Media Advisory - 2007 AMO Conference to Draw More than 1500 Municipal Leaders as Provincial Election Approaches

    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - More than 1500 delegates from municipalities
across Ontario, and as many as 18 Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants from
the Provincial and Federal governments, will attend the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario's 2007 AMO Conference, August 20 to 22 at the Ottawa
Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa. Municipal issues will feature
prominently in this fall's Provincial election and all three parties will
address the Conference.
    The annual AMO Conference is Ontario's foremost educational forum for
municipal governments. More than 30 plenary sessions and workshops are
scheduled, on topics such as fiscal challenges, climate change, infrastructure
renewal, property taxes, relations with First Nations, homelessness, energy
and conservation, the Clean Water Act, community safety and waste management.
    The three-day agenda includes presentations by:
    -  Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario;
    -  John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
    -  Jim Flaherty, Federal Minister of Finance;
    -  John Tory, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader;
    -  Howard Hampton, Ontario New Democratic Party Leader;
    -  Jay Hope, Ontario Commissioner of Community Safety;
    -  Philip F. Mangano, Executive Director of the United States Interagency
       Council on Homelessness (USICH), who leads U.S. efforts to address
    -  Thomas Homer-Dixon, Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and
       Conflict Studies, and acclaimed author of The Upside of Down;
    -  Robert Fisher, Political Analyst and CBC news personality; and,
    -  Stuart McLean, award winning CBC radio personality.

    In addition, as many as 16 Ontario Government Ministers and Parliamentary
Assistants will answer questions from conference delegates in an open session
on August 21.
    All media are required to register at the Colonel By Room upon arrival. A
media resource room will be available from Monday, August 20 to Wednesday
August 22. Interested media are encouraged to facilitate the scheduling of
interviews with presenters and dignitaries in advance by contacting Brian
Lambie, Conference Media Contact, at 416-729-5425, or

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 445
municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government
in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and
essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)

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