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Wild At Heart Refuge Takes Flight

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Wild At Heart Refuge Takes Flight

Investment Will Promote Public Education and Wildlife Preservation

SUDBURY - Both wildlife and people will benefit from the Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre being developed with the help of an Ontario government investment, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're proud to help northerners who have a vested interest in preserving and protecting our wild creatures," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "That's why we're investing in this facility which will blend care and rehabilitation of wild life with a unique program of public education that will attract both local residents and tourists."

The NOHFC will invest $165,300 towards the construction of a new wildlife rehabilitation facility on a site adjacent to the Walden Animal Clinic, a unique facility in Greater Sudbury that treats about 400 animals annually. The centre will provide care and rehabilitation for rescued wildlife as well as a program of public education and opportunities for viewing wildlife in a natural setting.

"Our government is committed to helping northern communities develop exceptional enterprises that will foster economic growth and prosperity," said Bartolucci. "We are working with northerners to create a stronger, more prosperous North."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to help alleviate the doctors shortage;

•    Investing $1.8 billion over five years in the expansion and rehabilitation of northern highway;

•    Launching Ontario's first biodiversity strategy to protect the province's plants and wildlife and the habitats that support them;

•    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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