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MPP Report ~ October 2021


It has been an exciting month in Kanata-Carleton with a great deal happening. Just this week the Kanata North Business Association hosted the Ontario Premier on Tuesday, and then held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for the opening of Hub350. You can read more about that below.
 
Also in this newsletter are details of visits by the Associate Minister of Digital Government and the Minister of Education, and a number of provincial funding announcements for Kanata and West Carleton.
 
In looking ahead to November 11th, I would like to encourage everyone to support our men and women in the Canadian Forces. We owe much to their service – both present and past – in defending our freedom and human rights. We can wear a poppy to display your respect and gratitude. 

Lastly, a reminder that my staff at the Community Office is here to help you access the available government programs and services. Please get in touch with me if I can be of any assistance with provincial support services.
 
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The Ontario Premier and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade were at the Kanata North Technology Park to announce a $1.5 million investment in Hub350.

This new facility will serve as the physical gateway to the technology park by bringing together corporate partners, academic institutions, investors, banks and government agencies. Hub350 also hosts a Digital Lab to promote innovation with five national media partners broadcasting news, events, and history from Kanata North to attract investment and businesses to the park.

The Premier stated: “Innovation is critical to a thriving economy… We are ready to make the necessary investments to build Ontario back up and help the economy begin to recover safely.”
 
The photo below shows the Kanata North Business Association roundtable discussion with the Premier and Minister. More info: Premier in Kanata to announce support for high tech sector

The Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade spoke of the multiple visits he has made to Kanata to tour technology facilities and meet with local business leaders. In his address he stated: “My thanks to the Kanata-Carleton MPP, who is a tireless advocate for her community and for this entire region. She is the one who really worked hard to bring this investment here into Kanata North today.”
 
I appreciate your continued support and your interest in Kanata-Carleton – thank you Minister. 
Ontario’s Associate Minister of Digital Government was also recently in Kanata to speak with local business leaders. Together we toured Rockport Networks and Ranovus. The minister was very interested to be briefed on the latest technological achievements in Kanata.
 
Thank you to both Rockport Networks and Ranovus for your informative tours.
The government has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. Read details here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/plan-safely-reopen-ontario-and-manage-covid-19-long-term
 
This provincial plan depends on the approval of Ontario’s health officials and the advice provided the government's health and science experts. It also depends on all of us continuing to follow health measures.  

Here are some helpful links:
-- Access your vaccination receipt
-- FAQs about using your vaccination receipt
-- Support and resources for business
-- My MPP October column in Community Voice:

And, if you have yet to get your shot…
Book your appointment: http://Ontario.ca/bookvaccine
Pharmacy Finder: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations
Being vaccinated is the best protection possible. 
The Ontario Government is making a $5.3 million investment in St. James Catholic Elementary School for its new addition and classroom renovations - to be completed in time for students in September 2022. The Minister of Education was present to make the announcement at this Kanata South school.

Thomas D'Amico, director of Education at the local school board commented: "This expansion will ensure our students continue to learn in a modern facility that will provide space for a quality Catholic Education in Kanata for years to come. The new addition will feature classrooms designed to support innovative learning in a faith-based environment."
 
Read the full release here: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/building_new_student_spaces_in_kanata

This month my Ottawa MPP colleagues and I toured our local hospital facilities with provincial ministers on their visits to the City of Ottawa.
 
Above photo: the Minister of Infrastructure met with President and CEO Cameron Love to get an update on the new Civic Campus project.
 
Below photo: The Education Minister met with CHEO President and CEO Alex Munter and Ottawa Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vera Etches to discuss the mental and physical health of children. It was also a pleasure to meet with CHEO’s volunteers while at the hospital.

Chrysalis House Violence Against Women Shelter, run by West Ottawa Community Resource Centre, was given a $105,800 grant for renovations. This provincial investment will ensure important upgrades to make the shelter more accessible to women who have impairments.
 
The shelter serves 150 women and their dependents each year. I wish to again commend the work of Cristina DiTomaso and the amazing staff at Chrysalis House who are providing a safe place and essential care for the residents.
 
Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries was on hand for this funding presentation as her ministry administers the Ontario Trillium Foundation funds.

I was pleased to tour the Shepherds of Good Hope facilities in Kanata this month. The Shepherds are doing important work managing specialized shelter programs, supportive housing, shelter-based healthcare, as well as a soup kitchen and evening drop-in centre in our City. Many thanks for the informative tour and meeting.

Contact my MPP Community Office if you wish to request a meeting or for me to attend an event.
I am pleased to highlight local volunteer efforts on my website, Facebook and Twitter platforms. Each week I highlight a local group and their good work:  Volunteer Groups and Community Associations in our Community.

In October, the following volunteer organizations were featured:
-- The Kanata Food Cupboard
-- The West Carleton Food Access Centre
-- West Ottawa Community Resource Centre
-- The Shepherds of Good Hope - Kanata
 
Raising awareness of volunteer initiatives and opportunities in Kanata and West Carleton is part of a commitment I made in the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative Please contact my office if I can assist in promoting a volunteer group.

When Ontario’s Associate Minister of Digital Government was in town I made sure we stopped by Kanata Crepes and Café for a visit and a treat.  
 
When you have a choice, 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.

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. If you have not been on the news section recently, you might have missed Ontario Government's Speech from the Throne.

Visit the MPP news section here: 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. 

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