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NOACC penning position papers

It’s going to be a weekend of firsts for the Northwestern Ontario Association of Chambers of Commerce as it holds its annual fall conference here.

NOACC president Dave Barker said the executive will present position papers to its members this year rather than pass a number of resolutions.

‘tour de Fort’ ready for 97-98 season

“tour de Fort” is gearing up for its fifth season with the sale of passports this weekend downstairs at the Fort Frances Public Library.

They’ll be on sale Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and again Sunday from 1-4 p.m.—and only 200 are up for grabs.

“It might sell out on Saturday," noted "tour de Fort" president Dr. Ted Jablonski. "The buzz is out there.”

Federal government outlines plans

National unity, health care, children and job creation were the focus yesterday afternoon as Gov. Gen. Roméo LeBlanc opened the 36th Parliament with the Speech from the Throne.

And with that, Gov. Gen. LeBlanc outlined the direction the Chrétien government would be taking Canada into the new millennium.

Liberal government priorities include:

Reading with a disability

He stopped going to school when he was 13. And when he turned 16—five days into grade 10—he officially became a high school drop-out.

And he admits he doesn’t know what grade level he was actually at.

But it wasn’t until he almost lost an arm in a bush accident when he was 25 years old that Guy Mudge found out he was dyslexic.

Literacy groups tackling stats

The Kenora-Rainy River District has found something it’s better than the national average on. But it’s not really something to be proud of.

According to the 1995 International Adult Literacy Survey, 28 percent of adults here have great difficulty reading. They have very few basic skills to work with text, and most are aware they have a problem.

Strike votes set on Bill 136

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and Canadian Union of Public Employees over the next week will ask its locals in Rainy River District to do whatever it takes to stop the Harris government from passing Bill 136.

OPSEU will hold an information meeting and strike vote for its five locals in the district Monday at La Place Rendez-Vous starting at 7:30 p.m.