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November

October

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    Monday’s municipal election saw a brilliant expression of democratic choice across the eight municipalities in the riding of Simcoe North. I want to thank all of the ratepayers who took time to vote Monday. To all the people who gave time to their candidate’s campaign and who donated to their efforts, I thank you for strengthening the election process and offering a broad range of choice for voters in Mayoralty, Deputy-Mayoralty and Ward Council elections. Equally, the staff of our municipalities, who facilitated the process, deserve credit for running an administratively impeccable election in each contest. I thank the Councillors, Mayors and Deputy-Mayors who served their communities this last term or more and who will not be continuing during the coming term. It is not always easy to carry the responsibility of decisions on behalf constituents, especially when there are compelling arguments on both sides of the questions you faced. I congratulate all those who put their name forward as a candidate in offering their communities a commitment to service in local government. And, finally to all candidates who won the confidence of the electors in their districts, I congratulate you on a winning campaign and wish you every success in your deliberations during the term ahead. I welcome your partnership on areas of common interest between our governments and look forward to working with you on behalf of the families, businesses and residents of our region. Bruce Stanton, M.P. Simcoe North
    Oct 30, 2014 8:09 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Here are just a few thoughts on the aftermath of last week's events and the loss of W.O. Patrice Vincent, and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. There has been a lot of commentary about how these events herald a loss of innocence. I hope that this is not the case and firmly believe it won't be. You can see it in the reaction of Canadians and their outpouring in equal parts, kindness and resolve. Yes, there may need to be some changes to security practices in and around Parliament Hill - the lessons learned from any incident such as this. And, it is fair to say the nature of threats and risks against public places and institutions is not "fixed" in time. It is always a shifting landscape from which security practices must adapt and address in order to protect the safety of employees, visitors, and Parliamentarians (in this case). Last week demonstrated our values and pride of country in their full splendour. Let's not have anything take that away. But, in the age of internet-inspired criminality, the agencies that protect us need the tools to do so. I am certain we can strike the right balance between liberties and protecting public safety. Surely there will be more discussion on how we best achieve that balance in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, we'll be carrying on with the memory of this past week, its tragedy and its recollection of Canada's finest qualities.
    Oct 26, 2014 5:34 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The Government has announced that Round 4 of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program is now open. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=896589
    Oct 24, 2014 10:49 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Yesterday, October 16th, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, proclaimed 2015 to be the Year of Sport in Canada. The Year of Sport in Canada is a proactive pan-Canadian initiative to celebrate the role that sport plays in our country and encourage Canadians to participate in and seek the benefits of sport. It will focus on making the most of existing sport events and other celebratory activities to highlight the advantages of sport to Canadians. In 2015, communities across Canada will have the honour of hosting several high-profile national and international sport events, including the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, the 25th edition of the Canada Games, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. The Government of Canada is proud to be a partner in these competitions, as well as the numerous international single-sport events and national championships that will be held across the country. Sport Canada will coordinate this initiative with other federal departments and agencies, the sport sector, and provincial and territorial partners to tie in with existing activities and events related to sport in 2015. Thank you for joining me in promoting and celebrating the Year of Sport with all Canadians. http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1266246552427/1266203097671
    Oct 17, 2014 6:41 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Come out to my pre-budget consultations and share your ideas for measures that should be in Budget 2015! http://brucestanton.ca/2014/10/07/seeking-input-for-federal-budget-2015-tuesday-october-14th/
    Oct 07, 2014 10:31 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Oct 06, 2014 12:34 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Here is a link to the Government of Canada's Action for Seniors Report - http://www.seniors.gc.ca/build/theme-sc-ac/pdf/action_report_for_seniors.pdf
    Oct 01, 2014 6:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    We can all think of a senior who has made a difference in our lives. Seniors are mentors, teachers, parents, grandparents and loved ones. They are volunteers and role models. They deserve our gratitude and recognition for the valuable contributions they have made, and continue to make, in our families, workplaces and communities. Every day, seniors right here in Simcoe North make a big difference in our community. On October 1, National Seniors Day, let’s take the time to celebrate seniors and show our appreciation for everything they do. Our Government remains committed to improving the well-being and quality of life of seniors. To further demonstrate this commitment, the seniors.gc.ca website was recently redeveloped to include the new Information for Caregivers portal which brings together a variety of federal, provincial/territorial and municipal resources about relevant programs and benefits. We also recently developed the Government of Canada Action for Seniors Report, which provides an overview of various programs and initiatives that are helping seniors. This report can be found on seniors.gc.ca. Last year alone, our Government provided $2.8 billion in 2013 in additional tax relief to seniors and pensioners. We also committed $400 million over two years under Canada’s Economic Action Plan for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors. We value what seniors have done for our country, and they deserve our thanks. National Seniors Day is our time to join together as a nation to honour Canada’s seniors. As your Member of Parliament, I encourage you to find your own unique way to celebrate the seniors in your life. Perhaps make time to visit, or send a simple thank-you note to a senior you know. I am looking forward to celebrating National Seniors Day and encourage everyone to celebrate the seniors in their community. Visit the National Seniors Day page at seniors.gc.ca for more information, resources and tips to help you celebrate the seniors in your life, or visit the new Seniors in Canada Facebook page to join the conversation. You can also find information on programs and services for seniors or tips on how to better stay active, engaged and informed. Bruce
    Oct 01, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

September

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    Sep 30, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 29, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 28, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 27, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 26, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Célebrez la journée franco-ontarienne! Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day!
    Sep 25, 2014 8:29 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 25, 2014 4:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Sep 24, 2014 8:31 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The call for proposals for Enabling Accessibility in the Workplace funding closes on October 1st! http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/workplace.shtml
    Sep 17, 2014 11:44 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Excited for the House of Commons to come back to session, after the summer recess, today. I will be in Ottawa this week representing Simcoe North in the House of Commons, but will be back to the riding on the weekend to continue meeting with constituents and attending community events.
    Sep 15, 2014 5:23 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Today, our Government announced the introduction of the Small Business Job Credit. This credit will lower small businesses payroll taxes by 15% for the next two years. It is estimated that this will result in savings of approximately $550 million for small businesses over those two years. http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/14-120-eng.asp
    Sep 11, 2014 8:18 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, yesterday announced a new national tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War and the extraordinary role Canadians played in the Allied victory. Beginning September 10th, all living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War are eligible to receive a limited-edition commemorative lapel pin and a personalized certificate of recognition. Please see the below link for more information: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=882999
    Sep 11, 2014 8:05 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    On this day in 2001, the world looked on in horror as our neighbours in the United States suffered one of the most shocking terrorist acts in history. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost, including 24 Canadians, and the world would never be the same. In memory of that tragic day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a call to action. He asked us all to come together through charitable activities and community service, in order to remember the lives that were lost and to pay tribute to the great courage and sacrifice of so many during those events. As Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, I know the dedication of the citizens of our great riding. It is inspiring to see both individuals and groups come together in our community in support of common and meaningful causes. Today, we thank all volunteers who give of their time, put their skills to work, demonstrate acts of kindness and compassion, and willingly make sacrifices to better the lives of others. The dedicated volunteers of Simcoe North inspire us to rise to the occasion and join them in such meaningful work.
    Sep 11, 2014 6:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital - invite area residents to "Inspire.. Action .. Success" event - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club - 7 to 9 pm - a behind the scenes look at what's happening in geriatric care and highlights of their digital journey and how it will impact healthcare in the Orillia region. Feature speakers and Q & A, including new President and CEO, Ms. Pat Campbell. You can RSVP to info@osmh.on.ca
    Sep 10, 2014 11:35 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the Government's decision to abolish to Firearms Registry. See Minister Blaney's statement for more information. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=883009
    Sep 10, 2014 8:23 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Increasingly, Canadians are finding a new charge on their monthly phone bill that previously did not exist. This fee may range between $1 to $6 each month and is charged to Canadians who choose to receive their monthly phone bill by mail. This pay-to-pay billing practice is unacceptable and our government is committed to ending the practice. To that end the Government has announced that we will introduce new legislation to end pay-to-pay billing practices in the telecommunications sector. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=880079
    Sep 02, 2014 1:49 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

August

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    Interested in helping at next year’s Regional Summer Games in Midland? The Ontario 55+ Summer Games are a celebration of active living uniting participants 55 and older in a multi-sport environment. The competition was held over two days, August 20 and 21st , in Windsor/Amherstburg with more than 1,400 athletes and 18 sports. The Opening Ceremonies were packed with attendees. The sports activities included: 5 Pin Bowling, Bocce, Bridge, Carpet Bowling, Cribbage, Cycling, Darts, Contract & Bid Euchre, Golf, Horseshoes, Pickleball, Shuffleboard, Slo-Pitch, Squash, Swimming, Tennis and Walking. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports for seniors. 145 participants entered the doubles tournament in Men’s 55+ and 65+, Women’s 55+ and 65+ and Mixed 55+ and 65+ divisions. Bill McCartney and Jerry Lorentz of Simcoe County District 28 won the gold medal in the Men’s 55+ division. Pickleball is for all seniors. A player from the Chatham district, aged 89 played in the 65+ Mixed Doubles. He with his partner won a few games. The 2015 Regional Ontario Seniors Games will be held in Midland in September 2015. Visit the Games website www.ontario55plussummergames.com/ for information.
    Aug 28, 2014 10:50 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Check out this free event as part of the 2015 Champlain Commemorations! https://huroniamuseumblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/lacrosse_edit_2.jpg
    Aug 25, 2014 12:32 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Trade is vital to Canada’s economy and to the well-being of all Canadians. To support economic growth and Canadian prosperity, Canada has committed to an ambitious international trade strategy, and we have been very successful. However, progress on domestic trade has not always kept pace. At a time when Canada is entering into new trade agreements around the world that seek to eliminate irritants and barriers to international trade, our Government is working here at home to eliminate domestic regulation that leads to increased and unnecessary costs for our businesses, which in turn limits growth and job creation. http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/081.nsf/eng/home
    Aug 20, 2014 10:05 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    In keeping with our Government’s commitment to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, I am pleased to provide information today on a new Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled “Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women”. It will provide funding to organizations across Canada for projects that address the unique challenges facing women in today’s economy. http://swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfp-adp/2014-2/index-eng.html
    Aug 15, 2014 11:42 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    I was pleased to announce the coming into force of the Fairness at the Pumps Act on August 1st. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=798419
    Aug 07, 2014 10:42 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Wishing everyone a safe and happy long weekend!
    Aug 01, 2014 2:00 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

July

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    Last week, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, launched a series of online public consultations on proposed changes that will improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels. The proposed changes are to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients that must appear in the table, and to the Daily Values. It also includes changing how ingredients are listed, including grouping sugars together, so parents and consumers have a clearer picture of how much sugar is added to the food and the label is easier to read. Finally, another key proposal is to provide guidelines to industry to make the serving sizes displayed in the Nutrition Facts table more consistent among similar products. The overall goal of the proposed changes is to provide Canadians with the nutrition information they need to make informed decisions about the foods they buy and prepare for themselves and their families. These consultations are part of a broader commitment made by the Government of Canada during the 2013 Speech from the Throne to consult with Canadians on how to improve the way nutrition information is presented on food labels. The consultations will run for 60 days, from July 14 to September 11, 2014, please see Health Canada's website at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/minist/messages/_2014/2014_07_14-eng.php
    Jul 28, 2014 12:17 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    On July 23rd, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney announced that the Conservative Government has made Swiss Arms and CZ-858 rifles legal to use, as they were before February 25 – the way it always should have been. What’s more, our Conservative Government also announced our intention to table the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act. This legislation will streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners, while keeping Canadians safe. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=870079
    Jul 25, 2014 12:10 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Jul 17, 2014 8:19 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

June

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    Joined with Board, residents and staff at Orillia's Spencer House today for ribbon cutting welcoming new bus for residents accessing downtown Orillia, parks, shopping etc. The bus was partially funded through New Horizons for Seniors in 2013 - $25,000 towards the nearly $70,000 project - supported by benefactors, residents and Spencer House itself. Congratulations. With me in the photo are Doreen Greenwood (Chair of residents association) and Mayor Angelo Orsi (City of Orillia).
    Jun 26, 2014 11:59 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Met up with the Métis Youth canoe expedition team in Penetanguishene this afternoon. They're in town for a couple of days - after 30 days since leaving Ottawa. They're heading to Thunder Bay in their Voyageur Canoe - in time for the Annual General Assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Enthusiastic group of young Ontarians - this photo a little blurry from the rainy afternoon - but they're undaunted by weather. I'm proud of the Métis here in Ontario - retracing history of settlement in Central Canada.
    Jun 24, 2014 1:58 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    At yesterday's announcement of extended operating hours for the Trent-Severn Waterway w. Jewel Cunningham (Director - Ontario Wateways), and M.P. Rick Norlock (Northumberland - Quinte West) near Peterborough's famous Lift-Lock.
    Jun 24, 2014 9:41 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Pleased the Trent-Severn Waterway is extending hours during peak times this and coming seasons http://brucestanton.ca/2014/06/24/bruce-stanton-announces-extended-services-for-tsw/
    Jun 24, 2014 9:29 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Welcome to my new website - www.brucestanton.ca.
    Jun 19, 2014 6:15 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joined Mayor Gord McKay, Commodore of the Midland Bay Sailing Club, Norm Marshall, and Pastor for blessing of the fleet - on a beautiful Saturday morning, May 31, 2014
    Jun 18, 2014 1:41 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Jun 11, 2014 5:06 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Jun 05, 2014 12:24 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Jun 05, 2014 12:24 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    We ended up with about 160 people in two sittings last Friday night at the Penetanguishene Community Arena - Brian Orser Hall. Special thanks to ELM Catering (Larry and Lorraine Lalonde), Fresh by Leanne (supplied flowers for table centres), Town of Penetanguishene gave us a special break on the hall rental, and we had about 30 donated items from local businesses and organizations that supported more than $1,000 in donations at the event. Jennifer and her team from the Gateway Centre for Learning helped out and we a group of volunteers from local municipal leadership: Mayor Gerry Marshall, Mayor Gord McKay and Cathy McKay, and Mayor Scott Warnock. Also joining in supporting were Midland Councillors Zena Pendlebury, Mike Ross, and Glen Canning, and Penetanguishene Councillor Michel Mayotte. Thanks to everyone on a successful fish fry - netting about $2,000 for literacy in our area.
    Jun 01, 2014 4:45 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

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