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Northwestern Chamber holding off on firm nuclear position for now

The region's Chamber of Commerce is keeping its eyes on nuclear waste disposal.
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Nathan Lawrence, president of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce. (Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com)

The region's Chamber of Commerce is keeping its eyes on nuclear waste disposal.

New Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) president Nathan Lawrence says the group passed a resolution at its spring meeting this past weekend hold off on taking a firm position on the matter until they have all the answers.

“It’s really important that we’re doing our due diligence to continue with the research and making sure we have all the information and facts before a decision is made,” Lawrence said on Monday.

“What we’re hearing is that there are communities interested in partaking in this potential program, but we want to make sure our businesses and business members have the appropriate information.”

Lawrence, the former president of the SHIFT Young Professionals Network, was named president at last weekend’s meeting in Geraldton, replacing former president Michael Nitz after his one-year term expired.

The group also passed resolutions advocating for the proper allocation of wood in the forestry industry and trying to allow for stick-frame construction in mid-rise buildings through the Ontario Building Code.

NOACC represents chambers of commerce ranging from as far west as Kenora to Marathon in the east, and includes branches such as Dryden, Fort Frances and Greenstone.

There are nearly 2,000 businesses encompassed.

 



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