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Disero joins Ontario mayors in asking for voice in border reopening talks
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero has joined other leaders of border municipalities in sending a letter to the federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness and minister of foreign affairs asking to be consulted about any reopening of the Canada-U.S. border.

In a media release, the Town of NOTL said the letter "highlights the implications that occur when essential workers are crossing the border for work and then interacting with others in the community each day after they return to Canada, as well as concerns around those permitted to cross the border to visit relatives and return."

The request is supported by the voices of many Ontario border mayors including those from Fort Erie, Sault Ste. Marie and Sarnia, the town said.

Since the border was closed in March 2020, mayors of border towns have been asking to be consulted on its reopening.

Disero and the other mayors want the federal government to listen to their advice.

“Decisions about border activity, including its closure and eventual reopening, directly impact our communities and the health and well-being of our citizens. It is imperative that the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and all border towns and cities be represented in these discussions,” Disero said.

 

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