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Resolute ‘legal letter’ prompts Fort Frances town council to defer resolution

By Gary Rinne
Thunder Bay News Watch
February 12, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

FORT FRANCES, ON — A letter from Resolute Forest Products late Monday derailed consideration by Fort Frances town council of a resolution concerning the company’s idled paper mill. Councillor Douglas Judson had prepared a resolution critical of Resolute’s handling of the disposition of the mill, saying its “prior representations of any intent to sell the mill to a new operator have been insincere.” The resolution would have been forwarded to provincial and regional elected leaders. It was drawn up after Resolute informed the town it had signed a “backstop” agreement to sell the mill to a company which, it said, specializes in “the integrated revitalization of distressed industrial properties.” …According to Judson, consideration of his resolution was deferred Monday evening because “Resolute threatened legal action against the town.” Company Vice-President Seth Kursman told Tbnewswatch “it was a legal letter…we are certainly going to protect our interests.”

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