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Online consultation underway on handguns, assault weapons

Keeping our communities safe and reducing violent crime is a priority for the federal government.

This is why, in his mandate letter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Bill Blair, the minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.

ROSS DONALDSON

After being asked by several people and much consideration, I entered the race for the position of reeve in the Township of La Vallee.

My wife, Denise, and I both have lived here all of our lives. Community is very important to us and it would be an honour for me to be elected to serve another term as head of council.

GARY JUDSON

My name is Gary Judson and I am running on Oct. 22 to be the reeve of the Township of Chapple.

I have been a councillor in municipal government for 20 years and I enjoy being involved in the community events.

JOHN SAWATZKY

If elected, it would be an honour to sit on the school board of trustees representing the community(s) in Rainy River District.

My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in the current public school system. As a father to a student, I hope to bring a practical firsthand look to a wide range of policies and decisions at the board level.

Voter turnout still high

Voting in the Fort Frances municipal and school board elections continues to go briskly here.

As of the end of voting yesterday, a total of 998 out of 5,179 eligible electors had voted by telephone or internet, which equals an 19.2 percent turnout so far, returning officer Lisa Slomke told the Times.

ANDREW HARTNELL

Hello, my name is Andrew Hartnell and I am running for Rainy River town council in the upcoming municipal election.

I was born and raised in Rainy River, and the reason I am running for town council is that I believe the town has great potential and is headed in the right direction.

PAUL CARUSO

My name is Paul Caruso and I am a candidate for Rainy River council in the upcoming municipal election.

I am a resident of Rainy River and the owner/operator of Busy Beaver Fuels and the Rainy River Current.