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Town folds on gambling bylaw

Mayor Glenn Witherspoon gave his word but council didn’t pass a bylaw Monday night prohibiting casinos, including charitable gaming clubs, inside town limits.

That has the Fort Frances Ministerial Association going back to its membership next month to decide what to do next—and chairwoman Rev. Mary Whitson noted it might include going to the public to put pressure on council.

Mill strike date drawing near

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and its unionized employees don’t have much time to hammer out a collective agreement, with workers threatening to walk off the job June 15 if they don’t.

That decision came after a 95 percent strike vote was tallied last Wednesday in Ottawa.

Towns crying for legislation

Municipal leaders want a Northern Services board and they want it as soon as possible.

In fact, the Rainy River District Municipal Association is lobbying the province to give the Northern Services Improvement Act second reading immediately—and third reading by the fall, it decided at a meeting in Emo last Wednesday.