Monthly update from Queens Park
I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer and spending time with family and friends – and, like me, are looking forward to the civic long weekend! July has been a surprisingly busy month both at Queen’s Park and my constituency office in Willowdale, but I’ve had a blast spending time with Willowdalers at a variety of events in and around our neighbourhood. It’s been great to see and hear from so many of you on how your provincial government can help better our community and Ontario.
The first day of July started with a bang (literally)! I celebrated our Nation’s birthday with many friends and neighbours at the annual West Lansing Homeowners Associations picnic BBQ at Gwendolyn Park and at Mel Lastman Square. The great weather, food and even better people made it an overall perfect day to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday!
I was honoured to give congratulatory remarks at the 2019 graduation ceremony of the Personal Support Workers from Metrocare Health Academy. To all the graduates, I hope you continue to thrive in your careers and continue the wonderful work you do serving our community.
I also had a chance to visit a number of local summer camps including the Willowdale Youth Sports and Arts Camp and Sunnyside up Camp. A big shout out to all of the amazing kids who showed off their basketball skills and joined me in a dance party after lunch. I also want to take a moment to acknowledge Pastor Yung Lee from WYSAC and George from Sunnyside Up for running such amazing programing for our local youngsters.
Finally, I wanted to share a couple of big announcements you may have missed this month.
In July, our government announced the development of a Seniors Mental Health and Addictions Educational Program. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho, Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Michael Tibollo, announced a $250,000 investment to develop and deliver this new resource to help respond to the rising rates of mental health and addiction issues amongst seniors. For more information click the link below.
Our government is also putting the safety of Ontarians and our communities first by providing frontline police officers with more tools to respond quickly to missing persons investigations. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced The Missing Persons Act, proclaimed by the government on July 1, 2019. It provides police with three additional tools to use when there is no evidence a crime has been committed. This will allow police to: Obtain copies of records that may assist in a search; obtain a search warrant to enter premises to locate a missing person; and make an urgent demand for certain records without a court order. Learn more by clicking the link. https://www.stanchompp.ca/government_provides_police_more_tools_to_find_missing_persons
And earlier this week Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith, announced that our government would develop a sustainable, needs-based Ontario Autism Program by April 2020. Our government has doubled the funding provided by the previous government and is working with a panel of experts, service providers, and families of children with autism to design a program that works. Through extensive consultations, our government heard the concerns and challenges faced by families and this feedback will help the panel create a world-class program to better support children and youth with autism. Click the link for more information! https://www.stanchompp.ca/ontario_is_working_towards_a_needs_based_and_sustainable_autism_program
I can’t wait to see more of you in August at our first annual community barbeque on August 25th at Mitchell Field Park in Willowdale. Be sure to check out the details and mark it in your calendars.
Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale