Local forestry summit a ‘go’

After a successful forestry summit was held in Dryden some weeks ago in response to the crisis in the forest industry, a similar summit has been scheduled for Fort Frances.
Coun. Tannis Drysdale said the meeting has been slated for Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. upstairs in the auditorium at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Confirmed speakers so far include John Harrison, manager of Abitibi-Consolidated here, Gary Rogozinski, president of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Dan Onichuk, Kenora-Rainy River MPP and Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton, and Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshcoff.
Coun. Drysdale said other speakers may also be added to the list. She also said citizens are “urged to attend,” despite the fact Premier Dalton McGuinty last month promised an investment in the forest industry.
“This is a really critical juncture, and it’s very important the Dalton McGuinty government continues to be aware or the concerns in communities in Northern Ontario,” she said.
The Premier made his pledge at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Toronto two weeks ago.
“While our voice was heard in Toronto, you have to yell really loud from Fort Frances to be heard,” Coun. Drysdale noted.
The town hall-style meeting in Dryden in July drew nearly 400 residents.