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Utilities commissions gearing up to peddle power

Local electricity customers soon could be purchasing power from a new distributor as public utilities commissions in Northwestern Ontario gearing up for the deregulation of Ontario Hydro

Open access to electricity distribution means businesses will be going door-to-door selling electricity. And the Northwest Energy Corp. is hoping to get the jump on that market.

Computer literacy tops in job market

Check the job ads of any major newspaper these days and you’ll find computer-related careers take up a lot of the space.

The fact that hi-tech careers are a high-growth area on the job market is a cue for high school students planning their futures, suggested Carol Brown, a labour market analyst with Human Resources Development Canada’s Employment Services office in Kenora.

Making the right choices

While the outcome of the universe may not hinge on whether you take chemistry in grade 11, Fort High vice-principal Mary Hickling said course selection rates high on the list of priorities for students.

Students are advised to pick courses based on their “career plan,” Hickling said, whether they plan to go to university or right into the work force.

The ‘try before you buy’ method

When you’re a teenager, choosing a career can be a little intimidating. After all, what happens if you make the wrong choice and end up in a career you can’t stand?

That’s one of the reasons a co-op program can be helpful.

“It’s a chance to try on a career,” said teacher Nancy Gillon, who monitors Fort Frances High School’s co-op program.

Town’s ’98 budget to see more cuts

Town council will take another stab at the proposed 1998 budget next month, with almost $1 million still needing to be cut if it hopes to maintain a tax freeze for the fifth consecutive year.

But whether that can be done won’t be known until the March 16 budget meeting after council gave the town’s four division managers time to pare down their operating budgets.