To keep members informed, AMO provides updates on important issues considered at regular AMO Board of Directors’ meetings. Highlights of the January 28, 2011 Board meeting follow:

MPAC
Carl Isenberg, MPAC President and CAO, and Al Edmonson, MPAC Board member, attended the meeting. Carl Isenberg gave a presentation on the Auditor General’s Report and Recommendations, and discussed golf course valuation.

AMO 2011 Provincial Election Strategic Approach
The Board received a presentation from Director of Policy, Monika Turner, on AMO’s 2011 Provincial Election Strategy.

Volunteer Firefighter Petition
AMO has been asked by Independent Conservative MP Helena Guergis to support a petition to the Government of Canada to provide volunteer firefighters with a $3,000 income tax credit. The Board viewed this as a good way to recognize the importance of the contributions that volunteer firefighters make to Ontario communities and will support this petition.

Ombudsman’s Review of Non-Emergency Medical Transfers
Matthew Wilson advised the Board that the Ombudsman has announced an investigation into the issue of non-emergency medical transfers, to be completed in three months.

OMERS and MEPCO Developments
Executive Director Pat Vanini provided an update on OMERS Plans, the Retirement Contribution Arrangement (RCA) and the MEPCO Pension Platform.

Pre-Budget Submission
Matthew Wilson reviewed key elements of AMO’s provincial pre-budget submission to be presented to the Standing Committee on Finance by President Hume on January 31, 2011.