Northern summit to be held in Timmins – Wayne Snider (Timmins Daily Press – November 1, 2013)

The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.

TIMMINS – Ontario cabinet ministers will converge on Timmins in early December to meet with Northern leaders. On Thursday, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle announced plans to host a Northern Leaders’ Forum on Dec. 6 in Timmins. The meeting will involve municipal, Aboriginal, business, industry and education leaders from across the North.

The main topic for discussion will be how best to implement the provincial government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

“Our government first released the Growth Plan as a blueprint for job creation and economic development throughout Northern Ontario,” Gravelle said. “Since its release, we have seen communities, organizations, and Aboriginal groups achieve some amazing things that have unequivocally proven my belief in the strength and resilience that we all share as Northerners.

“I am very pleased that our government is able to fulfil the request of the Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors (NOLUM) and bring together key government ministers and community and Aboriginal leaders from across Northern Ontario to renew momentum and drive forward the next phase of the Growth Plan.”

The mayors from Northern Ontario’s largest cities — Timmins, Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay — asked for the summit during a conference held in Southern Ontario in August.

At that conference, the NOLUM mayors presented cabinet with a document listing Northern priorities. Originally, the mayors asked for the meeting within 90 days of delivering the report.

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