‘Waste Day’ may coincide with WHO conference

Household Hazardous Waste Day 2002 may be held in Fort Frances two days after the 11th-annual World Health Organization International Conference on Safe Communities wraps up here if the town okays a request from the Rainy River Watershed Program.
The request will be discussed at tonight’s regular council meeting, which starts at 7:45 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
“We think it’s a great idea,” said Watershed program co-ordinator Martin Nantel.
“The World Health Organization conference should be a big draw and it makes sense to capitalize on the publicity and momentum gathered by such a high-profile event,” he added.
“Moreover, as highlighted by [Pat] Hickerson, holding the event in Fort Frances should help encourage a greater response.”
Nantel said the Watershed program, which organized the first Waste Day in Emo last September, would like to see the event take place May 11—two days after the WHO conference ends.
Hickerson, operations and facilities manager for the town, suggested Fort Frances host this year’s Waste Day at a meeting back in December.
His reasoning was that 57 percent of the district households which participated in last year’s Waste Day were from town, and having it here could see that number increase the amount of hazardous materials disposed by Safety-Kleen Chemical Services Division.
Other business at tonight’s council meeting includes:
•an official notice from the Northwestern Health Unit declaring a second-hand smoke as a health hazard;
•a letter of resignation from David Bodnarchuk of the “Reinventing Fort Frances” committee;
•a request for free ice time for the Border Figure Skating Club;
•a motion to make amendments to the Townshend Theatre manual;
•a contract for Lakeland Personnel Inc. at the landfill;
•a request to take out an ad in the Fort Frances High School yearbook;
•a motion to accept the new certificate of approval for the water treatment plant;
•a motion to make amendments to the property standards bylaw re: town entrances;
•a request for a break open ticket licence for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau;
•a bylaw to approve an agreement with CIBC Visa for credit cards for town employees;
•a verbal report on the scheduling of dates to discuss strategic planning;
•a report regarding the March 1 meeting of the Northwest Ontario Recycling Association;
•a request for Nevada ticket lottery licences from the Rainbow Rhythmics Club and the Fort Frances Trampoline Club; and
•a request from the Canadian Cancer Society to support the 2002 “Relay for Life.”