Not all northern groups are critical of last week’s provincial budget. The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities says the budget will increase the community infrastructure fund to $300-million by 2018. Also doubling to $30-million over the same time frame is the connecting links program.

However one area that has FONOM worried is the impact adding 4.3 cents a litre in fuel taxes will have on the north. And FONOM is silent that the Wynne Liberals simply re-announced previous commitments to the Ring of Fire without setting out a time frame.

(Written by: Rocco Frangione)