It seems only fitting—as we anxiously wait to find out Saturday night whether Fort Frances remains in the running for the 2014 Kraft “Hockeyville” title—that both Muskie hockey teams capped stellar seasons by winning NorWOSSA gold over the weekend and advancing to their respective OFSAA championships.
There are two ways to proceed after last week’s “two-chain” ruling handed down by Justice J.S. Fregeau, which backed the Town of Fort Frances’ claim of ownership to the strip of land along the shore of Rainy Lake from just before the Ranier bridge to the Nanicost building.
Using taxpayers’ money for economic development is nothing new.
The federal and provincial governments fund a myriad of grant programs and tax incentives. Here in Fort Frances, the town offers various incentives aimed at attracting businesses and spurring development—and even recruiting new physicians.
The call went out—and the community responded in resounding fashion.
When nominations for the 2014 Kraft “Hockeyville” competition closed at midnight Sunday, Fort Frances had garnered 265 members as well as 365 uploads of stories/photos in support of our bid.
The Olympic Winter Games are set to begin in Sochi, Russia yet there seems to be a decided lack of excitement among Canadians as our athletes get ready to take on the world.
It was great to see the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It!)” self-esteem and empowerment retreat for young women being named a grand-prize winner in the Aviva Community Fund competition.
Time will tell if they’re successful or not but you have to admire the dogged determination of those involved in trying to build an assisted living facility in Fort Frances.
Word of another impending shutdown at Resolute Forest Products’ mill here is a stark reminder that the challenges facing our community can’t be wiped clean simply by turning the page on the past year.
Want to see an NHL pre-season game here and a visit by the CBC?
How about $100,000 in upgrades to the Memorial Sports Centre?
All that could become reality if Fort Frances is crowned as Kraft “Hockeyville” for 2014. But for it to happen, local residents will have to step up to put our community over the top.
Winter weather wreaking havoc on roads across Northwestern Ontario is nothing new, but complaints have skyrocketed since the province contracted out highway maintenance to a private company.