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Ontario Helps Wilderness Camp Conserve Energy

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting energy conservation in the North by investing in the installation of a solar power energy system at a wilderness fishing and hunting outfit in the Wawa area, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Pursuing environmentally friendly, alternative energy sources is a positive step for northern businesses," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "This project will help this tourist outfitter eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel, reducing overall operating costs."

Agich's Kaby Kabins at Kabinakagami Lake, 70 miles north of Wawa, will receive $18,500 from the NOHFC to purchase and install a solar power system. The system will power the entire camp bringing significant annual savings in fuel costs.

"We believe that developing alternative energy sources is important and that it will help small businesses across Northern Ontario continue to thrive," said Bartolucci. "The NOHFC is pleased to be helping off-grid tourist outfitters reduce costs while contributing to preserving and protecting the northern environment."
Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Maintaining a province-wide system of Ontario Travel Information Centres that provided tourism information to 1.8 million visitors last year

•    Investing more than $8 million in the rehabilitation of Highways 547 and 101 east of Wawa.

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 - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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