TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Gary Lipinski, President of the
Métis Nation of Ontario ("MNO") and Laura Formusa, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Hydro One Networks Inc. ("Hydro One") joined with Métis
leadership from throughout the province who are meeting in Toronto to sign an
Engagement Protocol on Hydro One's Bruce-Milton Transmission Line.
The Protocol is the first of its kind between the Métis Nation and an
energy industry partner in Ontario. It will enable the MNO to inform and
engage Métis citizens living throughout the region about the Project, while
also enabling the MNO to participate in the Bruce-Milton Line's upcoming
assess environmental assessment. The Protocol also creates a joint MNO-Hydro
One committee to support this collaborative work.
"This Protocol represents a significant milestone in the MNO's ongoing
efforts to ensure the Crown's duty to consult and accommodate Métis
communities in the province is being fulfilled. Through this Protocol, the MNO
will work with its Community Councils in the potentially affected region to
ensure all Métis citizens are informed about and engaged in relation to the
Bruce-Milton Line," said President Lipinski.
Laura Formusa, Hydro One President and Chief Executive Officer, added,
"We are proud to be a signatory to this agreement as it is the first of its
kind between the Métis Nation of Ontario and an energy industry partner in
this province. Today is a very important day for Hydro One because it
demonstrates the importance we place on developing, building and maintaining
relationships with First Nations & Métis people."
The MNO represents the Métis people in the province of Ontario. The Métis
are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage,
with an ancestral Homeland that centres around Ontario, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and extends into the Northwest
Territories and the northwestern United States. The Métis played an
instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their
culture, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow
Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in
communities from Ontario westward.
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: or interviews contact: Bob Waldon, MNO, Natural
Resources, Environment and Community Relations, C: (905) 301-5203,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Daniele Gauvin, Hydro One Media Relations, (416)
345-6868, 1-877-506-7584, email@example.com