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City supports mill pensioners

The city and Catalyst Paper are lobbying government to give mill pensioners a break.

According to pension advocate Peter Finch, council should support a consensual restructuring plan of the company.

Finch asked the city to advocate for pensioners to get lump sum payments in return for surrendering their pensions.

The city and Catalyst are preparing letter to the appropriate government ministries.

 

City butts out smoking bylaw

The city won’t be adopting a smoke-free public places bylaw anytime soon.

City councillors voted to receive a request for such a bylaw from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Council could adopt the bylaw but it would be nothing more than a philosophical gesture, city manager Ken Watson said.

The city doesn’t have the necessary staff to enforce the bylaw.

 

B.C. Premier Wolf’s around

Pacific Coast University’s Wolfgang Zimmerman has done it again.

Zimmerman was among 33 recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Award.

The award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution in their community, and is given out by  Premier Christy Clark.

 

National Day of Mourning

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council will hold its annual Day of Mourning service on Saturday, April 28 at the Steelworkers’ Hall on Montrose Street. The service will begin at 10 a.m. with a half-hour safety presentation.

The event concludes with the laying of floral tributes to honour those who have been injured or killed on the job.

For more information, please call Leslie Walerius at 250-724-5134 or e-mail lwalerius@shaw.ca, or call Nancy Czigany at 250-724-1139.

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