Media advisory - 2008 AMO Conference to Draw More than 1600 Municipal Leaders

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - More than 1600 delegates from municipalities
across Ontario will attend the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's 2008
AMO Conference, August 25 to 27 at the Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By
Drive, Ottawa. All three provincial party leaders and as many as 17 Provincial
Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants will participate.
    The annual AMO Conference is Ontario's foremost educational forum for
municipal governments. More than 30 plenary sessions and workshops are
scheduled, featuring approximately 80 speakers. Priority topics include
energy, infrastructure Investment, environmental protection, sustainability,
immigration, waste management, connecting with youth, developing human
resources, the use of federal gas tax funding, trade and labour mobility, and
labour relations.

    The three-day agenda includes presentations by:
    -   Doug Reycraft, AMO President 2006-2008;
    -   Peter Hume, AMO President Elect 2008-2010;
    -   Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario;
    -   Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing;
    -   Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade;
    -   John Tory, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader;
    -   Howard Hampton, Ontario New Democratic Party Leader;
    -   Allan Gregg, Political Commentator; and,
    -   Michelle Dagnino, Youth Culture Expert

    In addition, as many as 16 Ontario Government Ministers and Parliamentary
Assistants will answer questions from conference delegates in an open session
at 3:45 PM on August 26.
    All media are required to register at the Colonel By Room upon arrival.
The British Columbia Room in the Westin Hotel will be available as a media
resource room from Monday, August 25 to Wednesday August 27. 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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