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McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - A Kenora area tourist camp is acquiring a more economical and "greener" solar power energy system thanks to an investment from the Ontario government, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are helping small businesses across the North pursue environmentally friendly, alternative energy sources," said Bartolucci. "Our funding will help this tourist camp eliminate its dependency on diesel fuel and reduce overall operating costs."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $24,000 to Rowdy Lake Camp, located about 55 miles north of Kenora, to purchase and install an 8,000 watt solar power system. The system will provide energy to the camp, reducing dependency on diesel power generation and bringing significant annual savings in operating and fuel costs. Funding is provided through the NOHFC's Small Business Energy Conservation Program.

"Energy conservation is a priority of our government and by converting our homes and businesses to more economical energy sources we are advancing our province's energy plan," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "We are supporting northern businesses that are making the transition to environmentally sound energy consumption."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Providing more than $760,000 through the Ministry of Tourism and $375,000 through the NOHFC to support marketing initiatives in the second year of the Strategic Tourism Development and Marketing Partnership for Northern Ontario

•    Investing $6.7 million in student bursaries at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors for 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 - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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