The Ontario government has received a report from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) that proposes modernization of the system, an increase in its revenues by more than $1 billion a year, and the creation of 2,300 net new jobs in the gaming industry and nearly 4,000 additional jobs in the hospitality and retail sectors by 2017-18.
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Ontario is extending for one year a cap of five percent on overall increases to tuition fees at colleges and universities.
In addition, the province will place a moratorium on increasing or establishing flat and deferral fees for 2012-13.
Green’s Countrywide Furniture officially will be known as Green’s Brand Source Home Furnishings later this month.
Travis Green said the buying group Green’s belongs to has decided to change its name to Brand Source.
In anticipation of increased land ambulance costs if the Rainy River Health Centre emergency room has to close due to a lack of doctors, the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board is having district municipalities pay a supplemental levy.
The provincial government has to get its finances in order and at least for the near future, municipalities are on their own.
That’s the message delegates heard at the 2012 ROMA/OGRA combined conference in Toronto last week.
Town council accepted a proposal from Union Gas for a “Helping Hands” project at its regular meeting Monday night.
As previously reported, Union Gas has offered to apply for grants—and offer up manpower—to help repair damaged arena seats at the Memorial Sports Centre.
As well, council:
The town soon will be looking for representatives to sit on a new board called the Fort Frances Sustainability Strategic Steering Committee.
The committee is being struck as the next step in the process to apply to funding agencies for the completion of a community sustainability plan as well as plan a better future for Fort Frances.
The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel McCormick as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) effective Feb. 20.
“It was encouraging to see the quality and experience of the individuals who expressed interest in joining our organization,” noted board chair Ross Donaldson, who also is the reeve of La Vallee.
Local MP John Rafferty was pleased Bill C-19, which abolished the long-gun registry, was passed in the House of Commons last week and that he voted in support of it on behalf of his constituents.
“I know it was an issue that was important to a lot of my constituents,” he remarked, stressing he was against the long-gun registry and had vowed to vote to abolish it if I was elected.
The federal government is investing $28,000 to assist Stanjikoming First Nation in exploring the development of a tourism operation.
“The Government of Canada is proud to work with aboriginal partners on projects that create economic development opportunities and build community capacity,” Tony Clement, the minister responsible for FedNor, said Monday.