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Mayor Available for AMO Conference Interviews

August 12, 2010 – Mayor Lynn Peterson and Councillor Joe Virdiramo, along with City Manager Tim Commisso will be three of more than 1,400 delegates at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's 2010 AMO Conference in Windsor from Aug. 16 to 18.

“This is an important conference,” said Mayor Peterson, who is returning by acclamation as Chair of the Large Urban Caucus for AMO. “In addition to the sessions themselves and the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the Province, we have scheduled meetings with Provincial Ministers to discuss important community issues.”

Mayor Peterson will chair two sessions including one on long-term care in Ontario. The second, First Nations and Municipalities – Partners in Development, will also feature Anna Gibbon, the City of Thunder Bay’s Aboriginal Liaison, as a presenter.

For more than 100 years, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has united municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future. The Premier and the leaders of both opposition parties are featured speakers and as many as 18 federal and provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

More than 60 plenary sessions and workshops are scheduled. With the theme “Propelling Economic Prosperity,” the conference focuses on local economic development within the national and global financial outlook. Sessions will also cover pressing issues affecting municipalities, ranging from green energy and waste diversion to health care and infrastructure. Conference program details are available on-line at

An abbreviated conference program can be downloaded from AMO’s website at  Conference news releases, fact sheets and the speaking notes from key presenters will be posted on AMO’s media web page throughout the duration of the conference at

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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Contact:  During the Conference, interviews with Mayor Peterson can be accommodated by calling the Mayor’s Office at 625-3600

Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425,