Meet-the-candidates event planned

Duane Hicks

Voters will have a chance to meet candidates in the upcoming municipal election this Saturday.
Candidates running for mayor and council here, as well as trustee seats on the Rainy River District School Board, will be at the Rainy Lake Square from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Candidates can show up as early as 10 a.m. to get set up.
“Most of the candidates have R.S.V.P.’d and I am sure some will just arrive,” economic development consultant Tannis Drysdale told the Times at Monday evening’s council meeting.
“Each candidate will have a table set up so you can just sit and talk with them one-on-one about anything that concerns you or you might be interested in,” she added.
“Each candidate [also] will have a draw at their desk for some special Fort Frances memorabilia that they’ll be able to give away,” Drysdale added.
She noted another market is taking place this Saturday at the local curling club so most of the usual Rainy Lake Square vendors won’t be downtown.
“We thought it would be a good opportunity to open up the market to candidates to meet with the public,” she explained.
Drysdale said the event is open to all candidates running for municipal councils and school boards not just in Fort Frances but neighbouring communities, such as Alberton.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•approved travel and per diems claims for Coun. Ken Perry ($2,029.15), Coun. Wendy Brunetta ($1,914.32), and Mayor Roy Avis ($1001.05) for their attendance at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa on Aug. 19-22;
•approved a travel expense claim for Fort Frances CAO Doug Brown ($277) for his attendance at the AMO conference;
•referred a sponsorship opportunity from “Tour de Fort” to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a solid waste management agreement with Naotkamegwannning First Nation to the Operations and Facilities executive committee for its recommendation;
•referred a sponsorship opportunity from the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, re: the 10th-annual “Military Service Recognition Book,” to the Administration and Finance executive committee for its recommendation;
•proclaimed the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3 as “English as a Second Language Week” in Fort Frances;
•agreed to symbolically raise the Franco-Ontarian flag at the Civic Centre on Sept. 25 and proclaim that day as “Franco-Ontarian Day”;
•endorsed an agreement with the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board re: the 2018 provincial child care wage enhancement; and
•authorized an amendment to Bylaw 21/14 to remove private parking spaces at Fort Floral and H&R Block, as well as two church loading zones on the 300 block of Victoria Avenue (the Salvation Army’s former location).