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Ear Falls Drinking Water To Be Protected

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping provide clean drinking water to Ear Falls by investing in upgrades to the town's water treatment plant, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The McGuinty government is committed to ensuring residents of small northern communities such as Ear Falls have access to a safe drinking water supply," said Bartolucci.  "Our investments are improving the quality of life of northerners and building stronger communities with brighter prospects for the future."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing an additional investment of $20,675 to the Township of Ear Falls to complete upgrades to the local water treatment plant.  The project, which will improve the water quality for approximately 545 households, includes the installation of a raw water flow-meter, controls for the injection of chlorine and water quality analysers.  Since 2004, the NOHFC has invested $54,170 in the project.

"I am very pleased that we could support this local priority for the people of Ear Falls," said Bartolucci.  "Our financial contribution to this project will also help lessen the burden on municipal ratepayers."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern prosperity include:

•    Providing $2 million to improve air services to the Far North, including to residents of 15 First Nations communities

•    Investing nearly $8.8 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 484 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Refocusing the NOHFC's Emerging Technology Program to help bring broadband Internet to most of the North within three years and continue with cellular service expansion.

These NOHFC projects 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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