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Welcome curlers

For the second time in 12 months, Fort Frances once again is hosting a provincial high school showdown—this time welcoming 34 rinks, including two others from right here in Rainy River District, for the OFSAA boys' and girls' curling championships.

Action got underway early this morning at the Fort Frances Curling Club, with pool play continuing through Friday afternoon.

Wishful thinking?

Has the populist wave that swept Donald Trump into the White House in the November, 2016 U.S. presidential election now pushed north of the border?

That's the conclusion many are drawing after Doug Ford was elected as the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives—a decision that only was confirmed Sunday evening when runner-up Christine Elliott finally conceded defeat.

Valued program

At a time when more and more kids are spending their time in front of computer and TV screens, a decades old program in the district not only continues to thrive but is growing.

Great reminder

Despite the time difference between here and Pyeongchang that often meant late nights or very early mornings, Canadians from coast to coast to coast were glued to their TV sets for more than two weeks watching with pride as our athletes delivered the country's best-ever medal showing at the Winter Olympics.

One for the ages

Just when you thought the turmoil surrounding the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party couldn't get any more ridiculous, it did.

After being turfed from the PC caucus on Friday morning, former leader Patrick Brown arrived at party headquarters that afternoon to enter the leadership race with about an hour to spare before the registration deadline.

Great to hear

Word that the International Tug-of-War between Fort Frances and International Falls is being revived this summer is welcomed news, indeed.

A collaboration between the local Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club and the Backus Community Center in the Falls, the event is planned for Saturday, June 30 in conjunction with the annual dragon boat festival at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Outcry off base

The Senate last week passed the bill to change two words of “O Canada” to make it gender-neutral—almost eight months after its initial passage by the House of Commons.


With new revelations of sexual misconduct and other forms of harassment being levelled almost daily against politicians of all stripes and levels, Canadians must be wondering just who we have entrusted to run our country (or respective province), not to mention spend our money wisely.

Smart decision

Whether a world-famous recording artist or glamorous movie star, or someone who serves up your morning coffee at the local shop, everyone loves to be recognized for the work they do.

Don't squeak, roar

A town delegation once again is heading to Toronto to “bend the ear" of various provincial ministers and parliamentary secretaries on seemingly chronic issues such as the need for a full-time Crown Attorney and resident judge here, the lack of "Connecting Link” funding to help repair our deteriorating roads, and timber management, just to name a few.