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Board, elementary teachers set to start contract talks

With its members here working without a contract since September, the local Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and Rainy River District School Board will begin negotiations early next month.

Local ETFO president Gary Gamsby said last week a proposal has been prepared but noted it won’t be submitted to the board until negotiations begin.

National cattle ID program underway

The National Cattle ID program started Jan. 1 to help further secure Canadian export markets both in finished beef and breeding stock.

A national program will allow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to trace back reportable diseases if any show up in our livestock. This is a must to keep Canadian cattle maintaining their great reputation for high health.

2001 to be wrap-up year: Woods

More than about new beginnings, 2001 will be a year when district residents see several health care-related endeavours come to fruition, the CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. said Tuesday.

“It’s been a successful year overall. We got underway on the Emo hospital, and with the dialysis unit,” Wayne Woods noted.

Student exchange a real family affair

This past white Christmas was particularly special for 16-year-old Thalita Ribeiro.

Back home in Brazil, Ribeiro saw snow every Christmas—but only on cards and decorated paper.

“It really snowed on Christmas day. I felt like I was on a Christmas card,” she said after spending her first Christmas in Canada. “The weather, I love it.”