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Local Water Supply Upgraded

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is ensuring residents of the Township of Oliver Paipoonge have access to safe drinking water by investing in upgrades to the local well supply, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're on the side of northerners.  That's why we're working with them to create a stronger, more prosperous North," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "Through investments such as this one, we are providing northern communities with the resources they require to grow and prosper."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $47,880 to upgrade the Rosslyn well supply to bring it into compliance with the province's Drinking Water Systems Regulation.  Improvements include construction of treated water storage, along with the installation of a standby power source, backflow preventers and flow meters.  

"I am pleased that our government is helping small, northern communities modernize their drinking water infrastructure," said Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP.  "By ensuring residents have access to a safe, reliable supply of drinking water, we are providing them with a better quality of life."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

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

•    Investments 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 in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

•    The opening of the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to training doctors in the north, so they will practice in 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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