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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
    Wed 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.
    Mon 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

May

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    Apr 30, 2014 11:01 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 30, 2014 10:32 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    I hope many of you can make it out to this fun event for a great cause! Support Bowl for Beds! When: Sunday April 27 Where: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Orillia Time: Noon - 3pm In support of the Couchiching Jubilee House and the Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle I hope to see you there! More information can be found on the Couchiching Jubilee House website.
    Apr 25, 2014 1:24 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Our Government believes Canadian families should be able to choose the combination of television channels they want. Check out the following link for a promising report by the CRTC. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=842009&crtr.tp1D=980
    Apr 24, 2014 1:04 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 18, 2014 7:40 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 18, 2014 7:35 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 18, 2014 7:12 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 11, 2014 4:44 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 10, 2014 11:07 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Here is the report of my April 4th meeting, further down this page. Thank you to Fred Larsen who checked this report over to see that it relfects "what was presented" at our meeting, and, of course, to each of the people who attended. This report has been submitted to the Minister of State for Democratic Reform. Notes from Meeting April 4, 2014 Office of Bruce Stanton, M.P., Simcoe North Attending: Ken Szijarto – Simcoe North NDP Association Fred Larsen - Simcoe North Liberal Association Doug Hogg – Simcoe North Liberal Association Ian McRae – Lakehead University Alec Adams - Simcoe North - Green Party of Canada Peter Kizoff – Fair Vote Canada – Simcoe North Chapter Subject: Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act (FEA) Follow up Items: 1. Fair Vote Canada Meeting – May 2014 – potentially during constituent week – May 19 to 22, 2014 – Peter Kizoff to arrange a time via Judy Fulsom (Stanton’s Orillia Office). 2. Submit report of meeting to Minister of State, Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre. Report of Meeting: Mr. Adams started the meeting after introductions. - Alec described the provisions of the FEA that would discontinue vouching, as a solution in search of a problem - He opposes the government’s seeming lack of interest in broader consulting on the issue, and he is critical of its refusal to accept amendments to this point. - He strongly believes legislation that seeks to amend something as critical as our election process demands a higher degree of consent from Parliament, citing the UK example where 75% is required in the HoC. - He proposes the mandate of Elections Canada (EC) should continue toward promoting voter participation. Mr. McRae (Lakehead U): - Ian described the reality that most students do not so much line up with particular parties, but rather, are interested in participating in the process to learn and broaden their understanding of issues and politics in general. - He objects to removing EC’s mandate to facilitate, promote voter participation, feeling that the Government’s suggestion that the parties and candidates be responsible for that (motivating voter participation), would not serve student voters as well. Mr. Szijarto: - Sections 75 to 77 of the FEA in respect to robo-calls o The Bill should include an obligation for the person or organization registering their auto-dial event (with the regulator – CRTC) to include the database of that set of calls, and that the database be made available to the public for research purposes. On this second point, making it quasi-public, I noted there may be difficulty with privacy protection since the database was collected by the respective parties and may represent “prospective” electors vs. actual supporters. o The scripts and information pertaining to the autodial event should be kept for 10 years; not one year – so that post-election investigations and/or legal proceedings could be assured of having access to that information. - Regarding financial expense and donation limits being raised under the FEA, he believes the limits should remain the same as they are now, subject to inflationary increases going forward; that this measure favours the larger vs. smaller parties. It gives the Liberal and Conservative parties an unfair advantage. - Mr. Szijarto believes the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the Commissioner of Elections should have the ability to compel testimony and documents. - Moreover, all parties should do more to increase voter participation. He feels strongly that when more people vote, electoral results will better reflect the hopes and beliefs of Canadians. (On this point, I wholeheartedly agree). Mr. Hogg: - Regarding the change in duties and reports of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Doug expressed concern that reporting through the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), instead of the CEO, his reports of investigations will flow to the government (via the Minister of Justice) rather than to Parliament. The CEO is an officer of Parliament and does not report to a Minister. They report directly to Parliament. - Doug also expressed concern that, within the office of the DPP, the Commissioner would not have the ability to access documents from the parties, or compel testimony. - Finally, he disagrees with the fact Bill C-23 does not expressly invite more study into internet or e-voting, something that would surely attract more participation, especially among younger voters. (Note: In Question Period on Monday, April 7, 2014, the Minister of State addressed questions on the topic of the DPP’s independence. Here is his response on a question from the Member for Louis St. Laurent: Ms. Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it turns out that the Director of Public Prosecutions was not even consulted about the Conservatives' electoral reform. Had he been, the minister would have realized that, by placing the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections under the authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions, he is violating another fundamental principle of justice: the one investigating must not be in the same office as the one deciding whether to prosecute. Did the minister consult any credible experts at all before introducing his reform, or did he just talk to people on his party executive and in his caucus? [English] [Expand] Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of State (Democratic Reform), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the member has succeeded in enunciating a precise factual error in her question. She says that there is an ancient principle separating investigative functions from prosecutorial functions within elections law. In fact, prior to 2005, not only were these two functions found in the same office; they were found in the same person. The Commissioner of Canada Elections, prior to 2006, was responsible for both investigations and prosecutions; so there is no necessity, with respect to elections law, to keep them separate. That being said, the Director of Public Prosecutions is independent and so, too, will be the commissioner. Mr. Larsen - Mr. Larsen summarized the broad-reaching criticisms the Bill has received from numerous, credible voices – academics and elections officials. He strongly believes the government should be heeding these comments because they are knowledgeable in the business of running elections and protecting and upholding citizen rights. Why does the government believe its opinion is the only valid one? - He asked me to imagine a scenario where the tables were turned – and the CPC were in Opposition against a Liberal Majority trying to implement the same Bill. Would they not be raising the same arguments as today’s Opposition parties? - Ultimately, this Bill had not been properly vetted with election officials before drafting; the Government is ignoring inputs from credible voices on the question, and further, it is proceeding through the legislative process with no interest in amendments (improvements) to the Bill, only to use its majority in the House to ram it through. - He believes the Bill should be scrapped and a new process for electoral reform begun using a broader, collaborative approach between parties and informed commentators. Mr. Kizoff: - Mr. Kizoff leveled some strong criticisms of the process being followed to usher this Bill through Parliament, seemingly without heeding the advice of witnesses and commentators who have relevant opinions to lend. - He sought a situation where enough CPC MP’s could oppose the Bill at 3rd Reading to defeat it. - He questioned me, as to what I would do on that vote; that I had the chance to respond to their concerns by voting against the Bill. - Mr. Kizoff outlined the work of Fair Vote Canada in our riding and left me with binder of documents that supported the issues presented at this morning’s meeting. My Remarks – and Conclusion: - I thanked the delegation for taking the time to prepare and present their arguments in such a precise and thorough fashion. They, obviously, showed their strong opposition to the government’s proposal, as expressed in Bill C-23. - I told the group that I will be supporting the Bill. While I recognize there are many voices of opposition on this Bill, I do not share the view that it will undermine our democratic process. I believe it will strengthen it by making the investigation component of EC more independent, focus EC’s communications efforts toward the mechanics of elections and leave “motivating” participation to the parties and candidates (all of whom benefit from increased participation), more strictly regulating auto-dial calls and closing loopholes for expense/donation limits by limiting political loans. - On the vouching question, Harry Neufeld’s own report indicated 42% of the 120,000 cases of vouching in the 2011 federal election had serious irregularities, of the sort that, if questioned in court, could be considered questionable and possibly overturn an election (as it initially did in the riding of Etobicoke North in 2011). The special voting procedures at polling locations are administratively complex and therefore, are not followed consistently, leading to irregularities and potential for doubt in an election result. - Taking the vouching option away, and replacing it with greater efforts to educate electors about the “how”, “when” and “where” of elections, will increase participation and confidence in election results. There are numerous ways an elector can support their identity at the polling location and it is not unreasonable to ask electors to bring documentation with them, in order to support their right to vote. - Most all agree, the potential for doubt or question in an election result undermines confidence in EC’s stewardship of the election process.
    Apr 10, 2014 7:44 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Pleased to put my Private Members Motion, M-502, on the Notice Paper yesterday. I expect the Motion will come up for debate either just before the summer recess, or soon after. Here it is: M-502 — April 7, 2014 — Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of measures to deepen and straighten the vessel navigation channel which provides access between Georgian Bay and the westerly limit of the Trent-Severn Waterway, at Port Severn. Ici, la motion: M-502 — 7 avril 2014 — M. Stanton (Simcoe-Nord) — Que, de l’avis de la Chambre, le gouvernement devrait examiner l’opportunité de prendre des mesures pour approfondir et redresser la voie navigable qui relie la baie Georgienne et la limite ouest de la Voie navigable Trent Severn, à Port Severn.
    Apr 08, 2014 7:43 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Great meeting with constituents on Saturday, April 5th, in Orillia, regarding the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23. Pictured here (L to R); Fred Larsen (Liberal Party), Peter Kizoff (Fair Vote Canada), Ken Szijarto (Ramara Resident), Doug ____, Alec Adams (Green Party), and Ian MacRae (Lakehead University - Orillia, student). They made strong and reasoned arguments. We agreed to disagree on the way forward, but it gratifying to see the genuine spirit of enagement from these gentlemen on such an important issue. My report on the meeting will go to the Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre.
    Apr 07, 2014 12:36 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 05, 2014 10:25 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Had a great meeting this morning with COPE Service Dogs - Jane Boake, Maureen Watt, and Dave Blevins - www.copedogs.org. It is a fascinating program - Service Dogs are trained up by secondary school students for two years or so; then they go on to a home with a life partner - a person with mobility limitations or living with other disabilities or exceptionalities. These dogs, and the non-judgmental companionship they bring their human friend, are life-changing in many ways. Kudo's to Thor Motors (Orillia) www.thormotors.com for being the first in our area to sponsor a Service Dog. In the coming months COPE will be garnering supporters, volunteers and donors in the Orillia area. If you need more information, contact the great people at COPE in Barrie, or my office.
    Apr 05, 2014 10:23 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

March

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    Parks Canada Making Record Investments to Trent Severn Waterway Committing to the future of our waterways and its communities March 14, 2014 Parks Canada is supporting communities and businesses along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) by investing $58 million over the next two years in major capital projects and ongoing preventative maintenance. Dr. Colin Carrie – the Parliamentary Secretary to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, joined by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward Hastings – made the announcement today on the Minister’s behalf at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre on the TSW. "Our government has made record investments to the canals to ensure that this national treasure will continue to be enjoyed by local residents and tourists for generations to come. We will continue to work with our partners to preserve these national treasures" said MP Stanton. The major capital projects include: • Thompson Bay Dam Reconstruction – $1.5M • Otonabee Dam Deck Rehabilitation - $7.6M • Bolsolver Dam Reconstruction - $24.1M • Kennesis Dam - $3.5M • Healy Falls Concrete Rehabilitation – $0.7M • Hastings Swing Bridge - $4M • Brighton Swing Bridge - $4.6M The funding announced today also includes $11.5 million over the next two years across the TSW for dam safety and in preventative maintenance projects for bridges, dams, lock gates and retaining walls as well as the management of navigation markers, and visitor facilities. Quick Facts: • The funding announced today is in addition to the 2014 Economic Action Plan to invest $391.5 million in funding for highways, bridges and dams in national parks and along historic canals. Details on this funding will come later. • The Government of Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help canals be a premier tourism destination, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families. • Parks Canada is gearing up for a new summer season along its historic canals by offering boaters early bird special rates for their permits, which they can buy on-line until March 31, 2014 at www.parkscanada.gc.ca. Related products • BACKGROUNDER – The Government of Canada is investing record amounts in our Historic Canals Additional links: • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada
    Mar 18, 2014 11:03 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Mar 06, 2014 11:15 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

February

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    The Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act adds to our Government's strong record protecting young victims of crime - http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2014/doc_33047.html
    Feb 26, 2014 1:19 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) warns all Canadians to beware of telephone calls, mail, or email (see example below) that claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing scams that could result in identity thefts. Email scams may also contain embedded malware, or malicious software, that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk. The CRA does not email Canadians to request personal information! Canadians should especially beware of phishing scams asking for their personal information, such as social insurance, credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. Some of these scams ask for this personal information directly, and others refer the taxpayer to a Web site resembling the CRA's where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. Examples of recent email scams that have been circulating include notifications to taxpayers that they are entitled to a refund of a specific amount such as $521.51 or $671.08; or informing taxpayers that their tax assessment has been verified and they are eligible to receive a tax refund. These emails are not from the CRA. To better equip taxpayers to identify possible scams, the following guidelines should be used: The CRA does not do the following: • The CRA never requests, by email, personal information of any kind from a taxpayer. • The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license. • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer. • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine. When in doubt, ask yourself the following: • Am I expecting additional money from the CRA? • Does this sound too good to be true? • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return? • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me? • How did the requester get my email address? • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information? The CRA has well-established practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system. For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security. Anyone who receives a suspicious communication should immediately report it to info@antifraudcentre.ca or to the institution that the communication appears to be from. For information on scams, to report deceptive telemarketing, and if personal or financial information has been unwittingly provided, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm.
    Feb 24, 2014 9:39 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

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