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June 2023 Monthly Review

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One Year Anniversary of Being Elected

On June 2, 2022, one year ago today, the good people of Thunder Bay – Atikokan elected me as their MPP as part of a PC majority government.

I am honoured to be your representative.

Investments in the Riding

Investing in the Skilled Trades

Our government is investing $535,000 to support two training projects to help 1,350 people prepare for well-paying careers as boilermakers.

Led by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 128, the first project will provide 150 jobseekers with lodging, travel and food costs as they explore introductory training needed to become boilermaker apprentices and earn bigger paycheques for themselves and their families.

The second will give 1,200 students in Northern Ontario hands-on experience with the boilermakers including welding, cutting, and rigging activities, so they can explore a life-changing career in the skilled trades.

Ontario Investing in Infrastructure Improvements at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Investing to Create Transitional Housing

Our government has provided $219,500 to the Elizabeth Fry Society to help create 7 transitional housing units in Thunder Bay that will support vulnerable women and girls. This funding is intended to increase our community’s capacity to bridge the gap from unstable housing environments to obtaining more permanent housing. The location also offers proximity to key transit and community service centres.

Upgrades to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

I was pleased to announce an investment of over $1.7 million dollars in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park to build, maintain and upgrade the electrical and water infrastructure. The replacement generator and trailer water station will improve visitor experience and boost local tourism.

55 Plus Centre Funding

I was joined by the Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility on Tuesday at the 55 Plus Centre to announce more than $189,000 to 4 senior centres in our area. This funding is used to provide programs and services to our 55 plus community.

Thank you to staff and members for hosting the event and showing us the great things happening at this beautiful facility.

NOHFC Investments

NOHFC Funding to Secure Orbit

I met with representatives of Secure Orbit to announce a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation grant in the amount of $293,500 for the purchase of equipment.

NOHFC Grant to Lacroix Aquaponics Inc

I’m happy to announce a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation grant in the amount of $191,696 to establish a local aquaponics micro farm that combines aquaculture and hydroponics.

Many thanks to Linda Braun from the Ministry of Northern Development for her help in securing funding for Lacroix Aquaponics Inc.

NOHFC Grant of $700,000 to Shuniah

I was pleased to meet with Shuniah Councillor Don Smith at the announcement of a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation grant in the amount of $700,000. The grant will be used by the Municipality of Shuniah to build a Multi-Purpose Pavilion over their outdoor rink.

NOHFC Project Announcements in Neebing

It was great this morning to spend some time in the municipality of Neebing, on behalf of Greg Rickford, to announce some NOHFC funds for two projects taking place this summer.

These two substantial investments represent our commitment to supporting and promoting growth in Northwestern Ontario.

More information:…/ontario-revitalizing-neebing…

7 NOHFC Investments

It was a pleasure to be in Terrace Bay yesterday, on behalf of Greg Rickford, spending time with recipients of 7 NOHFC grants. Investments like these make a significant contribution to the sustainability and longevity of local business, by providing upgrades, purchase of equipment, job creation and enjoyment for everyone.

A big thank you to the Aguasabon Golf Course for hosting the announcement.

News Release:…/ontario-supporting-economic…

Ontario Supporting Community Infrastructure and Business Expansion in Thunder Bay

Minister Cho Visit

Visiting Rural 60 Plus Centre with Minister Cho

I visited the Rural 60 Plus Centre with Minister Raymond Cho to learn of the many programs and activities offered. I want to thank the members for showing us around, we really enjoyed our visit. I was even given the opportunity to try my hand at weaving.

Our government continues to support and value the contributions of our seniors who have built our communities. Your motto of, “You’re Never Too Old To Have Fun”, says it all. Thank you for your time, keep up the great work.

Meeting with Age Friendly Elder Abuse Prevention Committee with Minister Cho

Minister Raymond Cho and I had the opportunity to meet with the Thunder Bay Age Friendly Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, where we discussed the great work the group is doing in Thunder Bay and learn how we can work together to better serve our seniors in Thunder Bay.

We were also joined by the Thunder Bay Accessibility Advisory Committee where we talked about how we can make Thunder Bay a more accessible friendly city.

National Indigenous Peoples Day with Minister Cho

I celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Mount McKay lookout with members of Fort William First Nations on Wednesday, where we gathered to celebrate their rich culture and heritage.

It was an honour for me to participate and I was happy to be joined by Minister Raymond Cho.

Meetings in the Riding

Meeting with members of Eabametoong First Nation

Laura Elvish stopped by to introduce me to members of Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope). It was a pleasure for me to meet everyone and learn more about their community and the great work they are doing for their residents.

TBRHC Meeting

I had a productive meeting with members of the TBRHSC where we continued our discussion on how we can continue to work together to ensure the best possible outcome for the delivery of quality health care in our region.

Meeting with Federal MPP Marcus Powlowski

I had an opportunity to sit down with the Federal Member of Parliament, Marcus Powlowski to discuss issues and opportunities in the riding.

We reaffirmed our commitment to work together to achieve positive outcomes for all residents and businesses in the District.

Chiefs of Ontario Meeting

This morning I joined the Chiefs of Ontario meeting with Minister Greg Rickford in Thunder Bay.

Engaging in meaningful discussions that shape our community’s future is truly inspiring. Grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed First Nations leaders.

Meeting with Chris Walton

I had a productive meeting with Chris Walton from the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy to discuss their recent initiatives.

Meeting with Avalon Advanced Metal

On Thursday I met with Avalon Advanced Metal, CAO Jim Jaques to discuss their recent purchase of the old Abitibi mill site and their plans moving forward.

NOHFC Board Meeting

On the shores of Rainy Lake in Fort Frances at Place Rendezvous with Minister Greg Rickford for a productive meeting with NOHFC board members.

Together, we’re driving innovation, investment, and job creation in our vibrant region.

Awards and Recognitions

Recognizing Crystal Wilson for 40 Years of Service

Minister Raymond Cho and I met and presented Crystal Wilson with a certificate of recognition for her 40 years of service as a crossing guard at St. Francis School.

Crystal has not missed a single day of work in her 40 years on the job. Thank you Crystal, for keeping our children safe for all these years.

Long-Service Award to Mayor Kloosterhuis

I was honoured to visit the Oliver Paipoonge Council to present a distinguished Long-Service Award to my friend and colleague Mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis.

Mayor Kloosterhuis has served the Oliver Paipoonge communities for over 30 years. Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work Mayor Kloosterhuis.

Seniors Month Recognition

As June is Seniors month in Ontario, I want to recognize one beautiful 96 year young member of our community, Mrs. Jennie Fleming, who is a resident of McKellar Place.

Mrs. Fleming is someone that I have had the privilege of knowing my whole life. She has led a full and active life, including skiing and clogging well into her senior years. She is the kindest, sweetest lady that always brightens my day whenever I see her. Everyone that knows her, absolutely loves her. Happy Seniors Month!

Birthday Wishes to Mr. Stephen House

On this the last day of the month long celebration of seniors, I would like to extend my deepest congratulations and birthday wishes to Mr. Stephen House. Mr. House has reached a major milestone in becoming a member of the Century Club. Enjoy your family and friends as you celebrate together!

I would like to encourage everyone to celebrate the seniors in your life and maybe post a picture of them before this day draws to a close.

Peggy Brekveld Appointed to Chair of Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council

Congratulations to local farmer Peggy Brekveld on her appointment as the Chair of the Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council!

Events in the Riding

Opener of Thunder Bay Chill Soccer

I had the honour of carrying out the ball for the Home Opener of the Thunder Bay Chill Soccer League on Friday, June 2nd. I look forward to a great season!

8th Annual Thunder Bay Mining Days

The event that was months in the planning is finally here. Happy to participate in the 8th annual Thunder Bay Mining Days down at the marina.

A huge thank you to all the organizers for bringing this together once again.

267 Local Students Applied to Learn and Stay Grant

I am thrilled to report that as of June 16th, 267 future students have submitted their application for the Learn and Stay Grant in the riding of Thunder Bay – Atikokan.

This is excellent news for our community as this grant provides targeted financial support which encourages students to learn and stay in regions where there is a demand for nurses, paramedics or medical laboratory technologists.

Mexico Sends Wildland Firefighter’s to Battle Fires in the Region

I attended the Thunder Bay Airport Monday night to welcome and thank the crew of 100 wildland firefighters that arrived from Mexico to assist our crews battling the forest fires in our region. The reciprocal arrangements that exist between regions, provinces and countries is a testament to fire protection efforts around the world.

Having served as a firefighter for 21 years, including wildland fire fighting, I have the upmost respect for the job this and all crews are undertaking. On behalf of our government, communities, and the Minister of MNRF, Graydon Smith I once again thank this crew from Mexico and pray that all firefighters return home safely at the end of their shift.

Wildland Firefighters Training Wrap-up

The wildland firefighters that arrived from Mexico on Monday to help us fight the fires burning in Ontario, wrapped up their training and orientation on Wednesday afternoon. The 100 firefighters were set to be deployed on Thursday and they will be split between Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario.

I stopped by on Wednesday to thank them once again for their help and bring them a taste of Thunder Bay by dropping off 150 persians for them enjoy. Praying that everyone fighting the fires, returns home safely at the end of their shift.

Northern Ontario Service Delivery Association 2023 AGM

I attended the Northern Ontario Service Delivery Association 2023 AGM on Wednesday, to welcome delegates from across Northern Ontario and to thank them for the work they do on behalf of our residents.

Having served on the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board for 10 years it was an opportunity for me to reconnect with board members and staff and keep informed.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for 14 Supportive Housing Units

I was pleased to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremonies on behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Honourable Steve Clark, to celebrate the building of 14 supportive housing units using funding from the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative.

This project helps the Ontario Government meet its commitment and goal of diverse housing across Ontario.