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Municipalities doing double take on audit

To audit or not to audit—that is still the question.

District councils are taking yet another look at their request for an programmatic audit of the Northwest Health Unit as the Rainy River District Municipal Association contemplates its next move.

And at another meeting later this month, it’s hoping the Northwest Health Unit board will be on hand to answer their questions.

Health unit may see final payments

March could be the final payment district municipalities make to the Northwestern Health Unit until the provincial government provides actual “download” numbers.

That’s something the Rainy River District Municipal Association will be voting on Monday when it meets here to put together a proposal for a District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB).

Town apply for special fund

Although the final “download” numbers aren’t in, the town could get some provincial dollars to help it cope.

At its regular meeting Monday, town council approved submitting an application for special circumstances dollars to help it get through the “download.”

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.