A LOOK BACK AT 2020 IN KANATA AND WEST CARLETONPublished on December 29, 2020
A Year-End Review of the Monthly MPP Reports
For residents of Kanata and West Carleton, here is a look back at the year 2020 through the 12 MPP Reports. Each month, the Kanata-Carleton MPP publishes a report on current affairs and news. Below find the direct links to each publication.
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And this was the year 2020...
January MPP Report -- On Friday, January 24th I was pleased to host a Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion with community groups and organizations from Kanata and West Carleton - as well as The Ottawa Mission and Salvation Army that serve the greater Ottawa region. The roundtable was to prompt conversations about strengthening the culture of volunteerism in our community – how to get more residents involved and how to create a stronger network of people and organizations that can share ideas relating to volunteerism.
February MPP Report -- I was very pleased to attend the Forever Green Gala fundraiser held by Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition – committed to ensuring our Kanata neighbourhoods maintain their natural beauty. The gala evening was a great success raising $130,000 towards its plans. I had a chance to talk with Sir Terrence Matthews about the importance of Kanata's green space, and I will continue to work with community leaders in its defence.
March MPP Report -- The Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) came to Queen’s Park for "Kanata North Day".... The KNBA delegation participated in four meetings in Toronto. It met with the Ontario Ministers of Finance (seen in this photo), Infrastructure, Transportation and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister. Of note is each of these ministers have been in Kanata and briefed by the KNBA within the last year. Click here to see a photo gallery of "Kanata North Day" at Queen's Park.
April MPP Report -- (Excerpt from the introductory letter to constituents) Just the other day health experts indicated together the numbers of new cases of COVID-19 may well have peaked in Ontario. It appears our Province is trending toward a best case scenario rather than the worst case scenario presented to us in the March modelling. To build on this hopeful news, the Ontario Government continues to take decisive actions based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts... Here is a link to a MPP page listing local COVID 19 contact information: Information and Resources Page.
May MPP Report -- I toured the retrofits being completed by Queensway Carleton Hospital to the closed Fairfield Inn and Suites on Terry Fox Drive. There are now 16 patients transferred to this new site -- not patients with COVID-19, but those who can safely be cared for outside of a traditional hospital setting. This new space allows more room inside the hospital for those sick with COVID-19. In this photo, I am seen with Hospital CEO Dr. Andrew Falconer and Leah Levesque, VP patient care and chief nursing executive.
June MPP Report -- This month I relaunched a community initiative "Let's Get Active." The objective of initiative are to get youth active in sports and recreational activities so that they will develop healthy lifelong habits regarding physical activity. Learn more about "Let's Get Active." Did you know that there are 75 days between the first day of summer and Labour Day? Here is a checklist of suggested fun activities around Kanata and West Carleton. The summer is before us, so lace up your shoes and "Let's Get Active!": 75-Day Summertime Challenge Checklist
July MPP Report -- Thank you to Dunrobin Distilleries for the informative tour of the “Spirit of Dunrobin.” It was wonderful to learn how the distillery adapted its business to produce hand sanitizer during COVID-19. Here’s a great example of our “Ontario Spirit”!
August MPP Report -- On August 27th the Ontario Premier was in Kanata and toured Leonardo DRS Technologies Canada. The company manufactures and supports a broad range of military communications, electro-optics, surveillance, and sensor signal processing systems for naval and ground applications. It employs approximately 350 people at the Kanata facility. I was pleased Allan Hubley, Ottawa City Councillor for Kanata South, was able to join us. Thank you to the management and staff at Leonardo DRS who made the visit so informative and interesting.
September MPP Report -- Community leaders from Kanata and West Carleton attended a provincial pre-budget consultation session with Ontario’s Finance Minister over Zoom on September 24th. There were 52 presentations from participants across the City. Input from these consultations will assist the Minister and finance officials with budgetary decisions relating to small and medium-sized businesses and specific measures to boost Ontario’s economic recovery. Stay informed on the Provincial Government's initiatives to support business during these challenging times: Support for Businesses.
October MPP Report -- Recently I reached out to our community’s business association to discuss the local economy. I spoke with representatives from the Kanata-North Business Association, the Carp BIA, Kanata Central BIA, and the Ottawa Board of Trade. I also had productive teleconference meetings with Kanata North City Councillor Jenna Sudds and Kanata South City Councillor Allan Hubley. For local businesses looking for support from Provincial programs and services, learn about the details of what is available for your business as it recovers from COVID-19 disruptions. INFO: Help for Businesses in Ontario
November MPP Report -- The Ontario Government launched a new community paramedicine program that will support people waiting for, or soon eligible for, long-term care. To make this announcement in Ottawa, I was joined by my MPP colleagues and Mayor Jim Watson, and earlier in the day in Renfrew I was with MPP John Yakabuski. Then, on November 27th, the Province has expanded this paramedicine program to more communities in Ontario. Here is my MPP release: Innovative solution to Improve Long-Term Care in Ottawa
December MPP Report -- I recently visited our local food banks, the West Carleton Food Access Centre and the Kanata Food Cupboard (photo) to thank the volunteers for their service. There are many households in our community who need support. A study by the Canadian Food Centres Canada found that 1 in 7 Canadians are experiencing food insecurities. Through the holidays and into January, please consider donating to our local food banks. INFORMATION ON HOW AND WHERE TO DONATE
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