Show your support for our neighbours

Northwestern Ontario is known far and wide for its “giant heart.” Communities across the region pull together to support local charities and to help neighbours both near and far when needed. Here are two things you can do to help your “neighbours.” Earlier this month, the town of Nipigon was hit by a devastating fire at the Multiply Forest Products mill. The blaze destroyed the operation, leaving 120 people out of work for an indefinite period of time (possibly as long as two years) while the mill is rebuilt. My colleague, Thunder Bay-Superior North MP Joe Comuzzi. already has set up a temporary office in Nipigon to assist employees with the filing of Employment Insurance papers. But those funds will take at least four weeks to start flowing. To assist the families of the community during this difficult transition, a trust fund has been set up and is accepting financial donations. Royal Bank customers can make a direct deposit to Account #1004522, Transit #03422. Alternatively, you can mail your cheque payable to Multiply Employee Relief Fund c/o RBC-Nipigon Branch, Box 219, Nipigon, Ont., P0T 2J0. Please do what you can to help these families who are facing difficult days. Let’s show the community the true nature of our “giant heart.” On a lighter note, Atikokan once again is actively pursuing the Kraft “Hockeyville” designation. The first round of voting is open until Feb. 23 at You can vote for the communities that best exemplify Fun, Family, Fitness, Food, or Fairness. There is a prize for each of these “merit” categories. The “merit prize” winners will be announced on the website Feb. 28. In addition, a panel then will choose 10 finalists to vie for the grand prize and title of “Hockeyville 2007.” Finalists will be highlighted on CBC on March 4 and further voting will take place from March 4-9h to determine the top five finalists. Check the website for updates and information—and let’s all do our part to help Atikokan win this prestigious title.

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