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Not quite the ‘Love Boat’:

The middle of February—the traditional time for Canadians to book cruises in the exotic Caribbean.

But given the lowly Canadian dollar vis-a-vis the American greenback of late, going on a cruise paid for in U.S. funds isn’t all that economical. So Fort Frances Little Theatre is offering local residents a much cheaper alternative Feb. 18-21.

Men’s wellness forum off to small but good start

Last Thursday’s meeting here on men’s wellness issues only drew 10 participants but those who did arrive were “very eager to discuss the issues,” the facilitator said.

Bill Morgenstern, who helped facilitate the meeting at Huffman School in conjunction with the Northwestern Health Unit, said Fort Frances had one of the better turnouts of those held across the region.

Local business students off to Mexico

Four women enrolled in Confederation College’s International Business course will get an invaluable training lesson in their field when they travel to Mexico at the end of the month.

Anita Barker, Lori Godin, Angela Halvorsen, and Patti Jorgensen take the course at the Fort Frances campus through tele-conferencing with the Thunder Bay one.

Welfare board seeing added costs

Costs will be divvied up throughout the district as Rainy River District Ontario Works takes over management of child care, social housing, Family Benefits Allowance, and Ontario Works.

And that means some municipalities will be billed for child care even if they don’t have day cares, toy libraries, and resource centres available in their own community.

AMO toughening up on ‘download’

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is demanding the province keep its promise—or else.

But what they’ll do if the province doesn’t has not been discussed yet, AMO president Michael Power said last night from Toronto.

“I think what we have to do, to be very blunt, is that we set out the parameters," he said. "We have to wait for a response from the province.”

Rink project meeting Monday

The arena project is slated to get back on track next Monday, when town council has scheduled a meeting with “Ice for Kids” at 5:30 p.m.

And this time round, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said the whole of council will be involved in the decision-making.