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The rocky road to Afghanistan

“I will not give a single rock of this land to the Kremlin

or a handful of soil of this garden to Washington

I will not give a thorn of the roses of this land to Germany.

I swear to Almighty Allah that I may die, but I will

Not give away this land to London.”

Graffiti from a building in Kabul, Afghanistan 2003

Action needed

There was much fanfare and enthusiasm as the Northwestern Ontario “Smart Growth” panel handed over its final report—hailed as a strategy to increase prosperity in the region over the next 30 years—to Municipal Affairs and Housing minister David Young here Friday.

Litter bugs

There is an infestation of litter bugs in the Fort Frances area that needs some attention.

This weekend the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists took time out of their busy schedules to pick garbage in town and along a highway as part of their commitment to the Adopt-A-River, Adopt-A-Highway initiative through the Rainy River First Nations watershed program.

Sound proposal

A proposal by Stratton Equipment to tear down and renovate sections of the old Fort Frances High School on First Street East answers the needs of both the Rainy River District School Board and the Town of Fort Frances.

Vision needed

One hundred years ago, the town council of the day, in incorporating Fort Frances, felt great optimism for the community and the region that surrounded it.

They saw the potential of the forests, the rivers, the lakes, and the minerals. And that first council realized that with the wealth of its natural resources, Fort Frances would be good community in which to raise families.

Wrong decision

The new electoral boundary report came too soon to be an April Fool’s joke. In fact, both local MP Robert Nault and MPP Howard Hampton can agree the proposed re-drawing of the riding is not good for Rainy River District.

Let’s put our best foot forward

It is commendable that Fort Frances is participating in next month’s “Pitch-In Canada” week to clean up the town.

Just last May, Fort Frances and Rainy River District were recognized as a “safe community” by the World Health Organization—a fact Maclean’s magazine noted in a recent article about safe places to visit.

Different paths

The front page of Tuesday’s National Post declared “48 Hours.” At the bottom of the same page, the newspaper announced “Chrétien says Canada won’t fight.”

Perfect fit

A few months ago, when the Fort Frances Nursery School was looking for a new home after the local public school board voted to proceed with the closure of Alexander MacKenzie, the option that seemed like a perfect fit was to incorporate it with the local library.

True heroism

It’s amazing how quickly life can change in the blink of an eye.

One minute, you’re cruising across a frozen lake on a snowmachine with a group of friends; the next, you’re in frigid water fighting for your life.