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All-candidates’ forum goes tonight Presentation on referendum slated first

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The four candidates vying for the Kenora-Rainy River riding will have their say tonight when the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce and Education Workers of the Rainy River District host an all-candidates’ forum at the Civic Centre here.

Chamber manager Dawn Booth said late yesterday that all four candidates—incumbent NDP MPP Howard Hampton, Liberal candidate Mike Wood (Dryden), PC candidate Penny Lucas (Kenora), and Green Party hopeful JoJo Holiday (Kenora)—have confirmed their attendance at the forum, which will be start at 7 p.m.

Before the forum gets underway, Elections Ontario referendum resource officer Pat Brett will give a 20-minute presentation on the electoral reform referendum coinciding with election day next Wednesday (Oct. 10).

The forum will be conducted as they have in the past.

Each of the candidates will be given three minutes for opening remarks. Then they’ll be asked a series of six questions.

The questions will be asked by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (education funding), Westend Weekly (taxation), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (improving services for children), Fort Frances Times (natural resource management), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (northern education issues) and B•93 FM (economic development).

Each candidate will have two minutes to answer each question, and then one minute for rebuttal.

After the question period, candidates also will be given three minutes for closing remarks.

Chamber director Pam Parsons will be the moderator while Chamber president Christine Denby will be time-keeper.

Afterwards, the public is encouraged to stick around for coffee and doughnuts, as well as meet the candidates face-to-face, downstairs at the Civic Centre.

Shaw has confirmed the forum will be broadcast live on Channel 10.

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