Warden Ron Vandewal at AMO conference in Ottawa August 13-16

Posted on Wednesday August 09, 2017

Warden Vandewal available for interviews during conference

Glenburnie, ON – Frontenac County Warden Ron Vandewal will join more than 1,900 participants at the 2017 Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) conference in Ottawa from August 13 to16.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and both opposition leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

Warden Vandewal will be attending meetings with ministers and opposition party leaders advocating for regional priority projects.

“I will be speaking on the importance of AMO’s proposed 1% sales tax, dedicated to local infrastructure investment and the need of stabilizing that funding for rural communities,” said Warden Vandewal. “The other issue is of course the importance of cell phone coverage. Everything is now in place through EORN (Eastern Ontario Regional Network). We are waiting for funding and we are letting the ministers know the importance of this,” the Warden added.

Other key session topics at the conference include changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), transit, climate change, new waste legislation and changes to the Blue Box program, marijuana legalization, the digital and sharing economy, affordable housing, police modernization, and much more. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Program information is available online at www.amo.on.ca

During the conference, interviews with Warden Vandewal can be accommodated by contacting Marco Smits, Communications Officer for the County of Frontenac at 613-548-9400 extension 305 msmits@frontenaccounty.ca.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.amo.on.ca.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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For more information about AMO or the 2017 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
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