Highlights from this past month
I want to extend my warmest greetings to everyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah! Wishing the Jewish community in Willowdale and around the world happiness, peace and prosperity for the new year! Shanah Tovah! I also want to congratulate Mississauga’s very own Bianca Andreescu on becoming Canada’s Grand Slam champion at the Women’s US Open. It was amazing to see how our country and our city came together to support her! I had a busy month both at Queen’s Park and my constituency office, but it’s been wonderful to meet with my constituents and attend more events together in our community.
It was such an honor to help unveil a new landmark in Toronto, the new Koreatown mural, in beautiful Koreatown. As a proud Korean-Canadian, I was thrilled to see how the scene depicts 18 famous sites and monuments in Korea. The mural reflects the rich heritage of the Ontario Korean community. If you are ever in that area, I encourage you to go and see it for yourself!
I had the opportunity to attend St. Cyril Catholic School for the grand opening of their new playground. It was great to see how excited all of the students were for their new playground and hope they’re enjoying it to the fullest! A big thank you to Principal Mrs. Murano for inviting me!
I joined MPP Vincent Ke to announce our government’s plan to end hallway health care by investing $4 million in home and community care for North York General Hospital and Bayshore Health. These investments will allow patients to get the support and high-quality care they need, so they can be home with their families sooner!
Last week I had the privilege to stand with some of my colleagues to recognize Rowan's Law Day with Vikram, a fellow University of Toronto Varsity Blues alum whose rugby career was cut short by concussions. We echoed the importance of concussion awareness to keep Ontario athletes safe! Rowan’s Law was passed in the Ontario Legislature in March of 2018. It’s a day to honour the memory of Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old Ottawa rugby player who passed away in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as Second Impact Syndrome (catastrophic swelling of the brain).
I was in Niagara last weekend where I held round tables with local growers and beverage producers to see how our government can help support their business. I’m fortunate that my new role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance is to examine ways we can get more Ontario-made products on local shelves. A big thank you to everyone who participated!
Finally, I wanted to share a couple of announcements you may have missed this past month.
Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips, announced a new measure that will give drivers more choice and convenience when it comes to their proof of auto insurance. Drivers now have the option of showing either electronic proof of insurance on a mobile device or using a paper insurance card, or “pink card.” Now drivers can access their insurance card in the way that best suits their needs. For more information click on the link.
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli, echoed Statistics Canada report that employment in Ontario increased by 57,800 in August, due to increases in part-time employment. Since taking office in June 2018, employment has increased by 231,300 jobs. Since day one our government has been hard at work by cutting red tape and lowering taxes. More information can be found at the link below.
I hope you enjoy all that October has to offer and I look forward to sharing more of what we accomplish for our province and Willowdale!
Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale