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Ministry responds regarding waiver of $23 million loan

Earlier this year, a Fort Frances municipal councillor requested information from the province about waiving the repayment of a $23 million loan that was given to Resolute Forest Products for the local mill.

The funding was designated for the construction of a bio-mass boiler at the mill, which was never constructed and the loan was given shortly before the mill shut down in 2014.

MP supports throne speech

In the wake of last week's Speech from the Throne by the newly-elected Liberal government, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski said he looks forward to passing a federal tax cut for working and middle-class Canadians.

This government's throne speech placed special emphasis on working with Canada's different regions to improvet he economy, he noted.

Sewer, water rates increasing

Sewer and water rates are set to increase here in the new year.

There will be a 2.8 percent increase for residential users and a 3.22 percent increase for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) users.

The 2.8 percent residential increase will cost an additional $27.79 per year, bringing the overall annual rate to just over $1,000.

SFS to help warming centre

St. Francis School (SFS) is working to support those who are homeless in the community.

This week the school kicked off its “There's Room in the Inn” outreach project that runs until Dec. 13, where students donate supplies for the local warming centre that's set to open soon at the Apostolic Way Church.

OSSTF on strike today

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation held a one-day strike today to place more pressure on the provincial government.

The Rainy River District School Board had closed all high schools to secondary school students.

There also was no busing for students in Grades 9-12 for today only.

Choraliers to perform Dec. 8, 15

After a month of hard work and practice, the Christmas Choraliers, led by Diane Maxey, are ready to hit the stage.

“Rehearsals have been going very, very well,” Maxey said.

"The people are very serious about it and the sound is beautiful as parts come together. We have over 70 singers so it's going to be very nice.

Sports shorts

The WHSFL awards banquet was held on Thursday night in Winnipeg where Muskie quarterback Brady Meeks was awarded the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player in Currie Division ('A').

With that award comes a $1,000 scholarship that Meeks will receive upon registration at a post-secondary school next fall.

Muskies split with Saints

There were some mixed results for the Muskie hockey teams on Tuesday night against the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas Saints of Kenora.

The boys remained unbeaten in NorWOSSA play with a 5-1 win but the girls' squad suffered their first loss of the season by a 4-2 count.