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Beginning to tackle many issues

February was eventful as parliamentary work took centre stage and we began to tackle many of the issues we committed to in our election platform.

We commemorated the first 100 days of the new Liberal government by celebrating all the ways we are bringing real change to Canadians.

From forming a gender-balanced cabinet to consulting with premiers and mayors, our government has been working hard to fulfill our promises to Canadians and much has been achieved in this short period of time.

Agenda to deliver real change

Now that Parliament has returned, I’m excited to be a part of the ambitious legislative agenda to deliver real change for Canadians.

While most MPs still were waiting for office assignments, our government sat in the House of Commons and took the first steps towards passing Bill C-2, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act, which will cut the tax rate for middle-class families to 20.5 percent from 22 percent.

This is made possible by raising taxes on those who make more than $200,000 a year.

Youth rangers wrap up summer

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Our eighth and final week as Stewardship Youth Rangers in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer program was a whirlwind of activity!

We spent another day with Brian Love of the Rainy River District Trappers Association in Mine Centre building 18 pine marten nesting boxes. We learned more about pine marten behaviour and habitat, including how they use the nesting boxes for their young in winter.

We also helped clear and restore the pow-wow grounds at Couchiching First Nation.

Rangers help to restore natural spaces

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Stewardship Youth Rangers in Fort Frances!

We had another productive and fun week undertaking unique projects that benefit the environment by supporting biodiversity, combating climate change, and conserving forests, wetlands, fish, wildlife as well as natural spaces.

Rangers visit fire attack base

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

The Stewardship Youth Rangers in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s summer program continue to have a busy and productive summer.

Last week, we visited the ministry’s Aviation Forest Fire Emergency Services’ forward attack base at Vedette Lake, north of Fort Frances.

We learned about the training and fitness testing requirements for the FireRangers.

Youth rangers helping environment

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Stewardship Youth Rangers in Fort Frances.

So far we’ve been learning a great deal—and acquiring essential skills—that will benefit us in our future work and personal lives!

We learned how to identify invasive species that have impacted the local ecosystem and worked to remove purple loosestrife from Hughes Road in Devlin.

Look who is back

It’s vacation time and Rainy River is full of family members that haven’t been back for years. They clutter the tables at the Bakery and some even have the nerve to crowd their way into the debating table. No decorum whatsoever. But honestly it’s great to see so many coming back.

“Why Moose, I haven’t seen you since we raced the cops in from Sleeman in that souped up Olds,” enthused one old acquaintance as he slapped Moose heartily on the back knocking off his hat in the process.

Youth rangers support forestry

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

We, the Stewardship Youth Ranger (SYR) teams in Fort Frances, had a rewarding third week in our Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry summer employment program!

We started the week off at the Oak Grove near the mouth of Rainy River­—the most northerly oak ecosystem in North America!

We helped clean up the area while learning about this provincially-significant forest, which has red and white oak, rare black cherry trees, and many species of aspen.

Rules from a manly perspective

My in-box gets pretty cluttered with junk, but here is a real bit of gold I may try to live by . . . if the “Pearl” will let me.

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys’ side of the story. . . .

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We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side (note these are all numbered “1”—on purpose):

1. Men are not mind readers (first and foremost rule).

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.

You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.

SYR teams do training

From the Stewardship Youth Rangers

Hello again from the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Stewardship Youth Ranger teams in Fort Frances!

We started our second week with training to ensure we stay safe while working out in the field.

We learned best practices to follow when encountering a black bear and adverse weather conditions.

We reviewed the items in our first aid kits and gear we will take on our overnight canoe trip later this summer.