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FONOM ramping up fight for parks and ONTC

Friday, October 12, 2012   by: Kate AdamsFederation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
News Release

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The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities announced Friday that it is ramping up pressure on the government to protect ONTC and overnight camping in ten Provincial parks in Northern Ontario.

“It seems to many, including myself that the future of Northern Ontario is being negatively impacted yet again,” states Mac Bain FONOM Past President. He continues, “because we are passionate about our lives here in the North; therefore, we have to again let the Province know of our frustration.”

"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.

Councillor Bain will be bringing a motion to Council on October 15, in support of the ONTC and protecting Provincial Parks in Northern Ontario.

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