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Helping out

Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) acting Sgt. Dylan Simard, left, volunteer Christine Jourdain, and T3PS Const. Dylan McGinnis collected donations for “Stuff-a-Cruiser” outside of Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo on Saturday.

MP supports throne speech

In the wake of last week's Speech from the Throne by the newly-elected Liberal government, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski said he looks forward to passing a federal tax cut for working and middle-class Canadians.

This government's throne speech placed special emphasis on working with Canada's different regions to improvet he economy, he noted.

Sewer, water rates increasing

Sewer and water rates are set to increase here in the new year.

There will be a 2.8 percent increase for residential users and a 3.22 percent increase for industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) users.

The 2.8 percent residential increase will cost an additional $27.79 per year, bringing the overall annual rate to just over $1,000.

Travel grant bill moves forward

Improvements could soon come to the Northern Health Travel Grant, which reimburses residents of northern Ontario who have to travel significant distances to receive healthcare.

NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan Judith Monteith-Farrell presented a bill to the legislature on Nov. 19 that looks to fix some of the issues surrounding the program.