Talk:Renfrew, Ontario

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In the Economy section, there was this statement:

In recent years there has been a culminating struggle between local businesses

and big-box chains such as Wal-Mart and No Frills, which have been

developing on the outskirts of Renfrew.

First, I removed culminating, because the statement didn't say what the culmination was. Then I realized the struggle is perhaps ongoing so there probably hasn't yet been a culmination. Then I realized there were reports that some businesses downtown have actually increased since the 'big-box' stores arrived, and that the competition between Main street and businesses on the outskirts was probably an issues long before the recent expansion, for example when the Renfrew Mall was built, and that this is not really a noteworthly or unique circumstance as it happens in many small towns as their economy or size change. There probably is not a single viewpoint, and perhaps for some businesses it wasn't a struggle at all while others may have been forced to close for real or percieved reasons ... so in short what is special to the Renfrew economy about this situation? Simply that these stores exist is neutral and perhaps noteworthy, so I'll add that back in. To mention the stuggle, it would be perhaps interesting to have some specific references about the struggle. -- Jethero 01:18, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

found this interesting renfrew chamber of commerce newsletter: -- Jethero 01:36, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

The NHL[edit]

Renfrew is not the birthplace of the NHL. All that can actually be said is that Ambrose O'Brien founded the NHA, one of the teams in the NHA was based out of renfrew (another was based out of montreal). Ambrose was born in renfrew and the NHA was a precursor to the NHL but this doesn't make renfrew the birthplace of the NHL. Many other people were involved in the founding of the NHL and there were four original teams, only one of which was in renfrew, in the NHA. The article on the history of the NHL doesn't even mention Renfrew. Even though every billboard in the town makes the claim that Renfrew is the NHL's birthplace it is not true and has no place in an encyclopedia. Please stop adding this info —Preceding unsigned comment added by Olsdude (talkcontribs) 23:58, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

I agree, while Renfrew has made it a part of their heritage, this verbatim paragraph from a local book doesn't belong here and is misleading. Just because Renfrew had branded itself as the birthplace of the NHL doesn't mean it is recognized by anyone else as such. Parts of that paragraph are pertinent to the towns history, but should be worked into two or three sentences within "History of Renfrew". Blue Halcyon (talk) 02:15, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Swinger's Festival[edit]

I have deleted a line in the events section saying:

  • In 2009, Renfrew hosted the 18th annual Ontario Swingers Festival.

Originally I had a citation needed tag, but after doing a little digging, the only thing I could find about the Festival online were in mirrors linking to the Renfrew wikipedia page. Not to mention I live in Renfrew and didn't hear of this at the time. I think this is just vandalism. Blue Halcyon (talk) 02:52, 14 September 2011 (UTC)