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Council to hear Customs update


Town council will receive a formal written update on construction of the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility at its regular meeting here tonight.

The project still is expected to be done and operational by the end of the year.

“We are on schedule for completion by the end of the year,” noted Wayne Wilton, Abitibi-Consolidated’s senior project engineer who is in charge of the project.

“It is our intent that we’ll probably be doing curb and gutter work next week and asphalt by October,” said Wilton. “It’s our intent to have the actual building go along with that.”

Also tonight, council will receive a letter from the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (I.W.A.) requesting support against the 19.3 percent import duty on softwood recently imposed by the United States.

The letter urges all governments in Canada to work with the I.W.A. in urging the U.S. government to reconsider the duty.

“We strongly urge you to make known your concerns at your earliest convenience, and to join with workers, unions, community activists, industry leaders, and other concerned Canadians and urge Ottawa to vigorously oppose this unwarranted U.S. policy,” the letter reads.

Council also will receive a report of building activity for the month of August, and a verbal update from Mayor Glenn Witherspoon on the young offenders’ facility proposal being put together by the town and Couchiching First Nation.

During the committee of the whole meeting, councillors will discuss the Chamber of Commerce membership fee, financial contribution requests from the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition and Meals on Wheels, and a request from an Alberton resident to be hooked up to the town’s water supply.

The committee of the whole will meet at 5:30 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre, followed by the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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