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    Wishing Kenora Liberal Candidate Bob Nault and Thunder Bay-Rainy River Liberal Candidate Don Rusnak the very best in the election tomorrow!
    Oct 18, 2015 6:58 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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    Wishing you a very happy new year!
    Dec 31, 2014 10:04 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    I would like to share some of my thoughts on the issue of the Fort Frances Mill that has been on the forefront of many people’s minds: The potential opening of the Fort Frances Mill has become a very energetic awakening for many that felt things would not get any better in the area. But when talks broke down between Wisconsin based company Expera and Resolute, things started to get very heated. As a result, there has been more than a fair share of mudslinging since that time. In some cases, it is getting to be too much. Letters in the papers, online and so on have skewed information so much, that the facts get more hidden day by day. I personally think it is very important that political pressure is applied. It makes sense that our MPP is pressuring the government to do something; it makes sense that the Town of Fort Frances is putting pressure on politicians, and it makes sense to share it with the media to get attention to it. But when it gets to the point when there is an illusion that single individuals are solely responsible for what has happened at the mill, it's going too far. In the general public, there are those putting sole blame on Premier Wynne as the reason why the mill is shut down, there is sole blame that Minister Mauro wants all the wood for Thunder Bay and doesn't want to help Fort Frances, and there has been those that say Ontario Liberals don't care about the Rainy River District. I personally do not agree with those statements as they are based on emotional bias and rumours. What I can tell you is that the Ministers (Gravelle and Mauro) and the Premier are very aware of what is going on and are working together with stakeholders to come to solutions on the many issues pertaining to this situation. I know that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is open to move forward with a forest tenure modernization model that will create a positive climate for investment in the forestry sector. In fact, this forest tenure model was brought in by the Liberal government against objections from the NDP. As President of the Rainy River District Municipal Association, we have sent letters to both Mauro and Wynne signed by me to support this new forest tenure system and to work with local First Nations, municipalities and industry to move this process forward. The communities in the Rainy River District, including First Nations, are firm in their belief that something can be achieved. I was part of the delegation that went to Queen's Park in early November and I was able to book the meeting with both Minister Gravelle and Minister Mauro. It was a productive meeting and some of the good news that we have heard recently is a direct result of those meetings. They listened well and informed us that they would continue to work on it. As an Ontario Liberal, I care about the well-being of our communities in the Rainy River District. I have been there to support Fort Frances and many community members on this issue wherever and whenever I have been able to. I want people to know that the Premier knows what is going on and cares about it. I hope that positive things will happen in our District no matter what the industry may be. One of the ways to do that is to put pressure on political figures and on business, but, we do not have to enter into the blame game or create unnecessary rumours in order to achieve it. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Anthony Leek Kenora-Rainy River Provincial Liberal Association Anthony Leek
    Dec 08, 2014 9:52 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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    I want to clarify from the Fort Frances Times November 5th publication (A1) that the Premier did not decline a meeting with the Fort Frances delegation from me. In fact, the request was for Minister Gravelle and Mauro, which was granted and overall positive. The newspaper did not ask me about the comments they made in the article. Thank you.
    Nov 11, 2014 5:39 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    I want to clarify from the Fort Frances Times from the November 5th publication (A1) that the Premier did not decline a meeting with the Fort Frances delegation from me. In fact, the request was for Minister Gravelle and Mauro, which was granted and overall positive. The newspaper did not ask me about the comments that was made in the article. Thank you.
    Nov 11, 2014 2:53 pm | Ontario, Kenora

October

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    Thank you for re-electing me to town council of Emo! Results Mayor - Jack Siemens 345 Vince Sheppard - 180 Council Elected Scott Kinnear - 328 Michelle Marinaro - 285 Mike Loney - 246 Anthony Leek - 239 ---------- Vern Thompson - 206 Gary Judson - 177 Geoff Pearce - 176 Ken Fisher - 172 Dan Young - 122
    Oct 27, 2014 9:31 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Election day is Monday October 27th, I hope I can count on your support for Councillor in the Township of Emo so I can continue working with our citizens, our businesses and industry as well as Provincial and Federal counterparts.
    Oct 21, 2014 1:50 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Voted today! :)
    Oct 18, 2014 11:46 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Some of the accomplishments myself and town council has achieved in the past four years: -Renewing of Emo's Official Plan and By-laws. Purpose: Used as a tool to regulate land usage within the Township of Emo. View documents at www.emo.ca -The return of the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate public complaints about Municipal Councils that hold closed door meetings. -Upgrading of the water and sewer infrastructure by working closely with the local administration and the Federal and Provincial government. This has generated grants of up to $6 million dollars. These projects will also carry economic development into the future. -Members of council attended all four accommodation review meetings to preserve Donald Young Public School for our community which was achieved. -Council worked with the SCAP School committee to ensure infrastructure was in place to allow construction of the facility. In the fall of 2013 the school opened its doors. -Worked with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to achieve subdivision approval to allow housing for future development. -Assisted Living Facilities are in discussion. -Library accessibility project completed with help from the Trillium Fund.
    Oct 16, 2014 9:05 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Advanced voting polls are this Saturday in Emo from 12 -5pm. I hope I can count on your support! :)
    Oct 15, 2014 8:41 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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    From The Kenora Daily Miner: With the release of results for the Kenora-Rainy River riding delayed an hour due to two polls being given extended hour because of flooding, Liberal candidate Anthony Leek and his campaign team spent the first hour watching a Liberal majority government unfold before their eyes. However, the night took a more somber turn at 9 p.m. when NDP MPP Sarah Campbell was quickly declared re-elected in the riding. “I think for us personally and myself personally, we’ve improved over last time. It’s only been two-and-a-half years and there’s a lot of rebuilding that we had to do as a riding association. I think we’ve come a long way in a short time and I think that’s been reflective in the results,” Leek said at his election night headquarters atop the Best Western Lakeside Inn. “I think it’s a bit of a missed opportunity for us in this riding with the Liberal majority being called in the province as a whole.” With two provincial elections under his belt, Leek noted he remains dedicated to the riding, but wouldn’t go on record to say if he’d be back for a third election run. “Obviously it’s too early to say at this point as the night’s not quite done yet, but you know what, I think we need to continue to build whether it’s me as the next candidate or not. I’m very dedicated to building this riding association for the long-term and it means a lot to me to have more and more people get on board to help,” he said. As for what a Liberal majority means for the North, Leek said he’s excited to see how the party will help this riding. “I’m really looking forward to the budget that will be passed here in the near future,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of great things that can help out this riding, including First Nations, municipalities, individuals and families. So, I think it goes across the board for this riding as a helpful thing. “I think the Liberal government is very dedicated across this province, it’s just unfortunate that we don’t have a Liberal MPP in this riding.”
    Jun 14, 2014 5:29 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Thank you so much for your support! Over the last two and a half years we have been rebuilding this riding association from the ground up and even though we didn't win, we have shown great improvement in just the little time we had in such a gigantic riding of Kenora-Rainy River. In 2011, we earned 9.98% of the vote. In 2014, we earned 16.1% or an increase of over 1,500 votes! I couldn't have done it without you all. Congratulations to Premier Wynne for winning a majority government! Wishing them all the best!
    Jun 12, 2014 10:02 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    About 3.5 hours to go until polls close. Be sure to vote if you haven't yet. Thank you to everyone for the great support during this campaign! :)
    Jun 12, 2014 2:21 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Please take the time to vote today. Polls are open from 8am to 8pm CST.
    Jun 12, 2014 5:12 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    With just a final few days left until Voting Day, I ask for your support to become MPP for Kenora-Rainy River.
    Jun 09, 2014 8:58 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    UPDATED: Didn't make it to the Tuesday night candidate's debate? See how Sarah Campbell Randy Nickle and Anthony Leek answered each of the questions put to them.
    Jun 04, 2014 2:37 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    UPDATED: Didn't make it to the Tuesday night candidate's debate? See how Sarah Campbell Randy Nickle and Anthony Leek answered each of the questions put to them.
    Jun 04, 2014 2:37 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    UPDATED: Didn't make it to the Tuesday night candidate's debate? See how Sarah Campbell Randy Nickle and Anthony Leek answered each of the questions put to them.
    Jun 04, 2014 2:37 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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    All the major parties have picked their candidates for the next provincial election, now that Sarah Campbell has been given the nomination to run again and the Greens have picked Tim McKillop, Randy Nickle is the Progressive-Conservative candidate and Anthony Leek will be running for the Liberals.
    Apr 29, 2014 10:25 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    All the major parties have picked their candidates for the next provincial election, now that Sarah Campbell has been given the nomination to run again and the Greens have picked Tim McKillop, Randy Nickle is the Progressive-Conservative candidate and Anthony Leek will be running for the Liberals.
    Apr 29, 2014 10:25 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    All the major parties have picked their candidates for the next provincial election, now that Sarah Campbell has been given the nomination to run again and the Greens have picked Tim McKillop, Randy Nickle is the Progressive-Conservative candidate and Anthony Leek will be running for the Liberals.
    Apr 29, 2014 10:25 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Apr 17, 2014 8:56 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Ontario Government Announces New Fire Management Facility Ontario has invested almost $14 million to help make Northern communities safe and protect forests through the newest fire management headquarters located in the Sioux Lookout District, including $5.7 million for staff quarters. Another great and positive news story for Kenora-Rainy River!
    Apr 15, 2014 7:14 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Another great weekend! CWL Tea at Our Lady of the Way School was well attended and a lot of fun! Got my baking for the next week! :)
    Apr 13, 2014 6:17 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    It was such a great weekend! Beautiful weather, great events, and a lot of people to see. It is amazing how many smiles are on peoples faces when it is warm and sunny out! Thank you to Couchiching First Nation for a great event for the Meet and Greet the new Council and Chief, the 100th local anniversary of the Salvation Army in #FortFrances and meeting up with some great supporters in #Kenora !
    Apr 06, 2014 5:03 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Great to see something was worked out! From 89.5 The Lake: Province Confirms Caliper Lake Will Open This Summer Ontario is working with Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to once again offer camping and other services at Caliper Lake Provincial Park. Under the three-year partnership, Ontario Parks will work with Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to operate the park for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons with the goal of increasing revenue and visitation rates. The township will be responsible for staffing and operational and capital costs while covering any net financial losses incurred during the period.
    Apr 03, 2014 9:20 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Great to hear the Province helping with building a new High School in Sioux Lookout!
    Apr 02, 2014 7:53 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Wynne Saves Experimental Lakes Area: Leek Local Research and Innovation Secured by Ontario Government’s Investment Kenora – Decisive investment from Premier Kathleen Wynne and the new Ontario Liberal government has saved the Experimental Lakes area – protecting local research, innovation, and jobs, said local Ontario Liberal candidate Anthony Leek. “Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal government understand the value of local research and innovation in our community and the sense of pride they bring to Northerners, and I completely support this fantastic investment,” said Leek. “The Experimental Lakes Area is a key location in the Northwest that continues to produce vital scientific and academic research, so this is great news for our community”. The new Ontario government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development have signed an agreement to continue vital freshwater research at the Experimental Lakes Area — the only freshwater research facility of its kind in the world. The agreement means scientists and researchers can begin important work in time for the 2014 field season. “Ontario Liberals are the only party who stood up for the scientists and academics who felt so strongly about keeping the lights on and the lab doors open in the Experimental Lakes Area,” said Leek. “Our Premier and her government have stepped up to provide the financial support necessary to keep this world-class facility operational, while ensuring the environment remains protected, and our community is so much better for it.” Among this year’s projects, researchers and scientists plan to: • Explore the ecological risks associated with the release of tiny particles called nanomaterials into the environment. For example, nanosilver is used in garment manufacturing to stop bacteria and odour. • Monitor lake recovery from mercury, commonly found in coal-plant emissions. “Our Experimental Lakes area attracts scientists from around the world to conduct research for pollution reduction, climate change strategies, and protection of freshwater ecosystems – so right here in Kenora we’re learning more about the many threats to clean water and how we can protect our lakes and rivers in Ontario, across the country and around the world,” said Leek. “Ontario Liberals will keep on investing in world-class Northern research and innovation to create local jobs for today and tomorrow.”
    Apr 01, 2014 4:23 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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    Email address is up and running! info@voteleek.ca ! :)
    Feb 28, 2014 6:10 pm | Ontario, Kenora
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    Join us in Fort Frances on Thursday March 6th for a March Break Dinner with special guest Minister of Northern Development and Mines MPP Michael Gravelle! You can order tickets online at http://krr.ridingassociation.org/pEvent or you can email kenorarainyriverpla@gmail.com
    Feb 13, 2014 8:07 am | Ontario, Kenora
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    Ontario Liberals Raising Minimum Wage Premier Kathleen Wynne Ensures Fairness for Hardworking Families Hardworking families deserve fairness. Businesses deserve the certainty to plan for success. That’s why Premier Kathleen Wynne and the new Ontario Liberal government are taking a balanced approach and responsibly increasing our province’s minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage will help improve the standard of living for hardworking people across the province, while ensuring that businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future. Our government is helping people in their everyday lives while at the same time supporting a dynamic and innovative business environment throughout our province. Minimum wage will increase from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government's commitment to fairness. Our government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses and families. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1. The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario's Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives. Ensuring the minimum wage is fair and predictable for both workers and business is part of the new Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
    Feb 10, 2014 2:24 pm | Ontario, Kenora

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