Newsletter: April Recap

A message from Christine Hogarth:
Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce my transition from Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General to my new role as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Red Tape Reduction. I want to express my gratitude to Solicitor General Michael Kerzner and his team for the opportunity to work on key files on community safety, animal welfare and Intimate Partner Violence.

In my new role, my focus is implementing measures that enable individuals and businesses to concentrate on growth rather than navigating red tape. Cutting red tape is part of our commitment to help build a stronger economy, keep costs down, and improve service delivery for people and businesses.

As part of our Spring 2024 red tape reduction package, if passed, we are prioritizing infrastructure for ready-to-go housing projects with a new “use it or lose it” process to address stalled development.

Additionally in schools, we are cracking down on cellphone use and banning vaping starting September 2024. For doctors, our government is launching an AI program to help them put patients before paperwork.

In other excellent news for the community, shovels are in the ground for the new and expanded Queensway Health Centre – a monumental $1.3B investment that will introduce a new patient tower featuring a modern nine-story facility accommodating over 350 beds. Furthermore, the Ontario government is investing over $155M this year to expedite the construction of new or redeveloped long-term care homes.

Engaging directly with our community remains a priority for me. I recently had the pleasure of attending the AGM of the Mimico Residents Association, where I provided updates on provincial initiatives such as the Mimico GO upgrade and environmental efforts like the Mimico creek cleanup. On Earth Day, I joined volunteers from Etobicoke-Lakeshore for the Col. Samuel Smith Park cleanup. A special thanks to Alan Roy for organizing this annual event.

In conclusion, I want to spotlight Bill 159, the Preventing Unethical Puppy Sales Act (PUPS Act), which has progressed to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy following unanimous support at Second Reading. Hearing dates are scheduled for May 8, 9, 13, and 15. If you wish to contribute, please consider  submitting a written submission by May 15 (7 pm EDT).

Let’s work together to ensure Ontario continues to be a national leader in animal protection.



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Ontario Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes
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Ontario Cracking Down on Cellphone Use and Banning Vaping in Schools
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Ontario Providing More Funding to Build Long-Term Care Homes
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Looking Back At April

Starting my portfolio as Parliamentary Assistant at the Minister of Red Tape Reduction!
Attending the Groundbreaking at Queensway Health Centre.
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Codirenzi on their 50th Wedding Anniversary!
Celebrating National Volunteer Week.
Speaking to residents at the Mimico Residents AGM.
Dropped in for Smile Day at Grand Harbour Dental.