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Welfare board seeing added costs

Costs will be divvied up throughout the district as Rainy River District Ontario Works takes over management of child care, social housing, Family Benefits Allowance, and Ontario Works.

And that means some municipalities will be billed for child care even if they don’t have day cares, toy libraries, and resource centres available in their own community.

AMO toughening up on ‘download’

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is demanding the province keep its promise—or else.

But what they’ll do if the province doesn’t has not been discussed yet, AMO president Michael Power said last night from Toronto.

“I think what we have to do, to be very blunt, is that we set out the parameters," he said. "We have to wait for a response from the province.”

Rink project meeting Monday

The arena project is slated to get back on track next Monday, when town council has scheduled a meeting with “Ice for Kids” at 5:30 p.m.

And this time round, Mayor Glenn Witherspoon said the whole of council will be involved in the decision-making.

Area municipalities snub new social services board

The Rainy River District Municipal Association wants no part in the creation of a District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) here to cope with the “download” of services.

The problem, it says, is that the board won’t having any taxing authority to pay for the services it will be responsible for—social housing, child care, and Ontario Works.

Voyageur Panel restocks hiring pool

About 470 people went to Barwick last Friday and Saturday to fill out applications for Voyageur Panel—even though there are no vacant positions there.

Human resources co-ordinator Kirstan Bodnarchuk said last weekend’s application session was to boost up their hiring pool of potential employees just in case a position does become vacant.

A ‘Heavy Weight’ idea

“Inside every skinny person is a fat person waiting to get out. More often than not, the fat guy wins.”—Jack Elliott

My name is Mark Elliott. I’m drastically overweight.

I’m not alone, either. The latest national survey found 51 percent of all Canadians are overweight or obese.

By the way, I fit into the latter category.