FONOM is happy about the recent announcement to extend the spring bear hunt for another five years. President of FONOM Al Spacek is applauding the move, saying it will address safety concerns and bring some much needed economic activity to the area.

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities is also happy about another recent announcement from the province which is confirming more funding will go into infrastructure. That commitment will see the Connecting Link pot doubled, from $15 million to $30 million by 2018. On top of that, the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund is going from $100 million to $300 million.

Spacek says a big part of the OCIF funding is the formula-based portion is going to be increased. That means municipalities will have more predictable funding. Of the $300 million commitment, $200 million will go towards the formula based funding model.