Aug 15 – Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp has several in-person meetings with ministers as part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference later this month.


On behalf of Norfolk County Council, Mayor Chopp will be discussing various subjects of importance with ministers and high-ranking officials including leaking gas wells, the impacts of phragmites, cannabis, a multi-use recreational hub, shoreline protection, Turkey Point beaches, housing for farm workers and environmental assessments as they relate to construction needs. Also, a joint meeting with Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt to address water capacity opportunities is scheduled with the Ministry of Infrastructure.


AMO is being held in Ottawa from Aug. 18-21. Premier Doug Ford will kick things off, welcoming political officials and representatives from the province’s 444 municipalities.


“This is a tremendous networking opportunity, and provides the chance to plant the seeds and address issues that impact all Norfolk County residents and businesses,” said Mayor Chopp. “With that being said, the real work begins after the conference. Partnering with Ministry officials to ensure Norfolk continues to grow is paramount.”


During the proceedings, Mayor Chopp will also gather with members of the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC). Taking part in the session is Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-term Care, Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.


The Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus is made up of 15 municipalities spanning a region of almost half a million square kilometres from Simcoe County to Essex. Caucus members represent over 3 million residents and work collectively to influence federal, provincial and municipal initiatives through advocacy, research, and education.