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    So proud to honour such a fantastic community leader in Ottawa! Thank you Saint Paul University for hosting me as we honoured Patricia Marsden-Dole. Patricia is a strong Ottawa leader, community activist and advocate for seniors' issues in Ontario. She has been politically involved as a member of the board for Fair Vote Canada and served as president of the Ottawa chapter for several years. She has also been working collaboratively with Saint Paul University to establish a Chair on Aging in an Aging Society. Keep up the great work, Patricia - you're an inspiration to us all!
    Apr 25, 2016 2:44 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Earth Day is a time for us to reflect and truly appreciate the natural environment we are so lucky to enjoy in Ontario. It is also a time for us to consider the role we all play in global climate challenge. Ontario is quickly becoming a leader in climate action with the introduction of our Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act, our plan to create a strong cap and trade program that will ensure we achieve our greenhouse gas reductions. If passed, this Act would direct all cap and trade auction proceeds to a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account to fund green projects that reduce emissions. More importantly, this Act would require the government to prepare and implement a climate change action plan for achieving these targets, including progress reports and a review of the plan at least every five years. This year, Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the UN Headquarters in New York. As a whole, we are committing to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Trees for the Earth” and there’s no simpler way for you to commit to helping strengthen our future than by planting a tree! To do my part in keeping Ontario - and Ottawa - a cleaner and healthier space, I have invested in an electric vehicle! I'm proud to do my part, just in time for Earth Day. Mother Earth is in our hands now and it is our responsibility to keep our environment as healthy as possible. Happy Earth Day!
    Apr 22, 2016 11:28 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    So honoured to join my colleagues, John Fraser, Madeleine Meilleur, Bob Chiarelli and Marie-France Lalonde to announce that Ontario is investing money into retrofitting social housing buildings in the City of Ottawa through Ottawa Community Housing - OCH. Ontario is continuing to put its new Climate Change Strategy into action by giving $12,224,483 to Ottawa for social housing retrofits. Many of Ontario’s social housing towers were built in the 1960s and 1970s and can use up to 25 per cent more energy per square metre than a house. To help ensure they can better meet the challenges of climate change, the province is funding energy retrofits for high-rise social housing towers of 150 units or more. The retrofits will include installing energy-efficient boilers, insulation and windows. It’s expected 35 to 50 of Ontario’s social housing apartment towers can be retrofitted through this program. A home is not just a shelter, it is a place where people need to feel comfortable and happy! I'm proud that our government is committed to giving every Ontarian a decent living space. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12327?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12328?l=FR
    Apr 22, 2016 10:42 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am delighted to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes to you and your family as we come together to celebrate Passover. What a wonderful time to gather around the Seder table with our friends and loved ones to eat, drink and retell the ancient story of the Exodus. On this occasion, we celebrate freedom, unity, and honour the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of the Jewish community here in Canada - and Ottawa! Please accept my best wishes from my family to yours as you begin your celebrations. You can view my greetings at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G14AISnCOvo Chag Pesach Sameach!
    Apr 22, 2016 5:01 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Today I was pleased to join my colleagues Ministers David Zimmer and Tracy MacCharles at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres to invest $250,000 in three research projects to support a more compassionate, sensitive and culturally appropriate response from law enforcement dealing with sexual assault and harassment against Indigenous women. We know that Indigenous women are three more times more likely to experience violence than non-indigenous women and these grants will fund research through the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Women's College Hospital to develop tools to improve police responses and investigations to help indigenous women across Ontario. The research is part of government's It's Never Okay action plan to address sexual assault and harassment to support survivors, and create a more equitable province for all.
    Apr 18, 2016 5:43 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    So proud to join my Ottawa colleagues, Marie-France Lalonde, MPP Ottawa-Orleans and Parliamentary Assistant to Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Madeleine Meilleur, MPP Ottawa-Vanier, and John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South to announce Ontario’s launch of an innovative partnership with financial institutions to help businesses in Ottawa grow and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and facing other barriers. Through the new Rate Drop Rebate program, small- and medium-sized businesses that hire eligible people can receive discounted rates on financial products, such as loans. The rebate is made possible through funding from Ontario’s two-year, $4-million Community Loans Fund. Thank you to the United Way/Centraide Ottawa for hosting us and for all the great work you do! Thank you also to all the organizations and banks who are partnering in this innovative new program. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12295?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12296?l=FR
    Apr 15, 2016 9:02 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I'm excited to share with you that Ontario is inviting the community, broader public sector and Indigenous organizations to submit proposals for the second round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund, announced in April 2015 and now in its second year, provides $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. Through the fund, Ontario is investing in local programs that will help break the cycle of poverty for children and youth, increase employment and income security and end homelessness in Ontario. This year, Ontario is introducing two special streams of funding: •Up to $10 million will be targeted for projects related to homelessness over the 2016 and 2017 rounds of funding to help deliver on the commitment to end chronic homelessness in 10 years. •A minimum of $2 million will be dedicated to support projects in Indigenous communities and by Indigenous-led organizations. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12287?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12289?l=FR
    Apr 14, 2016 12:35 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Every worker in Ottawa and across Ontario deserves retirement security and today our government introduced new legislation to do just that. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2016 will ensure that Ontario families are better protected in retirement while securing the future prosperity of our province. This is the right thing to do for our families, residents, and our province. It expands coverage to more than 4 million Ontario workers--including 75 per cent of younger workers--who do not have access to an adequate workplace pension plan so that all Ontarians can retire with dignity.
    Apr 14, 2016 9:09 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Throughout Ottawa, in the halls of Queen's Park, and across Canada, today we celebrated #DayofPink - a day to stand up to bullying and embrace the tolerance and diversity that makes Ontario such a wonderful place to live. Check out my greetings to The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity #DayofPink Gala in Ottawa Centre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7wdSGuHAt8
    Apr 13, 2016 7:36 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Today was the first meeting of the Task Force on the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). I wanted to share an update on the work of the Task Force and next steps to address capacity issues and improve conditions in both the near and long term. The focus at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services every day is to ensure the proper care, custody and treatment of all inmates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC), and institutions across the province. I have been clear that the status quo with respect to capacity issues and overcrowding at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, and throughout our correctional system, cannot continue. That is why we are moving forward on transforming Ontario’s correctional system. For us, this transformation must focus on improved staff and inmate safety, increased access to rehabilitation programs, enhanced mental health supports, and community-based reintegration partnerships to truly build safer communities for all. As this long-term vision for transformation develops, the ministry must also develop reforms to address immediate issues, such as those at OCDC. As such, on March 25, 2016, I announced the creation of a ministry-led Task Force to address the capacity issues specifically impacting the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. This Task Force has a clear mandate to develop an action plan to address overcrowding and capacity issues in the near term, and identify long-term solutions to improve the health and safety of staff and inmates at OCDC overall. The members of the Task Force, which is being led by Deputy Minister Matthew Torigian, held its first meeting today, are: Marg Welch, Associate Deputy Minister, Correctional Services – Task Force Chair Pauline Jones, Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services Mike Wood, Acting Superintendent, OCDC Randy Denis, Eastern Regional Director, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Daryl Pitfield, Director, Institutional Operations Branch Monty Vieselmeyer, Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC) Union member Denis Collin, Local/OCDC Union President Todd Hockey, Correctional Officer, OCDC Vikki Bair, Crown Attorney, Eastern Region, Ministry of the Attorney General Meredith Porter, Community Advisory Board Chair, OCDC Dominic Lamb, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa Irene Mathias, Mothers Offering Mutual Support - Community Representative Bryonie Baxter, Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa The Task Force is also seeking input from members of organizations, those with lived experience, and the public, to provide advice and feedback to the Task Force as it moves forward on its plan to address capacity issues, and improve staff, inmate and community safety at OCDC via MCSCSFeedback@ontario.ca The Terms of Reference for the Task Force, which were also finalized today, require that an action plan be developed by no later than June 1, 2016, including a transparent process to track the implementation of the recommendations ultimately adopted by the ministry. The work being done by the Task Force will further assist the overall efforts to transform the correctional system, including a comprehensive review of the segregation policy currently underway, to better align our mental health, rehabilitation and other supports for inmates, and keep staff and inmates safe.
    Apr 12, 2016 4:53 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario is challenging high school students to "change the world" by volunteering for at least three hours in their communities. The challenge runs from April 10 to May 23, coinciding with National Volunteer Week, from April 10 to 16. This year's goal is to have 39,000 students aged 14 to 18 participate in volunteering. The ChangeTheWorld challenge, which is delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, encourages young people to get involved in their communities and helps them develop important skills like teamwork and leadership. Encouraging young people to participate in Ontario's tradition of volunteering is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.
    Apr 11, 2016 9:46 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    What a great tax clinic over the weekend at Carleton Heights Community Centre! Thank you to all the CPA Ontario volunteers who give so much to our community. See you all again next year!
    Apr 11, 2016 6:55 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Had a great discussion with Steve Paikin about our Strategy for a Safer Ontario - our blueprint to transform policing in Ontario and build even safer communities - on The Agenda with Steve Paikin last week. Check out the segment here: http://tinyurl.com/hmm6xqx and learn more at ontario.ca/safercommunities
    Apr 11, 2016 6:53 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    What a great cause! So happy to announce $1.5 million to the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Foundation to support the construction of a new 30-bed youth residential treatment facility, helping more young Ontarians and their families from across the province overcome substance abuse and related issues. Proud to join my colleague Bob Chiarelli and Madeleine Meilleur for the announcement today. The funding is part of the Ontario 2016 Budget. The new centre, combining the existing three campuses in Ottawa in a state-of-the-art facility, will increase access to important substance abuse services for youth and ensure client needs are met in a safe and comfortable environment. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12273?l=EN
    Apr 08, 2016 3:45 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario has launched a new youth employment program that will help young people ages 15-29 plan their careers, prepare for the labour market and connect to job opportunities. The Youth Job Link program is the latest phase of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy and will be available to youth and students at more than 320 locations across the province, including Ottawa. Ontario is also launching the summer component of the Youth Job Connection program, which will provide summer, part-time and after-school job opportunities to high school students aged 15 to 18 who face challenging life circumstances and may need support transitioning between school and work. Youth Job Connection, which began in October 2015, will continue to provide more intensive, targeted support for unemployed youth between ages 15 and 29 with multiple barriers to employment including poverty, homelessness, disability and mental health. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12254?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12255?l=FR
    Apr 06, 2016 6:00 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Proud to speak in favour of Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act and to see it pass yesterday. Our police, fire, paramedics, correctional officers and correctional nurses do so much to keep us safe and this bill will help our first responders with PTSD get the resources and treatment they need.
    Apr 06, 2016 6:00 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Today was an incredible day in the Legislature as our government passed the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act that create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first responders is work-related, leading to faster access to resources and treatment. I was proud to join Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and police officers, firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers and frontline staff, and correctional nurses from across the province to introduce this important legislation in February and to have them in attendance today as it passed into law. We ask so much of our first responders, it is only fair that we support them when they need us most. We can all be proud that this legislation and our comprehensive strategy will help protect the brave men and women who we entrust with keeping us safe and secure. They are our neighbours, relatives and friends who lend a helping hand in our greatest hour of need. And we know that what they are exposed to, frankly, are circumstances and situations none of us should ever see or experience and that they can take a physical, mental, and emotional toll. Evidence shows that, because of that, first responders are at least twice as likely compared to the general population to suffer PTSD – and we have seen the devastating human toll that PTSD has taken on our first responders, and on their colleagues, families and loved ones. That is why the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act is so important. It would allow faster access to WSIB benefits and timely treatment, ultimately supporting positive recovery outcomes by: - Once diagnosed with PTSD, expediting the claims process to be eligible for WSIB benefits - Removing the need to prove a causal link between PTSD and a workplace event - Requiring employers to implement PTSD prevention plans within the workplace. The proposed legislation will make Ontario a leader in Canada in providing a comprehensive range of supports to ensure our first responders receive the support they need when they reach out. This means that they can then focus on the only thing that matters - their recovery. Our government's is proud of this comprehensive approach to PTSD that is all about preventing, diagnosing, and supporting the recovery of those who keep our communities safe every day.
    Apr 05, 2016 12:18 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario will introduce changes today to the Municipal Elections Act that would, if passed, modernize municipal elections and provide the option of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections. Between May and July 2015, Ontario consulted on potential changes to the Municipal Elections Act and received more than 3,400 submissions. Most submissions were from members of the public and supported giving municipalities the option of using ranked ballots in future elections, which would allow a voter to rank candidates in order of preference. The option to use ranked ballots would begin for the 2018 municipal elections. CC: Ottawa123 For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12242?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12243?l=FR
    Apr 04, 2016 2:13 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario is making changes to the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program that will allow more than 170,000 seniors to become newly eligible for the low-income seniors program. As a result, they will save approximately $130 on average per year in out-of-pocket drug costs and almost half-a-million Ontario seniors will pay no deductible and only a co-payment of up to $2 per prescription. Starting August 1, 2016, the government proposes to increase the income thresholds to qualify for the low-income seniors benefit: ? from less than $16,018 to less than or equal to $19,300 for single seniors, and ? from less than $24,175 to less than or equal to $32,300 for senior couples. These new thresholds are aligned with the Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System and will be indexed to ensure they remain aligned in future benefit years. With these changes, Ontario seniors will continue to enjoy the lowest on average out-of-pocket drug costs of any seniors across the provinces in Canada. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12237?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12238?l=FR
    Apr 04, 2016 12:26 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am very happy to share with you that Ontario is giving more people access to affordable legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for Legal Aid Ontario by six per cent, effective immediately. Legal Aid Ontario provides low-income Ontarians with access to legal services in areas such as criminal, family, immigration, mental health and poverty law. Ontario's 2014 budget committed to increasing the eligibility threshold by six per cent each year over three years, and this increase is the third. This year's investment amounts to over $48.8 million and as a result of these three combined threshold increases, nearly 400,000 more people will have access to legal aid services. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12223?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12224?l=FR
    Apr 04, 2016 9:24 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I was pleased to join John Fraser and members of our community at the Old Firehall Community Centre - Old Ottawa South to wrap-up public consultations on our Strategy for a Safer Ontario and to discuss feedback, ideas, and insights on transforming policing, modernizing community safety and making Ottawa Centre and Ontario an even safer place to live. It was great to see so many residents and community organizations, along with members of the Ottawa Police Service - Service de police d'Ottawa come out for an afternoon filled with innovative ideas, passionate perspectives, and feedback and advice that will help develop the biggest transformation in policing in a generation. We have also posted an online survey and I encourage everyone to visit www.ontario.ca/safercommunities to have your say in developing a model of community safety for the 21st century.
    Apr 03, 2016 5:57 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre

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    REMINDER: Join Us to Help Transform Policing and Community Safety in Ottawa Please join me for a community meeting Saturday April 2, with MPP John Fraser, to discuss the work Ontario is doing to rewrite the Police Services Act to transform policing, modernize community safety and make Ottawa an even safer place to live. This meeting is meant to hear your lived experiences and gain your feedback and advice. You can find more information on our Strategy for a Safer Ontario here. Please forward this information to any interested individuals or groups and encourage their attendance to enhance the conversation as our government embarks on the biggest transformation in policing in 25 years. The meeting will be: Saturday, April 2 Old Ottawa South Community Centre 260 Sunnyside Ave Ottawa 1:00pm-3:00pm We look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP through our website or by calling 416-326-5000
    Mar 31, 2016 10:17 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario is now accepting applications for the Heather Crowe Smoke-Free Ontario Award. This award will recognize those who have made significant contributions toward a smoke-free Ontario. Heather Crowe was a non-smoker who developed lung cancer after being exposed to second-hand smoke in her workplace. After her diagnosis, she traveled across Canada to advocate for improved second-hand smoke by-laws. To mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, up to 10 awards will be presented to recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have championed tobacco control in Ontario over the past 10 years. The nomination submissions can be made by anyone, and nominations are open until April 29, 2016. The award winners will be recognized on May 31, 2016, on World No Tobacco Day. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12205?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12208?l=FR
    Mar 30, 2016 12:47 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    So happy to join Madeleine Meilleur, Jim Watson, Councillor Mathieu Fleury and National Capital Commission CEO, Dr. Mark Kristmanson for this exciting cycling infrastructure announcement! Ontario is providing $325,000 to the City of Ottawa over the next two years to help build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. The City of Ottawa will receive $325,000 for the Mackenzie Avenue bicycle lane project. Last year, Ontario announced $10 million to help municipalities across the province improve cycling safety in their communities and invest in cycling infrastructure.
    Mar 30, 2016 8:15 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    May your Easter be full of joy, blessings and peace today, and everyday. To all of those in our community, I wish you a Happy Easter! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiiZm-w3Ew0
    Mar 24, 2016 10:43 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am excited to share with you details about the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award. Below you will find a call for submissions and information in English and French for the award. This award program is open to all Aboriginal students up to the age of 18 who are enrolled in a school in Ontario. Six (6) students will be chosen to receive $2,500 each. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016. Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414.
    Mar 22, 2016 1:57 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario Prohibits Carding And Street Checks, Sets Out New Rules For Police Interactions Today I was pleased to announce the government’s final regulation to protect individual rights and build safer communities by banning the arbitrary and race-based collection of identifying information by police, referred to as carding or street checks. The regulation prohibiting carding also sets out, for the first time in Ontario's history, clear and consistent rules for a range of voluntary police-public interactions where police are seeking to collect identifying information. These rules will ensure that those interactions are conducted without bias or discrimination, and done in a manner that promotes public confidence and keeps Ontario communities safe. It also establishes new training, data management, reporting, and other requirements to strengthen accountability. This final regulation was the result of extensive public consultations, difficult conversations, frank advice, and the generous sharing of lived experiences with Ontarians, and with policing, civil liberty, legal, human rights, and community. These important changes - which will be mandatory for all police services across the province – will help strengthen public accountability, and oversight, while helping foster increased trust and respect between police and the communities they serve. We also know that proper training and independent oversight are critical to ensuring this regulation became the lived reality on the streets of Toronto, the neighbourhoods in Ottawa and in communities across Ontario. That is why today we announced an expert roundtable on training, comprised of human rights, legal, policing experts, along with youth and aboriginal representative. The members of the roundtable are: o Barbara Hall (former Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission) o Mary Anne Chambers (former MPP, former Minister of Children and Youth Services and community activist) o Joanne St Lewis (professor of law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law) o Armand La Barge (former Chief of Police, York Regional Police Service) o Ann Cavoukian (former Information and Privacy Commissioner) o Orlando Bowen (Executive Director, One Voice One Team) o Additional members representing, for example, Indigenous interests, will be added in the coming weeks. We are also appointing an independent reviewer who will complete a review of the regulation within two years of full regulatory implementation, in consultation with the Anti-Racism Directorate and will also launch a multi-year academic study to better understand the impact on community safety from collecting identifying information through police interactions with the public. These important changes will help strengthen public accountability and foster increased public trust in police, which is essential for building a stronger, safer Ontario
    Mar 22, 2016 12:57 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on October 1, 2016 - keeping Ontario's wage the highest of any province in Canada. Steps like this help to build a more prosperous economy and a fairer society for everyone. It’s important for people to know that there is a consistent, transparent and fair approach to setting the province’s minimum wage that ensures workers receive annual increases that keep up with inflation. To learn more check out my website: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/Document/1551?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/Document/1552?l=FR
    Mar 20, 2016 1:06 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Switch off, unplug & shine a light on #climateaction for #EarthHour! From 8:30-9:30p.m. tonight, join the world in darkness. http://www.wwf.ca/events/earthhour
    Mar 19, 2016 11:52 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Happy to be a part of the Corrections Officers blood drive this week (#CorrCodeRed). I encourage you to make an appointment with Canadian Blood Services to donate blood. It's simple, straight-forward and the easiest way to be there for those in need. #ItsInYouToGive
    Mar 18, 2016 8:06 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    May the luck of the Irish always be on your side! Happy St Patrick's Day to everyone celebrating! Have fun and be safe.
    Mar 17, 2016 7:41 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am proud of our government's dedication to youth mental health. I'm very happy to have joined Bob Chiarelli today at the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa / Bureau des services à la jeunesse to announce an additional $307,200 annual spending by our government to improve mental services for children and youth in our great city. This funding is part of a province-wide investment of $6 million to hire approximately 80 new workers to help 4,000 more children, youth and their families in Ontario each year. With approximately one in five children and youth experienceing a mental health challenge, I am proud to know our government is stepping up and giving youth and their caregivers access to the help they need. You can read more here: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12167?l=EN
    Mar 16, 2016 3:42 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am very excited to share with you that Ontario is introducing a suite of legislative and policy measures, and investing $178 million over three years, to ensure that the people of Ontario have access to affordable and adequate housing and to help them secure employment, raise a family and build strong communities. Last year, Ontario announced that it would consult with communities to update the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, first launched in 2010. The updated strategy is informed by feedback from key stakeholders including clients, developers, municipalities and advocates. It will make housing programs more people-centred and coordinated, and provide municipalities with flexibility to meet local needs. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12156?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12156?l=FR
    Mar 14, 2016 12:05 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Ontario is investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way program to help improve training and reach more people who come into contact with persons affected by dementia. The Finding Your Way program is a multicultural safety campaign that helps people with dementia stay safe and active, while helping to prevent the risk of wandering and going missing. The program's training services will be enhanced this year to include first-responders as well as supportive housing and retirement homes staff. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12150?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12151?l=FR
    Mar 14, 2016 8:07 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I was pleased to join Bob Chiarelli today to announce the Province's investment in apprenticeship training for programs in Ottawa colleges. Thank you Algonquin College for hosting us and giving us a tour of your fantastic facility. I am proud that the Ontario government is alloting $5.74 million through apprenticeship training programs to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Ottawa access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce. These local investments include: • Algonquin College College is receiving $4.865 million in funding for 120 new student spaces. • LIUNA Local 527 is receiving $275,788 in combined Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training program. • Ymca-Ywca National Capital Region is receiving $249,945 under Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. • Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is receiving $185,278 under Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. • The Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre is receiving $163,591 under Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. To read more about this announcement, click here: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12148?l=EN
    Mar 11, 2016 5:21 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    What a powerful way to celebrate International Women’s Day! Today the Ontario Legislature passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act. Ontario is strengthening supports for survivors and building a province where everyone can be free from the threat of sexual violence and harassment. I am very pleased that this legislation includes my Private Member’s Bill, Escaping Domestic Violence Act, 2011, which was inspired by a victim of domestic violence in our community. Our plan strengthens supports for survivors and makes the safety of women in Ottawa and around the province a priority. For more information, check out my website: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12135?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12136?l=FR
    Mar 08, 2016 12:19 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    As the proud father of a baby girl, I am ecstatic to wish everyone a truly celebratory International Women’s Day. I look around our community and see strong, passionate and dedicated women who are making remarkable positive impacts on our neighbourhoods. I am happy to know my daughter will be growing up in a community with no boundaries based on gender. Happy International Women’s Day to you, and be sure to recognize women in your life today and every day!
    Mar 08, 2016 8:21 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Wow - what an incredible show of support from the Ottawa Centre community! The #KindnessWeek Share the Warmth scarf campaign ended today in our office and it is unbelievable how many people and organizations dropped off scarves for our Syrian Refugee friends. Thank you to Kind Canada for sharing this campaign with us. Thank you to The Good Companions Seniors' Centre for the donation and to everyone who individually came by to drop off their knitted additions. We are all so grateful for your contributions and no doubt, our new Syrian Refugees will be as well. This truly is a loving and kind community!
    Mar 04, 2016 10:40 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Please join The Ottawa Hospital for a Public Information Night to discuss the future redevelopment of the Civic Hospital on Monday March 7, 2016. Public Information Session presented by The Ottawa Hospital (TOH): Date: Monday March 7, 2016 Location: 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa Conference & Event Centre Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free parking. Format: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Public Open House 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Presentation 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm: Public Open House resumes Presentation 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm: Opening remarks Jamie McCracken (Chair, Board of Governors, TOH); Remarks by Catherine McKenna (MP Ottawa Centre) and Yasir Naqvi (MPP Ottawa Centre); Presentation by Dr. Jack Kitts (CEO, TOH). Question period to follow.
    Mar 03, 2016 2:15 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Our publicly funded health care system is one of the most important services on which Ontarians rely. We are increasing funding to home and community care, mental health supports and palliative care. But we also know the critical role our hospitals play in the delivery of care. That's why we are making a new $345 million to all publicly funded hospitals, to provide better patient access to high-quality health care services. We are transforming the system to increase access to primary care, provide more care for people at home, reduce wait times for surgeries, diagnostice and emergency department care. To learn more, check out my website: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12103?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12104?l=FR
    Mar 03, 2016 2:13 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Please join The Ottawa Hospital for a Public Information Night to discuss the future redevelopment of the Civic Hospital on Monday March 7, 2016. Public Information Session presented by The Ottawa Hospital (TOH): Date: Monday March 7, 2016 Location: 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa Conference & Event Centre Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free parking. Format: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Public Open House 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm: Presentation 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm: Public Open House resumes Presentation 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm: Opening remarks Jamie McCracken (Chair, Board of Governors, TOH); Remarks by Catherine McKenna (MP Ottawa-Centre) and Yasir Naqvi (MPP Ottawa-Centre); Presentation by Dr. Jack Kitts (CEO, TOH). Question period to follow.
    Mar 03, 2016 9:27 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am so proud of our government for investing in education to build tomorrow's workforce. Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income students and their families through the single-largest modernization ever of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Under the new grant program, the government will replace a number of existing provincial assistance programs with a single, targeted, non-repayable Ontario Student Grant starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The changes to OSAP will make average tuition free for more than 150,000 eligible low- and middle-income students, and will reduce the cost for many more by: •Providing the majority of eligible students whose parents earn the median annual income of $83,300 or less with enough in grants to more than cover their tuition costs •Eliminating provincial student loan debt for eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000 •Ensuring that no eligible student receives less non-repayable aid through the new grant than they currently do through the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. For more information, click here: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12094?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12095?l=FR
    Mar 02, 2016 1:56 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    REMINDER: My Community Office is once again partnering with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program to provide free income tax services in our community. Volunteers from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario will be available on Saturday, April 9 at the Carleton Heights Community Centre to help you complete your 2015 income taxes. When: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Where: Carleton Heights Community Centre 1665 Apeldoorn Ave, Ottawa Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please contact my Community Office at 613-722-6414, or by email at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org to set up an appointment.
    Mar 02, 2016 9:08 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre

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    Ontario’s 2016 Budget – Jobs for Today and Tomorrow – makes smart investments to create jobs and help people in our communities, build modern infrastructure, and create opportunity and prosperity for families in Ottawa and across the province. We're taking the right steps to create more jobs, more opportunity, more transit and an even better future by: - Transforming student financial assistance - making the average university or college tuition free for students with family incomes under $50,000 and more affordable for middle-class families - Increasing mental health supports for youth in Ottawa including $1.5 million for the new 30 bed Dave Smith Treatment Centre - Dedicating $15 billion for public transit and infrastructure projects in communities like Ottawa, including cost-sharing for Phase 2 of the LRT, and installing new noise barriers and widening the Highway 417. - Investing $2.7 billion in our 10-year Jobs and Prosperity Fund and creating a new $400 million Business Growth Initiative to attract investment, create jobs, and support economic growth in Ottawa and across Ontario. - Investing $160 million over two years for the next phase of the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy helping an additional 27,000 young people gain work experience and find jobs.
    Feb 25, 2016 4:02 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    My Community Office is once again partnering with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program to provide free income tax services in our community. Volunteers from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario will be available on Saturday, April 9 at the Carleton Heights Community Centre to help you complete your 2015 income taxes. When: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Where: Carleton Heights Community Centre 1665 Apeldoorn Ave, Ottawa Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you, or someone you know would benefit from this service, please contact my Community Office at 613-722-6414, or by email at ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org to set up an appointment.
    Feb 25, 2016 7:25 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am excited to announce that Ontario is building on the work already underway to fight the effects of climate change. The province is laying a foundation to join the biggest carbon market in North America by introducing new legislation today that, if passed, would ensure that proceeds from the province's cap and trade system are transparently reinvested into green projects and actions that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Under the proposed Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI3ODE2&statusId=MTkzMDkx&language=en), all proceeds from Ontario's cap and trade program would be deposited into a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account. In turn, this account would only fund projects and initiatives aimed at reducing emissions. You can be a part of the conversation and help the government build Ontario’s low-carbon future. Follow this link to have your say and comment on the cap and trade legislation: https://t.co/3KSS5jTmIN For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12057?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12058?l=FR
    Feb 24, 2016 3:07 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    REMINDER: we're still collecting scarves for the Kind Canada "Share the Warmth" campaign! The campaign focuses on ensuring a warm welcome for all refugees coming to Canada. Kind Canada is inviting all Canadians to unite in kindness and knit a scarf for our new neighbours and friends. You can also donate a store-purchased scarf – all warmness is welcomed! Get your knitting needles together and knit for a great cause! Our Share the Warmth campaign runs until March 4. Please share this post to spread the word! All knitted or purchased scarves can be dropped off to: Community Office 109 Catherine Street Ottawa, Ontario For more details click here: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12011?l=EN
    Feb 24, 2016 7:17 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    I am very proud that the provincial government is taking steps to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) Calls to Action regarding education and training, including introducing mandatory Indigenous cultural competency and anti-racism training for every employee in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and implementing mandatory learning expectations in Ontario's public education system curriculum. The new employee training will help public servants partner with Indigenous people to ensure that culturally relevant and appropriate policies and programs will work to actively redress the legacy of residential schools, advance the process of reconciliation with Indigenous communities and make a real difference in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. For more information: http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12050?l=EN http://www.yasirnaqvi.onmpp.ca/News/12051?l=FR
    Feb 24, 2016 6:22 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne launched "Walking Together": Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. With an investment of $100M in new funding over three years, the strategy aims to end violence against Indigenous women, reduce the impact violence has on Indigenous families and ensure future generations of Indigenous women are safe. We all have a role to play in stopping violence against Indigenous women – it affects everyone in our communities. "Walking Together" will help Ottawa provide more responsive and culturally appropriate services and supports to Indigenous women and their families experiencing violence. To read the strategy go to: Ontario.ca/WalkingTogether
    Feb 23, 2016 12:40 pm | Ontario, Ottawa Centre
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    What an excellent celebration! So happy to host a festive Lunar New Year gathering with Catherine McKenna at the Chinese Heritage Centre on Kent Street. Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who put this together and to Mayor Jim Watson for stopping by! I had to miss the festivities for my own year of the monkey gift - a baby daughter! From my family to yours, all the best for a new year and prosperous endeavours!
    Feb 21, 2016 6:12 am | Ontario, Ottawa Centre

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