A public meeting to discuss a local committee’s recommendation regarding future use of the vacant Rainy Lake Hotel is scheduled for next Wednesday (April 18) at 7 p.m. at the Legion here.
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Mayor Roy Avis will make a presentation regarding the Ontario government’s decision to close Ontario Travel Information Centres (OTIC) in Sunset Country at tonight’s regular council meeting.
The closures of seven centres—in Fort Frances, Rainy River, Kenora, Fort Erie, Hill Island, Prescott, and Cornwall—were announced in the 2012 budget.
They are to take effect April 30.
Allan Katz started his new job as CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. here Monday, replacing Wayne Woods, who had held the position since 1999.
Katz spent Monday and Tuesday meeting staff, as well as touring La Verendrye Hospital, Rainycrest Long-term Care, and the health centres in Emo and Rainy River.
Rainy River Resources Ltd. has signed a Participation Agreement (PA) with area First Nations with respect to the development and operation of its Rainy River Gold Project in Rainy River District.
Change is on the way at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.
Easter is a time of year for new beginnings, and the members of Knox are excited about a new beginning to redesign the building to make it accessible.
After extensive consultation with members and community users, it was decided to redesign the entire building, leaving the sanctuary intact.
Fort Frances will be updating its open air burning bylaw, and introduce short-form wording so tickets can be issued on-site to violators.
Fire Chief Frank Sheppard made a written request to town council, asking that the bylaw be updated.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell is standing up for jobs in Northwestern Ontario by introducing a motion intended to speed up economic growth in the “Ring of Fire.”
Most taxpayers in Fort Frances will be paying more this year although some will see their taxes go down.
The 2012 budget was explained at Monday night’s council meeting.
Tax levy increases are as follows:
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell said residents in Northwestern Ontario need to pay close attention to the provincial budget and speak up for the programs and services important to them.
Finance minister Dwight Duncan will release tomorrow the government’s fiscal plan for the next 12 months, which is expected to include significant cuts in hopes to balance the budget.
An annual report issued in accordance with the Municipal Act shows how much the mayor and councillors were paid in 2011, with Mayor Roy Avis ranking as the highest-paid and having the most expenses.
Mayor Avis, who also sits on the Fort Frances Power Corp. board of directors and local Police Services Board, had expenses and remuneration totalling $38,800.