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Juggling act

Finance minister Paul Martin, in his budget Monday, has proven he’s a master juggler, capable of tackling the crises of the day while holding to fiscal responsibility.

The budget may not be what Rainy River District would want, but it does address the need for this area’s residents to feel safe.

He said, she said

Finger-pointing. Name-calling. Tit for tat. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah. These are the kinds of things you’d expect to hear on an elementary school yard, not coming from those we’ve entrusted to lead us.

We must remove the border deterrent

A study that currently exists in draft stage indicates a major marketing effort is required to persuade the millions of U.S. tourists who vacation in northern Minnesota that Canada is a safe place to visit, or an alternative vacation destination.

It is a major task. The Canadian border is seen by U.S. tourists as a deterrent.

Too many items being dealth with behind closed doors

Last night before Fort Frances council, 12 items were placed “in-camera” (behind closed doors).

The Ontario Municipal Act clearly specifies those matters which may be discussed in secret. Section 55 of the Municipal Act leaves no doubt about how councils must conduct themselves: “Except as provided in this section, all meetings shall be open to the public.”

Lest we forget

My father never talked about his experiences in the Second World War. In our family, we only knew that he had been a navigator on a Lancaster bomber. His only souvenir was a leather flier’s cap, with an oxygen mask, something my brother and I played with.

My father only talked about his memories of the end of war and the first days of peace. First in Europe, and then in Japan.

In defence of crying wolf

We all know what happens when you cry “wolf” once too often. When the wolf finally does come, no one believes you. On the other hand, if you don’t cry “wolf” and it comes, everyone is outraged they had not been given any prior warning to protect themselves.

Meeting The Challenge

The success of the World Health Organization’s Conference on Safe Communities coming up here May 7-9, 2002 will hinge on the support of district residents.

Fortunately, dozens have stepped to the plate and are eager to meet the challenge.

What Took So Long?

News last week the provincial government will give more money to those in Northwestern Ontario who must travel for medical treatment warrants polite applause, but certainly not a standing ovation.

On paper, it looks good. Starting Nov. 1, people going to Toronto from Thunder Bay, for instance, would get $941.88—up from the previous $419.39.

Saluting our youth

They are young—from kindergarten age to high school seniors. They are ordinary, yet they have done the extraordinary things that make a difference.

They are Ontario Junior Citizens.