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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.

Sovereignty Crucial

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.

Risk worth taking

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.”

Facing the reality of 'war'

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.

Hitting home

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.