On behalf of the 13 County and Single-Tier municipalities comprising the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC), I am honoured to represent the EOWC this year as Chair and to have the opportunity to support the property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario. EOWC member municipalities work as a team, researching important issues, advocating for our 750,000 residents, and striving to ensure that conditions are in place to make Eastern Ontario the greatest place in the world to reside. We endeavour to speak with one voice, ensuring that our views are heard and considered by federal/provincial policy makers, business leaders, the media, and the public.
Our priorities for 2016 are focused on advancing economic development and employment opportunities for the region, namely by convincing the Province and energy suppliers to invest in the region's hydroelectricity and natural gas transmission systems; working with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network(EORN) to close the cellular network and mobile broadband gaps that exist in many communities; making our voice heard against any development-control that would limit growth and economic development opportunities in rural Eastern Ontario; supporting the Leadership Council as it begins the implementation of key actions proposed in the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy; and advocating for an across-the board decrease in Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) costs.
I hope you find our website informative and that you take an interest in the affairs of our great region.
Warden Peter Emon, Chair 2016
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