Date published: Friday, October 5, 2012
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities announced today that it is ramping up pressure on the government to protect ONTC and overnight camping in ten provincial parks in Northern Ontario.
“We are announcing today that we will be renewing our efforts to protect these key assets to Northern Ontario. We are launching a petition and an extensive direct outreach initiative to ensure Ontarians know what this government is up to,” said Alan Spacek, Mayor of Kapuskasing and President of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.
FONOM is working with local municipalities to hold information nights and meetings about the government’s plans and will soon be launching a social media campaign to raise awareness about what is at stake for Northern Ontario.
“We strongly believe the plan to divest from ONTC and close ten of our provincial parks hurts all Ontarians and are calling on everyone in our province to take a stand in support of provincial parks and public transportation,” Spacek added.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend representatives from FONOM will begin collecting signatures on petitions at Ontario Northland bus terminals in the GTA, while concerned citizens are urged to visit www.kapuskasing.ca to download a copy of the petition they and their friends can sign and mail back so their voices are heard as well.
“We are prepared to fight for Northern Ontario. This government and all political parties need to understand that we need action now to protect our communities,” said Spacek.