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MPP Report ~ March 2020 Issue 

These are extraordinary times. I am sure we will always remember March 2020 and our collective challenge to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading through our community.

We all must do our part in the weeks ahead. Stay at home. Practice social distancing. Limit your non-essential travel. Get exercise and stay active for your physical and mental well-being.

Stay informed of the latest news and information from government sources. In our City, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches and everyone on the Ottawa Public Health team are doing a fantastic job. Here is the link to the City’s information: Ottawa Public Health.

You can get the latest and most comprehensive updates from Provincial officials on the Government of Ontario website, updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Here is the direct link: Government of Ontario.



The Federal Government also has important information web pages: Government of Canada.

Please note that my MPP Community Office is operating as a "virtual office" as we respect our community’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus. Do not hesitate to contact my staff & me by phone or email and we will get back to you.
 
Stay safe and healthy. Keep in touch, 

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In this critical period of time in which we are attempting to contain the COVID-19 virus, please do your part by staying at home and practicing social distancing.

Last week, I emailed a letter to residents of Kanata-Carleton. I wish to echo my remarks in that letter and thank all health-care workers, first responders, and those taking care of our most vulnerable through this period. Your care and compassion, and your dedicated professionalism is greatly appreciated. (If you did not receive my email - click here to read the letter.) 
Our community dedicated municipal representatives who are actively helping residents of Kanata and West Carleton. Your service is greatly appreciated in this time of need! Thank you to West Carleton-March Councillor Eli El Chantiry, Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley and Kanata North Councillor Jenna Sudds. And thank you to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. 
(This photo was taken last year when I spoke at an Ottawa Mayor's Breakfast on the state of the provincial economy.)
Make it a habit to get out each day and exercise. Jog, hike or go for a long walk. As the weather gets warmer, pull your bicycle out and go for a ride. Physical activity and fresh air is sure to put you in a good frame of mind.
Let's support our Kanata and West Carleton business community. The current measures taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 are having a strain on local businesses. You can help local businesses by ordering their goods and services on-line, getting take out meals, and buying gift cards for future use.
If you are a local business looking for information on available provincial government support, call the info line below. We are all in this together and we will see our business community through this period together. 

Our local food banks need your help. The Kanata Food Cupboard http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/ is open and has placed its bins outside of the warehouse (340 Legget Drive) for goods to be dropped off Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-.12.p.m.
 
The West Carleton Food Access Centre, located at the West Carleton Community Complex, is closed for a week, March 28 - April 5, to give volunteers a chance to restock the shelves. It is planning to reopen Monday, April 6 and clients can call the centre Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for pick-up times between 2:30 p.m.and 3:30 p.m.on those days. To donate or to request supplies, call 613-832-5685.

In late February, the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) came to Queen’s Park to meet with Ontario Cabinet Ministers on priority issues for the local high tech sector and the Kanata North community. I was pleased to facilitate the “Kanata North Day” visit and host the meetings with cabinet colleagues and government officials. Representing KNBA was Chair Vicki Coughey, President Jamie Petten and a number of business representatives from the community. To read KNBA President Jamie Petten's comments on the objectives of the day, click here
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.
Earlier this month it was a pleasure to be part of the official unveiling of the newest addition to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. We are fortunate to have this world-class facility and its medical expertise in our community! 

Here I am at an Ontario Community Paramedicine Secretariat workshop with Dr. Samir Sinha, Darren Sandbeck, and Chief Michael Nolan - Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service and President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. I cannot say enough good things about community paramedics who play an important role in our evolving health care landscape.  Many thanks to the community paramedics who are delivering innovative, local care to Ontarians at all stages of life.

On March 9th, the Province announced its Ontario Flooding Strategy, the government response to recommendations made in Fall 2019 by the Province’s Special Advisor Doug McNeil. The strategy outlines steps taken to work with all supporting levels of governments and agencies to help reduce the risk and increase preparedness for flooding. Click here to read my comments and get links to the background information on the Ontario Flooding Strategy announcement
Stay informed and up to date on the latest news. On my website news pages, I have posted the Health Resource Links for COVID-19 Information.

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

If you feel unwell (cough, fever, breathing difficulties), contact your health care provider, public health unit or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. If you need emergency medical attention you should call 911.

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. Please contact me and my staff at the local MPP Community Office:
  • 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 wish to arrange a meeting or for me to 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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