Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield and city staff have been putting in a lot of extra miles recently. Canfield and city staff were a part of the Ontario Good Roads Conference, and Canfield was a guest speaker at the annual general meeting for the Ontario Forestry Industry Association – both in Toronto. Canfield detailed what took place at the OFIA’s meeting.
“We spoke about some of the issues around forestry, endangered species and working with the government to make sure that they don’t shut down any more forestry opportunities because of endangered species that are not actually endangered. We’ve got a lot of land in Ontario. We’re three times the size of Finland, yet we harvest 80 per cent less trees. It was good to be a part of the conference. Forestry is huge in Ontario, major employers and tax-payers. We want to make sure that they’re around for the long-term,” he said.
Canfield says that the Ontario Good Roads Association’s conference was a great opportunity to meet with ministers and Premier Kathleen Wynne. Canfield and representatives from the city met with Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry, Michael Gravelle from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister for Community Safety and Correctional Services.
“We set up meetings with ministers, the premier. Lots of workshops. We brought a few staff members down from the operations department. A lot of new technologies, things that our employees can look at to make us more efficient. It’s amazing what you can do today.
Canfield noted that many announcements that are typically made at the OGRA conference will be saved for the unveiling of the provincial budget on March 28.
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