News Black to meet with Northern Development Minister SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2015 The mayors of Northern Ontario’s five largest cities are in Sault Ste. Marie Thursday. They include Timmins mayor Steve Black and Al McDonald, the mayor of North Bay. The municipal leaders are meeting with northern development minister Michael Gravelle. On the agenda is the Northern Growth Plan. McDonald’s office says the meeting is a continuation of talks on the growth plan to help make and keep the north healthy.