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Drinking Water Quality To Improve In Thorne

Upgrades To Local Water Treatment Plant Show Government Is On Northerners' Side

SUDBURY - Residents of Thorne will benefit from improved drinking water with the help of an Ontario government investment in upgrades to the local water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're on the side of northerners.  That's why we're making sure they have access to a reliable supply of drinking water, which provides a better quality of life," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "Our government is committed to helping northern communities modernize their infrastructure."

The NOHFC will invest $ 5,289 in upgrades to the Thorne Local Services Board water treatment plant which provides drinking water to 101 households. Numerous improvements include the installation of a stand-by chlorination pump.

"Investments such as this one are providing northern communities with the infrastructure necessary to spur economic growth and prosperity," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP and Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. "We are working with northerners to create a stronger, more prosperous North."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    A $1.8-billion investment, over five years, in upgraded and expanded highways.

•    Providing $900 million in assistance for the forestry industry.
•    Investing in northern health care, including $25 million to reduce wait times in the North. $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements across the North.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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