'Strong Canada begins with strong hometowns': Atwater

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Wayne Atwater

Close to 2,000 of Canada's municipal leaders gathered May 30–June 2 at the 77th Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference in Ontario’s Niagara Region.

They had opportunities to learn from experts, attend workshops on a variety of issues and network with colleagues. There was a lot of discussion on how to influence the federal government to ensure that Canadians have the quality of life they deserve and enabling the innovation that creates jobs and growth in this country.

“From investing in our roads, bridges, transit and water system to making sure all Canadians have a decent place to live,” said County of Kings Warden Diana Brothers. “We know many of the solutions lie in strengthening our hometowns and their ability to be innovative and responsive.”

Much of the discussion during the conference revolved around the frontline role municipalities play in delivering key services to Canadians.

Delegates also had the opportunity to hear from and influence speakers, representing all parties, including three leaders of opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and the Green Party) and two federal ministers. 

“We are leaving the Niagara Region with a united message that a strong Canada begins with strong hometowns,” said Coun. Wayne Atwater, who attended the conference as a FCM board member. “These are the services Canadians rely on and we know that they want to see all levels of government cooperate to make our hometowns stronger.”

 

Organizations: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Party

Geographic location: Canada, Niagara Region, Ontario Kings Warden Diana Brothers

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  • john ross
    June 06, 2014 - 22:56

    Anyone notice how much improved municipal issues have been solved and how much better employment,roads,constituant satisfaction,etc has been since the councillors have travelled far and wide,all expenses paid to always fine resorts,to attend the canadian roundup of a bunch of nobodies at taxpayers expense that they call THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF MUNICIPALITIES ANNUAL MEETING?Me neither.Maybe instead of telling us how important connections are made and how they learned so much of what successful municipalities accomplish,they could actually demonstrate why we,the taxpayer,who top up their $30,000 salary for part time work,should continue to sponsor this farce.What a sad joke these people are,they couldn't change a light bulb without 6 "in camera" meetings and 5 consultants to study the issue.