‘Biggest Loser’ gaining steam

Before it even officially began this past Monday (Jan. 31), the “Biggest Loser” campaign already had made its mark on Emo.
At the regular meeting of Emo council last Wednesday night, the official agenda was delayed nearly 30 minutes as council discussed the fitness initiative first proposed by the Emo Chamber of Commerce earlier in the month, in which whoever loses the most weight will win a prize.
“This thing has really taken off,” Reeve Russ Fortier noted after being informed that a request had been made to make the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre available for power walking during the lunch hour on weekdays.
Furthermore, Reeve Fortier has upped the ante with his counterpart in the Town of Rainy River, which he challenged to match Emo in the most pounds lost between Jan. 31 and April 15 (when the contest closes).
“I’ve challenged him [Mayor Glen Armstrong] personally,” Reeve Fortier said. “The bet is a $100 donation to charity.”
Coun. Geoff Pearce, who also is a member of the “Biggest Loser” committee, echoed those sentiments.
“This is an opportunity for us in this community that is really fun, doesn’t cost anything, and is really positive,” he remarked.
“We want to keep this going,” he added. “We want to market Emo as the healthiest place to live in Northwestern Ontario.”
In other news from last Wednesday’s meeting, Coun. Ken Fisher gave council an update on his campaign to have traffic lights installed at the intersection of Queen Street and Colonization Road near Cloverleaf.
Coun. Fisher, who also is a school bus driver, has been circulating a petition to the other bus drivers, which he intends to submit to the Ministry of Transport.
He said a number of drivers already have signed and more signatures are pending.
Later, Emo council accepted the recommendation of Fire Chief James O’Sullivan to appoint Jay Mosbeck to the Emo Volunteer Fire Department, bringing the complement to 14.
Council then passed a bylaw making Feb. 28 the due date for the 2005 interim tax billing. At the same time, it passed another resolution waiving penalties for post-dated cheques on those taxes.
In other business last week, Emo council:
•passed a resolution permitting the town to donate a Township of Emo sweatshirt as a door prize at the Rainy River District Municipal Association’s 14th-annual general meeting and conference held Jan. 29 in Barwick;
•authorized Clerk Brenda Cooke to attend a conference of the Investors Group in Fort Frances on Feb. 1;
•passed a resolution to renew the township’s subscription to the Municom Network;
• applied to the federal government for a Canada Day grant in the amount of $5,000 (the township received $2,500 last year); and
•supported a resolution from the Town of Minto requesting the federal government revive Bill C15A so that offensive Internet material can be searched out and those responsible brought to justice.
The next regular meeting of Emo council is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the municipal office.