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Premature pledge

Where do you stand on electoral reform?

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.

Settle dispute

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.

Not listening

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s itinerary for the Rainy River District showed just how out of touch she is with Northwestern Ontario residents.

During the handful of hours she visited Rainy River District yesterday, all of her time was controlled so that she would only meet with selected groups, some behind closed doors.

Olympic pride

The Olympics will open in just over two days. As Canadians, our hearts swell whenever we watch a Canadian compete.

In Rio, 313 athletes will make up the Canadian Olympic team with 60 percent of the competitors being women. They range in age from 16-year-old Shallon Olsen competing in artistic Gymnastics for 59-year -old Lesley Thomson-Willy competing in rowing.

Choose hope

You can’t blame Canadians for feeling a little “déja vu” while watching the U.S. election process unfold on our TV sets.

The “hope” versus “fear” theme that is permeating the campaign south of the border certainly has a familiar ring to it given that’s precisely how our own federal election transpired back in October.

Keep it going

Right around 100 teams will hit the water tomorrow morning when the 22nd-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship kicks off for another year—which is well up from the 89 that took part last July.

Running battle

While there are numerous fundraising events both locally and nationally each year dedicated to fighting and winning the battle against cancer, none seem to strike such an emotional chord as the Terry Fox Run.

Solid step

Thanks to a dedicated committee spearheading the effort, and others stepping forward to organize and/or sponsor various events, Canada Day promises to be chock full of activities here reminiscent of “Fun in the Sun” celebrations of yesteryear.