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Businesses of the Rainy River District can pat themselves on the back for staying a step ahead of the provincial government in the fight against COVID-19.


Stress and uncertainty can bring out the best and the worst in our society. Anyone out trying to buy toilet paper or disinfectant wipes this past week knows that first hand.

We'll never know if our local hoarders feel waves of pride or pangs of guilt as they gaze at their TP towers, but it's nice to see that some business giants have taken the moral high road.

To our best and brightest

It's easy to live in the moment. To enjoy the highs of life, like the comfort of a delicious meal or the thrill of watching your team win.

But how often do we sit back and appreciate what went into the creation of our experience? For us, it's just a fleeting moment. But for those on the other side, it's the high water mark in a lifetime of unseen effort.


Tomorrow is the United Nations World Day of Social Justice. It's a day when we draw attention to the plight of those who face oppression, and struggle to secure human rights, due to their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability or socioeconomic status.

How important is size?

Job action by Ontario's teachers is entering its third month, with an ever-increasing impact on classrooms. Few debate topics to come out of negotiations are as polarizing as class size. The Province has proposed increasing average class size for secondary students from 22.5 to 25 and increasing Grades 4-8 classes from 23.8 to 24.5.

Importance of stories


Stories told over coffee, between bites of dinner, around a campfire with s'mores. Between friends. Family. Strangers waiting in line. They can be spoken or written. Factual or whimsical. They connect us to our past and shape our future. Stories are truly the ties that bind.

Feeling of belonging

I was thinking the other day about the definition of belonging, of what it means to be part of something outside of ourselves, to feel a connectedness with others, be it friend or family. This time of year, where ice and snow and cold sometimes create barriers, a sense of isolation and aloneness can move in and take up residence.

Don't drive distracted

Cell phones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. There are pros and cons to this, as with most things. Lament it all you want, but it isn't just teenagers who seem to be perpetually glued to their pocket-sized screens these days.

But with the rise in use of cellphones comes the rise in use of cellphones while doing things that demand our full attention, like driving.

Heightened hostilities bring increased need for security

Secure: Free from danger or attack; free from risk or loss.

The escalation of hostilities between Iran and the United States brings into focus the need to revive the East-West Pipeline. The hostilities potentially surrounding the Gulf of Hormuz that would shut off shipments of oil from the middle east would greatly impact the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Southern Ontario.

We need to change our focus

We look at technology as good for advancing productivity while reducing costs. Already robots and sophisticated machinery are eliminating many jobs in manufacturing. Technology has eliminated many cashiers at checkouts in grocery stores and wait staff at many counters of fast food restaurants across Canada.