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    Heather and I were happy to attend the 90th Anniversary of the Lily of the Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Orillia on the weekend (with my mother Rene). These members in the photo have 50 or more years service to Eastern Star - a benevolent, public service organization of freemasonery that has served our community 9 decades. Congratulations to all members; past and present - on your anniversary.
    Apr 19, 2016 8:22 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Thanks to everyone who volunteered, contributed and attended our Gateway For Learning Spaghetti Fundraiser on Friday, I was joined by Mayor Cornell (Tiny Township), Mayor McKay (Midland) and Mayor Marshall (Penetanguishene), and of course my wife Heather to serve up over 150 heaping plates of pasta. Executive Director, Jennifer Ellis shared some of the great success stories that happen everyday at Gateway. Thanks to your help, we raised $2000 to support better literacy and opportunies for our neigbours.
    Apr 12, 2016 10:29 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joined Jacqueline Pemberton (Eastern Ontario - Prescott, Glengarry area) farmer and Conservation Authority site represenative, and MP Larry Macguire (Brandon-Souris; Manitoba) for breakfast this moring sponsored by the Ontario and Quebec Federations of Agricuture. Jacqueline explained the many advances farmers and the agri-food industries are making in production technologies, marketing, food quality assurance and the way this industry has welcomed and embraced food producers of all sizes and varieties. The latter point underlines the incredible range of choice Canadian familes have in putting high-quality, nutritious food on their tables. Thank you OFA and QFA for the breakfast and for taking the time to acquaint MP's and Senators about the vibrancy of Canada's agriculture sector.
    Apr 12, 2016 8:18 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    I hope you will join with Heather and I to support literacy and opportunity in our communiyt with Gateway Centre For Learning. Our annual fundraising spaghetti dinner kicks off today with seatings at 5pm and 6:30 pm. There will be music provided by Adrien Robitaille and great food catered by ELM Catering Brian Orser Hall, Pentanguishene. See you all there! - BruceI
    Apr 08, 2016 5:04 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Packed room at Brian Orser Hall tonight - Penetanguishene - hearing from area physicians on saving services at Georgian Bay General Hospital. Tragic situation that our hospital is being starved for the funding it needs to uphold even core healthcare services.
    Apr 07, 2016 4:58 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 05, 2016 9:39 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Please join Heather and I Friday April 8, for our annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to support the great work the Gateway Centre for Learning provides in our community. Gateway Centre For Learning provides a critical service to our community, helping people learn to read, write, do math, or use a computer. Every dollar we raise will be used to make a difference for a local family, child or adult learner. Please come and bring your friends and family.
    Apr 04, 2016 12:36 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

March

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    Attended Forum for Young Canadians with Kyle Nyhof of Orillia. Kyle was chosen among hundreds of outstanding students to participate in one of three Forums each year. Forum alumni have gone on to prominent roles in politics, public administration and as leaders in business and community. It is broadly sponsored by public and private sector organizations. This year the Egg and Chicken Farmers of Canada were prominent contributors.
    Mar 26, 2016 12:34 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joining Parliamentarians and policy officials at a breakfast lecture on Proportional Representation. Dr. Andre Blais is the guest; expert in this area. Fascinating insights into this area of policy. The government has declared our voting will change by 2019. I will be holding riding engagement on this topic in the term ahead. This is part of the Big Ideas series of @Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Mar 22, 2016 5:23 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Today we're running in "March Muddness" in support of GBGH Foundation in Rotary Park in Penetanguishene - Mayor Scott Warnock, MPP Patrick Brown and more than 30 teams challenging the 5 km, 10 obstacle course. Thanks to all runners, donors, volunteers and the team at GBGH Foundation for a well staged, 1st time event. Special thanks to Gerry Marshall, Mayor of Penetanguishene for initiating what we hope will be an annual event.
    Mar 20, 2016 8:57 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Earlier today, joined Peter and Graham helping roll out pancakes at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre's 25 annual Sweetwater festival. Hundreds of visitors there today. Enjoy a glimpse of spring today at the Wye Marsh!
    Mar 19, 2016 10:59 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joining MP Alex Nuttall (Barrie Springwater Oro-Medonte), John Brassard (Barrie Innisfil) and lots of CPC Caucus colleagues, O'Toole, McColeman, Raitt, Clement, Bernier and Leitch, and several hundred Conservatives. Conservative Futures is the event, organized by Alex and his team, that is part of our party's rebuilding process toward the leadership in 2017, and our next election in 2019. The mood is positive and optimism is strong. Augers well for the years ahead!
    Mar 19, 2016 10:55 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    At the Mayor's sleep-over in support of the Guest House in Midland. Mayor's Gord McKay, Scott Warnock, Gerry Marshall and George Cornell (Midland, Tay, Penetanguishene, Tiny, respectively) and Deputy Mayor's Anita Dubeau (Penetanguishene) and Steffan Walma (Tiny). Robert and Beth of the Guest House gave an overview of their plans for renovating the new site (that we are sleeping in tonight). Their whole crew and Board are champions for those in our community most in need. It is an honour to support them any way we can.
    Mar 17, 2016 9:19 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Enjoyed "A Day in the Life" of Garfield Dunlop tonight at Midland Cultural Centre. Fred Hacker is the host of these series at the MCC where he interviews the special guest, in the case Garfield. Our MPP, Patrick Brown joined us as well. It was a walk down memory lane for anyone who's lived in our region the last few decades. Garfield drew a large crowd for tonight's event, sponsored by Walter Ens and Hillcrest Lodge in Midland. Garfield was his usual engaging, knowledgeable and light-hearted self, speaking about his family, his community and political life. It was a very enjoyable and interesting evening with these two icons of our area, Dunlop and Hacker. Thanks to Julie Cayley for snapping this photo.
    Mar 17, 2016 9:07 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Good meeting today with Warden Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe, CAO Mark Aitken, MP Alex Nuttall (Barrie - Springwater - Oro Medonte) and John Brassard (Barrie - Innisfil) on topics of hospital and healthcare services, expanding Internet services, and better funding for attainable housing in the County. Thank you to Mayor/Warden Marshall for initiating a regular dialogue with federal and provincial reps on these important issues for our region. Oh - and gold stars to Marshall and Nuttall for sporting the right colours today. Brassard and I didn't seem to take of this special tribute to St. Patrick. There is still time though. Happy St. Patrick's to all our Irish friends and neighbours! Bruce
    Mar 17, 2016 1:06 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Celebrating James McCannell's, of Port McNicoll, 100th birthday today at the home of Andy and Barb Durnford. James is Ontario's oldest, active professional engineer and remains an active geologist. He regaled us with a detailed account of early years, on his feet for over 30 minutes, afterwhich he served his own birthday cake. He is an inspiration. We're all proud to call him a friend and one of our outstanding senior citizens in Township of Tay. Mayor Scott Warnock was on hand to bring greetings from the Township and the Province of Ontario on behalf of MPP Patrick Brown.
    Mar 12, 2016 1:37 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Heather and I attended a wonderful evening at Georgian College last Thursday night celebrating our agricultural producers in Simcoe County and Ontario. Thanks to the Government of Ontario, Gerry Marshall and the County of Simcoe, and the incredible team at Georgian's School of Hospitality and Tourism who led and delivered this tribute to the innovation and stewardship of our agriculture and food industries. Pictured here with Mayor George Cornell (Tiny Twp.), Warden Marshall (Penetanguishene) , and Mayor Basil Clarke (Ramara Twp.).
    Mar 07, 2016 1:58 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

February

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    On Saturday, Feb. 27th, joined Christopher Marinakos at Tops-in-Pizza, in marking the launch his new line of sauces and dressings under the brand "Momma Mari's". These are fantastic dressings for marinades, wings, grilling, topping or dipping your favourite foods. They come in sweet, mild, medium and hot flavours. They are all homemade, no-preservatives (refrigerate after open). You can catch Christopher at the downtown Farmers Market each Saturday in Orillia. The Marinakos family are true boosters and supporters of our town. It is an honour to know them. Congratulations to Christopher on an excellent launch.
    Feb 29, 2016 12:13 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    It was a real honour to join MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Whitby) with celebrity Chef Michael Smith, at a reception and demonstration sponsored by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Michael's message was very simple. We should all eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. They're better for our health than processed foods. They give us essential vitamins and nutrients (now I sound like a tag line on a commercial - but it's all true). Making our fine Canadian produce into a wholesome hot meal, such as a soup (as we did during the demonstration), is easy and should not deter anyone from making this a staple for "half your plate" each meal! The recipe I chose is now up on Chef Michael's website at http://chefmichaelsmith.com/recipe/mp-bruce-stantons-famous-green-pea-thyme-soup/.
    Feb 24, 2016 3:11 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Had a great meeting with Jamie Arnold (Little Short Stop Stores), Jeff French (Simcoe North resident; Parkland Fuel Corporation) and Jeff Poulin (Mac's, Beckers, Winks, Daisy Mart) on the issue of contraband tobacco, merchant fees on credit cards and over-regulation of their industry. This is sector of our retail industry that employs over 230,000 people, contributes $51.7 Billion to GDP and remits $7.1 Billion in tax revenues. They serve customers in a highly competitive market. Their stores continue to evolve to meet their customers needs and they uphold important protections against tobacco consumption by minors.
    Feb 24, 2016 2:54 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    To our not-for-profits, associations and businesses in our riding, the deadline for applications for this year's Canada Summer Jobs program has been extended. See the link below! Best of luck to all applicants. http://brucestanton.ca/2016/02/19/deadline-for-canada-summer-jobs-applications-extended-until-march-11th/
    Feb 21, 2016 1:55 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    It was winter carnival weekend this weekend. Winterama was happening in Penetanguishene. Heather and I joined in the parade yesterday morning, along with 100's of loyal fans along the route. Lot's of winter spirit in our forerunner communities of North Simcoe. And, on the East side of the riding, Orillia Winter Carnival was back in operation, supported by an enthusiastic team and Chad Cooke at the helm. It wouldn't have come together without them. Best wishes to all the polar bear dip participants - raising money for a good cause and reminding us that winter can be fun too!
    Feb 14, 2016 9:26 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Heather and I are helping at the Orillia Winter Carnival pancake breakfast. It is a bright sunny day down here in Couchiching Park. Chad Cooke and his team, including Mike and Sean Walker (kitchen captains), have done a fantastic job organizing this carnival. Despite the frosty day you'll get a warm welcome. Come out and enjoy!
    Feb 14, 2016 7:32 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joined https://www.facebook.com/mason.ainsworth.1?ref=ts&fref=ts Mason Ainsworth at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Orillia Winter Carnival Friday evening. This is "not" an optical illusion. I am actually standing on the curb and Mason is not - hence - he and I are a lot closer in height than usual.
    Feb 12, 2016 9:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Canadian Blood Services was in Orillia yesterday (Mariposa Best Western) and today (Orillia Highwayman Inn) for their monthly blood donation services. They often see upwards of 300 donors from this area, across the two clinics. Cndn Blood Services also visits Midland and Penetanguishene area in the same frequency, with similar results. It is an amazing program, courteous staff and a team of regular volunteers who help donors with food and refreshment while they pause after giving blood, just to make sure they're feeling well before they resume their day's agenda. Blood donations are easy and among the most personal ways one can help a fellow human being who may be facing dire health consequences. Check it out at https://www.blood.ca/. Canadian Blood Services I was happy to get this week's donors a sampling of Mariposa Market's Valentines Day cookies for their post-giving snack. It's our subtle way of saying "Thank you"! Bruce
    Feb 12, 2016 8:59 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    This week, and last, I have been meeting with people in our community on the topic of physician-assisted dying. I spoke with people who are familiar with the kind of circumstances patients and their families encounter during those last days or weeks of life. This is a very personal and legally-complex issue. The Supreme Court, in the "Carter" decision last year (February 2015), threw out the criminal code provisions that could convict someone for assisting another person in taking their own life. But, the Court suspended the decision and gave Parliament 12 months to amend the Code to permit this kind of assistance in cases where a competent, adult patient could freely give consent to end their life only when that patient had a grievous and irremedial health condition resulting in suffering that was intolerable to them. The Court granted Parliament an additional 4 months to amend the Code. A Special Committee of the House has been hearing witnesses on this issue and will report to Parliament by February 24th. I expect the Government will propose a Bill to amend the Criminal Code in respect of the Court decision, and in review of the Committee's work, in the weeks ahead. In an effort to be prepared for these deliberations, my consultations with the community are essential. A synopsis of my meetings with constituents will be shared with the Minister of Justice. After the Government tables a Bill on the issue, I will convey my thoughts on their proposal, in this column. I would like to thank a number of people who have taken time from their busy schedules to meet with me: Dr. Peter Kizoff - Physician Jocelyn Downie - Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University David Carson - Carson Funeral Homes Carol Galbraith - Hospice Huronia Dr. Nancy Merrow - Chief of Staff, Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Sandra Dunham - North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network - Hospice Orillia There are more meetings pending with staff at GBGH, Jarlette Health Services (nursing and retirement homes), and C.A.R.P. The Canadian Cancer Society, Alzheimers Society of Canada and ALS Society of Canada each provided their positions to me from their national office. I welcome any constituents who wish to share their perspective on physcian assisted dying to contact me - bruce.stanton@parl.gc.ca or 800-265-6228.
    Feb 11, 2016 12:41 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Good to see such a good turn-out at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre last night for envisioning a successful future for one of our most cherished venues and attractions. Smart Move, of Clarksburg, ON, did a superb job facilitating. Thanks to the Board, staff, Friends of the Wye Marsh, and all those who attended and supported these next steps for the Wye Marsh.
    Feb 10, 2016 8:45 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Feb 10, 2016 7:50 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    I was a guest presenter at Ramara Chamber of Commerce's 'Business Breakfast at Seven series this morning. Good turn-out and wonderful food and hospitality by Laurie and her team at White Lions Tea House . Attendees posed some excellent questions - economic trends, federal programs for green investment, and policies affecting farm lands. It is great to see this Chamber of Commerce stepping up to broaden opportunities for its members and helping the path to success. They're an enterprising group of business owners/operators. I was joined by Lynn Martin, Mayor Basil Clarke, and Wendy Timpano of the Orillia CDC.
    Feb 10, 2016 7:28 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Envisioning the future for our Wye Marsh session tonight...
    Feb 09, 2016 6:58 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Wonderful story this morning. While stopping in at Abernethy's Foodland in Orillia http://ontario.foodland.ca/stores/orillia-abernethys/, I met Mrs. Wilma Abernathy (87 years young) filling a shopping basket from a pre-prepared list. Upon inquiring about her project that morning, she described to me the "Seniors shopping for Seniors" program at the store. Every Monday, since the mid-1980's, Abernethy's Foodland has been taking orders from seniors who aren't able to get out themselves. Their orders are filled by other "volunteer" seniors who gather the requested items and box them up for delivery. Foodland organizes the deliveries that take place the same Monday, again, by volunteer forces. Last week they filled 53 requests! It's another great example of Orillia's retired citizens stepping up to help in oh, such a humble way. As Wilma said, "You know, someone's got to help the seniors. This is my way of doing so. It's also a great way for them to have some company or a conversation with a friend, even if only by telephone." Kudo's to the team at Abernethy's Foodland in Orillia and the quiet, studious team of volunteer (seniors) who are helping make some of our elderly citizens feel more a part of this wonderful community.
    Feb 08, 2016 7:31 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joining Alfred Brooks, 98 years young, on the day he'll receive a Legion of Honor medal from the Republic of France for his service to France on D-Day. Alfred was a member of the Cameron Highlanders Regiment of Ottawa, part of the first wave of Canadians to land at Juno Beach. Congratulations Alfred and all his D-day comrades on this esteemed honour bestowed upon you by a grateful nation.
    Dec 19, 2015 2:02 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Dec 18, 2015 9:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Joining Larry and Amanda staffing the Salvation Army kettles at Midland Walmart.
    Dec 18, 2015 9:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    From Valerie, Laurin, Heather and myself; a very happy and safe holiday season to all.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylVRshmW8tU
    Dec 17, 2015 8:17 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Dec 17, 2015 8:13 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Dec 05, 2015 8:33 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    I’m honoured that my fellow colleagues in the House have given me this opportunity to continue as a presiding officer in the House. My goal as Deputy Speaker will be to serve the House and Parliament in a way that demonstrates the greatest respect for Members and the role they plan in the House. I look forward to working with Speaker Regan and the other Chair Occupants (two Assistant Deputy Speakers yet to be proposed to the House) to foster civility, decorum and productivity here at the centre of our Canadian democracy
    Dec 05, 2015 8:32 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

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    Join us tomorrow at the County of Simcoe for the Opening Ceremony and Flag Unveiling of #SimcoePride15! #FreedomToBe Guest Speakers include #SimcoeCounty Warden Gerry Marshall, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Leader of the PCOP Patrick Brown, Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo and a Two-Spirit and Simcoe Pride welcome from our Chair J. Andrew Baker!
    Jul 29, 2015 7:14 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Join us tomorrow at the County of Simcoe for the Opening Ceremony and Flag Unveiling of #SimcoePride15! #FreedomToBe Guest Speakers include #SimcoeCounty Warden Gerry Marshall, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Leader of the PCOP Patrick Brown, Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo and a Two-Spirit and Simcoe Pride welcome from our Chair J. Andrew Baker! #LGBT #Pride #CanQueer
    Jul 29, 2015 7:14 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Need a passport? Join me at the Washago Community Centre this evening from 5-8 pm for a passport clinic. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with common application errors and questions, and there will also be a photographer offering a passport photo service. Call my office at 705-572-7654 or 705-327-0513 with any questions. I hope to see you there!
    Jul 21, 2015 6:00 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

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