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January 2023 Monthly Review

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Happy New Years

Happy New Year to the wonderful community of Thunder Bay – Atikokan!

As we begin 2023, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your incredible support and dedication. Together, we have achieved so much, and I am excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

As we look to the future, let us continue to work together, striving for progress and prosperity for all. May this new year bring you joy, success, and fulfillment.

Thank you for entrusting me to represent you. I am honored to serve as your Member of Provincial Parliament. Here’s to a fantastic 2023!

Investments in the Riding

Alzheimer’s Society Funding Announcement

Pleased to make this funding announcement of $45,060 for the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay & Region on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvia Jones.

The Society was able to hire Julia as a Respite and Activation Coordinator.

NOHFC and Provincial Government Investment into the Female Skateboard Collective

Enjoyed making this funding announcement today on behalf of the Minister of Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford

Our government is providing $68,890 to the Female Skateboard Collective to create a pair of opportunities at the Cinema 5 Skatepark.

This is on top of the NOHFC grant of $58,253 in 2022 to convert the old Cumberland Cinema into an indoor skateboard park.

That is a total contribution by our government of $127,143.

This Months Events

Solicitor General Kerzner Visit to Thunder Bay

Delighted to welcome the Solicitor General Michael Kerzner to Thunder Bay!

We recognize Snowmobile Safety Week and the hard work of those at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.

We also had some productive visits with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service ,as well as Thunder Bay Probation and Parole.

TBT Engineering Tour

It was a pleasure to tour the TBT Engineering campus and see how this employee-owned engineering consulting firm supports the development and growth of private, commercial, indigenous, industrial, institutional, infrastructure, and community initiatives throughout Northern Ontario.

2023 New Years Levee

I was honoured to attend the 2023 New Year Levee His Majesty’s Canadian Ship GRIFFON base in Thunder Bay.

This annual tradition is an opportunity to recognize and thank those serving our country.

Attending Funding Announcement in Sault Ste Marie

Proud to be on hand in Sault Ste Marie alongside newly elected Mayor Matthew Shoemaker as well as MPP Ross Romano to announce an investment of almost $4.4 million through the Social Services Relief Fund to help create 39 affordable housing units.

This is part of our investment of over $1.2 billion to provide immediate housing and homelessness relief across the province.

Meetings in the Riding

Meeting with Rajni Agarwal

Great to meet with Rajni Agarwal, who is not only an At Large Councillor in Thunder Bay but is also involved in real estate.

I look forward to further discussions with one of the new members of Thunder Bay City Council.

Meeting with Tim Heney

I enjoyed my time listening to Port of Thunder Bay CEO Tim Heney discuss the successes and challenges of the Western Canadian terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway System.

The Port was built to provide access to European markets for Western Canadian grain producers through the longest grain supply chain in the world.

2023 Pre-budget Consultation Meeting

A pleasure having the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance Stephen Crawford in Thunder Bay last week for pre-budget consultations.

It was a chance to hear from workers, families, businesses and community organizations to find out what they need and would like to see in the 2023 Budget.


I am saddened to hear of the passing of Hazel McCallion.

“Hurricane Hazel” as she was known was an inspiration and mentor to many aspiring politicians. After retiring as the Mayor of Mississauga Hazel continued to serve her community and the province in many different ways. I was fortunate to have many conversations with Hazel over the years. To her family and many friends I send my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P. Hazel and thank you for all you have done. You will be missed.

Passing of Gordie Crompton

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Gordon “Gordie” Crompton. Gordie was a long time business man and community leader. His contributions to the city and region are many.

I will always remember him for the sparkle in his eye when he spoke about his family or politics and for his booming laugh that would fill a room.

Lori and I send our thoughts and prayers to Gordie’s family and many friends.

R.I.P. Mr. Crompton – You will be missed.