Monthly update from Queens Park
After a busy summer and fall at my Willowdale office, I’m back at Queen’s Park as the Legislature returns for our autumn sitting. But I still had time to attend a variety of wonderful events in and around the riding and continued to meet with many of you at my constituency office to discuss the important issues facing our community.
In early October, I had the privilege of joining Minister Raymond Cho, Minister Peter Bethlenvalvy, the Consul General of Korea, and other colleagues in raising the Korean flag at Queen’s Park to mark the 431st Korean National Foundation Day, as well as the 38th Korean Heritage Day! This is an important celebration for many Koreans living in Willowdale and throughout Ontario and we had a chance to recognize the contributions of Korean-Canadians to our province.
A little closer to home, I was thrilled to see so many of my constituents at the grand re-opening of the Yonge-Sheppard Centre and to take a look at the new renovations. I want to acknowledge and thank students from Cardinal Carter Catholic School for helping unveil the new sign that they designed - excellent work! If you haven’t already, head over to the centre to see it.
Speaking of Willowdalers doing amazing work, I had the great honor this month to present 200 deserving volunteers from our community with the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making Willowdale a better place for everyone and congratulations.
I also want to thank members from the Edithvale-Yonge Community Association for inviting me to their Annual General Meeting to discussing some of the work our government has been doing and how it affects our community. I had the chance to answer questions on some important topics related to transit, traffic and local development.
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in both Ontario Public Library Week and Small Business Week in Willowdale.
A special thanks to manager Kim Huntly at the North York Central Library for giving me a tour and helping me get my very own Toronto Public Library Card. Did you know our Library has 3D printers, button making, sewing machines, a green screen and so much more, as well as awesome programing like Tea and Movies for Seniors or Story Time for kids? You have to check it out.
For Small Business Week, the Associate Minister of Small Business and I visited, Arzon Supermarket, Pearl Cleaners, and Nomé Izakaya to highlight how their businesses play a critical role in our economy and our communities every day as well as understand the unique challenges they face.
I also want to share a couple of big announcements you may have missed this past month.
Our government is providing more support for hospitals as part of our plan to end hallway health care. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, announced an additional investment of $68 million to support small- and medium-sized hospitals across Ontario with their unique situations and funding challenges. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more than Ontario's hospitals received this year as part of the province's 2019 budget. More information at the link below.
On the first day of returning to the legislature, the government introduced the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, which represents our government's continued efforts to boost job creation, increase wages, and grow our economy by easing the regulatory burden on hardworking families and job-creators. Click the link for more information. https://www.stanchompp.ca/making_ontario_work_better_for_people_smarter_for_business
GTA commuters just can’t wait any longer for better, faster, and reliable transit. That’s why our government has been committed to getting Ontario moving. After years of discussions, Toronto City Council voted in support of our government’s brand-new and much needed Ontario Line, Yonge North Subway Extension, 3 stop Scarborough Subway Extension and Eglington West Crosstown Extension.
This is an important step in finally delivering Toronto and commuters real relief through a gridlock busting network that they deserve. Not to mention amazing news for Willowdale that will soon have more stops and better transit options right at our doorsteps. More information can be found in the link below.
I hope you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend (don’t forget to turn your clocks back!) and I look forward to seeing you more in the month ahead!
Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale