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Delegation Brings Community Issues to Ministers

February 25, 2010 – Mayor Lynn Peterson and Councillors Joe Virdiramo, Brian McKinnon and Aldo Ruberto attended the Annual Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) / Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto on Feb. 21 - 24. The conference theme this year was ‘On the Road to Recovery’.

The Thunder Bay delegation took part in workshops that focused on Building Green for a Sustainable Future, Economic Development, First Nation Consultations and more.

“Not only do we get the opportunity to explore the latest municipal issues and innovation at this conference, but we are bringing significant issues from our community directly to the Provincial Ministers,” said Mayor Peterson.

In addition to the conference, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with various Ministers including Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, along with officials from the Ministry of Health to discuss the need to increase the detox beds in Thunder Bay.

They met with Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, for discussions on the implementation of the Northern Growth Plan. Also discussed was more of a focus on the reduction of energy costs, attracting new industries, and programs to help stimulate the economy.

A request to Chris Bentley, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, was also made by the delegation for a Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs office in Thunder Bay, and support for the Neighbourhood Capacity Building Program.

The OGRA/ROMA Conference has become one of the largest municipal conferences in Canada, attracting over 1500 delegates and more than 2300 participants in total. The Premier of Ontario and key Ministers were in attendance. For more information about the conference, visit the OGRA website at

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Contact: Lynn Peterson, Mayor - City of Thunder Bay, 625-3601