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At its meeting of Wednesday, September 25th, Hornepayne Council passed the resolution found below. Please continue to question the government and the important ministers to continue pushing this issue for our community.
16.1. Potential Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) Closure Resolution No. 2019-463 Moved By: Drago Stefanic Seconded By: Jon Peroff
WHEREAS the Township has received very short notice that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is planning to close our local store by the end of the year (2019) during the holiday season and offer up an LCBO Convenience Outlet to a local business instead; and,
WHEREAS the Township is a remote northern community with very limited amenities and services; and
WHEREAS the Township is very disappointed with the LCBO for their lack of communication and their total absence of consultation with regard to the closure; and
WHEREAS the Township is in support of the Ontario Public Services Employee Union’s (OPSEU) request that the LCBO retract the Request for Proposal issued to local business owners on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 which calls for applications to become an LCBO Convenience Outlet; and,
WHEREAS the Council is committed to building the Community of Hornepayne up and this unexpected announcement by the LCBO runs counter with Council’s vision for the future of our Community and will have far reaching negative impacts on our local economy; and, WHEREAS the closure of the LCBO further causes grave concerns and raises issues with public and community safety;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Hornepayne does hereby request a halt to this process until community members have been provided a formal and meaningful method of providing feedback;
and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council does hereby request that the LCBO work in partnership with the Township to develop a “made for Hornepayne” strategy to help alleviate the devastating impacts that proceeding with the closure will have on our community;
and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council does hereby request a meeting with the LCBO Board Chair and the Ontario Ministry of Finance to further discuss the plan to close our local store; Township of Hornepayne Regular Meeting of Council September 25th, 2019 Page 6
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Hon. Premier Doug Ford, the Hon. Steven Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, the Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Michael Mantha, M.P.P. Algoma – Manitoulin.
The Municipality retained the services of a consulting firm specializing in municipal governance. The firm has completed a comprehensive report, and it can be found here!
On Saturday, September 14th, several interested citizens met at a local school, to take part in the first of several meetings, to discuss a framework to help the community define its relationship with NWMO moving forward. Spurred by Mayor and council, the goal of the program is to provide a framework for our community as we move forward in the Learn More Process. The goal of the framework is to strike a plan for the community to address what happens next in the NWMO process, whether it is to stay in the process or to leave, regardless of the reasons for either. The group hopes to help define what a "willing host community" is, as we move forward and answer some of the questions around, how does our community and region actually make a decision about the project. We were assisted by a consultant, Robert Manseau of Commerce Management Group from Timmins. For anyone who did not attend and is interested in sharing thoughts about developing the framework, please feel free to contact the Township and they will give you contact information!
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