Masse hopes billboards will create discussion for National Urban Park

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Windsor West NDP MP Brian Masse bought three billboards to create a discussion about a national urban park.

Ojibway Shores is the last undeveloped green space along the Detroit River shoreline and Masse would like to see the 33 acres transformed into an attraction for residents and tourists.

Masse has organized a town hall meeting to be held at the Capri Pizza Complex in South Windsor on Tuesday August 27 to offer residents a taste of the merits of a National Urban Park.

Masse also invited members of Caldwell First Nation, the Wildlands League, Friends of the Rouge Watershed and Professor John Hartig of GLIER to attend the meeting.

Its goal is to merge the 33-acre green space with adjacent properties like the Ojibway Prairie complex to form a nearly 900-acre park.

Ojibway Shores is currently federally owned, but managed by the Windsor Port Authority.

Masse was asked about former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello’s planned candidacy in Windsor West during his press conference on Thursday.

He said he is ready for an election and happy to run against whoever is chosen as his opponent.

Pupatello has called a press conference for 4 p.m. Friday at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

The 56-year-old was a Liberal MP for the riding from 1995 until 2011, when she did not seek re-election. She held several cabinet positions and ran for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in 2013, but lost to Kathleen Wynne.

Melinda Munro and Hsiao D’ailly are also seeking the Liberal nomination in Windsor West.

If Pupatello wins the nomination, she will face Masse as well as Henry Lau of the Conservatives and Darryl Burrell of the People’s Party of Canada.

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