Monday, September 1, 2014


Belluz, Haglund running for council

More individuals are lining up to run for town council in the Oct. 27 municipal election.
Long-time public school board trustee Dan Belluz and local resident Ed Haglund filed their papers Friday afternoon.
That means eight people are now vying for the six council seats.

Literacy, math results mixed

Literacy success rates continue to improve in Ontario elementary schools with each passing year.
Grade 3 math achievement rates have remained the same, although they have dropped again for students in Grade 6.
A review of Grade 6 student math responses shows students consistently do best demonstrating their math knowledge and least well applying that knowledge, particularly in problem-solving.

Another newcomer files for council

Scott Krienke-Turvey is the latest candidate to file to run for a seat on town council.
“I think that we need new blood in council,” said Krienke-Turvey, who owns and operates Ink Spotz Apparel+ on Scott Street with his wife, Darlyss,
He added the same faces have been on council for two terms, and “that’s not necessarily a wise or good thing.”

Candidate list grows

The field of candidates for Fort Frances council is shaping up to be a mix of new faces and incumbents.
The most recent individual to file his nomination is Coun. Ken Perry, who is running for one of the six seats along with incumbent Coun. John Albanese and newcomers Jennifer Greenhalgh, Jennifer Horton, and Charleen Mallory.

Mayor to seek re-election

The race for mayor is on.
Mayor Roy Avis filed his nomination papers Friday afternoon, meaning he’ll be running against Coun. Andrew Hallikas for the mayoral seat here in the Oct. 27 municipal election.
“I think I’ve still got lots to offer the community,” said Mayor Avis, who been mayor since 2006 and a councillor for three three-year terms before that.

Delegates voice myriad of topics at conference

The vacant Rainy Lake Hotel, dam funding, and forest tenure were among the topics local delegates discussed with ministers and parliamentary assistants last week during the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities Ontario in London.

Casino question dropped from ballot

A question to the public as to whether they’re in favour of Fort Frances being considered as a possible site for a casino has been taken off the ballot for the upcoming municipal election.
Council voted 4-2 in favour of doing so during a special meeting yesterday after receiving advice from town solicitor Wes Derksen that casinos don’t appear to be within the town’s jurisdiction.

Perry to run again

Coun. Ken Perry filed his papers this morning to seek another term on town council.
Coun. Perry was first elected to council in January, 2008.
He joins fellow incumbent Coun. John Albanese, as well as newcomers Jennifer Greenhalgh, Jennifer Horton, and Charleen Mallory, among those running for the six council seats.

Work shouldn’t impact busing

The construction work on Third Street East from Crowe Avenue to Frenette Avenue is not expected to interfere too much with the start of school next Wednesday.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said while Crowe Avenue will not be open to all traffic, it will be usable by school buses, which will be able to use the bus pull-off area to drop off and pick up students.

Mayor to run again

It appears there will be a mayoral race here with Mayor Roy Avis opting to seek another term.
Mayor Avis filed his nomination papers late Friday afternoon for the Oct. 27 municipal election, meaning he’ll be running against Coun. Andrew Hallikas.
Coun. Hallikas filed his nomination papers on Aug. 1.

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