NOMA WELCOMES LAUNCH OF NORTHERN POLICY INSTITUTE
For immediate release: Friday, August 31, 2012
THUNDER BAY – This morning, the Government of Ontario announced the launch of the long awaited Northern Policy Institute. The Institute is proceeding under the direction of the Presidents of Lakehead University and Laurentian University and will be based out of their respective universities in Thunder Bay and Sudbury.
“The concept of the Northern Policy Institute is a simple one - Northern policies created in the North, by Northerners,” says Ron Nelson, President of NOMA, “Over the past decades, NOMA has consistently told Governments of all stripes that one size fits all solutions from Toronto do not fit the unique needs of Northwestern Ontario communities. The Northern Policy Institute will finally provide an opportunity for us to provide well researched, non-partisan solutions that deal with our specific challenges.”
Nelson continues, “The work of the Northern Policy Institute will serve to level the playing field by bringing attention to this large geographic area with a small population. This is an exciting day for Northerners! We have a new tool in our tool box that will help us build better communities for our families.”
NOMA represents the interests of 37 municipalities from Kenora and Rainy River in the west to Hornepayne and Wawa in the east. It provides leadership in advocating regional interests to all orders of government and other organizations.