February has been a busy month with the return to the Legislature. During the month, I met with stakeholders, listened to constituents and visited local businesses, letting me better understand issues of concern and raising them at Queen’s Park.
Other recent events to boost the spirits were the Ukraine Mega March at Nathan Phillips Square. I know the people of Etobicoke-Lakeshore were there in force to support a brave nation. Ontario will continue to stand with Ukraine and welcome those seeking refuge here. Slava Ukraini!
In addition, Tibetan-Canadians in Etobicoke-Lakeshore gathered to celebrate Losar – the Tibetan New Year. I wish all those celebrating a Happy Losar and Happy New Year. Tashi Delek!
2023 is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see the progress we will continue making here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
|Ontario Providing Better Service through Service Ontario Improvements|
The Ontario government is making it faster, easier and more convenient for people and businesses to access driver’s licences, health cards, birth certificates and other services. An enhanced appointment booking system at ServiceOntario is now available at 64 of its busiest centres.
|Ontario Preparing People and Communities for Future Emergencies|
Our government introduced the first-ever Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan, helping to ensure Ontarians are prepared for and safe during future emergencies like cyber security threats, pandemics or natural disasters. This plan sets a foundation for emergency management in Ontario and builds on lessons learned from past emergencies including the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Ontario Strengthening Supports for Survivors of Violence and Their Children|
Everyone has the right to live free of violence and intimidation of every kind.We’re investing $6.5M to help organizations across the province increase access to supports for women and children survivors of gender-based violence and exploitation.
|Ontario Continues to See Job Growth in Key Sectors|
Employment in Ontario increased by 62,800 jobs in January! Over 600,000 jobs have been created since 2018. We’re working hard to build a stronger economy, and to create new opportunities for people and businesses across the province.
|Ontario Connecting Youth Leaving Care with Supports to Succeed|
Ontario is enhancing the way youth in the care of children’s aid societies are supported. Ready, Set, Go, is a new program that will connect youth with supports to learn life skills, and pursue post-secondary education and employment.
|Ontario Reducing Wait Times for Publicly Funded Surgeries and Diagnostics|
The Ontario government has introduced the Your Health Act, 2023, which if passed, outlines the province’s next steps in its plan to reduce wait times for surgeries, procedures and diagnostic imaging, while enabling its new “As of Right” rules to automatically recognize the credentials of health care workers registered in other provinces and territories.
|Ontario Provides More Funding for Public Transit|
Improving public transit isn’t just about getting people from point A to point B – it’s about improving everyone’s quality of life. Our government is committed to building better transit infrastructure and services by providing more money to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in communities across Ontario.
|Ontario Doubles the Number of Long-term Care Inspectors|
Our government is doubling the number of long-term care inspectors in Ontario. With more than one inspector for every two LTC homes, we’re keeping residents safe with the toughest LTC inspection regime in Canada.
|AstraZeneca to Build Flagship Global Clinical Research Centre in Mississauga|
Pharmaceutical leader AstraZeneca has announced a major expansion to its already growing Mississauga site to create a Global Clinical Research Centre for clinical trials. This investment will enhance Ontario’s competitiveness and leadership in the life sciences sector, while continuing to build a strong, competitive economy for all Ontarians.
|Ontario Protecting the Health and Safety of Paramedics|
The Ontario government is working for workers by establishing a Paramedic Services Committee under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to develop resources that address the unique health and safety risks these frontline heroes face.
|–Christine In The Community–|
|Signing the book of condolences for the beloved Hazel McCallion. Hazel was a trailblazer for women in politics. Her dedication and decades of public service helped shape our beautiful province. My sincere condolences go out to Hazel’s family, friends and everyone who’s life was touched by this amazing woman.|
|Welcoming Kingsway College School – Senior Campus to the community. It was great seeing this innovative and modern school.|
|It was wonderful celebrating Lunar New Year on February 2nd. I wish everyone a bright and optimistic future ahead in the Year of the Rabbit.|
|On February 8, I visited the Queensway Health Centre to announce the Government of Ontario’s investment for a new 36-bed Orthopedic Inpatient Unit.|
|Welcoming Canada MedLaser to Etobicoke-Lakeshore.|
|Informative meeting with volunteers from the The Period Purse, an organization that creates menstrual equity through access, education and advocacy.|
|Celebrating Losar, the year of Water Rabbit- 2150 at the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre.|
|Pleasure meeting with the Consul General of Ukraine, Oleksandr Shevchenko, and prominent Ukrainians in the community at Queen’s Park.|
|Honoured to attend the Eighth Annual Black History Month Celebration and fundraiser hosted by the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment.|
|Thank you to all those who came out to my annual Family Day Skate. It was fantastic to see you all!|
|Honoured to attend the Kosovo Independence Flag-raising Ceremony at Queen’s Park.|
|Had a fun time dropping in for the Holy Angels Family Skate at the Ford Performance Centre hosted by the Lakeshore Lions Club.|
|I had the opportunity to meet Andres, Nicola and Jessica, three bright minds from Etobicoke-Lakeshore. These students participated in the 2023 Legislative Assembly of Ontario Model Parliament program.|
|I had the opportunity to recognize several organizations in Etobicoke-Lakeshore with a non-profit award during Non-Profit Appreciation Week.|
|Joined hundreds at the Coldest Night of the Year 10th annual walk, hosted by the Haven on the Queensway.|
|As always, if I can be of assistance with provincial issues you are dealing with, my team and I are always here to help.|