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Move backfired

The main argument behind the push to establish fixed election dates every four years was to prevent the party in power from sending voters to the polls when the timing was most convenient for it.

But while trying to eliminate crass partisanship from when elections are called was a noble goal, the move to fixed election dates has done little to solve the problem.

Tackle problem

The rash of used needles being discarded carelessly around town is a community health issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

Seemingly concerned more about defending its needle exchange program, the local Northwestern Health Unit looks to be downplaying the matter—blaming social media for making the problem seem more widespread than it is.

In good hands

With the federal Conservatives choosing Andrew Scheer as their new leader on Saturday, another “youngster” now is at the helm of a major political party.

Keep it strong

The fishing tournament circuit pumps money into Rainy River District each summer and, equally important, offers an opportunity for the host towns to showcase their respective communities.

As such, kudos to the board of directors for its work in ensuring the Emo Walleye Classic is being held for a 16th year.

Nominate them

Do you know someone under the age of 50 who is making a difference through their volunteer efforts to the community?

The Town of Fort Frances is seeking to recognize those individuals this year with special “Canada 150" pins intended as a small "thank you” to recognize those in our community who make it a better place in which to live.

Let's be heard

The province announced Monday that longtime Thunder Bay judge Joyce L. Pelletier will head the Far North Electoral Boundaries Commission, with the other members including two former First Nation chiefs, a University of Ottawa law professor, and Ontario Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essence.

Remove banners

Is an eyesore about to be removed? Let's hope so.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce passed a motion at its annual general meeting Thursday evening asking the Town of Fort Frances to remove the faded banners on the mill's “Lap” building or replace them with something new.

Cover shortfall

With the tender bids all coming in well over budget, town council faces a decision on the new Rainy Lake Square: kick in more money or make cuts to the project's design to bring the price tag down.

Let's hope council doesn't opt for the latter choice.

Enduring legacy

The green fields basking in brilliant sunshine Sunday belied the horror tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers faced that fateful morning exactly 100 years earlier as they charged forward to take Vimy Ridge from the Germans during the First World War.