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MPP Report ~ July 2019 Issue 
 

I hope you are enjoying the hot, summer days with your family and friends. There is so much to do in our community, from sporting events to block parties. I have enjoyed getting around to see our local activities and talk with residents.
 
During this month there have been multiple announcements relating to health care funding and to following up for West Carleton residents impacted by the Ottawa River flood. In July I also launched a Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative to help raise awareness on the benefits of volunteering. Details for all these items can be found within this MPP Report.
 
Through the balance of the summer I will be continuing to attend community events. If you wish to arrange a meeting, or you are part of a community group that would like me to attend an event, contact my Community Office and make arrangements with my staff. (Office contact info is below - or you can fill out an online form to request a meeting or for me to attend an event.)  

I hope our paths may cross at a community event where we can say hello.

P.S. -- It is hard to believe it has been a year since I was sworn into office to represent the residents of Kanata-Carleton! If you have yet to see this, I have compiled a dozen photos to reflect on my first year

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The Province announced an additional $9 million to the Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus to support its redevelopment. This commitment is part of the government's overall investment of $27 billion over the next 10 years to build new and expanded hospital facilities. Patients can expect to benefit from a new state-of-the art, teaching facility that will include expanded services for emergency care, in-patient care and specialized regional programs such as trauma, neurosciences and vascular surgery.

I was pleased to be with Ontario's Minister of Health when a number of heath care announcements were made for Ottawa. Recently, the Province has supported the Ottawa Hospital (above), the Ottawa Paramedic Services for a specially-equipped ambulance and a team of paramedics to transport critically-ill newborns, and CHEO for establishment of a new children’s treatment centre. Read more about this funding for our City: Health Care Funding for Ottawa Health Institutions

On July 18 I was with Ontario's Natural Resources and Forestry Minister in Constance Bay to announce that Doug McNeil is named Ontario's Special Advisor on flooding. Mr McNeil is to advise the Province on ways to reduce the impacts of flooding and ensure communities can recover quickly. Read more about this appointment and Doug McNeil's immense experience with flood planning and prevention here: Ontario Names Special Advisor on Flooding.   
The announcement of the Special Advisor is the latest Provincial initiative to support property owners impacted by the Ottawa River flood of 2019. I have been pleased to secure for Ottawa residents the DRAO program with simplified forms, the DRAO coverage for extra hydro costs, and the waiving of ESA electricity reconnection fees. I have also been engaged in the Provincial Task Force that is reviewing how Ontarians can better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen. Read more here: Provincial Government Assistance for Residents in the West Carleton Flood Zone
I released a paper entitled the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative to raise greater awareness of the positive health and social benefits of volunteering. Within the paper I document the benefits of volunteering and I have also challenged local residents to volunteer for a group or cause of their choice. I want to increase volunteerism in Kanata-Carleton and commit to using my Community Office, my MPP website and social media platforms, and my speaking opportunities in our community. Read more on the announcement of the initiative or read the document here.
I was pleased to drop into the Ron Maslin Playhouse to speak with organizers of the Kanata Theatre, which has recently unveiled its 2019-20 playlist. This group is an all-volunteer amateur community theatre company and is always looking for new members to help with their productions.
The Kanata Theatre was the first organization profiled with my Community Volunteer Initiative. I will be highlighting each week a local volunteer group or effort on my MPP website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Learn more about this here: Volunteer in Kanata-Carleton
On July 6th I was at the Carp Market with hundreds of well wishers to celebrate the market’s 29th birthday. The Carp Market is a landmark in our community and is always a pleasant adventure for families and friends on a Saturday morning.
Congratulations to all the West Carleton Amateur Sports Club organizers and volunteers at the OASA u19 Elimination Softball Tournament that was held in Carp on June 28 – 30. I always enjoy watching softball games! I understand the teams at this tournament had a fantastic time in our community.
Nothing says summer quite like a neighbourhood block party! I had fun with a great group at the Kimbolton Crescent Block Party and hopefully this event becomes an annual tradition on the street. 
It was a pleasure to meet the many families who attended the Fitzroy Harbour Days. Many thanks to the crew in the kitchen who put on a great breakfast -- with bacon!  Did you know that there is quite a history of seven brothers from the Reitsma family who served as firefighters in Fitzroy Harbour? The next time you are in the community, you must take time to read the plaque in honour of Bert Reitsma's service. 
On Canada Day I travelled throughout West Carleton and Kanata to attend more than a dozen events celebrating our country's blessings. I was very pleased to see such a good turnout at the Kanata Legion Canada Day BBQ on Hines Road. Thank you to the Kanata Legion Members for your hospitality. 
I also had some great conversations at the Canada Day festivities at the Corkery Community Centre. Though I was only in Corkey in the morning, local community volunteers had events planned throughout the day, including live music and fireworks! 
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 birthday, milestone anniversary, or congratulatory certificate
  • 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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