A LOOK BACK AT 2021 IN KANATA AND WEST CARLETON

Published on December 29, 2021

A Year-End Review of the Monthly MPP Reports 

For residents of Kanata and West Carleton, here is a look back at the year 2021 through the 12 MPP Reports. Each month, the Kanata-Carleton MPP publishes a report on local current affairs and news. Below find the direct links to each publication.

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And this was the year 2021...

January MPP ReportThrough the year I worked on the provincial vaccine implementation plan, with specific rollout plans for health care facilities and long-term care homes. I wish to thank frontline staff and all the health partners who are part of the successful vaccine rollout. In Ottawa, the Ontario Government is providing $2.4 million to train up to 300 personal support workers for positions in our community’s long-term care homes. This investment supports a pilot scholarship program delivered in partnership with Willis College. This Ottawa initiative is part of the Province's historic long-term care staffing plan released in December 2020 and I met with the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association to discuss the training issues (photo above). Thank you to OPSWA (representing 40,000 PSWs) for your commitment and service in caring for Ontario’s most vulnerable.

February MPP ReportI was pleased to join with the local Chinese community on a number of special occasions this year. For example, I celebrated Lunar New Year and the year of the Ox with Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese families as part of virtual ceremonies (photo above). In May, I took part in a very special call for a Mother's Day virtual event that was hosted by the Kanata Chinese Senior Support Centre and the Jewish Family Services Ottawa. With this call, more than 70 people joined in and shared some wonderful comments about mothers, families and our community.

 

March MPP ReportIt was good to have the Ontario Finance Minister in Kanata to visit a local business and discuss the economy and the 2021 Ontario Budget. We enjoyed the visit to The Burbs on Hazeldean Road. The 2021 Ontario Budget is the next phase of the provincial government’s response to COVID-19. The budget outlines total expenditures of $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect our economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion. This budget is making good on our commitment to do whatever it takes to keep people safe, while building on the foundation to create the growth we need for a strong economy. It also builds on the significant support the provincial government has made available to families, workers and employers since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

April MPP ReportIt was announced this month that the three levels of government will spend a combined $4.4 million to renovate and expand the Kanata Recreation Centre (photo with Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley). The work will add new meeting rooms, update the interior, install an emergency exit stairwell, upgrade the facility’s lobby by adding a customer service centre and vestibule, and enlarge the nearby splash pad at Walter Baker Park. The province is contributing more than $1.4 million toward this project. At the announcement I stated: "The expansion and renovations to the Kanata Recreation Centre are welcomed to meet the needs of our growing Kanata neighbourhoods. These upgraded facilities will be an important meeting place for families and will serve our community and local sports associations. The Ontario government recognizes the importance of investing in sport and cultural spaces that are an integral part of healthy and vibrant community living. This is great news for Kanata.”

May MPP ReportI was pleased to join the Ontario Small Business Minister and a group of 60 Ottawa businesses to discuss the local economy and current affairs. We discussed the challenges of COVID-19 and the various steps taken by the Ontario Government to support the small business community. Thank you to local businessman Mike Wood for organizing what was a very informative roundtable meeting.

June MPP ReportOn June 23 I hosted a Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion - the third such roundtable I have held with local charities and volunteer groups. I appreciate the local groups who came together to share their experience and insights on activities in our community. Your perspectives are remarkable and your hopeful outlook is infectious. Caring volunteers are the glue that holds the community together! Read more about the roundtable here: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/mpp_hosts_another_volunteer_roundtable_discussion. The roundtable discussions are part of the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative -- an initiative to raise the level of awareness of the benefits that volunteering offers individuals and to promote the many opportunities to volunteer in our community.

 

July MPP ReportIn the past few weeks I have had good exchanges with Barbara Ramsay of the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition (photo above) as well as many residents of both Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook and Kanata North City Councillor Jenna Sudds about the development proposal for the Kanata Lakes Golf Course. I am pleased with the community involvement to keep this neighbourhood green and I have issued a public statement in support of the local efforts. "Since the beginning in December 2018, I have stood with the community against ClubLink’s efforts and I will continue to do so” and here is the link to the full statement I released in support of the residents of Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook and the work of the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition.

August MPP ReportEarlier this month I visited Farmgate Cider on Mohr’s Road. Stuart and Sami Davies showed me around the property and explained their cider operations (photo above). This is a great family business. The Farmgate products can be purchased by appointment at the farm, and on Saturdays at the Carp Market. At every opportunity I promoted "shop local." Please consider buying local. Shop at your local retailer. Contract local services. Shop online from Kanata and West Carleton businesses.  

 

September MPP ReportHere is one of the highlights of out community this year. The Carp Fair returned this year to the fairgrounds with a full schedule of exhibits, competitions, a midway and entertainment. What a wonderful weekend! Congratulates to Carp Fair President Neil Falls and everyone involved in organizing the 2021 fair – and I also want to thank General Manager Natalie Wilson for her attention to the details. Here are my statements on the opening of the fair gates as well as a photo gallery of the weekend fun: “Like with many who grew up in Ottawa, the Carp Fair is a family tradition for us.”  Here are some photos from this year: New Memories Made at the Carp Fair

October MPP ReportThe Ontario Premier and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade were all on hand at the Kanata North Technology Park to announce a $1.5 million investment in Hub350. This new facility will serve as the physical gateway to the technology park by bringing together corporate partners, academic institutions, investors, banks and government agencies. Hub350 also hosts a Digital Lab to promote innovation with five national media partners broadcasting news, events, and history from Kanata North to attract investment and businesses to the park. The Premier stated: “Innovation is critical to a thriving economy… We are ready to make the necessary investments to build Ontario back up and help the economy begin to recover safely.” More info: Premier in Kanata to announce support for high tech sector

Also in October:

  • Ontario’s Associate Minister of Digital Government was in Kanata to speak with local business leaders.
  • The Ontario Government announced $5.3 million investment in St. James Catholic Elementary School for its new addition and classroom renovations - to be completed in time for students in September 2022.
  • I toured our local hospital facilities with provincial ministers on their visits to the City of Ottawa: Minister of Infrastructure received an update on the new Civic Campus project, and Education Minister met with CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter and Ottawa Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vera Etches to discuss the mental and physical health of children.
  • Chrysalis House Violence Against Women Shelter, run by West Ottawa Community Resource Centre, was given a $105,800 grant for renovations.

November MPP ReportThe Provincial Government remains vigilant in responding to ongoing threats posed by COVID and its variants. We have taken extraordinary measures, guided by the latest science and evidence, to slow the spread of this virus and keep Ontarians healthy and safe. In our city, we are very fortunate for the leadership of Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Chief Medical Officer. Thank you Dr. Etches.
 
Here are some COVID-related information links:
The Provincial Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term
Access your vaccination receipt
FAQs about using your vaccination receipt
Support and resources for business
My October MPP column in Community Voice
 
If you have yet to get your shot… being vaccinated is the best protection possible.  
Book your appointment
Pharmacy Finder

December MPP ReportI had the pleasure of dropping into the grand opening of Kettlemans on Eagleson Road in Kanata South to congratulate Craig Buckley, owner and founder of this Ottawa landmark business. It is wonderful to have Kettlemans in Kanata! I met with many business owners this month and was active promoting the campaign to Shop Local and Support Our Community Throughout the Holiday Season. I asked residents when purchasing goods online, please shop local. On my website I have made available a helpful series of links of local retail indexes for consumers wishing to shop local. The links can be found here: Shop Local and Support Our Community Through the Holiday Season
 

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