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A hearing set for Sept. 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland will be the latest round of a dispute in which Canada and Mexico are challenging U.S. regulations for labeling the origin of certain meat products.907MadeInUsaHeader

The World Trade Organization will conduct the arbitration hearing as Mexico and Canada inch closer to implementing retaliatory tariffs.

In June, Congress approved a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken with many of the bill’s backers noting the U.S. had already lost disputes and appeals to the WTO.

During deliberations on the bill, Congressman K. Michael Conway, (R- Texas), a sponsor who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, said Canada and Mexico challenged the rule implementing COOL within months after the rule was published.

“In the fourth and final decision, released on May 18, the WTO rejected the United States’ argument and found that U.S. COOL requirements for beef and pork are unavoidably discriminatory,” he said, adding the WTO’s last ruling “kick-starts the process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose.”

The East Toledo Senior Center will be the venue for a District 3 council candidates’ forum on September 9.

Four candidates will get the opportunity to present their views on political issues, and it’s a chance for voters to get their take on each candidate. The forum will begin at 6 p.m.

District 3 candidates (East Toledo and Old South End) are Democrat Peter Ujvagi, Republican Ernest D. McCarthy and independents Robert James Worthington, and Glen Cook. The primary will be Sept. 15 with the top two vote getters vying off in the general election on Nov. 3. The winner will replace Mike Craig, who is term-limited.

Northwood City Council on Thursday will consider establishing a revitalization district as a tool for economic development.

The district would promote the development of new restaurants, and other social and entertainment establishments in properly zoned areas of the community.

“Basically, if passed by council, extra liquor licenses would be available within the district,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson. “City council is looking at different ways to encourage economic growth along Woodville Road from the Great Eastern Shopping Plaza to I-280.”

Resolutions for hiring personnel, purchasing new equipment and maintaining facilities of the Lake Township Fire Department were approved Tuesday by the township trustees.

The township will purchase a new fire truck from Sutphen, of Dublin, O., for $465,759.

The company submitted the lowest of two bids, according to Bruce Moritz, fire chief, who said production of the new truck would take about eight or nine months. The township is replacing a vehicle that is more than 20 years old.

Moritz said the department has $200,000 in its budget for a down payment and will finance the balance.

The manufacturer is offering to pay 2.5 percent in interest on the down payment during the production period, which can be applied to the price of the vehicle, he said.

An application for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise six hens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road in Oregon that was withdrawn this summer has been resubmitted for approval.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 before Oregon City Council.

The Oregon Planning Commission in August unanimously recommended approval of David Pullella’s reapplication for the SUE, a reversal of the Commission’s 3-2 vote that an earlier application for the SUE be denied in June. There had been opposition from some nearby property owners. The property at 935 S. Wynn Road is in a low density residential district.

Pullella had asked council several weeks ago that he be allowed to withdraw his original application for an SUE due to some confusion regarding his intent for the permit.

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