Ten district businesses were saluted last Wednesday evening at La Place Rendez-Vous here as the Rainy River Future Development Corp. unveiled its annual Customer Service Award recipients.
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FORT FRANCES—Despite the pessimism displayed by district tourist camp owners about the overall decline in Ontario tourism, the Victoria Day long weekend and walleye-opener didn’t see much of a dent in numbers at the border here compared to last year.
Last week, 29 representatives from Rainy River to Atikokan, including one from Pickle Lake, gathered at the Emo-La Vallee Arena to take part in a three-day workshop on emergency management.
FORT FRANCES—At its regular meeting last Thursday, the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board agreed to offset the costs of its four buildings—450 Scott St. and the ambulance bases in Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River—from accumulated surplus and reserve for working capital in the amount of $1,347,500.
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.
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.
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.
The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board’s cost apportionment formula for municipalities will not be altered after the majority of members voted against looking into a change during a recent meeting.
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.
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.