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Sioux Lookout mayor Dennis Leney says that he is enjoying his time at the Association of Municipalities Ontario conference in Ottawa. He says he had a discussion with Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Deb Matthews, regarding the aging population in northwestern Ontario.
"We know we have an aging population in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout. What we're looking at is that under the Drummond Report is that we at least should be trying to keep seniors in their homes, rather than putting them in institutions, like extended care and places like that, just trying to keep them in their homes as long as we can," he said.
He also says that he has used the opportunity to address the shortage of long-term care beds at the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre.
"We're always looking at pressuring the government on the four party agreement with the Meno-Ya-Win hospital to make sure that we get more long-term care beds. Right now we only have 20 beds and we are looking for at least another 60," he said.
He also says that he is enjoying working with the other mayors and councillors and says that the experience has been very informative.