Housing affordability, homelessness, mental health, reconciliation, diversity and inclusion are some of the biggest challenges facing small communities in Northwestern Ontario.
That's why Borderland Pride, the Canadian Mental Health Association (Fort Frances Branch), and the Northwest Community Legal Clinic surveyed Fort Frances mayoral candidates on these topics, in the lead up to the municipal election later this month.
Both candidates - Andrew Hallikas and Ken Perry - responded to the questionnaire, which included substantive questions on:
Diversity, equity and inclusion;
Housing affordability and homelessness;
Mental health and wellness;
Reconciliation and the municipality's Indigenous relations; and
Substance abuse and addiction, including whether the community should be home to a safe consumption site.
The candidates' responses to these questions can be viewed online at borderlandpride.org/ffelection or downloaded as a printable document at this link.
How to vote: Voting in the Fort Frances municipal election is open between October 17 and 24. Votes must be cast by phone or online. Voters who need help or have questions can find more information at this link. We encourage all members of the community to participate in this year's election.
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