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A vicious circle

A scheduled bus service between Fort Frances and Thunder Bay may be gone for good.

The Caribou Coach Transportation Company's website carries the bleak message that its bus serving the Fort Frances-Thunder Bay route, including Atikokan, is being suspended as of this Saturday (Oct. 14) for an “undetermined period of time.”

Go Team Bonot!

Plenty of district attention will be focused on Champéry, Switzerland starting this weekend as a pair of Stratton natives vie for world glory.

The Trevor Bonot rink, which includes his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third, along with Thunder Bay couple Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, will represent Canada at the world mixed curling championships running Oct. 6-14.

Refreshing to see

Whether Jagmeet Singh ends up capturing the federal NDP leadership—as early as this Sunday (Oct. 1) or as late as Oct. 15 if a third round of balloting is needed—remains to be seen.

Should he win, however, Canada could have its first “visible minority” prime minister after the next federal election is held in two years.

Questionable plan

Many are applauding the Ontario government for being the first province to unveil a plan to sell recreational marijuana ahead of Ottawa's promise to legalize the drug in Canada as of July 1, 2018.

Such generosity

If our neck of the woods is suffering an economic downturn, you sure wouldn't know it based on the generosity of district residents.

On Saturday, the inaugural “Layin' pipe in the fight” event near Pinewood, a collaboration between Brielmann Ag, Tait Bros. Contracting, and Prinsco Canada, raised more than $19,000 towards breast cancer research.

So much to do

The Labour Day holiday weekend heralds the unofficial end to summer, when hazy, lazy days give way to a return to a more structured routine over the fall and winter months.

Tip of the iceberg

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario caused a stir by passing a motion earlier this month calling for Sir John A. Macdonald to be removed from schools across the province bearing his name, citing his role as the “architect of genocide against indigenous peoples.”

Worthy efforts

Two local groups deserve to be singled out this week for their worthy efforts.

First off, kudos to the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society for staging yet another successful fall fair in Emo from Thursday to Saturday.

What's the plan?

There was a time when the Town of Fort Frances valued trees along the boulevards of the community.

Today, the only trees the town fathers appreciate are the single-stemmed ones holding wires in the air.

Deserving nod

The foundation of any solid community rests on the sacrifices made by those who came before and instilled a sense of pride in the place they called home.