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FedNor funds flow locally

Through FedNor’s Community Futures and Northern Ontario Development Programs, the federal government last week invested $5.1 million to support small business, community economic development, innovation, information and communications technology, and youth initiatives across Northwestern Ontario.

Town gearing up for budget proces

It’s not even fall yet but the town already is looking ahead to 2010—with council slated to hold its first public meeting to garner input on next year’s municipal budget on Monday, Sept. 14.

Council approved a report from treasurer Laurie Witherspoon at Monday night’s regular meeting, which outlined a budget timetable that aims to see the 2010 budget passed by April 26.

Area band gets funds for study

Band council members and staff of a First Nation community in Northwestern Ontario will strengthen their knowledge about economic development to attract and keep business in the community.

Naicatchewenin First Nation is receiving $9,000 in funding from the Northern Communities Investment Readiness program (NCIR) for two training workshops that will cover:

FedNor funds flow

Rainy River Future Development Corp., based here, will use $900,000 in FedNor funding to offer business services, access to capital for small- and medium-sized enterprises, and community development projects for the next three years, the federal government announced yesterday.

Treasure Chest to close early

The Treasure Chest here is closing nearly a week early due to lack of stock, said Laureen Vandetti with Community Living Fort Frances.

“There isn’t enough left to be worth paying the staff for,” she remarked.

The Community Living-run consignment store had been slated to close next Friday (Aug. 28) after six weeks of bigger and bigger sales.

No word yet on social housing

While the province has announced millions of dollars towards social housing over the past few weeks, what this funding means for local social housing projects in Rainy River District remains to be seen.

The province had made three different housing announcements most recently, noted Dianne Lampi, housing manager for the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board.

Town able to keep lid on tax hike

Residents

face only a

1.1% jump

Tax bills indicating a slight tax hike for all property classes will be mailed out shortly after town council approved the 2009 budget Monday night.

Several members of council noted how pleased they were that what started out as a daunting budget year ended up seeing only a 1.1 percent tax hike to residential ratepayers.