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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Saugeen Shores Councillors Attend AMO

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Deputy Mayor Don Matheson, Vice-Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt and Councillors Jami Smith and Cheryl Grace are in Ottawa

Photo taken by OCWA President and CEO - Photo Submitted by Jami Smith  

Four members of Saugeen Shores council were present for Premier Doug Ford's address at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa yesterday where he announced funding cuts for public health and child care.

Saugeen Shores Councillor Jami Smith who publicly shared a live video of the Premier's speech says council will continue to support the needs of the community.

"We in Saugeen Shores are privileged to have many public-private partnerships and we will, as a municipality, support them in whatever way possible to offset these implications of the decision."

Smith is attending the conference alongside Councillor Cheryl Grace, Deputy Mayor Don Matheson and Vice-Deputy Mayor Mike Myatt and will have two meetings with Provincial Ministers during their time in Ottawa.

Councillors will be meeting with Minster of Infrastructure Laurie Scott and the Minister of Long-Term Care, Christine Elliott.

"We're really excited to have face-to-face time with those individuals to talk about the expansion at the Southampton Care Centre as well as our Infrastructure and Recreational needs in Saugeen Shores."

The Care Centre currently holds 88 beds and plan to expand to 160.

Smith hopes council will know more about the funding formula and what kind of knowledge the Province could provide for the Private-Public partnership.

Smith says she will also be attending a Lunch and Learn on Cannabis Retail.

In January 2019, Saugeen Shores council voted in favour for allowing Cannabis retail stores. Smith says no legal local business has yet to go through zoning approval to start a retail business in the community. 

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