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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


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Toronto, Ontario
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Around and About

 

There’s no shortage of community events and celebrations that lend expression to the giftedness of our people.

 

I was pleased to join Iola Phillips for her 100th. birthday celebration at FreeltonUnitedChurch and my good friends Hugh and Luella Eaton at their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations!

 

Honouring our agricultural leaders is always a must on my agenda. Hats off to Fritz and Gise Trauttmansdorff, Farm Family of the Year - well done!

 

Speaking of agriculture; nothing keeps me better ‘grounded’ to our agricultural community than a regular trip to downtown Rockbottom for the annual Rockton Dinner Theatre. Great food and great fun - thank you!

 

Special thanks to Donn Zver from the Troy Café for his recent hosting of the Minister of Culture, Caroline DiCocco to meet with local artisans and cultural leaders. Soon thereafter, the Minister introduced new ‘Status of the Artist’ legislation in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

 

The Flamborough Chamber of Commerce earns kudos for hosting the recent Hong Kong economic opportunities event. I was pleased to introduce the Minister of Citizenship, Mike Colle and the Minister of Revenue, Michael Chan to those participating in this special breakfast meeting.

 

I was also pleased to arrange recent visits for Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay and Attorney General Michael Bryant. Both Ministers met with area students and others to discuss the new ‘Species at Risk’ legislation and various legal and constitutional issues. Arrangements were also made for Labour Minister Steve Peters to meet with local labour leaders to discuss Occupational Health and Safety. Finally, Health Minister George Smitherman and I were able to catch-up on important nursing issues by visiting with McMaster nurses.

 

Through the Seniors Secretariat, my office organizes a number of special seminars for area seniors. Sessions have related to Finances, Fraud Prevention, the Safe Use of Medications and our most recent topic: ‘PreventingFalls’. Special thanks to the Osteoporosis Association for their seminar leadership.

 

Finally, I want to offer a special word of appreciation to those Hamiltonians who have worked so hard through the Poverty Roundtable, Service Clubs and in other ways, to help us all face our greatest local challenge namely, the growing gap between the richest of us and the rest of us.

 

Last week, the Provincial Government tabled its fourth budget. Through the new Ontario Child Benefit, an additional $2.1 billion will be made available to assist some 1.3 million Ontario children living below the poverty line. Not only will it treat all children in low-income families equally, whether their parents work or receive social assistance, it will also help parents receiving social assistance to make a successful transition to work.

 

The Child Benefit, when coupled with scheduled enhancements to the Minimum Wage ($10.25 by 2010) and some $6.6 million in new social housing funding for Hamilton, will do much to help alleviate the poverty which has so debilitated our broader community. And that’s got to be good news for all of us.