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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Warden Preps for AMO

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Bruce Warden and Saugeen Shores Mayor has a full slate of meetings at AMO.

There's going to be a lot of wheeling and dealing going on in London, Ontario during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario convention.

Things get underway this weekend and continue to Wednesday.

Bruce County Warden and mayor of Saugeen Shores, Mike Smith says he has a full slate.

First he'll be meeting with the caucus of the Western Ontario and Eastern Ontario wardens.

Smith says the group has four things on its mind including the future of long term care facilities in Ontario.

Smith points out there are waiting lists for these facilities and yet the Local Health Integration Networks are saying there is no capital money for more beds.

They also want some help in assuring that rural hospital emergency rooms stay open.

In addition, they'll be talking about economic development and about farm tax rebates.

As Mayor of Saugeen Shores, Smith says he hopes to meet with Health Minister Deb Matthews to talk about ER department at Saugeen Memorial Hospital in Southampton.

Smith says the town has spent a lot of money on recruiting doctors and now has what it needs but now they need capital money to expand the facility.

Many Saugeen Shores doctors are already on record as saying the working conditions at the hospital are unsafe for both patients and physicians.


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