It is encouraging news that the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation has agreed to “suspend political action” against the Liberal government of new premier Kathleen Wynne, with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario possibly following suit by week’s end.
After sparing us his full wrath the past few years, Ol’ Man Winter certainly has returned with a vengeance this season—with storm after storm dumping plenty of the white stuff across Borderland.
And we’re still barely three-quarters of the way through February.
When MPPs finally return to Queen’s Park this coming Monday, it will have been just over four months since then premier Dalton McGuinty announced his sudden resignation and shocking decision to prorogue the legislature while the provincial Liberals chose their new leader.
Senate reform is making headlines again with word last week that the Harper government has asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether proposals such as holding elections for senators and imposing term limits are constitutional.
Also on the table is the option of abolishing the Senate altogether.
Seeing the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and local BIA come together last Thursday evening for a brainstorming session on ways to revitalize our town was encouraging, with the strong turnout suggesting a desire to forge ahead rather than simply wave the white flag.
Where we seem to have trouble, though, is turning that talk into action.
It’s relatively easy to close schools. It’s much more difficult to get them back should circumstances change down the road.
That’s a conundrum Rainy River District may face one day as more and more schools are allowed to fall by the wayside.
It appears—fortunately—that calmer heads will prevail and today’s planned “day of action” by aboriginal protesters won’t include widespread blockades and other disruptions.
It’s great to hear that the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is returning to where it belongs—under the tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Ahh, the new year. A chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Alas, the bitter reality is that the challenges and issues facing us didn’t miraculously disappear with the stroke of midnight on Monday. It may now be 2013 but the future of our paper mill, and the impact of a potential reassessment of its property taxes, remain of utmost concern right across the district.
It’s so easy, after the fact, to judge the actions of the local school boards, high school officials, and police as an over-reaction in the wake of the incident at Fort Frances High School on Dec. 6.