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Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors (NOLUM) Meet in Greater Sudbury to Discuss Northern Priorities

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mayors from Northern Ontario's five largest cities met in Greater Sudbury on January 16 to discuss a series of Northern items of mutual benefit, and look forward to a continued positive working relationship with the province of Ontario.

Host Mayor Brian Bigger was joined by Mayor Al McDonald of North Bay, Mayor Steve Black of Timmins and Mayor Christian Provenzano of Sault Ste. Marie. Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs joined by teleconference.

The five NOLUM mayors committed to updating the Northern Priorities Paper, first drafted in 2012, to continue to advocate for Northern Ontario.

"This is a great start to long-term collaboration," said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. "Northern Ontario's growth and prosperity will benefit the province and country. Working together provides an opportunity for future sustainability for all partners."

"We're looking forward to meeting with our provincial partners through our quarterly priority meetings," said North Bay Mayor Al McDonald.

"What's good for Thunder Bay is good for Northern Ontario and good for the province, and what's good for Northern Ontario is good for Thunder Bay,” said Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.

"Timmins looks forward to working with other Northern Ontario cities to continue to speak with one voice," said Timmins Mayor Steve Black.

"I thank Mayor Bigger and Greater Sudbury for this initial meeting, and I look forward to working with my NOLUM counterparts with our provincial partners moving forward," said Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano.
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