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Clarington Mayor leads delegation to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference

Clarington August 14, 2015/- Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster is leading a delegation of Council Members and Municipal Staff to the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference this weekend. Mayor Foster has some high-level meetings planned with provincial decision-makers. High on the agenda are priorities that Clarington Council identified in its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan including: the GO Train expansion, improvements to Highway 401 interchanges, Darlington Refurbishment, and Clarington’s request to protect prime agricultural land located within the Municipality outside the Greenbelt boundary.

“We are holding a series of meetings with the Province on issues that are of critical importance to our residents and our community,” said Mayor Adrian Foster. “In fact, we are partnering with our neighbouring communities in Durham Region to further our common interests in the GO Train expansion and will hold a joint meeting with the Minister of Transportation,” added Mayor Foster.

Clarington’s delegation will have three meetings over the course of the AMO conference with Lou Rinaldi, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; the Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli; and the Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca. “We have some pressing economic and transportation issues in Clarington. We need to work with the Province to create viable solutions and move forward with some of these big projects such as the GO Train expansion and improvements to our 401 interchanges,” said Mayor Foster.

The delegation will also focus its discussion on protecting prime agricultural lands located between Clarington’s urban areas. These lands are situated outside of our urban boundaries in an area known as the Whitebelt. The Province of Ontario is conducting its review of the Greenbelt Plan and Clarington is making the case that some of the lands in the Whitebelt should be added to the Greenbelt. The Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project is also on the agenda. The project involves the replacement of core components in all four reactors. It is a project lead by a world class team and is very important to jobs and business growth in Clarington.

The annual 2015 AMO conference runs from August 16 to 19 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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