Municipal leaders in the Dryden area are wrapping up their meetings in Ottawa this week, as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference has come to a close. Mayor Greg Wilson, CAO Roger Nesbitt and city councillor John Carlucci were all in attendance.

“There’s a number of items that we wanted to talk about at AMO. We feel that we really needed to bend a number of minister’s ears,” said Mayor Greg Wilson.

“We made a concerted effort this year to get in front of the right people. If we couldn’t officially, then we wanted to make sure that we’re hanging around the right places to bump into people.”

Wilson has previously spoken about how he would like to the new government at Queen’s Park address the downloading of costs onto municipalities - as the city currently has roughly $2.4 million in provincial downloading costs - as well as ways to reduce policing costs in the Dryden area.

Dryden’s AMO delegation met with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Ministry of Infrastructure and many other municipal leaders throughout the week.

Over 1,900 municipal leaders from over 450 municipalities came together for the annual conference. AMO president Lynn Dollin opened the conference on Monday, followed by Ontario’s NDP leader Andrea Horwath. Ontario Premier Doug Ford also delivered a speech on Monday morning.

Municipal leaders also focused on the introduction of legalized cannabis yesterday, with presentations from police, and more insight into how cannabis’ legalization will affect municipalities across the province.

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