By Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari
There is no doubt that the highlight of July has been the opportunity to get together and celebrate at community events. At all of these community events, we have been given the opportunity to see friends and neighbours that, in some cases, we had not see in two or three years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of these wonderful events was the 200th Anniversary of the Village of Kars. I volunteered at the pancake breakfast that kicked off the event, and it gave me the chance to meet many constituents while also saying hello to others I had not seen in a long time. Many people offered congratulations to me for being re-elected last month. I cannot tell you how truly humbling that is, and how deeply appreciative I am for the support I have received throughout the riding. It is a great motivator for me to work hard for everyone in Carleton both here and at Queen’s Park.
The 200th anniversary gave all of us the opportunity learn about the village, originally known as Wellington, that is more than a half century older than Canada itself. My staff and I were at the fairgrounds in the morning before moving over to Trinity United Church. The organizers and volunteers deserve a huge thanks from everyone for making the celebration one that all area residents will remember.
The anniversary of Kars was not the only big event on Sat., July 16.
Global VegRun In Richmond
Also that day, I was a guest for the inaugural Global VegRun and tree planting ceremony at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Richmond. It was a wonderful celebration and I was honoured to be there in an official capacity representing Premier Ford and the Government of Ontario.
One of the big surprises of the day was the announcement that the current building housing the temple will eventually become a basketball court and community centre. The new temple will be built on the large property on Franktown Road just west of Richmond. The current temple will be repurposed and turned into something that everyone in the community – particularly the youth – will be able to use and enjoy.
I also want to extend thanks and congratulations to the Manotick Polo Club. They hosted a special event on the afternoon of July 16 at the Manotick Polo Grounds, located on Bankfield Road near the Highway 416 interchange. The club held its first ever women’s polo event, which was a huge success.
There was big vaccine news on two fronts last week.
Ontario residents who are 18 years of age or older have been approved for a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, the second booster was only available for those 60 and older.
Also, Health Canada has approved the paediatric Moderna vaccine for children between six months to five years old.
This is fantastic news for Ontario families. Ontario expects to receive this new paediatric supply from the federal government by late next week and is ready to distribute the vaccines to sites across the province so we can begin to administer doses with the support of our local partners as soon as possible.
We will keep parents informed and share more information in advance of the vaccines arriving in Ontario on when and how parents can book a vaccine for their children.
My office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. My staff and I will be happy to assist. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office.
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