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FONOM holding virtual AGM Tuesday

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Some political heavyweights will be addressing the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) at their annual general meeting on Tuesday.

FONOM President Danny Whalen says the virtual event will include messages from Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Whalen says having the Prime minister address delegates at this year’s conference is a “feather in the cap” for FONOM, as many municipalities have seen increased funding from the feds.

A host of topics are up for discussion at the AGM. 

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Whalen says one important issue to their membership is broadband internet access. 

“Being so far in the north, some [municipalities] have very limited broadband so we have two sessions on satellite broadband, one from Telesat Canada and Starlink,” Whalen says. 

Transportation is another important focus. 

“Especially with the announcement of the one bus company shutting down we’re going to have to revisit transportation.  ONTC has always been a great partner for northern Ontario.  We’re excited now that they’re under the umbrella of the Ministry of Transportation,” Whalen says. 

Greyhound shut down their remaining bus service in Ontario and Quebec last week. 

The AGM agenda also features a multi-ministers forum, with the Ministers of Finance, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Infrastructure, Colleges and Universities, and others. 

110 municipalities across the north are represented by FONOM.

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