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It's great to see a groundswell of support for the inaugural “Pride Week” here, as indicated by the people who turned out for an open air art studio on Monday to kick off the festivities and the number of local businesses that have decorated their store windows with colourful displays and messages.

Welcomed news

It certainly wasn't a “stop the presses” moment upon learning newly-elected MPP Greg Rickford, who captured the Kenora-Rainy River riding quite handily in the June 7 provincial election, was sworn in as a cabinet minister in Premier Doug Ford's new government during a ceremony Friday morning at Queen's Park.

A shame to see

Word that this year's “Relay for Life,” set to go this Saturday afternoon at the new Rainy Lake Square, likely will be the last one held here is sad but not all that surprising.

Make your mark

After a relatively short “official” campaign, Ontarians head to the polls tomorrow to elect a new government. Will you be among them?

Turnout for provincial elections has been dismal of late. It was just 52.8 percent in 2007 before sinking to a record-low 48.2 percent in 2011. It then crept up slightly to 51.3 percent in the last election held in June, 2014.

Worthy of support

Whether vying to be named the “Ultimate Fishing Town" or "Hockeyville," trying to land the "Kraft Celebration Tour," or supporting a local group like the "I am Awesome (And I Know it!)” girls' self-esteem retreat, district residents have answered the call when asked to back an online voting campaign.

Be ambassadors

A small but vocal group stood by the border crossing here for about a half-hour or so on Friday morning to deliver a very important message: welcome tourists.

Promising potential

It was late in being completed, and cost more than initially estimated, but downtown Fort Frances officially will unveil its newest addition tomorrow.

The grand-opening of the Rainy Lake Square will be a day-long affair, starting with the first “Rainy Lake Market” starting at 9 a.m.

Be informed

The campaign for the June 7 provincial election kicked off officially today but the race to woo voters has been underway for months by all the parties.