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Proud to call the Soo home

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In his Dec. 9 piece, Road to Sochi runs through Soo, sportswriter Paul Wiecek refers to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., as a "remote outpost." I would like to correct this statement for your readers.

Sault Ste. Marie, a city of more than 75,000 people, is located 1,420 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg on the Trans-Canada Highway. Sault Ste. Marie was incorporated as a city in 1912. It is sometimes referred to as the "Hub of the Great Lakes," due to its proximity to Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. We are a border city with the International Bridge between us and our sister city, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Most of the grain shipped overseas passes through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. We have a university, Algoma University, from which Brad Jacobs and his teammates EJ and Ryan Harnden are graduates. Our community college, Sault College, is known internationally for its aviation program.

Many well-known Canadians refer to Sault Ste. Marie as their hometown, most notably our Gov. Gen. David Johnson, Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman in space, and the late artist Ken Danby.

Our city has hosted the MacDonald Lassie's, the Brier and the Scott Tournament of Hearts, as well as the Junior Men's and the Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

Sault Ste. Marie is a recognized leader in alternative energy in North America and only this week won a prestigious award for our commitment to energy savings initiatives.

I hope this information will help to clarify just where Ryan Fry found the winning combination.

GERRI CHATEAU

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2013 A16

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