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Family and Children’s Services supports changes to amendment

After almost a year in the making, provincial changes to the Child and Family Services Act will see FACS here adapting to some significant changes for the betterment of child care, supervisor Stuart McIvor said Tuesday.

“The new legislation marks a philosophical shift in how child protection is to be approached,” agreed Rita Chénier, executive director of FACS here.

Millennium Park nearing completion

Barring any last-minute glitches, the new Fort Frances Lions’ Millennium Park should be completed by the middle of next week—in time for its grand opening July 8 at 2 p.m.

Local MP Robert Nault, also the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton, and the Lions’ district governor from Grand Rapids, Mn. are expected to attend.

Culturama makes successful comeback

After an absence of four years, Culturama proved to be just as popular as organizers had hoped, drawing about 1,200 people to the Memorial Sports Centre here Saturday.

“We’re quite pleased with the results,” said Linda Rajala of the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association, who organized the event along with Ron Bernardi, Sig Mosley, and Bev Kotnik.

Exchange students returning home

Sitting in the home of Debbie and Stewart Firth, going over applications from perspective exchange students from Finland, Spain, and France, 17-year-old Kristin Schroeder recalled how she felt when she was in their shoes.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, what have you done?’” said Schroeder, thinking back to the first few moments after her plane left her home in Stedtlingen, Germany.

Tattoo artist catering to area

Lawson Matail has just returned from a two-week visit to Dryden, where he was putting his artwork on the shoulders, backs, and arms of his customers.

“I’ve drawn all my life,” said Matail, who has set up his own tattoo shop, “Twisted Ink,” in his Finland home.

“I had my first one when I was 14—I did it myself,” he noted.