Eastern Ontario Wardens Back CREATE

Posted at 07/02/10 - 09:14 AM

The Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus has endorsed the resolution passed by Renfrew County calling for a National Laboratory at Chalk River. They intend to raise the issue with ministers at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference this fall.

See following article from The News (July 1, 2010).

Push is on to ensure Chalk River's future
Wardens from across Eastern Ontario support the push to establish a national laboratory at Chalk River.
During a meeting in Pembroke recently, the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus endorsed a Renfrew County resolution calling on the federal government to establish a post-restructuring mission for the Chalk River Labs as a national laboratory and proceed with the development of a new world-class multi-purpose research reactor to take the company into the future.
The county's chief administrative officer Jim Hutton provided background information to the caucus before it voted on the resolution.
The EOWC went one step further as it will put the issue on the list of items to be discussed with various ministers at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Windsor this fall.
"The comments around the table were very supportive," the CAO noted.
County council passed the resolution at its May meeting following a presentation by members of River Employees Ad Hoc Task force for a national laboratory (CREATE).
The group believes the multipurpose research reactor proposes a vision for the future mission of Chalk River as a national laboratory that will serve all Canadians well into the future.
It believes the CRNL will be Canada's premier laboratory for nuclear and related sciences, according to the executive summary of the report.
Mr. Hutton expects he and Renfrew County Warden Don Rathwell, along with caucus chairman Dave Burton from the county of Haliburton will be involved in the preparation of a brief to be presented to the ministers.
He is optimistic the issue will get the attention it deserves as the EOWC has been an effective lobby group bringing issues forward to the provincial and federal governments in the past.
In preparing the brief, Mr. Hutton will rely on information contained in the recently released study Canada's Creative Corridor Connecting Creative Urban and. Rural Economies within Eastern Ontario and the Mega Region.
The study, which was funded by the Prince Edward/Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporations, concluded that companies such as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited are part of the creative economy which is important to future development.
"Companies where people are paid to think are an integral part of the economy," Mr. Hutton said. "The timing of the report couldn't be better."
The EOWC membership continues to include the 11 Eastern Ontario counties and two singletier municipalities of the city of Kawartha Lakes and Prince Edward County. The entire caucus meets four times a year with the chief administrative officers meeting the month before to finalize the agenda for the meeting.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer Reporter
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