Newsletter: January Recap

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A message from Christine Hogarth:
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year Etobicoke-Lakeshore!

The new year is off to a great start with the opening of Urgent Care at the Queensway Health Centre! I want to thank all the residents who contacted my office to help make this a reality. It was exciting to join Premier Ford and the Minister of Health, and many of my colleagues for the opening. I also want to thank all the dedicated staff at Trillium Health Partners for listening to the needs of the community to help make this opening a reality. I want to assure you that the government is steadfast in its commitment to accessible and quality healthcare close to home.

I was also pleased to announce $300,000 to help Toronto Police fight street violence and crimes affecting school-going youth by reinvesting proceeds of crime for community safety. Living in a healthy and safe community is important to all of us.  Special thanks to 22 Division for keeping our community safe!

As we prepare for the Budget, I joined the Finance Committee as we travelled the province to listen to presentations from various residents and organizations with ideas on what they need and want to see in Ontario’s 2024 Budget.  Thank you to all who participated either in person or online.

FAMILY DAY – Just a reminder, my team will be hosting our annual Family Day Skate, February 19th12:30 – 2:30 at Col. Sam Smith Park. Come join us for fun, prizes and hot chocolate!

Lastly, I want to congratulate all the winners of the Etobicoke-Lakeshore “Holiday Spirit Awards”, my team and I had a wonderful time delivering scrolls and seeing all the beautiful decorations.

Take care,

Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Ontario Cracking Down on Crime
The Ontario government is fighting back against crime in Etobicoke-Lakeshore by investing $3,00,000 in crime prevention initiatives. The funds, forfeited to the province as proceeds of crime following criminal prosecutions, will be used to support community safety projects by the Toronto Police Service.
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Ontario Creating Three New Specialized Units for People with Dementia and Other Complex Needs
The Ontario government is investing $5.5 million to create three new Behavioural Specialized Units (BSUs) at long-term care homes in Brampton, Etobicoke, and Timmins, as well as increasing funding to all 21 specialized units across the province.
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Ontario Launching New Long-Term Care Home Investigations Unit
The Ontario government has created a new Investigations Unit to ensure every long-term care resident lives with dignity and experiences the quality of care they deserve. Supported by an investment of $72.3 million, the new 10-person unit will be an effective deterrent and tool when escalated enforcement is needed to improve compliance and ensure resident safety.
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Ontario Training Thousands of New Long-Term Care Staff
The Ontario government is investing more than $100 million in two programs that will train more than 32,000 new personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses in long-term care over the next three years. 
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Ontario Health Teams Now Providing Care in Every Corner of the Province
The Ontario government, in partnership with Ontario Health, has approved the West Parry Sound Ontario Health Team, bringing the total number of teams to 58 and marking an important milestone in achieving full provincial coverage. 
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Ontario Taking Next Steps in Plan to Further Reduce Wait Times for Surgeries and Diagnostic Procedures
As part of the next steps to implement Your Health, a plan for connected and convenient care, the Ontario government is proposing regulatory changes that, would name Accreditation Canada as the inspection body responsible for ensuring the highest quality standards and strong oversight of the 900+ current and all future community surgical and diagnostic centres, effective April 1, 2024.
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Ontario Connecting Children and Youth to Mental Health Care Close to Home
The Ontario government is investing an additional $44.6 million per year to connect children and youth to mental health services across the province so they have access to the care they need, when they need it, in their community.
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Ontario Making it Easter for Youth in West Toronto to Connect to Mental Health Services
The Ontario government is making it faster and easier for young people to connect to mental health and substance use support with the official launch of a new Youth Wellness Hub to serve the west-end of Toronto and surrounding areas.
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Ontario Unveils a Back-to-Basics Kindergarten Curriculum
The Ontario government is taking continued action to emphasize back-to-basics learning by introducing mandatory learning through clear and direct instruction in reading, writing and math for kindergarten students.
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Ontario Supporting Plan to Refurbish Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
The Ontario government is supporting Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) plan to proceed with the next steps toward refurbishing Pickering Nuclear Generating Station’s “B” units (units 5-8). Once refurbished, Pickering would produce a total of 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, equivalent to powering two million homes, helping to meet increasing demand from electrification and fuelling the province’s economic growth
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Ontario Making it Easier and More Affordable for Indigenous Communities to Access Vital Government Services
The Ontario government is providing financial relief for Indigenous peoples and communities by permanently waiving fees for death records and delayed registration of death for children who attended Indian Residential Schools. The province is also permanently eliminating fees for reclaiming a traditional Indigenous name.
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Urgent Care Centre at Queensway Health Centre Reopens
The Urgent Care Centre at Queensway Health Centre re-opened on January 29, 2024, at 3 p.m., expanding access to quality health care in our community.
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Province Honours 25 New Order of Ontario Appointees
The Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, announced 25 new appointments to the Order of Ontario for 2023. Congratulations to Peter Simon who is from Etobicoke-Lakeshore and all the appointees!
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Looking Back at January

Reopening of the Urgent Care Centre!
Visiting Building Up to hear suggestions for skill trades.
Behind the scenes glance at Bondi Produce.
Meeting youth and their parents at New Haven Learning Centre.