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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

Fond memories being a paper carrier

I am peering out my dining room window and looking south on Victoria Avenue remembering the people who lived along there more than 50 years ago.

They all have moved on, but the kindness they gave me as I delivered the Fort Frances Times to their homes will never be forgotten.

I recall a fierce thunderstorm and Mrs. Osborne told me in no uncertain terms that I had to borrow a raincoat from her to keep from being soaked and to return it the next day.

Privacy laws falling behind technology

Federal governments have put forth much privacy legislation to protect individuals across Canada. France, England, the United States, and many other European countries also have passed privacy legislation to protect their citizens.

But we now know those efforts have not been totally successful.

No one expected that citizens of those countries would be expected to protect their own privacy in the social media world. It was expected that by controlling who you could “friend" or "unfriend” on Facebook would be enough.

Gearing up for spring

Yesterday was the official first day of spring but signs of spring have been everywhere.

Back on March 14, one could see slush holes opening up on the Rainy River in front of the main street in Emo. By Thursday afternoon from that same street view, the river was open as far as the eye could see to the east and already had passed the dock located on Front Street.

The river will continue marching westward and early open-water walleye fishing on the river soon will commence.

Safe Liberal, NDP seats may be in play

One might expect that a candidate who has the majority of votes, and wins the majority of ridings, in an Ontario provincial leadership election would become the party leader.

However, this was not what unfolded Saturday when Doug Ford was crowned the provincial Progressive Conservative leader.

The difference was in the number of votes assigned to the candidates. Each riding was assigned 100 votes and the votes were distributed to each candidate based on the votes cast on their behalf in the ridings.

Projects of spring are mounting

Spring is coming. On Sunday at 2 a.m., we will set our clocks ahead one hour.

That will mean more light in the evening but for several weeks it will be a little dark when I head off to work in the morning.

You can again feel the heat in the sun, and the snowbanks have shrunk to half their size and the water is collecting on the streets and sidewalks.

Over winter, you often look around your home and yard and begin making plans for upgrades in the spring. It is no different at our house.

Pride in our Olympians

For the past 10 days, the television in our home has clung to the CBC and TSN channels broadcasting Olympic coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

From the opening ceremonies onward, if we were not awake, then the coverage was recorded so we could it watch in our waking hours.

We enjoyed watching the Canadian flag be raised all 16 times during the awards ceremony and our hearts swelled when “O Canada” was played for our gold-medal winners.

Our Canadian Olympians make us proud.

Property sale ignored future parking needs

The Sorting Gap Marina and La Verendrye Parkway have proved to be a great success for our community and its citizens.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship will celebrate its 24th rendition this year while the seventh-annual International Boundary Water Dragon Boat Festival is set for June 30 at the Sorting Gap.

The final report, “Town of Fort Frances Waterfront Development Plan,” dated October, 1987, made it imperative to develop attractions and events at the waterfront.

Valentine's Day has evolved over time

I often have wondered how two people fall in love and continue to build on that love through their lifetimes.

I remember, in my courting days, heading to the florist on Valentine's Day to pick up a bouquet of roses and stopping by the drug store for a box of chocolates—all to show my now wife how much I cared for her.

Either of us would prepare a fanciful meal for the evening to please the other.

Do flowers and chocolates, along with a special meal, make the difference? I suspect just showing appreciation to that significant person in your life does.

Province is in pre-election turmoil

The province of Ontario is in turmoil with the coming election.

The Progressive Conservatives have lost their leader and today are being led by interim leader Vic Fedeli. But prior to the June 7 election date, the party intends to hold a leadership vote—pulling in 200,000 members of the party to elect the next leader.

There also is a movement to only have the caucus choose the next leader, with the understanding that they know the potential leaders better than the 200,000 party members.

This is bringing turmoil to the party.

Tough decisions had to be made

Newspapers across Canada and the United States are evaluating their future. The Fort Frances Times, along with the Daily Bulletin, is no different.

In southern Ontario, 40 newspapers ceased publishing in December. Across Canada, almost 75 weekly newspapers closed their doors in 2017.

An additional 100 have gone from publishing two or three days per week to a single weekly.

Across the border, the Falls Daily Journal became the Journal and went from publishing five days a week to just two days per week.