Closing of Community Newspapers:
Along with the residents of the larger Ottawa community, I was surprised and saddened to hear about the pending closure of our community newspapers. These newspapers have become a vital resource for our citizens to remain informed about those issues of importance to our local municipalities. I agree with the Mayor that they were great vehicles to connect with our many neighbourhoods and their voices will be missed. My thoughts are also with the dedicated employees who will or have lost their jobs.
Constance & Buckham’s Bay Santa Claus Parade:
It was great to see so many people turn out in Constance Bay last weekend to celebrate the holiday season. I was so pleased to talk with so many people and see so many smiling faces. Some have had a tough year with the flooding, but it was great to come together as a community to share a laugh and enjoy the season. My thanks to everyone who came out!
Persons with Disabilities:
It was my privilege this past week to attend a reception for to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Thank you to Minister Kent Hehr and his team for organizing such a great event. What an amazing group of people we have right here in Ottawa, working hard for those Canadians who need our help. We are stronger together.
I was so thrilled to join Liberal female staffers and MPs who got together to decorate and fill shoeboxes for the Shoebox Project for Shelters. The Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the U.S. Each thoughtfully decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis. It was such a great event and I was so impressed by the number of women who showed up to lend a hand. I encourage everyone to find out more about this project by looking them up online.
Keep Ottawa Warm:
As the cold weather sets in, we must remember those in our communities who will be the most affected. I have joined the #KeepOttawaWarm campaign by placing a donation box outside my office door at 555 Legget Drive, Suite 121, for anyone to come by and donate their winter clothing. Donations will go to the Ottawa Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, and Cornerstone Housing for Women. Please consider donating some clothing so that everyone can keep warm.