Saturday, March 28, 2015

Editorials

A real coup

The “Heart of the Continent Partnership” officially launched its geotourism website, in conjunction with National Geographic, last week after being several years in the making.

Critical role

Mother Nature certainly hasn’t co-operated with “Snoasis 3”—not that a whole lot of people, anxious to give winter the boot, are complaining.
Fortunately, organizers are taking it all in stride and even having a little fun with it, unofficially renaming the event “Puddles of Paradise.”

Proper tack

The group pushing to build new tennis courts in Fort Frances is taking the proper tack in not asking—nor expecting—the town to foot the entire bill.
Rather, the group wisely is pursuing a variety of grants and even has approached Tennis Canada for funding and other help.

Worthy salute

“And the Oscar goes to . . .”
Okay, okay. It’s not the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards. But for the local business community, it’s the next best thing when the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce hosts its 19th-annual awards gala next Thursday night at La Place Rendez-Vous.

Sign of times

Not surprisingly, the Ontario government’s decision to update the sex education curriculum has been greeted by howls of protest, including here in Rainy River District, where a meeting hosted by the Parents As First Educators (PARE) group drew about 75 people last month at the Emo Inn.

Thank a coach

Plenty of Rainy River District eyes are focused on Moose Jaw, Sask. this week, where Devlin native Jenna Enge is playing second for the Northern Ontario rink competing at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Impressive

It’s great to see French Immersion has been resurrected here after the Northwest Catholic School Board began phasing it out almost a decade ago.
Being bilingual in both official languages obviously is a tremendous asset in a country like Canada—opening doors to future employment opportunities and having a crucial leg up on those applicants who are not.

Worthless sham

What will you be doing on Oct. 19? Perhaps voting in a federal election—that is, if the much-ballyhooed fixed-date section of the Canada Elections Act is followed.
There’s increasing speculation, however, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may send Canadians to the polls perhaps as early as this spring.

Long overdue

Word that 36 assisted living units will be available here to high-risk seniors by 2017, along with six in Emo and additional ones in both Rainy River and Atikokan, is welcome news—and long overdue.

If only

Dogs, geese, and strippers seemed to be the hot topics of conversation here this past week.
Social media was abuzz over the town’s musing to ban dogs from the Seven Oaks area at the Point while the Times’ weekly web poll on the issue garnered nearly 500 votes as of late this morning.

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