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Workshop speaker

Tanis Fretter of the Best Start Network spoke at the “Community Change” workshop held Friday at the Copper River Inn. She spoke about the Best Start Network and opportunities to improve the community for children and their families.

Immigrant speaker

Sarah Eltahan, who is from Egypt, spoke to a class of Grade 5 students at St. Francis School last Wednesday about her experience coming to Canada. Students asked questions about the citizenship process, as well as learned about the similarities and differences between her home country and Fort Frances.

Raising awareness

Gurvinder Grewal braved the cold at the “Longest Night of the Year” sleep-out event held along Scott Street overnight Friday. He was seen tying a balloon to one of the 80 pairs of shoes to give people who passed by a representation of how many homeless people live here.

'Longest Night'

Crystal McPherson tied one of 80 balloons to a pair of shoes during the “Longest Night of the Year” sleep-out event held Friday night to represent the 80 people who are homeless here. The event took place along Scott Street from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. and just over 60 people wound up spending the night outside while raising awareness around the issue of homelessness in the district.

Citizenship presentation

Fifyan Canoon, who recently immigrated to Canada from Iraq, showed Grade 5 students at St. Francis School what Arabic writing looks like and how it is read during a presentation for Citizenship Week (Oct. 8-14). Two other town residents who immigrated to Canada also spoke about their experience and answered questions.

First snowstorm

Town employee Larry Bragg shovelled last night's nine cm (three-and-a-half inch) snowfall from the entrance to the Fort Frances Museum. Employees at businesses along Scott Street also were out shovelling their storefronts this morning. The first snowfall of the season has come earlier than usual and hopefully is not here to stay.

Rickford officially opens office here

A grand-opening ceremony was held yesterday for local MPP Greg Rickford's constituency office here.

The office, located at 276 Scott St., is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

A handful of councillors and community members came out to support the grand opening.

“We invested a lot of time and a lot of money in setting up first-class offices,” Rickford noted.