‘Family Dinner Night’ up for proclamation


Town council will be looking into possibly proclaiming Thursday, Sept. 16 as “National Family Dinner Night” locally at its regular meeting tonight.
Council is entertaining the request, which comes from Canadian retail chain M&M Meat Shops.
“Family experts and researchers confirm that one of the most valuable gifts parents can give their children is time spent together as a family,” read the letter the retailer sent to mayor and council explaining why it launched the day six years ago and hopes to promote it across the country.
Since then, the company also has raised more than $100,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC).
The day has garnered letters of support from 20 city councils from across Canada, as well as the Governor General of Canada over the years.
Starting Aug. 1, people can register their participation in National Family Dinner Night at www.nationalfamilydinnernight.com
For everyone who registers, M&M Meat Shops will donate $1 to the CCFC, the letter noted.
The public portion of tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:55 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
The committee of the whole will meet in-camera first starting at 5:30.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a bylaw to amend Town of Fort Frances Bylaw 10/03 (Traffice Control Bylaw);
•a bylaw to amend Bylaw 06/09 (which prohibits the feeding of wildlife within town limits);
•a bylaw to approve awarding a contract to White Contracting Ltd. for repair of the Caul Bridge (Tender 10-OF-09);
•a bylaw to authorize entering into a lease agreement with Brian Church at the Fort Frances Airport;
•a request from the 2010 Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference organizing committee re: sponsorship opportunity;
•a request from the Fort Frances Folk Festival organizing committee re: sponsorship opportunities;
•a request from the Town of Atikokan for support of its resolution re: review of the Off-Roads Vehicle Act;
•Tender No. 10-OF-10 (for painting and exterior upgrades to the water treatment pant and the Sorting Gap Marina);
•verbal update on Operations and Facilities division activities;
•an adjustment to aviation fuel pump prices for the Fort Frances Airport;
•renewal of a five-year term Lot Lease Agreement for Patrick Langevin;
•response to the Northwestern Heath Unit’s request to erect “Please Don’t Smoke” signage in municipal playgrounds and park areas;
•Tender No. 10-OF-12 (for selection of the provider to host a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day event in 2010);
•sign bylaw 19/10;
•civil marriage services outside of town and non-residents;
•a BIA request for loan support;
•a request from the Police Services Board over the proceeds from the annual police auction;
•an OGRA request to support the MMS Litigation funding; and
•MOS requests for reconsideration re: 439 Third St. E., 533 Scott St., and 907 Crowe Ave.