Photo: MP Mike Bossio held a town hall on rural sustainability in Madoc on Saturday. Pictured with Bossio are Stirling’s Bernadette Bradley (left) and Adrien Wilcox (right), and Madoc’s Mary Ann Baumhour (centre).
Keeping our rural communities sustainable was at the heart of a town hall held by MP Mike Bossio in Madoc on Saturday. About 40 people gathered at Centre Hastings Secondary School for a presentation by Bossio, which was followed by a question and answer session.
The presentation ranged from what the federal government is doing to address the challenges for an aging population, retaining young people in our rural communities, support for the agriculture sector, economic development, and infrastructure, how to reduce poverty, and how to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
“We have communities in our riding who are at capacity because they don’t have the infrastructure in place for further growth,” said Bossio. “This is why our investments in water and wastewater infrastructure are so important, and there are more to come.”
The questions from the audience largely focused on the need for improved highspeed internet access.
Bossio announced that the Connect to Innovate highspeed internet project that was approved last year with an investment of $10.8 million from the federal government and $25 million from Xplornet has now grown in scope with an additional $7 million in private capital being invested by Xplornet, bringing the total investment to over $42 million. Work on the project is now underway and will take approximately two years to complete. Over 500 kms of fibre-optic cable are being laid in 14 municipalities, which will feed cutting-edge small cell technology to deliver urban-like speeds to the service area.
Bossio ended the presentation by noting that “we are trying to bring about transformational positive change for society to keep our rural communities sustainable and protect the environment for our children and grandchildren. As farming communities, we have all grown up with the belief that we should leave the land to the next generation better than we found it, and that’s what we need to keep striving for today for rural sustainability.”
The next town halls will be held in Amherstview on June 15, Marmora on July 2, and Bancroft on July 9. Details are available by contacting Bossio’s office, or at www.mikebossiomp.ca/events
Highspeed Internet Map
Proposed fibreoptic cable route for the Connect to Innovate highspeed internet project. ***Subject to change
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