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MPP Report ~ September 2020

I hope this email finds you and your family well. Throughout September the Provincial Government has continued to manage Ontarians’ health and safety concerns relating to COVID-19. As you will read below, we are providing information and support on a range of issues, from ensuring students are back at their studies, to programs like the dental support for seniors.  

I have been active in ensuring our business community is aware of the support that is available to them. I have also been addressing questions from individuals who have concerns with health or economic issues. 

You will find that this newsletter provides helpful background information on programs and services and direct links to online resources.

Please connect with my Community Office if I can be of any assistance, or you just wish to discuss an issue or a community matter.  

P.S. -- As the Province carefully reopens, you can be assured the health and well-being of Ontarians remain a top priority for the Premier and all MPPs. Stay informed of the latest COVID-19 news from the Ontario Government. You may also wish to reference my Information and Resources Page on the MPP website for key phone and online contact coordinates respecting COVID-19 information and services in our community.  


Over the weekend of September 19-20th, a pop-up, drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre was conducted at the Canadian Tire Centre. There were 50 front line professionals from 11 different Ottawa region paramedic services, along with volunteers and citizens, who tested a total of 2750 patients. I would like to commend the collaborative effort and thank all involved with this testing centre.

The photo is from Saturday's end-of-day debriefing. I was pleased to offer a few words of support and to thank the community paramedics from across the Ontario Health East region. 

NOTE: As of September 25th, select pharmacies (including locations in Ottawa's west end) are offering free COVID-19 testing. Before you visit a testing centre, check for the location nearest you and review the information at COVID-19 Testing Information.
The Ontario Government has a proactive plan to support the health system and its frontline care providers’ readiness for COVID-19's 2nd wave. The Government has announced important investments in the health care system to prepare for future challenges. Read about the Government’s priorities here.
The plan responds to the challenges of the flu season and the need to reduce health service backlogs. Read about the Ontario Government’s 2020 flu immunization campaign here.

Stay informed of the latest COVID-19 news from the Ontario Government.
With Ontario students back at their studies, and some students back in the classroom, parents, students and teachers all wish to stay informed of the latest COVID-19 news. This month the Ontario Government launched a new webpage that provides the most recent information on COVID-19 cases in local communities.

This is an useful link for those interested in school and licensed child care information:
The Ontario Government has made many important announcements this month about health and safety initiatives. One such announcement was about new construction and building upgrades for eastern Ontario adult correctional facilities (photos above and below). The improvements will enhance the safety of staff, create new spaces that address overcrowding pressures, and expand mental health supports.

I was pleased to be part of this announcement with the Premier, Ministers, and staff from the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Ottawa residents will be interested to know the Government is building a new Greater Ottawa Correctional Complex in Kemptville and it is renovating the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre to accommodate programming for inmates. Learn more about this news here.  
Business owners and 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.

"Support our community's business owners and their employees.
They are our friends and neighbours."

I encourage everyone to please support local businesses. Make a conscious effort to buy local, shop in Kanata and West Carleton stores, and conduct your business within the Ottawa business community. 

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program provides free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province. Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less, or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Learn more: Seniors and Dental Care

On September 21st the Premier and I reflected on the tornados that touched down in Dunrobin and through West Carleton two years ago. Photos above and below are from 2018 when the Premier was onsite speaking with first responders and with residents to assess what support the Province could provide them.   

Locally there is a great sense of gratitude for a caring and resilient community that came together in our time of need. That horrific day in 2018 will forever be a reference point for both the strength of nature and of our community spirit.

This year I missed the crowds, the sights and sounds, and the excitement of "the best little fair in Canada." The Carp Fair Weekend was virtual for 2020 and we were encouraged to follow the showcase categories, the online shopping market and local sponsors' news on the Carp Fair website. On Saturday night the Fair had a magnificent firework show over the village, sponsored by the Government of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.

Thank you to the Board members of the Carp Agricultural Society and all the fair volunteers who contribute so much to our community. I know I can speak for everyone in our community in saying we are looking forward to next September and the 158th edition of the Carp Fair.  

Earlier this month, on my MPP website, I provided one final glance at the summer of 2020. The feature provides highlights and direct links to the summer editions of the MPP Report newsletters. (The photo is of the Premier's visit to Kanata's Leonardo DRS Technologies Canada.)

Looking Back on the Summer of 2020

September 25th has been proclaimed Dave Smith Day in Ottawa - an honour that is so deserving!  Dave Smith will forever be remembered as an engaging personality with a huge heart. He was a very giving man and an exemplary citizen. Our community already misses Dave's infectious laughter!
[photo credit: OBJ]

Please visit the news pages on my MPP website to stay up-to-date on provincial news, programs and services. Visit:

Please do not hesitate to connect. I am only a phone call or email away. 

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