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Councillors represent Kingston at 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference

June 10, 2014 -

Councillor Dorothy Hector re-elected to FCM Board of Directors, Ontario Caucus

Last week, members of Kingston City Council participated in the 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Trade Show in Niagara.

At this year's conference, FCM rolled out their ‘home town champions' campaign calling on municipal leaders to champion municipal issues, like affordable housing and infrastructure investment for the upcoming 2015 federal election.

"The FCM conference is a great opportunity for elected officials to come together from across Canada to learn about what we're doing in our communities," said Councillor Liz Schell. "Hearing from fellow municipal leaders, it's clear the Federal Government, who collects the bulk of our tax dollars, must invest more in infrastructure programs for cities like Kingston to become more urbanized."

This year's conference brought together more than 2,000 municipal leaders from across Canada over four days. Councillors Dorothy Hector, Brian Reitzel, Jeff Scott and Schell took in workshops, key note speeches and plenary sessions. Delegates also heard from leaders representing all parties including three leaders of opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and the Green Party) and two federal ministers.

"It became apparent very early in the conference and after several seminars that rebuilding infrastructure combined with new innovative processes is the urgent need in Canada," said Councillor Reitzel. "The private sector has an increasingly important role in infrastructure investment, costs can no longer be borne by government alone. There will be an ever increasing need for P3 partnership."

The City of Kingston continues to have representation on the FCM Board of Directors. Councillor Hector, has represented Kingston and Eastern Ontario on the FCM Ontario Caucus for the last three and a half years and was re-elected during this conference.

"I am pleased to be representing Kingston and our neighbouring municipalities once again on the FCM Board," said Councillor Hector. "Over the next year, FCM will be developing their advocacy leading up to the 2015 federal election. The Home Town Champions campaign calls on municipal leaders to champion issues important to their communities – in Kingston this means increased investments in affordable housing, infrastructure and our sustainability initiatives."

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. 

"The FCM conference is a great way to connect with large and small communities," said Councillor Jeff Scott. "During the conference, I had the opportunity to take in several cultural workshops/attractions to see what's possible in Kingston – how we can enhance our tourist attractions to bring more visitors to our great city."

The City of Kingston also has representation on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), with Mayor Mark Gerretsen currently sitting on the Large Urban Caucus of AMO.

For more information on the FCM Home Town Champions campaign visit: http://www.fcm.ca/home/issues/more-issues/hometown-champions.htm

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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