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MPP Report ~ December 2019 Issue 

This month is a very special time of year – a time for giving, sharing, and coming together in our community. It is a wonderful few weeks because we break from our daily routines and create time to be with family, friends and neighbours.

I believe Christmas and the holidays bring out the very best in us and in our community. It is a time when we are more charitable, showing our kindness and generosity. I am reminded of a Harlan Miller observation, "I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." What a marvelous thought. 

You will read in this newsletter about the Premier's most recent visit to Ottawa and his busy day which included meetings in Kanata North. You will also read about a number of initiatives that will interest residents of Kanata and West Carleton.

I send you my best wishes and, in the days and weeks ahead, I hope you will enjoy your holiday time with family and friends. Embrace each moment for the humanity and joy it offers. Merry Christmas to all! 

The Ontario Premier visited Ottawa on Friday December 6th and while in the City came to Kanata. In the morning there was a meeting where the Premier met with Ottawa Mayor and City officials on a number of local concerns. He also attended a roundtable on health care and long-term care issues, which I chaired. 
From downtown Ottawa, the Premier travelled to Kanata North to tour the Blackberry QNX facilities and speak with QNX founder Gord Bell.  See photos above and below -- and go here to see more photos -- of the Premier's tour and activities through the day. 
The Premier also had an opportunity to be briefed on the latest developments in the local high tech scene by the Kanata North Business Association. It is the second time this year that the Premier met with the KNBA to discuss the technology sector. 
December 6th started with Ottawa residents continuing an age-old tradition in the City, enjoying another spectacular Ottawa Christmas Cheer fundraising breakfast. The sold-out event drew a crowd of 750 and raised $106,850 in support of 21 local charities. Present at the event with the Premier were my local colleagues (l. to r.) MPPs Jeremy Roberts, Goldie Ghamari and Lisa MacLeod. 
It was a pleasure to be part of the “Unload the Bus” event hosted by the Kanata Food Cupboard. We are truly grateful for everyone who donated food and goods – and it was great to see so many out at this wonderful community event.

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. 

Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits — many visits are by seniors. Lower income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care due to finances and other obstacles, impacting their overall well-being. This is why the Provincial Government is launching the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program, which will provide free, high-quality routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors. Learn more about this important seniors program by clicking here

The Ontario Government released special advisor Doug McNeil's report on flooding that impacted communities along the Ottawa River in Spring 2019. The report Independent Review of the 2019 Flood Events in Ontario can be found here.

Read my remarks on Mr. McNeil's report and his recommendations, as well as the actions of the Ontario Government to support the impacted residents of West Carleton.   

I recently released an update on the progress being made on the Kanata-Carleton High Tech and Business Initiativea strategic plan to advance the interests of the local high tech sector and business community. View the six-month report here.  I want to thank the Kanata North Business Association for their work in advancing the interests of the local high tech scene and their comments about my business initiative, which can be read in the release here.  
Through the holidays, I ask that you first consider shopping at our local Kanata and West Carleton businesses. Small businesses play a critical role for our economy. So, please buy at local retailers, eat at our local restaurants, and enjoy our local entertainment venues and events. And before you click for that on-line purchase, consider the small business owner and employees down the street. This year Shop Local.
Each week I profile a different volunteer organization. Through the month of December I have been featuring local charities who are supporting those less fortunate in our community. You can read more about how to volunteer and donate to some wonderful organizations on my webpage: Volunteer in Kanata-Carleton.
Kanata and West Carleton residents are invited to celebrate the New Year at my MPP 2020 New Year's Levee on Saturday, January 4th. The levee will take place at the Kanata Legion Branch #638 at 70 Hines Road. Drop in to say hello between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. I would love to see you and your family at this community event. Forward this notice to anyone who may be interested

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