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Ontario Gives More Power To Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park Tourist Destinations Benefit from New Technology

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping two commercial tourism operators located in Algonquin Park take advantage of new solar energy technologies to power their businesses.

"This investment reaffirms the McGuinty government's commitment to expanding northern infrastructure by means that are both economically and environmentally conscious," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "We are on the side of northern entrepreneurs who understand solar power is a viable energy generation technology that can be significantly advantageous to their operations."

The NOHFC is providing $10,500 to retrofit Camp Tanamakoon, a youth and adult camp on Lake Tanamakoon, and Bartlett Lodge, a water-access lodge on Cache Lake, with three solar panel sites that will power water heaters and electrical appliances. One of the solar panel sites will provide electricity to a water heater in Bartlett Lodge's kitchen and another will provide electricity to a water heater and electrical appliances in one sleep cabin. The third solar site will supply electricity that will be used to heat water in Camp Tanamakoon's large central shower house. The new solar energy will also create safer work environments for staff and will increase safety at Bartlett Lodge by providing new pathway night lighting.

"We firmly believe that developing alternative energy sources is important to sustaining off-grid tourist camps in Northern Ontario," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith.  "We hope to see more of them follow in the footsteps of Camp Tanamakoon and Bartlett Lodge in order to reduce costs and maintain the unrivalled natural beauty of the northern wilderness."

Other McGuinty government initiatives that will benefit 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 train 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
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454 
Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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