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Animal shelter in the works

The “Friends of Animals” board is looking to build a shelter here by January that could house unwanted animals until they are placed into homes.

The board is just waiting to hear back from the Civic Centre as to how it can proceed. The Planning and Development executive committee will discuss the idea tomorrow, and make recommendations back to council.

Shave and haircut:

You’ve heard of hair-raising experiences. Well, you could say what the OPP have planned for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship next month is a “hair-shaving” one.

The stage under the big tent will be knee-deep in hair on Saturday, July 25 when local OPP officers go bald in hopes of raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the “Cops for Cancer” project.

Surgeons to go on salary

It’s been two years in the making but Northwestern Ontario now has an alternate payment plan for surgeons.

Dr. J.A. Spencer announced here Monday that as of July 1, surgeons at Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, and Atikokan will receive an annual salary from the Ministry of Health rather than the present fee-for-service.

Abitibi, union before labour board today

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada were set to go before the Ontario Labour Relations Board in Toronto this morning after the company filed a complaint Friday that the union was bargaining in bad faith.

Arguing the union couldn’t strike over “process,” the company has filed a similar complaint in Newfoundland.

Arson not ruled out in store fire

Foul play has not been ruled out as the cause of a fire which burned along an outside wall of Arnie’s General Store in Crozier early yesterday morning.

Fort Frances OPP S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis said officers were called to the scene at 5:20 a.m., just over 30 minutes after the Alberton Volunteer Fire Department had started to extinguish the blaze.

Arrival of Belarus children delayed

The nine host families who are awaiting the arrival of 11 children from Belarus will have to hold on for another week now that the initial date has been pushed back from June 15 to June 22.

“There’s been a delay in the flight arrangements,” noted Susan Affleck, who’s been spearheading the visit as the local rep of the Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims of Belarus.