The respected New York Times newspaper has waded into the Dionne quints story with a sympathetic article today detailing the surviving sisters emotional roller coaster.
Read the complete Times article: 2 Survivors of Canada’s First Quintuplet Clan Reluctantly Re-emerge
The article, by Ian Austen, talks about how the Quints were displayed "in a human zoo called Quintland", their fall to destitution and how one of the Quint sons stole his mother's money, won in a lawsuit against the Ontario government, then disappeared.
The fate of the home has become a hot topic in North Bay.
"We're optimistic, we think the tide has turned. Council is looking at what we're doing and noticing that this is important to the people of North Bay. It really is a national historic site," said Jeff Fournier, a key supporter of the Dionne home in a recent BayToday article.
He was reacting to news that Heritage North Bay is supporting the move of the home.
According to Fournier, the approval by Heritage North Bay to allow the Dionne home to be relocated to the Community Waterfront Park area is a crucial milestone in the quest to have the home moved to North Bay's downtown core.
Approval by City Council and the move itself are among the final hurdles before the finish line. The home must be moved off of its current location at Seymour and the Bypass by June 1 after the land was recently sold to developers.
The issue is expected to dominate the city council meeting this Tuesday. A vote is expected but the issue has been sidelined before.