The people who serve you in western Mississauga
On Matt Lo’s first day with us in the Constituency Office, MP Brad Butt dropped by for a visit, and we gave Ohio native Matt a picture showing how harmoniously Liberals and Conservatives work together in western Mississauga.
We don’t have a lot of turnover among my staff members. Many of our friends know that while our Constituency Assistant Humaira Hamayun is away on maternity leave, she is replaced by Sukhjit Singh. Our capacity to provide full service in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu is now augmented by Sukhjit’s ability in Arabic and just a bit of Malayalam and Telegu as well. As well, our Constituency Office staff are fluent in Polish, Mandarin and Cantonese. We all provide English, obviously, and sometimes I get a chance to practice my French.
In March, we welcomed our student intern, Matthew Lo, who is studying political science at the University of Akron in Ohio. Matt is in Ontario on an exchange program, and we are delighted to have him on staff through April. Some of our constituents may recall Jessica MacInnis, who left us just recently to manage the marketing and communications for Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation after more than five years with us. I was pleased to recommend Jessica to her new employer, and we wish her every success as she takes her marketing and PR career to its next step.
Recent Member’s Statements in the Legislature
The hard-working and enterprising people in western Mississauga are making this community a better place. Our friend A.Q. Mufti and the Mississauga Muslim Community pledged $250,000 to Credit Valley Hospital over five years, and are running ahead of schedule in raising the funds. This year’s Family Day Walkathon exceeded its goal by 40 percent. In Meadowvale, the community is quickly becoming an aerospace manufacturing hub as Cyclone Manufacturing opens its fourth plant (the third in Meadowvale) and plans to expand employment from 400 to 500 in 2013.
Brad and I say leave the Mississauga-Streetsville riding name alone
MP Brad Butt and I were pretty much agreed on the proposed new riding boundaries, but one thing we both agreed to disagree with the federal boundaries review commission on was the proposed name. We felt that changing the existing name of Mississauga-Streetsville to Mississauga West Streetsville was unnecessary, and we co-signed a letter to that effect. Streetsville is the historic heart of northwest Mississauga; people know the riding by its existing neighbourhood name; and the boundaries have not shifted sufficiently to justify a change. As well, there is no consistency on naming the Mississauga ridings based on points of the compass, and adding ‘west’ to the riding name enhances nothing.
I need some more petitions for Safer Families
Following some hard-fought wins to get population-based funding for Peel Region in child care funding (2012) and mental health funding (2011), I am trying to finalize a decision by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to “annualize” funding for Catholic Family Services of Peel Dufferin on a fantastic program they run called Safer Families, which provides intervention in domestic violence cases, and saves a lot of money in costs that would otherwise be incurred within the law enforcement and justice systems. At present, Safer Families is funded on a year-to-year basis. With the end of the government fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) approaching, we’d like this proven-effective program to move its funding from year-to-year to annualized.
One effective way to do this is through a petition to the Legislature, which requires a Ministry to respond. I like to get up and read this petition myself, and have others (not always Liberals) read it for me each and every day. However, I need signed petitions to do this. Please download an Adobe Acrobat copy of the petition, get some signatures on it, and mail (do not fax) the original signed copy to my office. We need an original signed document. A lot of families are depending on us all.
The Ontario Legiskaters hockey team
What do Stephen Harper, Jean Chretien, Vladimir Putin and your Mississauga-Streetsville MPP all have in common? We are hockey players. Former PM Chretien and I are both goalies. I have played the game since age 8, which was the earliest you could get into organized hockey when I was young. Later this season, I’ll put on the pads and take a few warmup shots at a junior hockey tournament at Vic Johnston Arena, and our legislative hockey team, the Ontario Legiskaters will play a game against the Ontario Dental Association (their team is the ODA Dentinators — I am not making this up) at Varsity Arena on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. If any of our western Mississauga neighbours are downtown and want to attend, you are welcome.
As well, if your company has a hockey team (men or mixed over 40), and want to do a charity game against the Ontario Legiskaters, contact my office and we’ll discuss how to raise money for someone and schedule a game. Our team is a blend of some MPPs, some MPP and Ministry staff and some Legislature personnel.