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Happy Canada Day!

Canada is turning 153 years old tomorrow, but it’s never had a birthday bash like this before. This Canada Day won’t be like any other - no fireworks, or family events at the Point. It’s true it will look different, but all our favourite things will be there for us next year.

Welcome back

Passionate. Flexible. Self-motivated. Focussed.

These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the entrepreneurs in our District. But the one that seems the most accurate and timely right now is “risk-taking.”

A matter of record

Shocking images of police violence, protests and counter-protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, at the hands of Minneapolis police, have left many Canadians shaken and appalled. We can soothe our nerves by calling it an American made problem. That Canada knows better. But statistics say otherwise.

Them or us

Today at noon, a Pride flag was raised at Fort Frances town hall, joining thousands of others flying across the globe.

June is internationally recognized as Pride Month - a peaceful rally for the equality and acceptance of all people, regardless of who they love and how they express their identity.

Back to basics

Last week, our region was left reeling. After weeks of relative calm, and community pride in keeping our case load of COVID-19 low, four new cases emerged. And not just typical cases - it’s now clear there are people out there who don’t know they’re sick. People who may well be out in our shared communities. Touching shared surfaces. Breathing shared air.

Intolerance should be history

History textbooks are filled with civil rights demonstrations. Women rallying for the vote. Blacks marching in the streets. Rosa Parks refusing to surrender her seat. We admire these acts of defiance, because we know they were right. But defiance in pursuit of human rights isn’t all ancient history - at least not yet. Today’s activists dress in drag and wave rainbow flags.

Eddy

Few things have been left untouched by COVID-19. Mother's Day is about to be the next casualty. There will be no craft projects made alongside classmates at school. No secret shopping trips with Dad. No Mother's Day teas, craft sales, lunches or get-togethers at restaurants. But moms know the best gifts can't be bought at a store or made by a chef.

Editorial

The province has laid out its roadmap to recovery. It's a map that rural residents might appreciate - if you make it over the big hill and slow down enough, you'll be there in no time. But if you start heading up another hill, you took a wrong turn, and you'll have to start over. How long until you're there? Oh, you'll know when you find it.

Earth Day is every day

Earth Day 2020 is here today - the event's 50th anniversary. Historically, environmental protection is a fair-weather cause; it emerges as a political priority in times of financial security, only to be shuffled to the back burner with the next recession.

However, the current global crisis of COVID-19 may be what we need to finally break that cycle.