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September 2023 Recap

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Dear Neighbours,  

I can find signs of Fall, with no problem at all. But whatever the weather, there’s nothing like the spirit and resilience of the people I encountered in Etobicoke-Lakeshore during September.  

I participated at Taste of the Kingsway – Etobicoke’s largest street festival – which brings out the best and most vibrant dimensions of our community. I stopped by the Franklin Horner Community Centre for its Extravaganza, which brings out the surrounding community for a day of music and family fun.  

As our students headed back to school for the new year, I attended the inauguration of the 2023-24 school year at J. Haller Polish School.  

Together with my colleague, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, I toured the facilities at New Haven, which is a registered non-profit charity in my Riding, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those in need, by providing food, clothing and other resources.  

I took part in Ukrainian Fest –especially important this year – which showcased Ukrainian arts and culture in our city and across Ontario. And I participated in the Long Branch Neighbourhood’s fifth annual Tree Fest, highlighting – especially for kids –the importance of biodiversity.  

Each month I return to the Legislature refreshed and reinvigorated by the people I meet in our Riding, and the spirit and determination they demonstrate in these uncertain times. It all makes me proud to say, “I am the Member from Etobicoke-Lakeshore.”
Update on Industrial Spill Contaminating Humber River and Mimico Creek  
As reported previously, I have been closely monitoring progress on cleaning up the after-effects of July’s industrial fire. All provincial and municipal agencies involved in the remediation of the affected areas have been working closely together, and the province has begun an assessment of potential human and ecological effects, to decide whether more detailed investigation is required. The company responsible is expected to submit a plan to restore the affected areas later this month. I commit to keeping you posted.
2023 Resident Champions Award Honoured
Congratulations to Mr. Murray Wood and Mrs. Pat Wood from Tapestry at Village Gate West in Etobicoke who together were outstanding finalists for the Resident Champion Award, as part of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority’s (RHRA) annual Recognition Event.
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Jean Augustine Centre Resilient Communities Fund Grant Award
Congratulations to the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment for winning a $162,700 Resilient Communities Grant award from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
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Ontario Awarding Victim Support Grant to Toronto Police Services
The Ontario government is investing more than $4 million across the province to help support victims and survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence, human trafficking, and child exploitation. The funding is being delivered through the Victim Support Grant program and includes $100,000 for the Support for Survivors program for 2023-24 for Toronto Police Services (TPS).
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Ontario Protecting Toronto Against Gun and Gang Violence
The Ontario government is investing $120,000.00 to help Toronto Police (TPS) expand its video surveillance program and better protect the community against gun and gang violence. The funding is being delivered through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant Program.
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Ontario Investing in Fire Safety
The Ontario government is investing close to $35 million in 17 new fire trucks, lifesaving firefighting equipment, and two new Mobile Live Fire Training Units to better protect northern communities and keep people safe.
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Ontario Doubling Career Fairs to Help More Young People Enter the Skilled Trades
The Ontario government is expanding its successful skilled trades career fairs, now in its second year, to even more cities with more exhibitors and twice as many participating students.
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Getting Back to Basics Leading to Better Student Outcomes
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released its annual student assessment results that demonstrate encouraging progress in student outcomes. These results demonstrate that Ontario’s plan to provide a stable school year without interruption with a renewed emphasis on getting back to basics and improving foundational skills is working.
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Ontario Making Historic Investments in Wetlands Restoration
The Ontario government is investing up to $6.9 million in approximately 100 local conservation projects to restore and enhance wetlands across the province. This funding will help 14 conservation partners restore more than 2,400 acres of wetlands in Ontario.
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Ontario Celebrates Indigenous Leadership in Clean Energy Storage
The Ontario government and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) have released the detailed results of the province’s first competitive procurement for new reliable, affordable and clean electricity storage and generation.
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Ontario Investing to Find Long-term Housing for Asylum Claimants
The Ontario government is investing another $42 million through the Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) program to support the City of Toronto and other impacted municipalities across the province in providing urgent assistance to a rapidly growing number of asylum claimants and other at-risk populations.
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Ontario Releases 2022-23 Public Accounts
The Ontario government has released the 2022-23 Public Accounts, which provide the final audited financial results of the province for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. The 2022-23 Public Accounts illustrate that the government is delivering on its Plan to Build by investing $186.4 billion across all programs.
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Christine In The Community
Attended the inauguration of the 2023/2024 school year of J. Haller Polish School at Bishop Allen.
Had a blast attending this year’s Franklin Horner Community Centre’s Extravaganza!
Insightful conversations and wonderful tour of the New Haven Learning Centre.
Welcomed David, Lieutenant and Pastor of the Salvation Army and Lakeshore Community Church to Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
Participated in the 25th annual Taste of The Kingsway – South Etobicoke’s largest street festival.
Amazing day spent at the 27th annual Ukrainian Fest. Slava Ukraini!
Visited the RELISH The Foodie Event at Cloverdale Mall.
Joined the community at the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association’s 5th annual Tree Fest!
Honoured to have been this year’s AGM keynote speaker for Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke.
As always, if I can be of assistance with provincial issues you are dealing with, my team and I are always here to help.