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Electoral reform proves lively topic

We spent a significant amount of time in September engaging in lively conversations with citizens on the important topic of electoral reform.

I was happy to host roundtables in both Thunder Bay and Fort Frances, where a number of residents came out to learn about the current electoral system and survey the potential changes.

Both roundtables produced productive feedback that will be submitted to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform for review.

I also had the pleasure to host Maryam Monsef, the minister of democratic institutions, in Thunder Bay last month.

Many visitors to riding this month

Earlier this month, I was pleased to host the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, in the Fort Frances region.

Minister Bennett visited Couchiching First Nation and met with indigenous leadership from across the riding. We also toured the Nanicost building and stopped by the children’s pow-wow there.

It was a pleasure to show the minister the beauty of our riding and the warmth and generosity of our communities.

Eventful summer so far here

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 core.

Enter your child in mini-royalty competition

By Robin McCormick Devlin correspondent

The annual Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s fall fair is coming soon, and with that comes the crowning of the 2016 queen and mini-king and queen.

This crowd-pleasing event takes place Thursday, Aug. 18 upstairs of the Emo LaVallee arena.

If you wish to register your son or daughter for the mini-king or queen contest call Mary Croswell at 482-1105.

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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