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'Iron fist' wrong tack

Dr. Pete Sarsfield has taken the Northwestern Health Unit’s anti-smoking crusade a big step further by notifying municipalities in the Rainy River and Kenora districts that second-hand smoke is a “health hazard.”

Olympic effort

To say Canada’s Olympic team got off to a slow start in Salt Lake City is probably the understatement of the year—crowned by that image of speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon sprawled on the ice (“like Bambi,” as one sportswriter put it).

But, wow, what a finish!

Campaign hooey

Amazing, isn’t it, just what a politician will do, say, or promise in their desperate quest for your vote—whether it’s during a general election, or a leadership campaign like the Ontario P.C. party is going through these days.

Speak out

You can’t say the Rainy River District School Board isn’t giving the public ample opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed closure of three elementary schools in favour of an expanded J.W. Walker here.

Go Canada

With just two days to go until the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, there’s been a decided lack of excitement surrounding these Games, at least until now.

In fact, ask most Canadians to name five individuals making up Team Canada and you might get Elvis Stojko, Kevin Martin, Catriona Le May Doan, and, uh, uh, what’s her name, that female curler.

A sad loss

The decision last week by the Fort Frances Rotary Club to turn in its charter has left our community weaker for it.

On the one hand, it’s just another in a list of casualties among local service clubs, such as the Jaycees and Kinsmen. But on the other, is it a harbinger of the fate our remaining service clubs face?

Share your views

Should town council pass a bylaw to make our community smoke-free? That’s what the Northwestern Health Unit will be asking residents through a petition being mailed out next week.

And there’s no doubt which side of the issue the health unit is on, claiming such a bylaw is needed to protect all workers and the public.

Facing the future

One doesn’t have to look very hard to find a reason to feel pessimistic—even downright gloomy—these days.

The aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still lingers, with people nervously wondering when and where another strike will be launched.