Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday will join nearly 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2018 conference in Ottawa from August 19 to 22.
For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal officials to work collectively to overcome challenges, take part in delegations with provincial ministers and plan for the future.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and leaders of the opposition parties are featured speakers and many provincial ministers will participate in the conference.
Warden Halliday and members of County Council will be participating in four meetings at this year’s conference. On August 19, the group will meet with the Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs to discuss farmland taxation. Farm properties are increasing in value at a faster rate than other property classes in Grey County which is shifting the tax distribution. Grey County will share concerns raised by Grey County Federation of Agriculture earlier this year and will ask the Ministry to examine equitable solutions to the issue.
On Monday morning the delegation will meet with the Minister of Education Lisa Thompson to discuss the Skills Training, Trades and Innovation Hub proposed for the former Sydenham School. The group will also talk about the importance of local school projects such as Beavercrest in Markdale and Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford.
That afternoon the group will meet with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to discuss provincial funding of conservation authorities. Four different conservation authorities serve Grey County.
On Tuesday morning Grey County’s final delegation of the conference will be held with the Ministry of Transportation to discuss rural transportation funding and long-term planning for highway corridors. Affordable rural transportation is a significant barrier in rural communities and the delegation will ask the Ministry for an update about the grant application to the Community Transportation Program.
The AMO Conference also offers many educational sessions. Complete programming information is available online at www.amo.on.ca.
Conference media releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the conference.
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.
During the conference, interviews with Warden Halliday can be arranged by calling Rob Hatten, communications manager, at 519-372-0219 ext.1235 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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