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Hemp research coming north

You can make rope with it, not to mention clothing, plastics, vegetable oil, and other numerous products—and it could become the next cash crop for the north.

Gord Scheifele, northern research co-ordinator for the University of Guelph, has been doing hemp research for agricultural purposes for the last several years.

Auditorium bill jumps

Town council learned Monday night that the cost estimates for the proposed auditorium at Westfort have jumped by almost $400,000 more than it expected in less than four years, prompting councillors to take a second look at the project’s design.

And they wants answers by next Monday when a special council meeting will be held.

NOACC penning position papers

It’s going to be a weekend of firsts for the Northwestern Ontario Association of Chambers of Commerce as it holds its annual fall conference here.

NOACC president Dave Barker said the executive will present position papers to its members this year rather than pass a number of resolutions.

‘tour de Fort’ ready for 97-98 season

“tour de Fort” is gearing up for its fifth season with the sale of passports this weekend downstairs at the Fort Frances Public Library.

They’ll be on sale Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and again Sunday from 1-4 p.m.—and only 200 are up for grabs.

“It might sell out on Saturday," noted "tour de Fort" president Dr. Ted Jablonski. "The buzz is out there.”

Federal government outlines plans

National unity, health care, children and job creation were the focus yesterday afternoon as Gov. Gen. Roméo LeBlanc opened the 36th Parliament with the Speech from the Throne.

And with that, Gov. Gen. LeBlanc outlined the direction the Chrétien government would be taking Canada into the new millennium.

Liberal government priorities include:

Reading with a disability

He stopped going to school when he was 13. And when he turned 16—five days into grade 10—he officially became a high school drop-out.

And he admits he doesn’t know what grade level he was actually at.

But it wasn’t until he almost lost an arm in a bush accident when he was 25 years old that Guy Mudge found out he was dyslexic.