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Eventful summer so far

We kicked off this summer in Fort Frances with some very exciting announcements about FedNor funding for the region.

FedNor is a funding program from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development whose purpose is to promote economic development and job creation in Northern Ontario.

This year, Fort Frances will be receiving a Government of Canada investment of $655,000 to support economic and business development, as well as tourism, in downtown Fort Frances.

Rangers gain experiences

The Stewardship Youth Rangers started off our third week with a trip to Rice Bay to learn about forest fires with Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry employee Thomas Pedoniquotte.

We learned how to fight fires, as well as set up pumps and hoses.

The ministry leads firefighting in the north with the aim of protecting our community and natural resources from devastating forest fires.

These tasks require lots of teamwork and determination.

Rangers get more training

The local Stewardship Youth Rangers had a blast in Week 2 getting familiar with our new responsibilities for the summer and engaging in a wide variety of training initiatives!

The week included a day spent canoeing in Quetico Provincial Park, where we completed a Level 2 trip through the Ontario Recreational Canoeing, Kayaking Association.

We also participated in an informational tour of Atikokan’s Steep Rock Mine, as well as spent time learning about the culture and protocols of indigenous people in Ontario.

Consider taking a culinary tour

One of the biggest influences of my career, and what I enjoy the most, is the inspiration and interaction of people.

To put it simply, we all have taste buds and eat food every day, so we have a common denominator; we can connect and relate.

For me, however, it goes beyond that. Food is life in so many ways, and I find it brings out the best in people and thus gives me a window of opportunity to experience their personalities and what makes them tick.

Good to visit this end of riding

It was great to be back in the western portion of our riding engaging with constituents in the community.

I started my trip by dropping in for coffee with a local coffee club. It’s always a pleasure to sit down and catch up with community members in a relaxed setting.

I also had the opportunity to celebrate the Township of Alberton’s 125th birthday! We were treated to a delicious pancake breakfast, music, and various displays of local talent.

It was a beautiful day to celebrate Alberton and I would like to thank everyone for including me in the festivities!

Bonot Memorial golf tourney coming up

By Robin McCormick Devlin correspondent

The annual Nevin Bonot golf tournament is taking place Saturday, July 30 at Kitchen Creek Golf Club.

This event is organized by the Emo Legion.

Call the Legion at 482-2250 or the Kitchen Creek Golf Club at 274-4653.

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Iris Shute was the lucky winner of the $10,000 Canada Day draw from the Canada Day Lottery at Riverside Hospital.

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Looking forward to your input

With May coming to an end, I was extremely happy to be back in the Fort Frances area for the annual Manitou Rapids fish fry.

It was a beautiful day, and I want to thank everyone who came out to participate in this spectacular event.

It always is great to have the chance to get out into the riding and meet with as many people as possible.

It was wonderful to see so many people coming out to celebrate our communities, our beautiful area, and the Northwestern Ontario way of life.

A busy few weeks for me

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me, both in the riding and on Parliament Hill.

On Thursday, April 7, I held an open house to celebrate the grand-opening of my Fort Frances constituency office.

I appreciate everyone’s patience as we searched to find the right space to serve our constituents.

I am pleased to have Debbra Westover-Morriseau as my Fort Frances constituency assistant, who will be in the office, located at 608 Scott St., to help community members with any concerns.

Ensuring Canada’s best days lie ahead

On March 16, the federal government took an essential step to grow the middle class and revitalize the Canadian economy.

The 2016 budget puts people first and delivers the help that Canadians need now, not a decade from now. It is an essential step to restore prosperity to the middle class.

Building on the middle class tax cut passed in December, the budget reflects a new approach for the government: one that offers immediate help to those who need it most—and sets the course for growth for all Canadians.

Solid families our hope

By Pastor Sean Ward The Apostolic Way

Recent news reports in parts of Ontario of parents concerned about their students being able to access elicit and pornographic material on public hubs has sparked debate about the possible lack of proper filtering programs across the province.

While I certainly agree that proper filtering is necessary, it also is true that any student with data access on their phone can view virtually any material they desire.