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If you can’t beat ‘em: Nuttall begins MPAC role as northern liasion

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Once known as a thorn in the side of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), former Dryden Mayor is hoping to help change the organization from within. File photo

By Michael Christianson

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has hired Dryden’s former Mayor Craig Nuttall; his official title is strategic liaison for Northern Ontario – municipal and stakeholders relations.

Nuttall says the problem with MPAC in the past is that they never had good communications with mayors and CAOs, most communication was done with treasurers. He believes his appointment is to help rectify that situation.

Nuttall will be going to municipalities to hear concerns and report to the vice president of MPAC to discuss the problems being faced in the North.

“I look at this that the assessment of MPAC really affects municipalities in the North,” said Nuttall. “When you only have one industry and you get hit like we did in Dryden it’s very difficult for us to bounce back; we need that Northern voice on the company so that they can understand about the North and they are learning quite a bit from the last 10 days I have been there.”

MPAC approached Nuttall for the position and he will work with the organization for the duration of a two year contract.

Nuttall says MPAC has another strong voice for the North in Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbbes.

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