Brantford Delegation Details Positive Outcomes from 2015 AMO Conference Meetings 

For Immediate Release
8/21/2015 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager of Communications 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

BRANTFORD – Mayor Chris Friel travelled to Niagara Falls to attend the 2015 AMO (Association of Municipalities Ontario) Conference, August 16th- 19th and left feeling very optimistic about moving several key local initiatives forward. This year’s Conference was particularly effective in solidifying productive partnerships with provincial counterparts.

Brantford was strongly represented as Mayor Friel was joined by Council members David Neumann, Dan McCreary, John Utley and Larry Kings. Mayor Friel is a member of the AMO Board and this week chaired a plenary discussion regarding the Importance of Ethics and Integrity in Local Government.

Mayor Friel attended the Conference with a specific agenda, identifying discussions regarding strategic growth negotiations as a main priority. Mayor Friel left the meeting with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin feeling optimistic about moving boundary talks with the County forward. City and County CAO’s will meet with the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the near future to discuss an action plan for the next phase of discourse.

Another topic of discussion with Ministry leaders was the Safe Brantford initiative. The City’s proactive approach was heralded by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Yasir Naqvi during his address to delegates. Mayor Friel and the Brantford delegation also had the opportunity to discuss the Healthy Brantford initiative with the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris. “Given the acute need for additional healthcare providers in our community, I was encouraged by the positive discussion on this important topic about ways in which we can enhance healthcare resources in our region,” said Mayor Friel.

In response to a GO Transit business case presented by Mayor Friel and the Brantford delegation emphasizing the need for GO Transit to extend to Brantford to meet the City’s growth demands, Minister of Transportation, Steve Del Duca indicated that GO Transit options could be available as early as year end. Six Nations Chief Ava Hill also addressed Conference delegates regarding the importance of building strong relationships and the vital role that Six Nations and Brantford play in building a strong bond between adjoining communities. Chief Hill also spoke about the “Save The Evidence Campaign” launched this past June. In support of the campaign, Brantford City Council approved a resolution brought forward by Mayor Friel to contribute $220,000 to help restore the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.

The conference was concluded with Mayor Friel attending an OLG Host Municipality Mayors Meeting, regarding the modernization plan of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The plan allows OLG to provide additional funding to Ontario for important community services, such as health care and education. OLG will achieve these new objectives through privatizing lottery and gaming operations while continuing to oversee operations.

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Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Office: 519.759.4222. ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
Email Maria Visocchi (mvisocchi@brantford.ca)