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Mayor to speak on OTIC closures

Mayor Roy Avis will make a presentation regarding the Ontario government’s decision to close Ontario Travel Information Centres (OTIC) in Sunset Country at tonight’s regular council meeting.

The closures of seven centres—in Fort Frances, Rainy River, Kenora, Fort Erie, Hill Island, Prescott, and Cornwall—were announced in the 2012 budget.

They are to take effect April 30.

Change in air at Knox United

Change is on the way at Knox United Church in Fort Frances.

Easter is a time of year for new beginnings, and the members of Knox are excited about a new beginning to redesign the building to make it accessible.

After extensive consultation with members and community users, it was decided to redesign the entire building, leaving the sanctuary intact.

Co-operation needed on budget: Campbell

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell said residents in Northwestern Ontario need to pay close attention to the provincial budget and speak up for the programs and services important to them.

Finance minister Dwight Duncan will release tomorrow the government’s fiscal plan for the next 12 months, which is expected to include significant cuts in hopes to balance the budget.

Pay for mayor, council outlined

An annual report issued in accordance with the Municipal Act shows how much the mayor and councillors were paid in 2011, with Mayor Roy Avis ranking as the highest-paid and having the most expenses.

Mayor Avis, who also sits on the Fort Frances Power Corp. board of directors and local Police Services Board, had expenses and remuneration totalling $38,800.