The Labour Day holiday weekend heralds the unofficial end to summer, when hazy, lazy days give way to a return to a more structured routine over the fall and winter months.
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The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario caused a stir by passing a motion earlier this month calling for Sir John A. Macdonald to be removed from schools across the province bearing his name, citing his role as the “architect of genocide against indigenous peoples.”
Two local groups deserve to be singled out this week for their worthy efforts.
First off, kudos to the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society for staging yet another successful fall fair in Emo from Thursday to Saturday.
There was a time when the Town of Fort Frances valued trees along the boulevards of the community.
Today, the only trees the town fathers appreciate are the single-stemmed ones holding wires in the air.
The foundation of any solid community rests on the sacrifices made by those who came before and instilled a sense of pride in the place they called home.
Ask people what industries fuel the economic engine of Rainy River District and no doubt forestry and tourism would spring to mind first, followed closely by mining given New Gold’s mine north of Barwick is scheduled to go into production this fall while various exploration projects are going on elsewhere.
“We're in desperation mode,” Fort Frances Lakers' president Milt Strachan had said back in April regarding the local Junior 'A' team's future here.
Carrying an expected $40,000 debt, there's talk the 2017-18 season may be the Lakers' last unless the team sees a significant increase in attendance, as well as new blood to help run the community-owned franchise.
What a week to showcase all that Fort Frances has to offer.
On Sunday, St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church here hosted visiting clergy, including His Eminence, the Metropolitan Yurij, spiritual head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada, as well as other guests from Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, and the U.S. in celebration of its 70th anniversary.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated is a quote attributed to renowned American author Mark Twain.
It also can apply to Fort Frances.
Hats off to the volunteers across Rainy River District who put on Canada Day celebrations to remember.