City Looks Forward to Visit from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 

For Immediate Release
6/9/2015 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager of Communications 
Phone: 519-751-9900 

On Wednesday June 10th, the City of Brantford will host a visit by Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Her Majesty The Queen's representative in the province.

The Lieutenant Governor will be at Brantford City Hall Wednesday to meet with city officials and members of EPAC Group, Brant Waterways and city staff overseeing the remediation and redevelopment projects currently underway in Greenwich Mohawk Lake District. Her Honour will participate in a roundtable discussion to share ideas regarding the ongoing conservation efforts on these sites. The project teams working on these initiatives consist of members representing the three levels of government, Six Nations, local conservation authorities and residents of the community.

As part of her tour throughout communities across Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor is promoting and encouraging discussion of three main themes that she is passionate about, including environmental sustainability, inclusive economic prosperity and social cohesion.

The key local topics of discussion during her visit to Brantford will be the remediation of the Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site, the environmental movement to redevelop Mohawk Lake and the evolution of both initiatives under the newly formed "Greenwich Mohawk Lake District."

Greenwich Mohawk brownfield is a 52-acre site located in the southeast area of Brantford. The site is a land assembly of 3 properties municipally known as 22 Mohawk Street (7.5 acres), 66 Mohawk Street (15.9 acres), and 347 Greenwich Street (28.3 acres). All three properties are owned by the City of Brantford. As part of the City's brownfield initiative, the remediation and redevelopment of the Greenwich Mohawk brownfield site is a key priority for municipal investment. Visioning workshops to gain feedback from the community about the site's future were held on April 22, 2015.

Mohawk Lake has a deep and rich history in our community. Constructed in the early 1800's the canal and lake were once an integral part of the industrial development of the City. In the 1900's the lake and surrounding parkland became a popular recreational area enjoyed by the community for decades. Today, the lake requires a massive clean up effort to restore it to its former glory. To ensure the success of this initiative, remediation and creation of a storm water management infrastructure must be developed with funding support from the provincial and federal governments.

Quotes:

"I look forward to visiting Brantford, and to meeting with residents and their representatives. This visit will emphasize local conservation efforts in the Greenwich Mohawk Lake District, and I am pleased to have a chance to learn about the ongoing collaboration surrounding this important environmental resource."

- Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

"On behalf of the City of Brantford we look forward to hosting our Lieutenant Governor at City Hall on June 10th. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our environmental conservation efforts with Her Honour and gain her input on these important initiatives."

- His Worship Mr. Chris Friel, Mayor of Brantford

Contacts:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.751.9900 ext. 214 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca

John Gross
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
john.gross@ontario.ca
416-325-7786