The debate is on as to whether building a new Canada Customs facility here now would affect the possibility of constructing a new bridge down the road.
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After almost a year in the making, provincial changes to the Child and Family Services Act will see FACS here adapting to some significant changes for the betterment of child care, supervisor Stuart McIvor said Tuesday.
“The new legislation marks a philosophical shift in how child protection is to be approached,” agreed Rita Chénier, executive director of FACS here.
Tolls for local commuters crossing the international bridge here will go up five percent effective Oct. 1, the International Bridge and Terminal Company and M.D.&W. Railway announced today.
But another hike is likely down the road if a new Canada customs facility is built here, the companies said.
Barring any last-minute glitches, the new Fort Frances Lions’ Millennium Park should be completed by the middle of next week—in time for its grand opening July 8 at 2 p.m.
Local MP Robert Nault, also the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, NDP leader and local MPP Howard Hampton, and the Lions’ district governor from Grand Rapids, Mn. are expected to attend.
The Northwest Catholic District School Board will invest some $130,000 in several funds in order to balance its 2000-2001 budget, which was passed at its regular monthly meeting here last night.
With a balanced budget of $10,487,051, the board will place $113,987 in a reserve for classroom expenditures.
While most high school students probably would shake their heads at the thought of summer school, Andrew and Elissa Curr of Fort Frances can hardly wait to start.
Andrew, 14, and his sister, 17, left yesterday for the Mohyla Institute in Regina, Sask., where they’ll be immersed in the Ukrainian language and culture for a month.
Fun in the Sun 2000 is heating up.
After kicking off with Culturama last Saturday, and continuing with the FITS Queen entertainment night Sunday and then “Those Two Guys” comedy duo at the Legion on Monday, next up is Mall Days tomorrow on the 200 and 300 block of Scott Street.
After an absence of four years, Culturama proved to be just as popular as organizers had hoped, drawing about 1,200 people to the Memorial Sports Centre here Saturday.
“We’re quite pleased with the results,” said Linda Rajala of the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association, who organized the event along with Ron Bernardi, Sig Mosley, and Bev Kotnik.
Sitting in the home of Debbie and Stewart Firth, going over applications from perspective exchange students from Finland, Spain, and France, 17-year-old Kristin Schroeder recalled how she felt when she was in their shoes.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, what have you done?’” said Schroeder, thinking back to the first few moments after her plane left her home in Stedtlingen, Germany.
Lawson Matail has just returned from a two-week visit to Dryden, where he was putting his artwork on the shoulders, backs, and arms of his customers.
“I’ve drawn all my life,” said Matail, who has set up his own tattoo shop, “Twisted Ink,” in his Finland home.
“I had my first one when I was 14—I did it myself,” he noted.