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MPP Report ~ July 2021


It has been a good summer to date… the weather has been tremendous, and from those I have been speaking with we are enjoying family and friends and social activities. Restaurants and retail businesses have reopened and the local economy has had good-news stories. Residents are also getting their vaccinations – more than 70 percent in Ottawa now have two doses.
 
So, there is much to report this month: volunteer organizations re-engaging with the public, local business news, and constituents’ meetings.
 
First, here are some resourceful links to stay informed on our community’s continued health and safety efforts as well as business support initiatives.
-- Check the latest COVID-19 information: Ottawa Public Health Dashboard
-- Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: Schedule your appointment 
-- Book your second dose appointment: Two-dose summer
-- Health and safety support for Ottawa businesses: Business Reopening Toolkit
-- Provincial support for businesses: Ontario programs and services
-- Free rapid screen tests: Test Kits for Businesses
-- The province's latest COVID-19 updates: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

For residents of Kanata and West Carleton requiring assistance, we are only a phone call or email away. Contact us for a meeting. You can stay up to date on local news and events relating to the provincial government and my activities in Kanata-Carleton by checking the news on my website: https://merrileefullerton.ca
 
Make the most of this summer! Please stay in touch,


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"I believe a healthy community is defined by the vibrancy of its community groups and volunteer organizations, and vice versa; strong and active volunteer groups make for healthy and enriched communities.”


Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion Report was released this month with information and insights shared at a local meeting on volunteerism held on June 23rd. The report is available upon request. Read more about the document and the volunteer organizations here: MPP Releases Report on the Community Volunteer Roundtable.

Also, here is a must-read for all involved with volunteer activities in Kanata and West Carleton: Volunteerism in our community ~ an interview with Jeff Mills

Read more about the MPP's latest community volunteer roundtable discussion 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 on the benefits that volunteering offers individuals and to promote the many opportunities to volunteer in our community.

In 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.”

The Premier was in Ottawa this week to announce $16.9M in additional funding for the Ottawa Hospital. During his visit, the Premier and local MPPs were updated by Dr. Vera Etches of Ottawa Public Health on the local vaccination program. With over 70 percent of Ottawa residents now fully vaccinated, we are experiencing a two-dose summer!

Here is more information about the hospital announcement: Ontario increasing funding for hospital care in Ottawa.

I appreciated the updates from Sonya Shorey of Invest Ottawa. We spoke of the innovative initiatives and the entrepreneurs at Bayview Yards. There continues to be many exciting opportunities in our Ottawa business community.

Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of individuals and companies; helped firms attract more than $666 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 9,714 jobs; and attracted $862 million in domestic and foreign investment.
Sueling Ching, President and CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT), connected to relate the latest business news in the City. The OBOT is currently working with businesses to successfully move from the challenges of the pandemic. It has teamed up with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments to launch the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative
 
For businesses and all retail outlets, keep your employees safe. Rapid tests can help detect asymptomatic cases of the virus. So, the OBOT is providing free test kits and I encourage businesses to look to the Board and to the City to see the extent of support services that are available.

Please consider buying local. Shop at your local retailer. Contract local services. Shop online from Kanata and West Carleton businesses. In supporting local businesses you are supporting our community.

 

Read more about my "Shop Local" awareness campaign.

 

Shop locally was the message of last month's Community Voice article. In case you missed it, read the column here.

It is good news to see a new restaurant open in Kanata -- Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes is located at 780 Eagleson Rd. Please join me in welcoming them to our community.

Support our local restaurants in Kanata and West Carleton.
Also, please consider buying your vegetables and meat from our local farmers. 

With the Legislature at Queen's Park recessed for the summer, it has allowed me to meet with constituents and get out to events across the community. It's been a great July!

I have enjoyed meeting at the Community Office, like the meeting I had with Rick Chase, Kevin O'Connor and Kris Birchard about Advocis - the Financial Advisors Association of Canada (photo below). However, I still spend a lot of my time on the phone and conducting Zoom calls, like the recent meting with Neil Thomson of the Beaverbrook Community Association (photo below).

If you wish to meet with me or to have me attend a community event, contact my staff at the Community Office or fill out the on-line form here: request a meeting or send an event invitation.

Through the summer I encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy physical activity each and everyday.
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...

 
Kanata and West Carleton residents may recall that in Spring 2020 I launched a Let's Get Active campaign to encourage physical activity. 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. 

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.

If you have missed one of my monthly newsletters, you can access an index of the MPP Report here: MPP Merrilee Fulllerton's Monthly Newsletters

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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