Date published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) met with members of the Provincial Cabinet yesterday at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)/Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Combined Conference in Toronto.
FONOM was delighted and impressed with the number of government representatives that participated in the meeting which included the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance.
FONOM brought forward a range of issues for discussion including opportunities for the utilization of Crown land for economic development, protecting northern industries by amending the Protection of Public Participation Act, development of a long-term plan to four-lane across northern Ontario, and to increase the number of residency program positions within the Northern Ontario School of Medicine which has been integral to the supplying of physicians to northern Ontario.
“The multi-minister delegation provided an excellent opportunity for FONOM to meet with several senior government officials to discuss issues affecting the north,” says Mayor Alan Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “We are thrilled that we are being heard across several ministries.”
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