When mayors, reeves and councillors meet this weekend for the NOMA (Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association) annual general meeting, much of their discussions should focus on the recently released provincial government’s Task Force on Rural Economic Renewal report.
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While winter has been long in departing, the collection of refuse one sees along the streets of Fort Frances and the highways leading into our community indicates we continue to disregard basic environmental care.
It is a seven-month collection. And it is a sad statement of the way we disregard the environment.
April is the cruelest month, it’s said, and you certainly don’t have to tell that to organizers of the annual District Festival for the Performing Arts.
If the truth be known, the Rainy River District School Board is surprised—and disappointed—over the relative lack of feedback on its proposed expansion of J.W. Walker School here while closing Alexander MacKenzie and Alberton Central schools.
Grade 10 students in the Rainy River District School Board had the highest failure rate (41 percent) in Northwestern Ontario on the provincial literacy test taken last fall. And there’s word those at Fort Frances High School fared even worse than that compared to their counterparts in Rainy River and Atikokan.
There was a special atmosphere at La Place Rendez-Vous on Sunday night as people from across the district gathered in support of the fourth-annual Community Benefit Dinner.
John McTaggart could not have summed it up better here Monday morning as he joined Jim Krag and Wayne Woods to announce the “Care Close to Home” fundraising campaign had topped its $3.5-million goal.
In just over six months, to boot.
Arguably the biggest Minnesota Viking fan in Fort Frances, my father-in-law, who shall remain nameless to spare him from having to admit in public that a Dallas Cowboy fan is, in fact, his son-in-law, could barely sit still from his prime vantage point on the couch—Viking cap firmly planted on his head.
Economic development dominated the all-candidates’ forum here prior to the municipal election in November, and it’s clear from Mayor Glenn Witherspoon’s annual New Year’s outlook that it will continue to be the buzzword in 2001.
From the green timber swamps of southwestern Ontario to the tidal estuaries of the maritimes, a new field guide is being used by landowners across Eastern Canada.
Ducks Unlimited, along with conservation agency partners, have recently completed the guide, which is designed to assist landowners in the important task of using nest boxes on their property.