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Jim Cumming - From the Publisher's Pen

Jim is the publisher of the Fort Frances Times Ltd. He writes a weekly column and can be contacted at jcumming@fortfrances.com

Opposite thinking

In two days’ time, we will be into a new year. Having browsed “Facebook,” the thread line of messages being put out by friends is one of hope and well-being for the coming year.

The district is prospering with construction of a new gold mine. Meanwhile, new MP Don Rusnak and Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro remain optimistic that steam again will rise from the paper mill in Fort Frances.

Shopping memories

Early Monday morning, I was at the Den getting my ears lowered when Carol and I began reminiscing about the businesses on Scott Street.

I have lots of memories as my cousins lived on First Street and we had the run of Scott Street.

But perhaps my best memories of Scott Street stem back to the Christmas season when my brother and I began shopping for presents on Friday nights when every business was open.

Choices won’t be easy

The world has come together in Paris and reached a goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius.

It is a lofty goal—one not guaranteed by treaties between the 200 nations but rather optimistically hoped for.

The new Trudeau government has set a deadline of 90 days to consult with all provincial governments on how Canada is going to meet the goals set out in the Paris Accord.

We cannot give in to fear

Former U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, spoke these words: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Current U.S. President Barack Obama carried a similar message when he spoke Sunday night from the Oval Office.

“Let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear,” he said.

We all must fight pollution

I remember flying into Chicago when I was 16 years old with my father and as the plane began its decent into the airport, we passed through a greenish, yellow zone.

It was a visible air quality issue. The yellow cloud was easy to distinguish.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went to Paris with the same greenhouse gas emission targets set by former PM Stephen Harper. The difference is that Trudeau is being hailed as a breath of fresh air in global warming.

Along with 149 other leaders, Trudeau is expected to help solve the crisis over global warming.

We should take more refugees

While Canada has backtracked somewhat on the time frame, some 25,000 immigrants will win the lottery and become permanent residents of Canada by the end of February, including 10,000 by the original target date of Dec. 31.

The refugees that Canada is choosing to welcome are women, children, and families. Single men need not apply.

Battling a two-front war

As I walked through my front door Friday afternoon, my wife asked me if I was aware of what was unfolding in Paris.

Earlier in the day, I had stopped following the news feed and was not aware of the attacks in the “City of Lights.”

Afterwards, we discovered eight different Paris locations were targets of bombings and shootings—and the western world was in shock.

We had not been shocked when the Russian civilian airliner was bombed killing all aboard, nor about the double-bombing in Beirut and the bombings in Bagdad and Afghanistan.

Be careful when you’re decorating

On Sunday, my neighbour, Anna Carlson, was outside installing her brilliant white mini-lights in her yard and along the roof edge.

I have plans to do the same at my home this coming weekend. It will take a full day to get the thousands of white lights on all the trees and branches.

The Christmas season is a time for shopping and visiting friends. Far too often, however, it also is an opportunity for visits to the emergency room of hospitals.

Remember all who sacrificed

June 25, 1950 marked the start of the Korean War and Canada was part of the United Nations’ force, led by the United States, that intervened on behalf of the South Korean government.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the start of that war. A truce has been holding since July 27, 1953.

More than 26,000 Canadians participated in the war. Canada also sent eight destroyers and provided air transport.

Some 516 Canadians died in the conflict.

It often is called “The Forgotten War” in which Canadians played a role.

If only fall would stay

What a difference one week can make in a country.

A new government is being formed. A new prime minister is assuming the role of leader of Canada. “Sunny ways” Trudeau spoke to in his campaign and on election night.

He and members of the Liberal Party promised much over the 11-week campaign. Many of those candidates said their promises would begin action in the first 120 days of the election.