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Hyer calling for passport fees cut

Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Bruce Hyer has introduced legislation calling on the federal government to negotiate a joint reduction in passport fees with the United States in order to boost tourism between the two countries.

“Cutting passport fees would encourage tourism in Canada from the United States, and would make it easier for Canadians to travel,” Hyer reasoned.

Liberals to blame for job losses

NDP natural resources critic Sarah Campbell said the McGuinty government should be held accountable for the loss of jobs in the forestry industry in Northern Ontario.

Terrace Bay Pulp, of the Buchanan group of companies, is now for sale following a three-month suspension of operations, which makes it unlikely for the company to re-open at the end of January as initially announced.

Albanese back as health unit chair

Fort Frances Coun. John Albanese was re-elected chair of the Northwestern Health Unit’s board of health for the 10th-consecutive year at a meeting Jan. 20 in Dryden.

Coun. Albanese said he’s looking forward to working with the board and management in 2012, noting that for an eighth year, the levy to area municipalities will remain frozen at $54.43 per capita.

New ICI meters to deliver ‘rate shock’

Many local ICI customers can expect to see their water bills rise because newly-installed water meters will mean more accurate water usage readings.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council Monday night the instalment of new waters meters for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) customers in Fort Frances is almost complete, with only 24 more to go.

New vehicle sales up here in 201

While few would argue economic times have been better, one positive indicator is that new vehicle sales were up here in 2011.

Nick Beyak, owner of Sunset Country Ford, noted the number of new vehicles registered in the Fort Frances market area, which stretches west to Rainy River, north to Nestor Falls, and east to Atikokan, was about eight percent higher than in 2010.