Sunday, April 19, 2015

Editorials

Get mad

With the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy now into its second week, Canadians are getting a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes in Ottawa, whether it’s questionable expenses racked up by senators or the long reach of the Prime Minister’s Office.

‘Think pink’

There was plenty of pink being worn around Fort Frances today to commemorate the International Day of Pink, which is held annually on the second Wednesday of April.
Activities were planned at local schools, school buses were plastered with messages like “Bully-Free Zone” on their windows, and many staffers at businesses and organizations sported pink to mark the occasion.

Shedding light on ‘sunshine list’

Ontario released its “sunshine list” in time for everyone to comment on it Friday. Reaching to six volumes and numbering 111,438 names, the list has grown by 14 percent over the previous year.
Begun in 1996 by Mike Harris, the “sunshine list” was to show openness and accountability by public sector workers in Ontario.

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.

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