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Queen’s Park: November 25th

You are never alone and if you need it, ask for help.

That’s my message to you as this was National Addictions Awareness Week.

Thunder Bay Counselling provides a safe and judgment free place for you to work through substance use and mental health issues.

There are six programs within St. Joseph’s Care Group and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre that offer a variety of case management and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Crossroads Centre is a residential recovery program for men and women over 18 years of age and offers both pre and post-treatment services.

As the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Doctor Brock Chisholm famously stated, “without mental health there can be no true physical health”.

Improving Northern Road Safety

I rose in the House to speak about our government’s plan to roll out the new ON Trans-Canada standard for Highways 11 and 17.

Funding Announcements

I was happy to announce on Wednesday our government’s investment in Automated License Plate Recognition Technology (ALPR) in Thunder Bay.

That was followed Friday by an announcement on behalf of the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho funding for seniors’ programs for the Thunder Bay Museum, Lakehead Social Planning Council and the Township of Conmee.

Minister Greg Rickford

Bill 23

Our government is ready to take bold action to address the housing crisis by building 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years as part of the More Homes Built Faster Act.

Meetings With Stakeholders

I had good sit-down meetings with representatives at Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) which included Mark Halabecki from St. Joseph’s Care Group, Yvonne Hinds from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as well as Kimberley McBride from the Sault Ste. Marie Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Image courtesy of Christopher McDowell

I also took part in a reception Wednesday night for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada.

Earlier in the week I had a productive conversation with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario as we spoke about working together to improve care and awareness of the disease.

Another reminder this week…

Make sure you keep up with me on all of my social media platforms.

You can also reach out to my office with your questions and concerns about our wonderful community.

Enjoy the weekend!