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Domtar deals approved

More than 500 Unifor members in the Dryden-based Domtar pulp mill and Woodlands operations have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new four-year collective agreements.

“These contracts contain some of the largest monetary increases in the sector in almost two decades,” said George Smith, Unifor Local 324 president.

Tbaytel fixes phone woes

A number of service degradation issues that arose on Nov. 15 for some of Tbaytel's land line telephone customers primarily have been resolved as a result of efforts made by Tbaytel technicians.

Some customers, both business and residential, in Fort Frances and Thunder Bay were experiencing one-way audio or a loss of dial tone, which resulted in the inability to complete calls.

Lakers fall to Miners

It's going to be quite the test if the Fort Frances Lakers are to stay at or above the .500 mark over the next while.

The Lakers found that out first-hand Friday night as the Red Lake Miners used a three-goal third period to earn a 5-1 win in SIJHL action at the Ice For Kids Arena.

Muskies swept by Vikings

A berth to the all-Ontarios just wasn't to be for the Muskie senior girls' basketball team.

The black-and-gold were swept by the Hammarskjold Vikings at the best-of-three NWOSSAA championship held Friday and Saturday in Thunder Bay.

It was dominant weekend for the hosts as they routed the Muskies 58-21 in the opener Friday.

Family centre needs support

Since March, the Family Drop In Centre at 272 Scott St. has provided friendship, clothing, food, and quality conversation to members of the community who may be struggling.

But the centre, which is run by volunteers, will be shut down by the end of February if it does not receive more funding from the community.

Joint effort to return sacred objects

Since 2016, Rainy River First Nations and the Royal Ontario Museum have been engaged in a collaborative effort to return ancestors and sacred objects that were removed from the community during excavations of the burial mounds in the 1950-'70s.

The ROM recognizes its participation in these past excavations by Walter Kenyon, who served as curator at the ROM from 1956-1982.

PSB in search of new members

The Fort Frances Police Services Board is seeking motivated, community-minded individuals to apply for two provincially-appointed positions on it.

Two current board members—John McTaggart and Andrew Hallikas—recently were elected to town council and have to vacate their positions on the PSB.

The Fort Frances PSB is a five-person board consisting of the following:

User fees could go up 2.6% here next year

User fees here could go up 2.6 percent next year.

Town council has directed division managers to affect the indicated user fee increase in the 2019 user fee schedule, with each executive committee to then review the impact of the increase on their respective division.

Council then will make a decision regarding any increase based on feedback from the executive committees.