/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Mayors of Canada's largest cities meet in Ottawa January 15/

    OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Big City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC) of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will meet on Thursday, January 15
in Ottawa to discuss ongoing economic challenges and opportunities leading
into the First Ministers' Meeting, Speech from the Throne and Federal Budget.
    The BCMC, comprised of the mayors of Canada's 22 largest cities, will be
meeting earlier in the day in the Canadian Room (Lower Level) of the Fairmont
Château Laurier Hotel. This meeting will be opened briefly to cameras (no
sound) at 9:00 a.m. EST, after which BCMC meetings will resume (in-camera).
    The BCMC will then report to the media about their deliberations at a
news conference scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (all times Eastern) in the Quebec
Suite (1st Floor) of the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel.
    Of particular interest to the media are the specific opportunities
surrounding job creation and shovel-ready infrastructure projects - housing
and public transit, among others. This follows FCM's release of a report
detailing shovel-ready municipal infrastructure projects earlier this week
(Wednesday, January 14).

    Media across the country are invited to listen to the news conference by
conference call.

    WHAT:  FCM Big City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC) photo opportunity and news

    WHEN:  Thursday, January 15
           - Photo opportunity (no sound): 9:00 a.m. EST
           - News conference: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. EST

    WHERE: - Photo opportunity (no sound): 9:00 a.m. EST:
             Canadian Room (Lower Level), Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa
           - News conference 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. EST:
             Quebec Suite (1st Floor), Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa

           - By phone (listen only):
             To listen to the news conference by phone, call 1-866-250-5144
             (in Toronto, 416-849-6163). Reporters should advise the operator
             they wish to be connected to the Mayors teleconference. For
             assistance, dial Star 0.

             NOTE: Please terminate the connection when you leave the call.
             Please do not put the line on hold.

    WHO:     The following members of FCM's Big City Mayors Caucus (BCMC)
             have confirmed their attendance (listed from west to east):

             1.  Surrey, Her Worship Mayor Dianne Watts
             2.  Vancouver, His Worship Mayor Gregor Robertson
             3.  Calgary, His Worship Mayor David Bronconnier
             4.  Saskatoon, His Worship Mayor Don Atchison
             5.  Winnipeg, Councillor Gord Steeves for His Worship Mayor
                 Sam Katz
             6.  Windsor, His Worship Mayor Eddie Francis
             7.  London, Her Worship Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best
             8.  Kitchener, His Worship Mayor Carl Zehr
             9.  Hamilton, His Worship Mayor Fred Eisenberger
             10. Brampton, Her Worship Mayor Susan Fennell
             11. Mississauga, Her Worship Mayor Hazel McCallion
             12. Toronto, His Worship Mayor David Miller
             13. Ottawa, His Worship Mayor Larry O'Brien
             14. Gatineau, Councillor Richard Côté for His Worship Mayor Marc
             15. Montreal, His Worship Gérald Tremblay will be joined by the
                 Mayor of the Borough of Lachine and Montreal Councillor
                 Claude Dauphin
             16. Longueuil, Councillor Jacques Goyette for His Worship Mayor
                 Claude Gladu
             17. Quebec, Councillor François Picard for His Worship Mayor
                 Régis Labeaume
             18. Halifax, His Worship Mayor Peter J. Kelly
             19. St. John's, His Worship Mayor Dennis O'Keefe

    About the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901,
representing the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters
that fall within federal jurisdiction. With more than 1,775 members
representing 90 per cent of Canadians, FCM members include Canada's largest
cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial
municipal associations.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews: Maurice Gingues,
(613) 907-6395, mgingues@fcm.ca

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