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MPP Report ~ October 2019 Issue 

This Fall I have enjoyed getting out to events and meetings in the riding. We have so many great things happening in Kanata-Carleton and it is an honour to be representing my home in the Ontario Legislature.
Looking back at the last few months, our community marked the first anniversary of the devastating tornadoes, hosted the CAV Canada Conference, and enjoyed another remarkable year at the Carp Fair. If you have not seen the MPP Reports on these events, here are links to the July newsletter, August newsletter, and September newsletter.  (If there is someone you know who would like to receive this newsletter, please have them connect and subscribe by clicking this on-line form.)
Looking ahead, our community will be honouring our Canadian Forces during Remembrance Day services and we will be celebrating the holiday season with Christmas parades and events. Also, I will be reporting out on the progress being made with the Kanata-Carleton High Tech and Business Initiative.
I hope you enjoy this collection of photos from my activities through October. Please stay in touch,

P.S. -- Local Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion have begun their annual poppy drive in Ottawa in remembrance of those Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom. Learn more about the importance of remembrance and the annual poppy campaign

Millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Learn more facts about the poppy's history here: The Poppy

I was glad to take part in the Liberation75 Tulip Planting Ceremony and attend The 2019 Canadian Walk for Veterans in Kanata in recognition of those who have served and are serving in our Canadian Forces. The sale of the commemorative Liberation75 Tulip will go towards supporting mental health programs for veterans and first responders. See more information about this special initiative here: About Liberation75 -- order your tulips today.
It was wonderful to see former Ottawa Mayor Jackie Holzman at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP): The Boomer Angle Event. It was a pleasure to deliver remarks to CARP on the Ontario Government’s plan to create a modern 21st century long-term care system.

Contact my office if you wish for me to participate in a community event. I would love to attend if I can work it into my schedule. 

October 21-27 was Small Business Week across Ontario. Through the holiday shopping months of November and December, I ask that you please shop at our local Kanata and West Carleton businesses. Small businesses play a critical role in our economy and in our communities.

It is a fact that small businesses across the province are responsible for most of the employment opportunities. A total of 98% of all businesses in Ontario employ fewer than 100 people, and there are over 400,000 small businesses in Ontario.

In early October I joined local MPP colleagues at The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus to announce that the government is investing more than $8.4 million to expand home and community care services in Ottawa. Read more about this major health investment for Ottawa here.   
One of my recent meetings was with the Alzheimer Society where I accompanied the Ontario Minister responsible for Seniors. The Minister made a commitment of more than half a million dollars to the Finding Your Way program, which addresses the concern for persons living with dementia going missing. Learn more here:  
I was with colleague MPP John Yakabuski and Chief Michael Nolan of the Renfrew Paramedic Services to discuss their innovative community paramedic services such as the use of drones, remote patient monitoring, and point of care testing. Read more here: Renfrew County Media on Community Paramedics
Through the last two months I have toured seniors residents and long-term care facilities in Kanata-Carleton and across the Province speaking with both care providers and residents (see photos above and below). It has been a pleasure to talk with residents. 

You may have read my Ottawa Citizen editorial piece conveying my vision for seniors' health services and care in our community: Fullerton: My vision for better long-term care in Ontario 
Here are two photos (above and below) looking back at the wonderful time I had speaking with constituents at the Carp Fair. If you have yet to see my post, I recently shared observations and a photo album:  New Memories Made at This Year's Carp Fair.  
It was great having local Kanata resident Alexis Kam serving at Queen’s Park in the Page Program for the Legislative Assembly in the last Session. Here I am seen with her family, proud parents Greg and Jeanne and brother Conner. Thank you Alexis for your service – and I hope you found the experience to be rewarding.

For Kanata or West Carleton grade 7 or 8 students who are interested in becoming a Page in the Ontario Legislature, learn more about this program here. Contact my office if you require any assistance with your application. 
Volunteers contribute so much to our quality of life. For that reason I am very pleased each week to profile a volunteer organization as part of my Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative. You can learn more about the initiative here: MPP Releases Community Volunteer Initiative. See the details relating to the weekly volunteer organization features here
YOUR VOICE AT QUEEN'S PARK -- 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:
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Kanata, ON  K2M 1P6

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