Saturday, November 1, 2014


Kraft mill sale talks collapse

The Town of Fort Frances is alarmed that talks between Resolute Forest Products, Expera, and the Province of Ontario, regarding the acquisition of the local kraft mill, have broken off.
The town said Wisconsin-based Expera has indicated a strong interest in acquiring the facility from Resolute, which would have resulted in 200 jobs at the facility and another 800 related to its operations.

Top citizen nominees sought

Do you know anyone who has made a difference in our community?
The town’s “Citizen of the Year” selection committee is asking the public to nominate such individuals for the award, which is being given out for the 27th time this year.
But those wanting to do so also need to act fast—the nomination deadline is next Thursday (Nov. 6).
Anyone who has done an outstanding job for the

Expera lobbying for government funds

Expera Speciality Solutions is seeking support from FedNor and FedDev Ontario to offset some of the investment required to re-open the kraft mill here.
According to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada, Toronto-based consulting firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is registered to work for Expera Speciality Solutions.
The consultant became registered earlier this month.

Chamber seeking board nominees

Just as the municipal election has wrapped up, the Fort France Chamber of Commerce is looking at an election of its own.
The Chamber currently is seeking recommendations and nominations for its 2015 board of directors.
Nomination forms can be found on the Chamber’s website at

Students to be collecting food

In addition to giving out candy to costumed kids on Hallowe’en, local residents also will be visited by Fort High students looking for non-perishable food items to give to a good cause.
Student council members once again will participate in an event called “We Scare Hunger” by collecting food items door-to-door tomorrow evening.

Wynne pledges mill help

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province will do what it can to help get the kraft mill restarted here.
“I recognize the benefits that such a deal could bring to your community,” she wrote in a letter to Mayor Roy Avis, which officially was received by town council at its regular meeting last night.

Students to receive reflective armbands

Youngsters from pre-school to Grade 8 across the district will be receiving reflective armbands this year to wear when they go trick-or-treating this Friday night so they are visible to drivers.
“We’ve distributed glowsticks for a number of years but we’re doing the armbands now because they are reusable and environmentally-responsible,” said local OPP Cst. Anne McCoy.

‘Bras for a Cause’ a hit

The Rainy River District Breast Health Network wanted to focus on laughter and breast health awareness at its first-ever “Bras for a Cause” event—and that’s exactly what they did.
“Mission accomplished,” chuckled network chair Teresa Hazel.
“We wanted people to come out and have a lot of laughs and from my view of the room, that was what was going on,” she noted.

Board to look at viability of reviving French Immersion

The Northwest Catholic District School Board has agreed to look into possibly reinstating the French Immersion program here.
Director of Education Rick Boisvert said the board discussed the issue Monday morning.
“We have made a decision that we are going to begin a process to determine viability for the program,” he noted.

Council to see mix of experience, new blood

Two new voices will be added to those of the incumbents on town council following Monday’s municipal election.
June Caul and Wendy Brunetta were elected handily, garnering higher vote totals than any other council candidate with 1,895 and 1,726, respectively.
They join Paul Ryan (1,382), John Albanese (1,223), Ken Perry (1,108), and Doug Kitowski (1,039).

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