By Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleotn
With the cold weather upon us, we all make an extra effort to stay warm and protect ourselves from the elements when we are outside.
Many of you know I am a dog owner, and for those of us who love our pets, it is important to remember to take precaution when they are out in the cold weather. At this time of year, it is recommended by the Ottawa Humane Society and other organizations to limit the amount of time your dog spends outside.
Among the things the OHS recommends is to take your dog on shorter, more frequent walks, and also to consider a coat or sweater for your dog on cold days. They also recommend that you wipe their paws after walks to remove salt and sand from roads and sidewalks.
If you would like more information, visit ottawahumane.ca.
Ontario Cracking Down on Crime
The Ontario government is fighting back against crime and building safer communities by investing more than $6 million in crime prevention initiatives. The funds, forfeited to the province as proceeds of crime following criminal prosecutions, will be used to support 23 projects by law enforcement agencies and community partners.
Since 2018, the government has invested more than $16 million in crime prevention initiatives through the Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant program. This year’s grant funding will support a wide range of community safety projects including:
- Collaboration between police services and community service providers to increase awareness about hate crime
- Providing enhanced resources to help stop gang recruitment efforts, disrupt the sale of illegal drugs by organized crime groups and provide support to victims and others affected by crime
- Building positive relationships between law enforcement and schools, developing and implementing learning opportunities for youth, reducing and preventing gang involvement and street violence and educating youth about internet safety.
To date, the POC-FLP Grant program has funded 281 community safety projects across the province.
- Ontario is investing more than $1.7 million to help stop hate-motivated crimes across the province.
- In November 2023, the Ontario government introduced the Enhancing Access to Justice Act, 2023 that will, if passed, make it easier for more victims of crime to sue an offender for emotional distress.
- Ontario is fighting auto theft by investing $51 million over three years to help police identify and dismantle organized crime networks and put thieves behind bars. This includes $18 million to support new and enhanced crime-fighting measures.
- Ontario is investing $112 million to help police track and monitor repeat and violent offenders who are released on bail. This includes $24 million to help police services establish dedicated bail compliance and/or warrant apprehension teams and support new technology for a provincewide bail compliance monitoring system.
Support for Dairy Farms
Farming is a large part of the Carleton riding, as it is the economic backbone of rural Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Dairy farming is a large part of the local farm industry, and an announcement made Jan. 17 can provide a boost to the dairy industry locally and across the province.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $8 million, through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), to create or increase processing efficiencies and enhance food safety in the province’s dairy processing sector.
Eligible dairy businesses are invited to apply for funding through the Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative to acquire modern technologies that increase production efficiency and ensure food safety in their facilities. Cost-share support through this initiative can be used to help cover the purchase and installation of new or refurbished equipment and its associated costs, such as training.
This investment supports the objectives of the government’s Grow Ontario Strategy to strengthen the agriculture and food supply chain and build resiliency in the face of any future disruption.
The Dairy Processing Modernization Initiative is open to cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo milk processors. Each eligible applicant can receive up to $200,000 in cost-share support. Applications open on April 2, 2024, and will remain open until the initiative is fully subscribed. Eligible project costs can be incurred as of April 2, 2024.
The Sustainable CAP is a five-year $3.5-billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and a $2.5 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by the provinces and territories.
- There are 171 licensed cow and goat dairy processors, plus additional sheep and buffalo dairy processors in the province.
- Building productivity through new innovations, technologies and efficiencies for the agri-food industry was a top priority set for Sustainable CAP by the federal-provincial-territorial agricultural ministers.
- Sustainable CAP will help enable the goals outlined in Ontario’s Grow Ontario Strategy, which include increasing the production of food by 30 per cent and growing agri-food exports by eight per cent, annually.
Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast – SAVE THE DATE
Speaking of farmers and the local agricultural community, I hope you can set aside Saturday, February 24th on your calendars for my annual Carleton Farmers’ Appreciation Breakfast.
Come on out and enjoy a great breakfast, learn about our local agricultural industry and the importance it has in the Carleton riding, and most importantly, have a great time, see old friends, and make new ones.
Watch for more details in my column in the Manotick Messenger.
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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