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MPP Report ~ November 2020

November has been a very busy month! It began with the delivery of the 2020 Ontario Budget. In the weeks that followed, there were important announcements on Government investments for the City of Ottawa. You will find that this newsletter provides information on provincial programs and services and direct links to online resources.

The newsletter also highlights a few important local interests: the seasonal awareness campaigns to shop local and donate to local food banks, and the work being advanced for our high tech and business community.
 
Please connect with me to give your feedback on my local initiatives and on the Government’s economic plan and its health care investments. Write me at merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org. I would like to hear your thoughts.
 
Finally, please reach out by phone or email if I can be of any assistance on a provincial matter, or if you wish to discuss a local issue. My Community Office staff and I look forward to hearing from Kanata and West Carleton residents.  
 
My best regards,  


 

Through this Christmas season I ask everyone to make a conscious effort to support our local business community. Shopping at your local retail store provides employment for local people, carries the expenses of the store, and your money remains in the community.
 
I recently visited the Kanata Food Cupboard for an update on its operations. The food cupboard has experienced a significant increase in families needing support. 

This year 1 in 7 Canadians are experiencing food insecurities according to a new study by Canadian Food Centres Canada. This alarming fact serves as a reminder of how important our local food banks are in our community. In the weeks ahead please consider donating to our local food banks.
 

The Ontario Government forwarded to the City of Ottawa $17,866,692 in social services relief funding. The money will be used to provide services to homeless clients, personal protective equipment, operate a men’s shelter, provide shelter services to women, and provide overflow shelter in hotels and motels. It will also be used to renovate an existing day program space, and acquire a facility or modular housing for permanent housing.
 
The Province understands our municipal partners are facing extraordinary challenges with the health and economic realties of COVID-19 and that is why this additional funding for our community is so important. This $17.8 million investment will help protect and support our most vulnerable in the City of Ottawa. Read more here.

The photo above is from February 2020 when the Kanata North Business Association led a delegation to Toronto for “Kanata North Day” at Queen’s Park. The day of meetings with the Province’s senior ministers is one of the highlights of my report to residences in Kanata and West Carleton on the progress being made with Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative. See the media release here: MPP Provides Update on Local High Tech and Business Initiative.
 
I set out as a member of provincial parliament to actively promote and support 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.
Here is a direct link to the Fall 2020 Snapshot Report of Kanata-Carleton's High Tech & Business Initiative
On November 20th I met with Invest Ottawa VP Sonya Shorey, who facilitated an informative discussion with three local tech firms that are scaling their operations through the Invest Ottawa Accelerator at Bayview Yards. The companies present included Welbi, Aetonix and Trualta. 
  • Welbi helps senior living communities deliver exceptional and unique life experiences with a state-of-the-art recreational platform – and the company is currently working in Kanata.
  • Aetonix is used by more than 250 hospitals and tens of thousands of patients. The company has developed a remote patient monitoring solution that connects patients, clinicians and families like no other virtual care platform.
  • Trualta is a personalized, skills-based training platform for family members caring for ageing loved ones living at home. Trualta has partnered with the Champlain Community Support Network offering its service across the City.
In late October, the Ontario Government launched a new community paramedicine program that will support people waiting for, or soon eligible for, long-term care. To make this announcement in Ottawa, I was joined by my MPP colleagues and Mayor Jim Watson, and earlier in the day in Renfrew I was with MPP John Yakabuski. Then, on November 27th, the Province has expanded this paramedicine program to more communities in Ontario. Here are the media releases with detailed information:

My MPP release: Innovative solution to Improve Long-Term Care in Ottawa

Ontario Launches Innovative Solution to Improve Long-Term Care

Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Programs to Long-Term Care
Photo Credit: The Canadian Press

On November 5th, the Ontario Finance Minister delivered a Provincial Budget with a plan to provide more resources to strengthen frontline health care, support people and employers, and lay the groundwork for Ontario’s recovery.

The Government is spending on programs that protect Ontarians through the pandemic. COVID-19 related spending to date has been $33.5 billion and the Government plans to spend a total of $45 billion over three years. Spending is up in education, health care, and childrens and social services sectors. In the next two fiscal years deficits will total $33 billion and $28 billion. The current levels of government spending are neither sustainable nor desirable over the long-run. But, as the pandemic continues around the world, this spending is necessary. Read more here: Ontario's Action Plan

The Premier, Finance Minister and Health Minister were in Ottawa to join with local MPPs to relate news of the $45 million investment to add 254 more beds in hospitals and health facilities in Ottawa. Nearly $18 million will be spent to address ambulance offload times and the hiring of more frontline staff. At the press conference on the Civic Hospital campus, the Premier spoke of the government's $15.2 billion investment in health care as part of the 2020 Ontario Budget. Read more about this health care spending here: Ontario Investing $15.2 Billion to Protect People and Support Health Care During COVID-19 ~ Funding Will Improve Access to Care for People throughout the Ottawa Area and across Ontario.

As part of its 2020 Ontario Budget, the government is moving forward with 29 new long-term care projects, which will lead to an additional 3,000 long-term care spaces across the Province. These projects will help reduce waitlists and improve the quality of care for seniors.
 
The Ontario Government is proceeding with two projects in Ottawa.One project is adding 256 spaces at Schlegel Villages (The Ottawa Hospital, Riverside site), where a campus of care will provide specialized units for dementia, mental health and complex physical needs. The other project is a new 320-space long-term care home in Orleans which will replace Carlingview Manor. 
 
More information on this government investment: Ontario adding 3000 new and upgraded long-term care spaces.

From my column in the Community Voice: "Remembrance Day is a Day of Gratitude"

I am honored to take part in our community’s Remembrance Day activities as your Kanata-Carleton MPP representative. It was Sir Winston Churchill who observed, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the other.” As a Canadian who has grown up in this wonderful City of Ottawa, I have great appreciation and a reverence for those who came before us and fought for our freedom and democracy. (Read the full column here.) 

Make it a habit to visit the news pages on my MPP website to stay up-to-date on provincial news, programs and services. Visit: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/news.

Also, on a daily basis Ontarians are updated on the latest health and government services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay informed of COVID-19 news from the Ontario Government. You may also wish to reference my Information and Resources Page on the MPP website for important phone numbers and online contact coordinates respecting COVID-19 information and services in our community.  
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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