Regional Council Notebook: Huson reappointed to the FCM Board of Directors

​Pelham Regional Council. Diana Huson was reappointed to the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at the annual meeting earlier this month.

FCM has been the leading voice of local government in Canada for over 120 years and plays an important role in advocating on behalf of municipalities, ensuring that the needs of cities and towns across the country are reflected in federal policies and programs. .

“I am honored to serve a second term on the FCM Board of Directors, ensuring that Ontario’s municipal priorities are heard in Ottawa,” said Mr. Huson. “I look forward to continuing my work on the board, building on my previous successes, while ensuring that Niagara’s priorities are well represented with federal legislators. »

FCM’s Board of Directors sets strategic priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments across the country. The council meets quarterly to develop positions on federal policies that affect local government in Canada.

Huson’s return to the FCM Board of Directors ensures that Niagara will continue to have a strong voice around the table when decisions are made at the national level, said Regional Chair Jim Bradley.

There are 444 municipalities in Ontario and 14 Ontario caucus seats. Prior to Huson’s appointment to the board, the Niagara Region was not represented on the board.

As climate change is one of the most serious challenges of the time, residents are invited to attend Niagara’s first-ever Climate Change Summit online on June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Last September, the regional council passed a motion declaring a climate change emergency, allocating financial resources to address the impacts of our changing climate, and directing the launch of a regional summit focused on the issue.

The Niagara Climate Change Summit will bring together senior representatives from the public and private sectors to develop a common understanding of climate change and its impact on the community of Niagara.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Hybrid Summit online to learn more about this important issue that affects everyone.

Although attendance at the summit in person is by invitation only due to space constraints, residents can register for free to attend the morning portion of the summit via live stream.

From 9 a.m. to noon, summit attendees will receive an in-depth look at the climate change action taking place in Niagara, with expert speakers and industry leaders from across Ontario sharing successful strategies and best practices that could be considered for implementation in Niagara.

The keynote presentation is by Karen Farbridge, expert in community resilience, governance and climate change.

​Canada Games Park has added GFL Environmental as a new naming sponsor for the facility located at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Sir Isaac Brock Way in Thorold.

GFL is headquartered in Vaughan and GFL Environmental is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America, providing solid waste management, liquid waste management and soil remediation services in Canada and more half of the US states.

This latest announcement includes a number of naming sponsorships for GFL Environmental, including the new internationally certified outdoor athletics center, which will now be known as the GFL Environmental International Track and Field Centre. This new state-of-the-art center consists of a 400m track as well as a grass field which offers a wide range of disciplines such as sprint-medium-long distance running, high jump, hurdles and throws .

The GFL Environmental International Track and Field Center will be one of the centerpieces of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games and is designed to host high level competitions and championships such as the Pan American Trials, Olympic Trials and World Championships. world.

GFL joins a growing group of facility sponsors that includes the Haj-Ahmad Family Foundation.

The Haj-Ahmad Family Foundation provides two key denominational sponsorships, including the indoor 200m suspended track, which will henceforth be known as the Haj-Ahmad Family Foundation track.

He is also the sponsor of one of two entrances to the Walker Sports & Abilities Center which will henceforth be known as the Haj Ahmad Foundation entrance.

The foundation is known for its contributions to the Niagara community that support the health and well-being of Niagara residents and visitors.

“Our family has deep roots in the Niagara region and we are proud of the growth we have seen in the community,” said Dr. Yousef Haj-Ahmad, Founder, President and CEO of Norgen Biotek Corp and Founder of Haj Ahmad. Family foundation.

“We are thrilled to make a contribution to Canada Games Park, a facility that the community will enjoy for years to come. We are honored to help shape the future of Niagara.

Elna M. Lemons