March 2020 E-Newsletter

Published on March 06, 2020

Message From The Desk of Your MPP

Dear Fellow Neighbours,

We made it through the chills, the frostbites and the snow and now a pleasant spring is just round the corner! We snuggled indoors enough, let us all come out, give ourselves a long stretch and admire the myriad of spring colors around. The month of March is here!

March brings me nostalgia of my younger days and opens the kaleidoscope of my childhood memories. Very fondly, I remember the lines by Charles Dickens- “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

My sincere congratulations to all the women on International Women’s Day. Women are synonymous with strength, resilience and give meaning to the existence of life. I owe my journey to the women in my life and hope they continue to bring in the positivity that keeps me going.

Adding to the feel-good of spring and caring for the mental health of Ontarians, the provincial government is launching the Roadmap to Wellness, a plan focused on improving quality and access, expanding existing services, and implementing innovative solutions. The government plans to invest $3.8 billion over 10 years in this program and aims to create new services and expand programs that support people.

Students, who are interested in knowing about how the government operates, can visit our office during the March break and see us in action.

I am looking forward to meeting you all on March 28 during the Spring Open House.

Sincerely,


Queens Park Updates

Creating Better Jobs for Region of Peel

The Ontario government is adopting a new locally-focused model that will better connect people with jobs and reward high-performance organizations in Peel Region.

Prototype projects in Peel, Hamilton-Niagara and Muskoka-Kawarthas will bring together employment services that were previously delivered separately through Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program and Employment Ontario Employment Service.

In the three regions, new service system managers have been selected to lead the implementation of local service improvements and will be paid based on their results. In Peel, a new service system manager will begin operating in October 2020. Beginning April 1, 2020, WCG, part of the APM Group, will establish a presence in Peel Region. 

Moving Forward to Deliver Subways Faster

The Minister of Transportation introduced legislation that will help deliver Ontario's four priority subway projects on-time and on-budget. The proposed legislation demonstrates Ontario's real commitment to delivering transit faster in the Greater Toronto Area, reducing congestion, and connecting people to places and jobs.

If passed, the Building Transit Faster Act would provide the province with the tools to expedite the planning, design and construction process that has delayed major projects in the past. 

The projects include the all-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, and will address the increasing demand for safe and reliable transportation options.

Modernizing Delivery of Home and Community Care

As part of the province's comprehensive plan to build healthier communities and end hallway health care, Ontario is modernizing the delivery of home and community care services by bringing an outdated system into the 21st century. Ontario's plan will enable integrated and innovative models of home and community care through the introduction of the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act.

If passed, the legislation will allow Ontario Health Teams to deliver more innovative models of home and community care. Patients will benefit from primary care, hospitals, home and community care and long-term care providers being able to collaborate directly to provide care that best meets individual care needs.

This year, Ontario is investing an additional $155 million more to expand frontline home and community care services.


Mississauga Budget Consultation

On February 4, I had the opportunity to join the Minister of Finance and my Mississauga MPP colleagues for a public consultation for the 2020 Budget. We asked people in Peel for their advice on how to make living more affordable, invest in critical public services and balance the budget by 2023.

The 2020 budget will be presented in the Legislative Assembly on March 25.


Ontario-Wide Survey on Bullying in Schools

Bullying is a serious issue that can affect students' learning, sense of safety and overall well-being. Bullying is never okay and can be physical, verbal, social, written, and/or online (cyberbullying).

There are strong laws and policies to prevent bullying and support students who experience bullying, but it still happens every day. Recent studies from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that 21% of students reported being bullied at school.

The government has launched a survey to understand more about bullying in Ontario schools to help make schools safer and more inclusive. The survey is focused on students. However, parents, guardians and educators might also have feedback.

Students under 16 years of age will need consent from a parent or guardian to complete the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is March 31.

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Celebrating Family Day with The 2nd Annual Family Paint Night

On Sunday, February 16, we hosted our 2nd Annual Family Paint Night at the Iceland Area. The free event was attended by over 200 residents along with local elected officials and community leaders.

Paints, paintbrushes and other art supplies were provided and an art teacher was on-site to guide participants. Residents of all ages took the opportunity to display their creative and artistic talents and took home their works of art. Some pieces are on display at my office.

This event also marks the end of the Blessing Bag Initiative, which began at the Christmas Open House in December. Since then, residents have donated over 500 pairs of socks, gloves, scarves, mittens and undergarments to help keep Mississauga-Malton warm this winter. Some even knitted their donations themselves. The collection was handed over to community organizations to distribute to those in need.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and to all those who contributed to the Blessing Bag Initiative.

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Pearson to Trial Updated Nighttime Preferential Runway System

Since February 27, Toronto Pearson has begun a one-year trial of the updated Nighttime Preferential Runway System. The trial will take place each night from midnight to 6:30 a.m.  
 
A preferential runway system has been used at Toronto Pearson since the 1970s, but over the last five decades, the communities around the airport have grown, and the airport has too. That’s why the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), operator of Toronto Pearson, undertook technical analysis and consultation to update the Nighttime Preferential Runway System to better reflect today's environment.   
 
This updated system will reduce the number of residents flown over at night and be more predictable and understandable to residents. A trial will also provide an opportunity for the GTAA to collect operational data and evaluate the practical feasibility of the updated system and give you an opportunity to provide feedback.  
 
Information about the trial, including quarterly reports and how to provide input throughout the trial, is available at www.torontopearson.com/preferentialrunways  .
 
Toronto Pearson is also moving forward with its 2020 Airside Maintenance Program slated to begin in April.
As always, if you have concerns about aircraft noise, please contact the GTAA’s Noise Management Office at 416-247-7682 or visit our website: https://www.torontopearson.com/en/community/noise-management

Working For The Ontario Government As a Summer Student

Every year, the Ontario Public Service, related agencies, and community groups provide up to 5,000 students with jobs across the province. These jobs help Ontario students with limited work experience to develop transferable skills, support their career goals and learn more about the Ontario Public Service! Summer Employment Opportunities are full-time, temporary positions ranging from 7 - 18 weeks between May and September.

Applications are accepted online only. You must apply directly to job ads on the Ontario Public Service Careers website to be considered for the position.


Happy 99th Birthday to Hazel McCallion

On February 14, I had the great pleasure of celebrating the 99th birthday of our legendary leader, Hazel McCallion. Thank you, Mayor McCallion, for your guidance and leadership. I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays!


Congratulations!

Michelle DiEmanuele, CEO of Trillium Health Partners

Michelle is among the 21 appointees named to the 2018 Order of Ontario. I applaud your work as a community leader and this honour is very well-deserved. The Order of Ontario honours individuals whose exceptional achievements have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada, and beyond.

Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO at William Osler Health System

I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Dr. Naveed Mohammad on your new role as the head of William Osler Health System. Your hard work of more than two decades at Osler in various capacities has brought you to this much-deserved platform.

 

My Private Members' Bill - Preventing Gas and Dash

For my very first Private Members' Bill, I'm focusing on Gas and Dash and the importance of prepayment. Watch my video below for more information.

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My Statements In The House

Professional Engineers Day

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My Mississauga News Article


Out and About in February

Celebrating Black History Month

At Interfaith Breakfast Prayer

At Family Day Skate

Meeting with Local Organizations

Celebrating Vietnamese New Year

At Rotaract's Making My Way Event

Celebrating India's 71st Republic Day (--)

At a Robotics Workshop by MARSzoid Robotics

Meeting with Peel Children's Aid (----)


Upcoming Events

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On-Going Initiatives

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