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GLIN==> Final call for registrations...2000 Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission

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

Registration Form:
Preliminary Agenda: http://www.glc.org/announce/00/Annual10.00agenda.pdf

Invitation: http://www.glc.org/announce/00/Annualannounce10.00.pdf

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

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

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

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/Annualregister10.00.pdf for a
registration form; it should be completed and returned immediately.

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 Québec 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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