During its annual inaugural meeting on January 11 and 12, 2024, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) saw Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon re-elected as Chair and Peterborough County Warden Bonnie Clark acclaimed as Vice-Chair for the 2024 term.
According to a release from Frontenac County, tor the purposes of good continuity, the EOWC will stay the course with its priorities for the initial months of 2024. This will inform advocacy during EOWC’s delegation meetings at the 2024 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference, being held from Sunday, Jan. 21 to Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in the City of Toronto.
“I am honoured my colleagues in eastern Ontario have shown their faith in me once again. We will work together to address the issues and champion solutions that impact residents of rural eastern Ontario. I look forward to the year ahead and being around many decision-making tables,” said Peter Emon.
Frontenac County noted that EOWC’s priorities include affordable and attainable housing and the 7 in 7+ Regional Housing Plan, long-term care, and modernizing the construction approval process to support economic development.
Members of the EOWC are looking forward to attending the upcoming ROMA 2024 Conference later this month to build strong relationships with municipal colleagues and the Provincial Government, according to the release.
“In my second year as Vice-Chair, I will continue to bring key issues forward on behalf of rural eastern Ontario municipalities and their residents. I look forward to working together with Chair Emon, our Caucus colleagues and staff, and identifying new priorities for the remainder of 2024,” noted Bonnie Clark.
At the meeting, the 2023 EOWC members were thanked for their efforts on behalf of residents of eastern Ontario. Frontenac County said the Caucus will re-evaluate its strategic plan and priorities during the priority-setting EOWC meeting to be held in March 2024, as it has done in the past.
The EOWC is made up of representatives from:
- County of Frontenac
- County of Haliburton
- County of Hastings
- City of Kawartha Lakes
- County of Lanark
- United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
- County of Lennox and Addington
- County of Northumberland
- County of Peterborough
- United Counties of Prescott and Russell
- Prince Edward County
- County of Renfrew
- United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
According to the release, the EOWC covers an area of approximately 50,000 square kilometres from Northumberland County to the Québec border. The Caucus supports and advocates on behalf of its 90 local municipalities and 800,000 residents across the region. Learn more about the Caucus on its website.