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Real message?

Hydro One already is in most people’s bad books with its exorbitant rates—especially for those who live in rural areas like here in Rainy River District.

Needless to say, the Ontario Energy Board’s recent announcement of a 2.5 percent increase in time-of-use pricing only will exacerbate that view.

Tap potential

There’s a push on to better develop sports tourism in Rainy River District—and for good reason. It provides a major financial shot-in-the-arm that cannot be ignored.

Hard to fathom

There’s been a lot of buzz on social media this past week over the actions of some U.S. states directed against same-sex couples and the LGBTQ community in general.

Time to shine

There aren’t many district events that can boast a 75-year plus history.

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts is among those few—getting underway today for the 76th time and running through April 22, with the annual “Highlights” concert set for Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.

Budget pros and cons

It is almost 50 years ago that Finance Minister Edgar Benson took the nation into high deficits in a time of no recession. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau, following his father’s example again, returned Canada to a large deficit.

Yes, he campaigned on a stimulus deficit of $10 billion but most CEOs in private business would be turfed for tripling the debt of the company.

Action lacking

Despite all the fanfare surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit to Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow, along with last week’s first ministers’ summit on climate change, many question the real value of such get-togethers.

Let’s go, Muskies

Got Muskie fever yet?

Well, you should given four Fort High squads are heading off to seek provincial glory next week.

The Muskie boys’ hockey team—fresh off its ninth-straight NorWOSSA crown—is heading to the all-Ontarios in Ottawa for a whopping 36th time, although OFSAA success has been hard to come by since the black-and-gold last won the gold medal back in 2001.

Keep trumpeting

It’s great to see that the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s business awards gala continues to thrive after 20 years.

Not only was there a wide cross-section of nominations for the various categories again this year, but nearly 1,600 votes were cast to determine the winners—well above the 1,021 last year when online voting was open to the public for the first time.