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Action groups meet in Kenora

A joint meeting between delegates of the Concerned Citizens’ Committee (Kenora) and the Fort Frances Community Action Group was held in Kenora on April 20.

Both groups discussed the lack of citizen involvement in local municipal decisions due to special interest politics, which exclude the democratic rights of community taxpayers.

LHIN board seat filled

Janice Beazley, acting chair of the North West LHIN, announced yesterday that Tom Sarvas has been appointed to the board of directors.

Sarvas’ appointment by the Lieutenant Governor in Council was endorsed by the Health and Long-Term Care minister George Smitherman, and is effective as of April 2.

Sarvas is a chartered accountant and a partner in the firm Buset Sarvas LLP.

Residents facing 3.2% tax hike

After many months of deliberating and crunching numbers, town council will wrap up the 2008 budget in the coming weeks.

On Monday night, council voted unanimously in favour of a tax scenario that will see residential tax rates jump 3.19 percent, or $57.16 per $100,000 of assessment.

Business,man fined

Asselin Transportation and Storage Limited has been fined $8,000, and Eldon Irvin Mose $2,000, plus victim fine surcharges, after pleading guilty to failing to comply with conditions of the company’s certificate of approval.

BR&E study lauded as key tool

FORT FRANCES—With all the surveys completed for the local Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) project, and work now underway to ultimately devise an action plan based on those results, the initiative is seen by some as a key exercise to help keep—and attract—businesses to Fort Frances.