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2014-07-04 at 14:02

Northern Ontario mayors remain on same page: Mayor Hobbs

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- While every city has its own issues, mayor Keith Hobbs says Northern leaders are on the same page when it comes to dealing with the provincial and federal government.

Hobbs joined the Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors meeting in North Bay by conference-call to discuss everything from the new provincial cabinet to infrastructure. On cabinet Hobbs said he assured his colleagues that while Northwestern Ontario has two cabinet members, Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro will work for the entire area.

Those portfolios, Gravelle with Northern development and mines and Mauro with natural resources and forestry, impact everywhere from Kenora to North Bay.

"We talked about the growth plan and how that needs to keep moving," Hobbs said. "We have a lot of things in common. We're looking at the same industries."

And of course the Ring of Fire is always top of mind.

"I think that's on everybody's radar," Hobbs said.

The mayors also discussed the proposed $1 billion for Ring of Fire infrastructure along with a $130 billion decade-long commitment for other infrastructure funding throughout the province.

"We're going to see how that rolls out," Hobbs said.


 

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ring of fire dude says:
"Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors" AKA Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors begging for welfare because none of the Mayors are interested in bringing industry to the North meeting .
7/4/2014 4:08:26 PM
moi says:
Ah yes...the $1 billion hem'roid that is...the ring of fire.
7/4/2014 5:12:44 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
The "Ring of Fire" is just a few words thrown together that means nothing to many locals...

Just call it the "circle of wasted time" for now & move on to something that will actually become something, cause just talking about it just isn't working.

7/4/2014 5:28:29 PM
ibrando says:
So Hobbs, Moody's Investor Service passes judgment on Ontario's financial position. The credit rating agency has changed its outlook from stable to negative. This means nothing to you? Forget about the growth plan, things are about to get a whole lot tougher in our have not province. On the bright side? Pretty much puts the kabosh on your welfare dome dreams, now doesn't it?!
7/4/2014 5:49:39 PM
ranma says:
Oh you mean the mayors are going to continue to allow us to be ignored? Great. Great job guys!
7/4/2014 9:05:01 PM
Royalflush says:
Dont hold your breath Hobbs!
7/4/2014 10:13:48 PM
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