Although there’s hope the trend has started to reverse, a declining population here in Fort Frances—and right across Rainy River District—has had widespread implications.
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With the pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances still shuttered, resulting in the loss of the district’s largest employer, one would think unemployment to be our community’s biggest problem.
Yet that doesn’t appear to be the case these days. Quite the opposite, in fact.
We tend to grumble a lot. Perhaps it’s human nature to do so—an innate trait dating back to our earliest ancestors griping over who had the nicest cave, the best spear, or the biggest share of the kill.
Brightly-flashing neon signs could not have illuminated any better the choice facing American voters in the Nov. 8 election that was on display Monday night during the first presidential debate.
Canada is being applauded on the world stage for accepting almost 31,000 Syrian refugees since the end of last year.
And in fact, Immigration minister John McCallum, attending a conference on refugees at the United Nations in New York City, said more than a dozen countries around the world are looking to Canada’s refugee program as a model to emulate.
High praise, indeed.
We all know Fort Frances is the gateway to Northwestern Ontario and, as such, the town plays a key role in projecting a positive “first impression” to tourists coming to enjoy our beautiful area—whether streaming across the border or travelling the Highway 11/71 corridor.
The cornerstone of that, of course, is being welcoming by nature.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau capped off his eight-day visit to China with a stop in Hong Kong yesterday, where he paid tribute to the relatively small contingent of Allied soldiers—including Canadians—who were killed or captured trying to defend the former British colony from the invading Japanese army back in December, 1941.
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The federal government certainly wants to know. An all-party committee has been hearing from experts over the summer—and is set to conduct cross-country consultations this fall before submitting its final report by Dec. 1.
You’ll have to forgive district residents for feeling a little heady these days.
Despite progress reportedly being made over the summer, the current labour dispute between the Rainy River District School Board and the local Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation threatens to carry into the new school year.