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GLIN==> 2000 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission Oct. 16



GREAT LAKES COMMISSION MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release
August 22, 2000

Contact:  Michael J. Donahue
Phone:  734-665-9135
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  mdonahue@glc.org

2000 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission, Oct. 16
Effective advocacy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Policymakers and opinion leaders from throughout the 
binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region will convene Oct. 16 in 
Hamilton, Ontario, to address and act on key public policy issues affecting 
the environment and economy of the world's largest freshwater system. 
 State and provincial delegates to the Great Lakes Commission will be 
joined at the event by other government officials and private sector and 
citizen interests.

Participants will examine new opportunities and ideas for the Great Lakes 
Commission and its partners to more effectively advocate for Great 
Lakes-St. Lawrence interests and needs, including legislation and funding. 
 Other meeting topics include a focus on the outcome of U.S. congressional 
appropriations for FY2001; highlights of Ontario's Great Lakes programs; 
election of Commission officers; and adoption of numerous policy positions 
offered by the membership on issues of environmental protection, resource 
management, transportation and sustainable development.  A special session 
will feature presentations on the role of First Nations/tribal authorities 
in Great Lakes-St. Lawrence governance.

The annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission is hosted by the members 
of the Commission's Ontario Delegation.  They include Lorraine Ratnik of 
the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, delegation chair; Douglas 
Harper of the Ministry of Environment; David de Launay of the Ministry of 
Natural Resources; and Jim Whitestone of the Ministry of Transportation.

A hospitality room for early arrivals will be hosted by the Great Lakes 
Commission on the evening of Oct. 15 at the Sheraton Hotel, 116 King Street 
West in Hamilton (905-529-5515).  The business session takes place from 
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 and is followed immediately by the 
opening reception for the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference sponsored 
by Environment Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  All 
Commission meeting attendees are invited to that reception.  The conference 
will take place Oct. 17-19.

All annual meeting events are open to the public.  The annual meeting 
registration fee is waived for members of the press.  See 
http://www.glc.org/announce/00/amregis00.pdf for a registration form; it 
should be completed and returned by Sept. 15.

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The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency 
created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong 
economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great 
Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents.  The Commission consists of 
state legislators, agency officials and governors' appointees from its 
eight member states.  Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was 
established through the signing of a "Declaration of Partnership."  The 
Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian 
federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other 
regional interests.  The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, 
Michigan.

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