to elect Hillary Clinton as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

Make it clear

The province last week introduced the proposed Election Statute Law Amendment Act which would, among other things, possibly create two new seats for Northern Ontario at Queen’s Park (from the current 11 to 13).

While the increase won’t make a huge difference in the 107-seat legislature, any move to expand the north’s voice at Queen’s Park is welcomed.

Worthy program

Although there’s hope the trend has started to reverse, a declining population here in Fort Frances—and right across Rainy River District—has had widespread implications.

Get word out

With the pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances still shuttered, resulting in the loss of the district’s largest employer, one would think unemployment to be our community’s biggest problem.

Yet that doesn’t appear to be the case these days. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Be thankful

We tend to grumble a lot. Perhaps it’s human nature to do so—an innate trait dating back to our earliest ancestors griping over who had the nicest cave, the best spear, or the biggest share of the kill.