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2016 Summer Newsletter


Congratulations to the Town of Parry Sound who will host the annual FONOM conference in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in 2018 and the City of Greater Sudbury who will host the conference in 2019.


Meeting of the Board of Directors held July 28, 2016– The FONOM Board of Directors held the Election of Officers which saw the four members of the Executive continue in their role.


President - Mayor Alan Spacek (District of Cochrane)

First Vice President - Councillor Danny Whalen (District of Timiskaming)

Second Vice President - Mayor Brian Bigger (City of Greater Sudbury)

Past President - Councillor of Mac Bain (City of North Bay)


A number of issues were discussed including railway crossings, wildlife fencing, the Rural Economic Development Program, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, among others.


2016 AMO Conference – During the conference, the FONOM Board of Directors met with members of the Provincial Cabinet, including Minister of Municipal Affairs, Hon. Bill Mauro; Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Hon. Michael Gravelle and Parliamentary Assistant, Joe Dickson; Minister of Energy, Hon. Glenn Thibeault; Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins; Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Hon. Kathryn McGarry; Minister of Transportation, Hon. Steven Del Duca; Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hon. David Orazietti; and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen Murray.


FONOM addressed several issues which included barriers to Northerners participating in provincial standing committee hearings, proposed changes to the Forest Management Planning Manual, fuel price regulation, energy costs, policing, Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, the implementation of a long-term solution to non-urgent patient transfers, sustainability of hospitals outside the southern urban centres, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and intercommunity bus modernization.


The Board also met with the PC Caucus, NDP Caucus and the Ontario Medical Association.


Northern Hospitality Suite – The Northern Hospitality Suite which was hosted by FONOM and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) during the AMO Conference in Windsor was attended by several hundred guests throughout the evening. It provided a great opportunity to showcase Northern hospitality and delicious foods from communities across the region. We also extend a thank you to our partners who, without their generous support, the event would not have been possible!


Northern Leaders’ Dialogue– Members of the FONOM Board attended the June 28th meeting of the Northern Leaders’ Dialogue which was led by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Minister Michael Gravelle and brought together municipal, First Nation and Métis leaders to discuss issues affecting our local communities across the North.


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The next meeting of the FONOM Board of Directors will take place in Elliot Lake on September 9th.

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