Oakville North-Burlington Newsletter June 7, 2024



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“I am thrilled to announce that the Ontario government is investing $16 million with the Halton District School Board to expand the new Oakville NE #5 Public School, helping working families in our community.

This will support the creation of an additional 138 student spaces, for a total of 926 student spaces in Oakville as part of the government’s commitment to building state-of-the-art learning spaces for Ontario students and will bring the total investment to build this school to $39.9 million.” – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos

This expansion is part of a $1.3 billion plan to support new school construction and expansions to existing schools, including child care spaces, announced by the Minister of Education, as part of the Capital Priorities Program. The 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario continues to support the province’s work being delivered in the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act to build schools faster and better use taxpayer-funded assets.


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Honouring Veterans and Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

I attended the 80th anniversary D-Day parade with Bronte Royal Canadian Legion- General Chris Vokes Branch 486 on Sunday. We commemorated the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a day of unparalleled courage and sacrifice. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the largest amphibious invasion in history, storming the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from tyranny. Over 14,000 Canadians took part, with more than 350 making the ultimate sacrifice. In total, the Allies suffered over 10,000 casualties on that fateful day.

The bravery displayed amidst challenging weather, treacherous terrain, and relentless enemy fire paved the way for the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II. This week in the Ontario Legislature, we honoured those who fought and those who fell. Their courage and determination ensured the freedoms we cherish today.

As we remember D-Day, let us also reflect on the human cost of war and the enduring spirit of those who served. Lest we forget.

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The 540 Golden Hawks Mark the End of their Training Year

Thrilled to have joined the 540 Golden Hawks RCACS for their 73rd Annual Ceremonial Review, a significant event that not only celebrates the completion of the training year but also provides an important platform to recognize the remarkable achievements of the squadron. Congratulations to all the cadets for their hard work and dedication throughout the year!


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Celebrating Puja at the Katarey Home

Thank you to Rajiv and Snehal Katarey for their gracious invitation to join them, their family and friends at the spiritually enriching Puja ceremony at their home. It was an honour to be part of this sacred tradition offering light, flowers and water. I wish them and their family continued health, prosperity and blessings.


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Supporting Carpenter Hospice’s Run

I was delighted to be on hand to support our incredible community at Carpenter Hospice’s Hike last weekend along with MPP Natalie Pierre, Halton Region Chair Gary Carr and Burlington Councillor Paul Sharman.

It’s more than a run; it’s a symbol of support for families who have lost a loved one and a celebration of the precious memories shared. For two decades, Carpenter Hospice has been a beacon of compassion in Burlington, offering solace and comfort to those in their final days. Here’s to many more years of touching lives and making a difference.


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Guiding Light Autism Services Opens its New Location

Congratulations to Guiding Light Autism Services inc. on the grand opening of your new location!

Guiding Light is dedicated to empowering families and their exceptional children, providing the essential skills for each child’s personal growth. Your efforts are making a significant and lasting impact in the lives of families in our community. Thank you for all that you do!



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The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Gala Turns 25!

I was pleased to be joined by Premier Doug Ford, Senator Leo Housakos, parliamentary colleagues, MPP Stephen Lecce, MPP Aris Babikian and MPP Rudy Cuzzetto as we celebrated the 25th Annual Hellenic Heritage Foundation Gala. As a past President and Board member, I would like to congratulate the HHF on its commitment to advancing Hellenic education, culture and heritage in Canada and raising over $16M to support its many philanthropic initiatives. 


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Highlighting the Incredible Charity Runs in our Community

One of my favourite things this time of year is to support the incredible charity runs, hikes and walks happening across our community. I recently participated in the Run for Lighthouse for Grieving Children and Families and the Carpenter Hospice Hike, and on June 15th I look forward to participating in the Heartache2Hope 5K Walk.

These events foster a spirit of community and fund vital causes, supporting grieving families and end-of-life care—a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers for their compassionate work. Watch my members statement highlighting the incredible work done by these groups here: https://www.facebook.com/100006200042353/videos/1596499264244078/

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Welcoming Students to Queen’s Park

It was a real pleasure to meet with Grade 12 students from École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité at Queen’s Park this week! It was inspiring to speak with such bright students and wish them well on their path to post-secondary education.

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Celebrating Italian Heritage Month

I had an amazing time celebrating Italian Heritage Month at Queen’s Park hosted  my colleagues Paul Calandra, Rudy Cuzzetto, Anthony Leardi, and Stephen Lecce! It was an honour to reflect on the rich history, vibrant culture, and incredible contributions of Italian Canadians to our community.

From shaping our economy through entrepreneurship and innovation to enriching our cultural landscape with timeless art, music, and traditions, we came together to appreciate and acknowledge the profound impact of Italian heritage in Canada.

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Ontario Adds 50,000 Jobs

In May, employment in Ontario increased by nearly 50,000 jobs! Since our government came into office in 2018, the province has added over 750,000 new jobs, including more than 130,000 jobs this year alone.

Read Economic Development Minister Fedeli’s Statement on Jobs Here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/1004688/ontario-securing-new-investments-and-unlocking-opportunities-for-job-creation

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Ontario Training Jobseekers for In-Demand Careers in Technology

The Ontario government is investing $3.5 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to provide free skills development training in technology-related fields for 800 workers and jobseekers in Toronto, with a focus on fostering Black entrepreneurship in tech. This brings Ontario’s total investment in skills development training through SDF to nearly $1.1 billion.

In partnership with the Dream Legacy Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on fostering Black economic and social inclusion across Canada, participants will receive specialized upskilling with hands-on learning in high-demand sectors, including skilled trades and technical occupations. Participants will also receive advanced skills development in emerging technologies such as app development, coding and design principles, and virtual reality basics, as well as professional development training, mentorship and job placement support.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004677/ontario-training-jobseekers-for-in-demand-careers-in-technology

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Ontario Training Jobseekers for In-Demand Careers in Technology

The Ontario government is investing $3.5 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to provide free skills development training in technology-related fields for 800 workers and jobseekers in Toronto, with a focus on fostering Black entrepreneurship in tech. This brings Ontario’s total investment in skills development training through SDF to nearly $1.1 billion.

In partnership with the Dream Legacy Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on fostering Black economic and social inclusion across Canada, participants will receive specialized upskilling with hands-on learning in high-demand sectors, including skilled trades and technical occupations. Participants will also receive advanced skills development in emerging technologies such as app development, coding and design principles, and virtual reality basics, as well as professional development training, mentorship and job placement support.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1004677/ontario-training-jobseekers-for-in-demand-careers-in-technology


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Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards

It’s truly an honour to shine a light on the dedicated 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 at Effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org

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