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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
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Toronto, Ontario
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Week of January 26, 2007



As your MPP, I’m fortunate to visit and learn from a wide variety of citizens engaged in the task of building our strong, healthy and prosperous communities. Let me offer a few comments and kudos:


The St. Charles Literacy and Basic Skills Program recently celebrated Family Literacy Day with their ‘St. Charles Reads’ program. Adults learning to read - what an inspiration! Chairman Patrick Daly, the HWCDSB and all the teachers and students engaged in this program deserve our praise.


The Waterdown Parents for French Immersion recently won their cause, to start a French immersion program in Waterdown. Well done! The parents and the HWDSB under their new Chairman, Judith Bishop should be applauded.


Then, there are those important folk who literally build our community. I was pleased to attend the recent meeting of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association as well as the 125th Anniversary Dinner of Local 8 of the Carpenter’s Union, Canada’s oldest union. Congratulations to both groups.


To the environmental saints who continue to work so hard at the task of Bay Area Restoration, a well-deserved pat on the back. I was pleased to be part of the recent inter-governmental gathering to discuss a strategy for harbour clean-up and renewal. The province has renewed its long-standing commitment to work with our partners towards de-listing our harbour as an environmental hot-spot so that it can become an even greater asset to our community.


To all the Ancaster folk who labour so very hard with the yearly Ancaster Food Drive – well done!


A special word of thanks to the Rockton and Ancaster Agricultural Societies for all that you do to affirm and educate us about agricultural issues. I was proud to attend both the Award and Annual meeting nights. Thanks for the warm welcome.


I would be remiss not to express gratitude to our ‘keen and green’ friends at the Ancaster Horticultural Society who do so very much to keep our community beautiful. I was thrilled and ‘chilled’ to attend your recent Annual Meeting and to join Bob Wade and Lloyd Ferguson as one of your Honorary Vice-Presidents. Keep up the great work!


Finally, let me draw attention to two issues I’m working hard to resolve. First, I’m pushing our government to introduce presumptive legislation to protect firefighters who fall victim to a predetermined list of conditions and illnesses contracted as a result of their occupation as a firefighter. The men and women who put their health and lives on the line every single day deserve nothing less.


Second, I’m strongly advocating that the drug Rituxan, shown in clinical trials to dramatically improve the chances of survival for patients suffering from indolent non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), added to the Ontario Drug Formulae. Having this particular drug added to the list of drugs available and funded would make a significant difference in the lives of many.


Until our paths next cross…..


Kindest regards,

Ted McMeekin