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MPP Report ~ May 2021

This month brought us warmer weather and it was wonderful to see the bright beds of tulips and the buds appear on the trees. There is something energizing and refreshing about Spring.

This newsletter shares details of Ontario's reopening plans and vaccination program. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to sign up for your vaccine appointment. Simply put, vaccines are the surest way for our community to move beyond our current health and safety restrictions to a "new normal."

We are expecting to get more vaccines from the federal government in the weeks ahead. Please refer to my website news section to get information on how to book your vaccine or to find pharmacy locations in Ottawa. Visit Information and Resources Page.
 
Do not hesitate to contact me if there is something I can do for you and your family. Please stay in touch,



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The Province's Roadmap to Reopen is a 3-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen Ontario and gradually lift public health measures. Step one is scheduled for June 14th.

Here is the link to read all the details about the government's plan:  https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000161/ontario-releases-three-step-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-the-province
The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, is proceeding with second dose administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Read more on this announcement here:
https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000174/ontario-proceeding-with-second-dose-administration-of-astrazeneca
 
More than 1,400 pharmacies across Ontario offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. You can find the closest pharmacy to schedule an appointment here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
 

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.

Schedule your vaccine appointments with an online form here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by phoning 1-888-999-6488.

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/.
Employing the expertise of community paramedics, the Ontario Government has introduced new 9-1-1 Models of Care that will provide the right care in the right place and it will protect hospital capacity. In making our local announcement, I thanked Ottawa Paramedic Services Chief Pierre Poirier for his stewardship in ensuring this new model is established in our City.

Learn more: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/province_expanding_innovative_models_to_deliver_better_connected_care_in
Congratulations to the paramedics in Lanark County who were recently recognized with the Paramedic Bravery Award -- and I would like to make a special note of West Carleton resident Thomas Quilliam (far left).
 
Read more here:  MPP Fullerton recognizing outstanding bravery of local paramedics

I took part in a very special call this month. I was pleased to be part of a local Mother's Day virtual event that was hosted by the Kanata Chinese Senior Support Centre and the Jewish Family Services Ottawa. More than 70 people joined in and shared some wonderful comments about mothers, families and our community.

I 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.

This month I met with Jennifer and Kevin Stewart to discuss the Carp agri-food business Ottawa Valley Grain Products. Our discussions also touched on the small business scene in West Carleton. I appreciated the update from the Stewarts!

Throughout the Province, the Ontario Minister of Infrastructure oversees investment of over $10.2 billion through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit, community, culture & recreation, and rural community infrastructure.
 
As part of this program, the Ontario Government is investing more than $2.2 million to support critical infrastructure projects in the City of Ottawa. This money will be used for retrofits, repairs and upgrades to a number of community buildings.
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.

For this summer, I will be posting a friendly challenge to enjoy physical activity each and everyday. Get outside and "Let's get active."

Go for a walk in your neighbourhood .
visit the woods . hike a trail . run .
bike . swim . paddle . sail .
play catch with a baseball or football .
frisbee . golf . bocci . tennis...

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. 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 my November 2020 update.  

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.

COVID‑19 has had a particularly devastating impact in long-term care homes around the world, including in Ontario. The Ontario Government is committed to protecting residents, caregivers and staff from future outbreaks by building on earlier investments and pandemic response measures. Read more about the measures for long-term care here: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/chapter-1a.html#section-2

There have been many recent announcements regarding improving Ontario’s long-term care system:

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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