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Coming together

The torrential rains of this week demonstrate how vulnerable communities can become to the wrath of Mother Nature. With rain measurements falling anywhere from almost six to 10 inches (150-250 mm), the best planning by highway and bridge engineers to anticipate water flows from rivers and creeks in some cases fell short.

Worth saving

How painfully ironic that news Fort St. Pierre and the Lookout Tower at Pither’s Point have been closed indefinitely due to their shoddy condition came the same week the Sunset Country Museums Network spring meeting here was told preserving museums and historic sites helps drive the economy.

Great addition

The inaugural Emo Walleye Classic, which runs May 31-June 1 on the Rainy River, is a welcomed addition to the fishing circuit around Northwestern Ontario.

Paying the price

The Opposition and many Canadians are in an uproar today over word most of our ground troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan by this summer—despite a request from the U.S. military that we stay on to help fight the war on terrorism there.

Take a bow

The backbone of any community is its people—and that was perfectly demonstrated here last week when Rainy River District hosted the World Health Organization’s conference on safe communities.

Pitiful picture

Granted, the vast majority of us are not experts on international trade and domestic subsidies, but surely everyone can see there’s something wrong with this picture.

Remarkable effort

Many of the programs have been featured previously in the newspaper, through stories and photographs, over the years. But when it came time to compile a special supplement in conjunction with the World Health Organization conference here next week, it was truly eye-opening to realize just how much effort is going into promoting safety in Rainy River District.

Welcome tourists

The tourism season will burst on Rainy River District in just three short weeks.

Much has changed since last September. Tourism is a people industry, and we must make our visitors feel welcome and safe when they cross the border into Northwestern Ontario. We also cannot forget tourism is the second-largest income generator in the district—and we are all in the tourism business.

Election needed

With not a whole lot of new faces sitting around the Cabinet table after Monday’s shuffle, Ontarians are sure to get antsy pretty quickly wondering just how Premier Ernie Eves plans to usher in a “kinder, gentler” government than that of his predecessor, Mike Harris.

Quit fudging

It hasn’t been a banner week for town council.

First, residents are left scratching their heads that the town has decided—in its wisdom—that perhaps a full traffic study is warranted after all with regards to the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here.

Hello? Like, shouldn’t that have been done before the thing was built?