Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities had an opportunity to meet one on one with Premier Wynne and several Cabinet Ministers at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Association (ROMA/OGRA) Combined Conference February 23-26, 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
The ROMA/OGRA conference represents one of the largest of its kind that brings together municipal leaders from across the province.
It provides an opportunity for municipal delegates to network and share information on best practices and address local challenges.
The annual conference also enabled attendees to meet with Cabinet Ministers and the Premier directly and engage in a dialogue on issues of importance.
FONOM delegates continued their lobbying efforts on behalf of northern Ontario municipalities and voiced their concern on several issues including the forestry industry, provincial parks, and infrastructure to support municipal development needs, transportation and resource based industries.
FONOM also addressed a particular private members bill which if passed, has the potential to hurt northern industries and economies by allowing radical activist groups to make false claims about community dependent companies without impunity.
This legislation has been of great concern to many municipal leaders across the north. President, Al Spacek stated that “progress has been made with the provincial government and opposition” in respect to this bill.
In order to build on the strengths of the North and ensure long-term sustainability it is important that “northern industries, communities and government work together harmoniously” says Spacek.
FONOM looks forward to furthering the discussions on issues that were addressed during ROMA/OGRA with the province.