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Regional leaders head to Ottawa for AMO conference

Thousands of municipal representatives descend on the nation’s capital today to meet with federal and provincial ministers.

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference is a chance for councillors and senior staff to compare notes and brainstorm solutions to grander problems with their colleagues from cities all across the province.

Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky is part of the delegation heading to Ottawa.

Jaworsky says he and his staff will be meeting with many people, but specifically they are going to be meeting with the Minister of Transportation. “We will be discussing the needs for better train service to Waterloo Region, including all-day two way GO and the high-speed rail.”

Jaworsky says one of the issue’s in the spotlight at this year’s conference is the pending legalization of recreational pot.

Jaworsky tells 570 NEWS they also want to talk about securing better funding models over the long term, to better meet the needs of our cities. “Cities are now responsible for two thirds of infrastructure, and yet all income tax and sales tax go to the provincial and federal governments, and that’s a key concern for us.”

The conference runs until Wednesday.