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Alcohol policy to be promoted

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The Northwestern Health Unit's medical officer of health will speak to town council tonight about updating its Municipal Alcohol Policy (MAP).

Dr. Kit Young-Hoon is expected to outline the health harms of alcohol misuse and its effects on communities, including criminal activity, public safety, mental health and addictions, and the impact on the family unit.

She also will explain the importance of community education on the harms of alcohol use, the planning and promotion of safe transportation to and from events where alcohol is served, and the promotion of family-friendly, alcohol-free events.

The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but will go in-camera for an indefinite length of time to discuss three items (an industrial park property inquiry, a Flinders Avenue request, and a Front Street property inquiry).

Other business on tonight's agenda includes:

  • an economic development activity update from the Rainy River Future Development Corp.;
  • a presentation of 'Canada 150' volunteer pins and certificates (this will be the first round of presentations to be held from now until the end of this year);
  • a verbal update on capital projects;
  • a sponsorship opportunity from Riverside Foundation for Health Care re: its annual fall gala (“Making Magic for District Health Care”) slated for Saturday, Oct. 14 at La Place Rendez-Vous;
  • a letter re: traffic concerns and request for stop signs from C. Gagne;
  • a request from the Teachers of English as a Second Language Association of Ontario to proclaim Oct. 29-Nov. 4 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
  • sponsorship opportunities re: a Montreal Canadiens' alumni charity hockey game set for Feb. 24, 2018;
  • a sponsorship opportunity from the Voyageurs Lion Club re: the “Seeing is Believing Magic Show” on Oct. 4 at the Townshend Theatre;
  • a bylaw to designate and deem a certain plan of subdivision, or part thereof, not to be a registered plan of subdivision (730 and 740 Sixth St. W.);
  • bylaws to amend the Zoning Bylaw and Official Plan as pertaining to 605 McIrvine Rd. (the future location of the Evangelical Fellowship Church);
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with Wasaw Enterprises for operation of concessions in the Memorial Sports Centre; and
  • a request for support of Resolution No. 64-2017 from the Northwestern Health Unit re: the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148).
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