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MPP Report ~ April 2021

In this newsletter you will read about the details of important investments made by the provincial government in health care and long-term care – as well as in our Ottawa schools.
 

The lead piece is important information about Ottawa’s vaccination program. Please take the time to follow the links and know how to get your vaccine shot if you have not yet received one.

 
With more vaccines expected to arrive in the weeks ahead from the federal government, I encourage everyone to sign up when it is your turn. My website news section has links to book your vaccine or to find pharmacy locations in Ottawa. Visit Information and Resources Page.
 
If you have any questions scheduling your vaccine appointment call the Community Office and my staff will be pleased to assist you.
 
We are in unprecedented times with this global pandemic and we are all adjusting to the evolving realities as best we can. In staying focused on the possible, and doing our part in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we will see our way clear of the current situation. Please continue to follow the public health guidelines.
 
Do not hesitate to connect with me if there is something I can do for you and your family. Please stay in touch,

Here is important information for the City of Ottawa’s vaccination program.

All Health Canada approved vaccines available in Ontario are safe and effective at protecting you and your loved ones from the virus. The best vaccine for you is the one that is offered to you first.
 
You can schedule your vaccine appointments with an online form here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by phoning 1-888-999-6488.
 
Also, more than 1,400 pharmacies across Ontario offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Starting April 20, eligible Ontarians aged 40+ can contact a participating pharmacy directly to make an appointment. You can find the closest pharmacy to schedule an appointment here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
 
Get the latest case data and updates, learn how to protect yourself and others, and get advice on what to do next if you think you might have COVID-19:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
 
My MPP website also features an “Information and Resources Page” where you can find contact coordinates for COVID-19 information and services in our Kanata and West Carleton community: merrileefullerton.ca/information_an
To Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Ottawa, Dr. Andrew Falconer  President and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital and Dr. Cameron Love, President & CEO of Ottawa Hospital -- thank you for providing all elected officials with your ongoing informative updates on the current local COVID-19 situation. We appreciate being able to have these discussions with you.
 
Regarding the recent April call, I also want to thank my colleague MPP Lisa MacLeod for organizing the call.
Protecting People’s Health is the first pillar in The 2021 Ontario Budget -- and it includes outlining the plan for addressing COVID-19 and for fixing long-term care, and caring for people. Ontario’s total investments in health care since the start of the pandemic amounts to $16.3 billion. Read more about these investments here: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/index.html.

There has been many recent announcements regarding improving Ontario’s long-term care system:
This week the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation tweeted out: "It's been one year since we opened our offsite ALC unit at Fairfield Inn! 116 patients have been cared for, over 25k meals have been served & 239 amazing staff & physicians have kept Fairfield running. Thank you to the patients & their families for your kind words and support."

One year!? When the retrofits were just being completed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Terry Fox Drive, I toured the ALC unit. This space has allowed 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.
I was glad to meet with representatives from the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs to express my appreciation for their innovative approach in establishing the Community Paramedicine Program. This new provincial program provides 24/7 access to services including non-emergency home visits, in-home diagnostics and monitoring. Paramedics are an incredible asset for our seniors and this program helps keep seniors in their homes for longer.

It 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. 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.”

 

Read more: Investing in Renovation and Expansion of the Kanata Recreation Centre.

It was great to be a guest of Kanata's Roch Carrier Elementary School. The Ontario Education Minister and I met virtually with grade 4 and 5 students to discuss the Provincial Government and the role of legislators. We answered questions about our jobs and had a good discussion on democracy and social responsibility.
 
Many thanks to the students from Roch Carrier Elementary School.

To invite your MPP to (virtually) address your class or a school assembly, contact my MPP Community Office. You can submit an online request here: Invite Merrilee to an Event.

The provincial and federal governments have provided more than $56 million to the local Ottawa school boards to upgrade infrastructure in our City’s local schools. The upgrades are designed to protect both students and staff against COVID-19.
 
At the announcement I stated: “The Ontario Government continues to provide the necessary support to the education sector to keep students and teachers safe and healthy at school. I am pleased that Ottawa is receiving this additional $56.8 million investment to complete the critical upgrades that will improve connectivity, and ensure safer classrooms and better learning environments for students.”
 
Read more: Investment in Local Ottawa School Boards.
This is a friendly reminder to consider donating to our local food banks and community charities. There are many households in our community who need support.
 
Let me take this opportunity to thanks the volunteers at our community’s food banks – both the West Carleton Food Access Centre and the Kanata Food Cupboard. You are doing a great service for our community.

As MPP for Kanata-Carleton I am proud to promote Kanata North, our country’s largest tech park. In my meetings as well as in social media I profile our tech sector's search for talent with Discover Technata – discovertechnata.com - and investment with Invest Ottawa - investottawa.ca.
 
I am pursuing the objectives of my Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative. As a member of provincial parliament I am actively promoting and supporting local business enterprises so that our community will continue to be prosperous. This initiative provides a framework for my collaborative efforts with local business leaders to profile and advance Kanata and West Carleton business interests at Queen’s Park. Read more: Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative and here is the most recent update.  

Physical activity is a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. ParticipACTION suggests walking as a great way to get active, while still following the public health measures. Learn more: https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/resources/walking

Kanata and West Carleton residents may recall that last Spring I launched a Let's Get Active campaign to encourage physical activity through the summer. Here is the link to the original paper that launched the campaign: "Let's Get Active" - a call for our youth to get up, get out, and get going.

You can look for a similar summertime campaign to be announced this up-coming Victoria Day weekend.

Stay connected and stay informed. Make it a habit to visit the news pages on my MPP website to get the latest details on provincial news, programs and services that impact our Kanata-Carleton community. Visit: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/news.

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

YOUR VOICE WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT -- I am here to serve the residents of Kanata-Carleton when you need help with provincial programs and services: 
  • if you need help with your driver’s licence, Ontario photo card, health card, birth certificate, name changes, or marriage certificate
  • if someone you know would like to receive a certificate for birthday, milestone anniversary, or congratulatory occasion 
  • if you have a concern and would like to arrange a meeting or have me visit your organization or place of business 
My contact information is below - and it is also found on my website - MerrileeFullerton.ca.


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