As a border community, residents in Fort Frances—and indeed right across Rainy River District—know firsthand the benefits of having relatively easy access to the United States via the international bridge here or crossing over at Baudette.
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After years of neglect during the 1990s, it’s high time Fort Frances has realized the error of its ways and redirected new energy to economic development here.
Clearly, an aggressive approach is needed to attract new businesses and industrial development to Fort Frances—and that must start with forward-looking leaders who aren’t afraid to think, “Build it and they will come.”
Canada is at war.
That is a phrase many Canadians—spared the horrors of two world wars and the Korean conflict—never thought they’d ever hear in their lifetime. Nor could anyone have dreamed war was on the horizon as we headed to work last Tuesday morning.
No words can describe the horrific carnage that hit the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., yesterday morning.
“Surreal” perhaps comes the closest.
When a batter connects with the ball in a game, the outfielder glances at where it is going and then turns his back to the ball and begins running to a point in the field where he turns to face the ball and make the catch.
It is an instant reaction but in his mind, he makes a plan and then carries it out. The outfielder’s job is to be where the ball will be in two seconds.
Janet McFarland, writing in the Globe and Mail on Monday said it all: “Rural Canada may need to drive itself on to the Net’s fast lane.” Although the Federal government has mandated that every Canadian will have high speed Internet available by 2004, no roll out schedule exists in Northern Ontario to make that happen.
The softwood lumber dispute is hurting, and it is affecting district residents.
With local sawmills curtailing production and larger mills making major cutbacks, all sectors of the forest economy in Northwestern Ontario are hurting. Even the trucking industry delivering the materials to the U.S. lumber retailers are being hurt.
It began innocently enough, with a request by Dave and Mike Allison to rent ice time at Memorial Arena for their new “AA” developmental hockey camp for the coming July.
The weather has been the talk of the district this past week, given last Tuesday’s ferocious storms followed by several days of stifling heat. Open to debate, of course, is whether this is just another example of Mother Nature’s cyclical fickleness, or the first signs of long-term climate change due to global warming.
District residents seldom see and feel the effects of high winds and tornados. That changed Tuesday.