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Improved curriculum to emphasize critical life and job skills, including the skilled trades “I am very glad that Ontario Government has decided to update the science curriculum in our schools. Ontario’s elementary science and technology curriculum was last updated in 2007 and the Grade 9 course was last updated in 2008. These changes will help support the next generation of students and young adults and help prepare them for jobs of the future. Its vital to set our young people up for success.” Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
Modernizing School Science Curriculum

Ontario is introducing a new science and technology curriculum and de-streaming the Grade 9 science course for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Ontario’s elementary science and technology curriculum was last updated in 2007 and the Grade 9 course was last updated in 2008. Since then, significant scientific and technological innovations such as the advancement of smartphones, everyday use of 3D printing and genomic vaccines have emerged, and the global economy has changed.
The updated curriculum responds to these changes with the goal of positioning Ontario as a leading jurisdiction in STEM, helping to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.
  Recently, in our community we gathered to support the people of Ukraine, who are fighting valiantly to preserve the freedom and democracy of their country. Premier Ford and all the Ontario Government stand firmly with Ukraine!. It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by incredible women in Oakville North-Burlington last weekend! Thank you to the Zonta Club of Oakville for hosting your display on behalf of International Women’s Day. On International Women’s Day I was pleased to participate in Women of Halton Action Movement’s second (un) Dinner Party. For the past 19 years, WHAM has held gala dinner parties to honour women and raise funds for Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Thank you for your dedication in supporting vulnerable women in Afghanistan and in our Halton community. It was an honour to rise in the Ontario Legislature to speak about the Ontario government’s recognition of Hellenic Heritage Month. This is the third year of official recognition by the Ontario Legislature. People of Hellenic origin have lived in Canada since before Confederation. Today there are more than 270,000 people of Hellenic descent in Canada, with more than half living in Ontario.
I would like to thank Premier Ford and the Ontario Government for passing my Bill proclaiming the month of March as Hellenic Heritage Month, the only jurisdiction in Canada to recognize Hellenic Heritage. Greek civilization is part of the foundation of the  world, both in the west and in the Islamic world.
We, Hellenes are proud of our heritage and proud to share it with the world. In the Ontario Legislature I had the opportunity to ask Associate Minister of Mental Health Michael Tibollo what our government is doing to address substance abuse across Ontario. Opiate related deaths have drastically increased during the first and second waves of the pandemic by as much as 79%. I am glad that the Ontario Government is taking action and ensuring all Ontarians are fully supported. I participated in the Legislature’s Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight (SCEMO), which reviews Ontario’s COVID19 emergency orders. I was pleased to ask Solicitor General Sylvia Jones about the current status of vaccination efforts in long-term care. I also had the opportunity to ask for more information about how the GOVAXX bus vaccination clinics that have been expanded in recent weeks. Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics moving to walk-in only on March 15

Starting Tuesday, March 15 all Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics will be walk-in only. Appointments through the online booking system will no longer be available effective Saturday, March 12.
Halton is also reducing the number of clinics open across the region. Clinic locations and hours may vary, so for the latest information visit Halton Regions COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webpage.

Nurses Across Health Care System to Receive up to $5,000 Retention Payment

Ontario is investing $763 million to provide Ontario’s nurses with a lump sum retention incentive of up to $5,000 per person. This payment will help to retain nurses across the health sector and stabilize the current nursing workforce to ensure patients continue to access the health care they need and deserve.

Get Back up to 20% on Accommodation Expenses Rediscovering Ontario this March Break

To encourage Ontarians to rediscover the province and support our tourism industry, Ontario is offering the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit! With this Personal Income Tax credit, residents will get back up to 20% on their eligible accommodation expenses for leisure stays in the province this year.
The temporary Personal Income Tax credit will allow Ontario residents to claim eligible accommodation expenses, up to a maximum of $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families. The credit will provide up to a maximum of $200 for an individual and $400 for a family.
Launching the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative
Ontario is continuing to strengthen the province’s supply chain security and economic growth through the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative (BOBI).
BOBI will provide companies in Ontario with greater access to public procurement opportunities, helping them sell more goods and services, create jobs and recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.
Further, the initiative will strengthen Ontario’s supply chain resiliency and better prepare the province for potential future emergencies.
Ontario Releases Plan to Build Transportation and Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
With the population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe expected to reach almost 15 million people over the next 30 years, the Ontario government has released Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
With more than 100 immediate and near-term actions, including building Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, the plan will support population and employment growth, reduce gridlock, connect communities, and improve people’s access to jobs, housing, health care and education.
Investing in Sport Organizations and Community Recreation
Ontario is investing $30 million to stabilize Ontario’s sport and recreation sector, help offset increased costs as a result of COVID-19 and support the sector’s recovery in communities across the province.
This funding includes: $20 million to ministry-recognized Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and Multi-Sport Organizations (MSOs) to distribute to their local member clubs such as soccer, karate and volleyball $7 million to the Ontario Sport Network to distribute to local community-based sport and recreation organizations such as dance and cheerleading, through an application process $3 million to help the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and its 17 teams meet their academic scholarship commitments for current and former players. Upcoming Events in our Community Halton Black History Awareness Society – Essay Contest In Partnership with the HDSB and numerous Halton community partners, the Halton Black History Awareness Society is accepting researched narratives on Black History in Halton. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place contributors to be awarded a cash prize, community and cultural award recognition, and media promotion. The contest begins on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 and essays are due by Friday April 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. For more information: Knights of Columbus Charity Bottle Drive

Knight of Columbus at St. Paul the Apostle Church will be conducting a bottle drive to support its charities. Empty beer, wine and liquor bottle donations will be collected in the church parking lot on March 13th and March 14th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Address: 2265 Headon Road, Burlington, Ontario L7M 4E2
More info at: Current and Former Youth in Care Now Eligible for Tuition Bursary at Sheridan

To support youth currently or formerly in the care of child welfare, Sheridan College has introduced a bursary that will enable up to 20 eligible students to pursue postsecondary studies this September.
In partnership with the Child Welfare Political Action Committee (PAC), the Sheridan Bursary for Ontario Youth Currently or Formerly in Care is available to students of all ages pursuing their first postsecondary credential and who meet the eligibility requirements.
From age 18 to 21, those in care receive an allowance of approximately $875 a month. When this support ends, pursuing a postsecondary education becomes more difficult.
To learn more about Sheridan’s available scholarships and bursaries:
  Safety/Fraud Prevention Resource Tool for Seniors – Indus Community Services   Indus’ new publication “Safety & Fraud Prevention Resource Tool Booklet for Seniors”, highlights elderly abuse, shares tips on how seniors can protect themselves and connects readers with resources and support available. This is a valuable resource in helping to support and protect seniors in our community. It can be viewed online here. More Important News Stories This week Upgrading Radio Infrastructure at Correctional Institutions & Youth Facilities Seeking Public Input on Initiatives to Combat Racism Enhancing Access to Customary Care for Indigenous Children and Youth Enhancing Personal Support Worker Training Ontario Establishes Esports Scholarship Expanding Mobile Crisis Response Teams Additional Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your community spirit. If you would like to nominate a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the community during the pandemic, please contact my office and let me know.