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Spring Newsletter 2016

  

Meeting of the Board of Directors held March 24, 2016– The FONOM Board met in the City of Greater Sudbury for the March meeting and heard presentations from the Sudbury and District Health Unit and the Northeastern Ontario Recreation Association (NeORA). A number of issues were discussed including the province’s Patients First strategy, re-classification of winter highways, northern travel grants, and broader investment powers for municipalities, among others.

 

2016 FONOM/MMAH Northeastern Municipal ConferenceSustainable Communities: The Northern Perspective will feature the Honourable Bob Rae as the keynote speaker. Please do not forget to register if you or your Council have not already done so. The 2016 conference which is taking place May 11-13 in Timmins will be held at the McIntyre Community Centre, 85 McIntyre Road. Please visit the conference website www.timmins.ca/fonomfor more information about accommodations, location, registration, exhibitors and sponsorship.

 

2016 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference– FONOM attended the annual conference and met with six Cabinet Ministers and four Parliamentary Assistants during the multi-Minister delegation. It was a fruitful discussion in which a number of issues were discussed including the Ring of Fire, infrastructure funding, the spring bear hunt pilot extension and expansion, MPAC’s upcoming assessment cycle, to name a few. A more detailed summary of the discussion was sent to the membership last month.

 

Growing Ontario – An initiative with the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA), the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) and stakeholders from the forestry sector aims to celebrate the innovation and contribution provided by the forestry and agriculture sectors while at the same time counteracting the negative and inaccurate information that has led to misconceptions of the industries.

 

Membership Renewals– The deadline to send membership fees was March 31 for the upcoming fiscal year. Please ensure that your municipality submits payment promptly to ensure that you continue to receive FONOM communications. We thank you for your continued support of FONOM!

 

2016 Provincial and Federal Budgets– The 2016 budgets for both the provincial and federal governments were announced in February and March respectively and were overall positively received by municipalities. Both levels of government responded with significant commitments to infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

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