FONOMFederation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (Canada)
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FONOM president Danny Whalen said FONOM is pushing for the government to "at least maintain the programs they had for industrial hydro rates," which will come into play once the smelter is operational, slated for 2028.
Through a balanced approached, recognizing the benefits as well as the risks associated with this project, FONOM has participated within the consultation process in a number of formats including community sessions, stakeholder meetings and written submissions.
"Forestry is the backbone of many communities across the North and provides good paying jobs while encouraging biodiversity and the protection of wildlife habitats," said FONOM president Danny Whalen in a statement.
FONOM president and Kapuskasing Mayor Al Spacek had harsh words for the government's plans to post the draft without consultation, saying forestry jobs are on the line if Queen's Park forges ahead with the "proposed prescriptions for the 28 species."
Another problem is that NO-MA, FONOM and NOLUM keep coming up with broad lists of goals for the province.
In a release, FONOM expressed concern about the "negative effects on employment, revenues and service levels within northeastern Ontario as a result of the sale."
Spacek, who serves as FONOM president, sits on a government-created ONTC advisory committee made up of municipal, industry and First Nation leaders.
In his current role with FONOM, one of the primary roles is to lobby on behalf of Northeastern Ontario.
"The level of frustration is plausible," said FONOM president Al Spacek.
"We believe now more than ever that it is important for the government of Ontario to stop and listen to Northern residents and communities," said Al Spacek, president of FONOM. "We want to be part of the solution to preserving overnight camping in our parks and ensuring the long-term sustainability of (ONTC's) services."
If FONOM or others thought the idea important they could have done it years ago, as could the rest of the organizations I mentioned.
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is setting its sights on the upcoming provincial election, with an eye on transportation, energy, First Nations participation, and the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).