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February 7, 2018 (Council/Committee)

In addition, my ministry

In addition, my ministry has entered into an agreement with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council to help support the development of best management practices for the control of invasive plants on roadways. Best management practices have been developed for a number of species including phragmites, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed. You can learn more about this at This information helps land managers to better understand and control invasive plants on their property. However, the complex nature of invasive species management is far beyond what any single organization can handle alone. We appreciate and value the important role that municipal governments, non-governmental organizations, stakeholders and members of the general public continue to play in tackling the invasive species issue in our province. We recognize the importance of continuing our joint efforts to manage invasive species. I assure you that we will continue to work closely with other ministries to ensure a modern and effective approach to controlling invasive plant species in our province. Should you require any additional information, please contact Ala Boyd, Manager, Natural Heritage Section, at (705) 755-5088 or Thank you again for writing. Best, Kathryn McGarry Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry c: Premier Kathleen Wynne The Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation Norm Miller, MPP, Parry Sound-Muskoka Township of Archipelago Ala Boyd, Manager, Natural Heritage Section 2

For immediate release: FONOM Seeking Northern Ontario Platforms from Party Leaders January 18, 2018 – Kirkland Lake, ON - The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) sent requests on November 29, 2017 to the three main political parties in the province, seeking their vision for Northern Ontario. The sole party to respond to date is the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. “While we wait to hear from the Ontario Liberal Party and the Ontario New Democrats about their platforms for Northern Ontario, we are encouraged by several commitments made by the Progressive Conservatives,” said Mayor Alan Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. Specifically, they committed to bringing back the Ontario Northlander by the end of their mandate, reverse increases to the aviation fuel tax for all Northern airports, invest in a mobile PET scanner for Northern Ontario and repeal the Far North Act which was a sweeping piece of legislation that ignored Northern voices and stood in the way of economic development opportunities. Northern Ontario is home to approximately one third of Ontario’s municipalities and also includes nearly 90 percent of the province’s landmass. The region also faces unique challenges, which require a different approach than the rest of the province. “We believe that all three parties should have a plan for the North. Hearing campaign promises about transit in the GTA for example has little relevance to those living and travelling in Northern Ontario,” continued Spacek. Northern Ontario needs a committed and willing provincial partner that listens and works hard for the region now and after Ontarians head to the polls on June 7, 2018. For More Information: Mayor Al Spacek FONOM President 705-335-0001 -30- 3 Kirkland Street W, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4 Tel: (705) 567-9361 ext. 258 Email: Website: