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Summer Newsletter 2017


FONOM will be undergoing operational changes over the next month. We will be welcoming a new staff member and the office will be moving to Kirkland Lake. More details to follow!


Meeting of the Board of Directors’ held July 7, 2017 – The FONOM Board of Directors’ held their July meeting via teleconference and discussed a number of issues including supporting AMO’s Local Share report which focuses on the need for a one percent increase to the HST that would be dedicated to supporting municipal infrastructure. The Board also opposed the “fire-medic” proposal to expand medical services for firefighters, the removal of one third tax exemption for local elected officials as announced in the 2017 Federal Budget and supported a request to the provincial government to create incentives for businesses, institutions, and government departments to operate in Northern Ontario.


2017 AMO Conference in Ottawa – The Boards’ of Directors of FONOM and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) held a joint delegation meeting with provincial Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants to present a report card on the government’s progress on several key issues. It was an opportunity to highlight where the government has listened to the municipal sector and also an opportunity to demonstrate where they have failed municipal governments, and more importantly Northern Ontario.


The FONOM Board also met with the PC Caucus and NDP Caucus to discuss a number of issues including railway right-of-way property taxation, new revenue tools for municipalities, electricity costs for municipal governments, four-laning the TransCanada highway, funding for fire services infrastructure and the Ring of Fire development.


FONOM and NOMA also held a Northern Hospitality Suite during the conference which was well attended and provided a great opportunity for delegates across the province to network and experience Northern hospitality. A big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!



Update on policy matters:


Draft Species at Risk (SAR) Guide


Along with NOMA and ROMA, FONOM’s advocacy efforts in requesting the province to delay posting the draft Species at Risk (SAR) Guide to the Environmental Registry was proven successful as announced at a meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry during the AMO Conference.  Minister McGarry also agreed to implement a working group as committed to previously as well as conducting a socio-economic analysis. Thank you to our members who passed resolutions. It is because of our collective efforts that the government listened. We look forward to continuing to engage with the province and work on this file to ensure our local economies are not adversely affected due to policy and legislation.



Next FONOM Board Meeting:


The next meeting of the FONOM Board of Directors will take place on September 28, 2017 in Timmins.

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