After being turned down for funding by the town for the second time in three years, the Fort Frances Visserettes continue to struggle financially, club president Bob Grynol warned last week.
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The district’s welfare office is warning it may have to close because it doesn’t have the money to pay its March bills—much less make payments to social assistance recipients.
That could leave some 40 individuals and families without cheques this month. And the Rainy River District Ontario Works said the province’s “download” of services was to blame.
Abitibi-Consolidated here was fined $5,000 in provincial court Friday after pleading guilty to one count of discharging a contaminant into the natural environment that caused or was likely to cause an adverse effect.
Abitibi-Consolidated’s and Boise Cascade’s dams along the Rainy Lake-Namakan watershed are among those the International Joint Commission is warning may not be safe because they don’t have regular government inspections.
And now it’s recommending more rigorous government standards be set, including regular on-site inspections by independent, qualified experts.
Could murals painted on the sides of buildings help draw tourists to this area?
That’s something a local group is looking at in conjunction with a plan to divert east/west traffic off the Trans-Canada Highway and through Rainy River District.
The launch of Riverside Foundation for Health Care here last week can be described in two words—big success.
About 240 people raised more than $24,000 for local health care at the Foundation’s kickoff dinner/dance Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The money raised stemmed from ticket sales, donations, lapel pin sales, a silent auction, and raffle.
Abitibi-Consolidated could know as early as the end of March if its $3-billion takeover bid on Avenor’s six mills and three sawmills is accepted by shareholders.
If it is, Susan Rogers, vice-president of corporate communications, admitted it would give Abitibi a “significant fibre basket” in Northwestern Ontario.
Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said no decision has been made yet on whether the town will build a new double-rink facility or simply a second ice surface next to the existing Memorial Arena.
Opening up communication lines between the band council and community is the number-one mandate for Chuck McPherson, who was elected chief of Couchiching last Wednesday.
McPherson, 45, who beat out former chief Rudy Morrisseau by about 20 votes, said he knew it was going to be a close race.
Municipalities across the province are being told to team up and submit proposals for District Social Services Administration Boards to administer Ontario Works, child care, and social housing in their geographic areas by March 31.
Public health and land ambulance are optional services the DSSAB can administer.