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Tourist outfitters can’t bear compensation package

Tourist outfitters who face financial loss due to the cancellation of the spring bear hunt in Ontario have a simple reaction to Natural Resources minister John Snobelen’s compensation package announced late last week—it’s not enough.

The province has promised each eligible spring bear hunt operator $250 per hunter who used their services in 1998.

Lorne Elliott hits town Friday

Lorne Elliott doesn’t like to tout his own talent. Fortunately, others are more than willing to do it for him.

When the host of CBC Radio’s “Madly Off in All Directions” was asked what people could expect from his stand-up comedy routine being staged here Friday night at Robert Moore School, he momentarily seemed to be at a loss of words.

Riverside given budget extension

Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. has been given another extension for submitting its budget to the Ministry of Health, it was announced at the regular monthly board meeting here last Thursday night.

“The Ministry of Health had originally required us to submit our budget on Feb. 1,” noted Riverside CEO Wayne Woods. “Then it was extended to March 1 upon request.

Cell phone funding likely

It isn’t official yet but the feeling is “positive” that the Northern Ontario Heritage Funding Corp. will approve a $1.75-million loan to provide a cellular phone corridor from Thunder Bay to Rainy River, and as far north as Morson and Nestor Falls.