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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.

Turn the page

Times change, people change.

I will be leaving the Fort Frances Times this month to pursue employment elsewhere. It's time to do something new.

I first started working at the Time in June 1998 and at that time, had no idea I would end up being employed here more than 21 years later.

But time flies, as they say, and here we are at the end of 2019.

Season to give

While there's credence to the notion that Christmas has become too commercialized, the power of a gift—no matter the size or cost—cannot be denied.

It shows us that someone, somewhere is thinking of us. This is appreciated all the more by those of us who may be alone at Christmas.

A safe space

Members of several different organizations in Fort Frances celebrated the official opening of a sexual assault and patient care area at La Verendrye Hospital and with good reason.

Nominate them

Do you know a young person who is involved in worthwhile community service, is contributing while living with a limitation, has performed an heroic act, demonstrates individual excellence, or is going above and beyond to help others?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you can nominate them today to be recognized with an Ontario Junior Citizen Award.

Two minutes

As Nov. 11 draws near, one question pops up in many Canadians' minds: Should Remembrance Day be a statutory holiday in every province across Canada?

While the federal government does acknowledge Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and Nova Scotia do not.