Energy, Mining, Ring of Fire Raised in Toronto
THUNDER BAY – Representatives from the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association spent Tuesday at Queen’s Park for meetings with the Premier, numerous Ministers, and the leaders of both the Progressive Conservative Party and the New Democratic Party. A luncheon reception was also held for all MPP’s.
NOACC Immediate Past President Andy Scribilo says, “We were pleased with the opportunity for dialogue with the Premier, Ministers, and the Opposition leaders about key issues to Northwestern Ontario. A key focus of our discussions related to the recent announcements in the Ring of Fire and the need for the Province to make mining a priority to ensure that these opportunities do not slip away.”
NOMA President David Canfield, Mayor of Kenora, comments, “Our discussions also focused on the need for energy certainty for the region. We provided documentation from the Common Voice Northwest Energy Taskforce asking for inventory of 75,000 tonnes of advanced biomass at the Thunder Bay Generating Station to ensure security of energy supply in the case of extended cold weather or drought.” Canfield continued, “In addition, NOMA discussed our ongoing concerns with MPAC reassessments on large industrial properties and the impacts that will be felt in our communities through the loss of millions in tax revenues.”
An additional meeting was held with Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti regarding the Spring Bear Hunt pilot project and Forestry issues across the Northwest.