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Jim Cumming - From the Publisher's Pen

Jim is the former publisher of the Fort Frances Times Ltd. He writes a weekly column and can be contacted at jcumming@fortfrances.com

Resolute blocking any competition

One company offered $10 million to Resolute Forest Products to buy the Fort Frances mill operation and was rejected by them.

Riversedge was paid $1 for the Fort Frances mill operation, but before signing the final papers on July 9, Resolute paid a numbered company (Riversedge) $2 on July 2 to make sure the mill would never operate again.

Riversedge also received $950,001 from Resolute for other considerations.

What are our solutions for global warming?

It is a sweltering 95 F on the second day of August.

The Weather Network calls for four consecutive days of this heat wave. The blistering sun has heated Europe to its highest temperatures. President Trump volunteered to send fire fighters to Siberia—not as Stalin used to do to get rid of agitators—but to assist in fighting fires. Those Siberian fires are raging across 15,000 square miles and are pumping millions of tons of green house gases into the atmosphere.

Canada, too, has reported a rise in Arctic wildfires this year.

No accountability

Last Wednesday as my wife and I travelled to Rainy River dropping off papers at stores and restaurants along the way, we were tuned into the radio listening the testimony of Robert Muelller who was asked to investigate claims that there was Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Near the end of the testimony, Mueller clearly stated that the Russians were already involved in the upcoming U.S. elections.

He added that there were more foreign countries working to sway voters in the coming state and national elections.

How do we attract new immigrants?

Is Rainy River District a welcoming community?

On Monday evening, my wife and I attended the Festival of India at the Rainy Lake Square. It was a fun event organized by members of the local East Indian community.

Song, dance, and music representative of different areas of India were featured. It made me wonder what had attracted this group to the Rainy River District and how their foods, customs and music had already added to the culture of the district.

Looking about the audience, it was interesting to see that we are very a culturally diverse community.

Great memories of bass tournament

I remember the first Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

On the Sunday of the tournament, I went out on Rainy Lake with Rick Socholotuk to check some fishing boats in the afternoon. We ducked under the low side of the causeway and snapped the antennae that was in contact with the main command centre.

I remember the afternoon as a person recovering from some broken ribs and crossing some pounding waves that only made things worse. I shouldn't have been out in the boat.

Can't remember smoke being so thick

The National Post headline reads: “Pikangikum First Nation faces second evacuation in just over one month.”

I can't imagine what it is like to live in that community where two fires have combined into one giant fire shooting a plume of smoke high into the air.

I can't imagine fleeing from my community even once threatened by fire yet a second time in such a short period. I can't imagine wondering if I will have a home to return to.

Getting to know our cabin neighbours

As I write this week's column, I can't help but think of how fortunate we are to be on Rainy Lake.

We hosted a party for all of the residents within an island of our cabin this past weekend marking two national holidays.

Over time, we have lost track of the new residents. It was a fun event as most of those in attendance had not met each other before

The cabin owners in the area have changed a great deal in the past half-decade through sales and residents growing older and having to move their properties to other family members.

We are a nation of immigrants

I am looking out through the windows of our cabin sunroom. It is overcast and warm.

The rain that was called for overnight didn't occur. I can hear birds in the background.

The Canadian flag that has flown from our flagpole for decades hangs limp. I realize that my family and I are very lucky to live in Canada.

July 1st was once called Dominion Day. Today it is Canada Day.

Resigned to the loss of trees

TREES

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

—Joyce Kilmer

Don't pass up the attractions nearest to us

I sometimes think that as a resident of the Rainy River district that I have not taken enough time to be a home tourist.

I suspect that many of us are that way.

As a family, we travelled to Winnipeg to take in the various museums and art galleries.

We headed south and visited the Historical Forestry camp in Grand Rapids, and the Minnesota Mining Museum in Chisholm with the kids.

We never travelled to Ely to see the wolves. Our trips came during the off-summer season destination.