Oakville North-Burlington Update – October 28th, 2022

“For many Ontarians, including young people, newcomers and seniors, finding the right home to purchase is still too challenging. Our government has committed to building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years to make homeownership possible for Oakville North-Burlington’s residents.” – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

Ontario Taking Bold Action to Build More Homes

The Ontario government is working to make purchasing a home a reality for more Ontarians. Our government introduced a bold new plan, the More Homes Built Faster Act, which will further address the province’s housing crisis by setting the foundation for communities in Oakville North-Burlington to build more attainable and market housing and provide a home for newcomers, young families and seniors.

If passed, we can ensure that cities, towns, and rural communities grow with a mix of ownership and rental housing types that meet the needs of all Ontarians, from single family homes to townhomes and mid-rise apartments.
Read more about the plan: Ontario Taking Bold Action to Build More Homes | Ontario Newsroom

This week marked Diwali for our Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Buddhist community members. Also known as Divali and Deepavali, it is often dubbed the festival of lights. Festivities last five days during the month of Kartika. During the festival, friends, families and communities come together to celebrate the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

I was pleased to be visited by Snehal and her son in celebration of Diwali. Together, we shared some tasty kaju rolls and lit diyas. I hope all who celebrated had a great Diwali!

I was delighted to celebrate with Norma Southwood as she turned 100 years old this week! I presented Norma with birthday wishes from Premier Doug Ford and myself.

Norma proudly recounted her time as a Geritol Follie. A troupe of dancers over the age of 60, Norma spent 12 years in the chorus line and 6 years as a dresser in wardrobe. Even at 100, Norma was light on her feet as we talked with one another.

Norma celebrated her century of life with her four children, 11 grandchildren and 19 grandchildren. I wish Norma good health and happiness and look forward to celebrating her 101st birthday next year.

 

Afghan Families in Need

Last fall, many Afghanis were forced to flee their country. One family has been taken in and supported by our community, settling in Halton. This family is being supported by Maple Grove United Church’s sponsorship group.

Sponsoring a family takes a village, and Maple Grove needs our help to provide housing, food and all the other essentials for life.To donate, please visit https://maplegroveunitedchurch.org/

Ontario Supports Safe, Respectful Learning Environments for Post-secondary Students
Our government introduced a bill entitled Strengthening Post-secondary Institutions and Students Act, 2022, which would, if passed, amend the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to help institutions better address faculty and staff sexual misconduct against students.Our government is committed to ensuring students have a secure and safe and secure learning environment. Learn more: Ontario Supporting Safe, Respectful Learning Environments for Postsecondary Students | Ontario Newsroom

Purple Shirt Day

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies help raise awareness about the role communities and individuals play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families by wearing purple on Dress Purple Day.

Ontario is modernizing child and family services to better focus on prevention and early intervention. Learn how Ontario is prioritizing this work through the transformation of the child welfare system: Child welfare redesign | ontario.ca

Page Program at Queens Park – Get involved

Each year approximately 150 young Grade 7 and 8 students from from across Ontario are selected to participate in Ontario’s Legislative Page Program. This unique educational program provides an opportunity to experience the provincial legislature in action.  Legislative Pages meet key parliamentary and political figures and learn first-hand about Ontario’s Parliament and the legislative process.

Applications for the spring 2023 term are now open. Applications will be accepted until November 30th, 2022.

Learn More about Eligibility and Apply:
https://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn/programs/about-page-program

 

Ontario Creating Four New Specialized Units for People with Dementia and Other Complex Needs

The Ontario government is investing $5.91 million to create four new Behavioural Specialized Units (BSU) at long-term care homes. By expanding the number of specialized beds at long-term care homes, residents who have unique care needs for conditions like dementia can get the care they need while avoiding unnecessary hospitalization. Our government will continue to support long-term care residents.

Learn more: Ontario Creating Four New Specialized Units for People with Dementia and Other Complex Needs | Ontario Newsroom

Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to making our community better. 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 our community, please contact my office and let me know.