Informing and engaging area residents


You’re Invited: MPP Ghamari Hosting Farmer Appreciation Breakfast

Please join me for a Farmer Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday February 25th from 8am-11am at the Richmond Memorial Community Centre, 6095 Perth St, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0.

All are welcome to join for a free breakfast!

For more information, contact my office at 613-838-4425 or goldie.ghamari@pc.ola.og.

Team Padbury and Team Rowe

The St. Mark basketball team is not the only Manotick sports team representing us proudly.

Team Padbury from the Manotick Curling Club won the provincial U18 Women’s Curling Championships Jan. 15. They are representing Ontario at the Canadian Curling Championships this week. Team Padbury is coached by Doug Johnston and Kim Cooper, and the players are Sydney Anderson, Megan Zwolak, Kaitlyn Dumoulin and Emilie Padbury.

Team Rowe won the provincial U18 Men’s Curling Championships on Jan. 15. and will be representing Ontario at the Canadian Curling Championships this week. Team Rowe is coached by Gary Rowe and the players are Nick Rowe, Jonathan Biemans, Tyler Biemans, Liam Rowe and Joe Stachon.

It was an honour to meet the teams and congratulate them with a certificate on behalf of the Province of Ontario and wish them well before they went to the nationals.

Winter Carnivals

What a whirlwind two weeks it has been in Carleton.

The 50th Greely Winter Carnival was a huge success, and it was great to see everyone Saturday morning at the Greely Firefighters Pancake Breakfast. The Greely Community Association and a large group of volunteers made this winter carnival a huge success.

I enjoyed being at the breakfast and meeting new friends and seeing many familiar faces. I even got to watch a magic show by the Great Arjunia!

Manotick Shiverfest also returned with big crowds and a lot of activities from the bonfire and skating exhibition by Rideau Skating Club members Friday a day full of activities throughout the village.

North Gower was also buzzing with activity for their winter carnival last weekend.

It had been three years since we have had winter carnivals in our riding, and because of that there seemed to be an extra bit of excitement in the air as we celebrated winter in our communities.

One Stop Talk

The Ontario government is investing $4.75 million to expand the “One Stop Talk” virtual “walk-in” counselling program to connect children, youth, and their families with more convenient and timely ways to access mental health counselling no matter where they live.

Our government is making it easier and more convenient for children and youth in every corner of the province to access mental health care. This program offers modern, convenient options for youth to connect to help in ways that they’re used to communicating.

The “One Stop Talk” service offers convenient ways to talk to a clinician by phone, video conference, text, and chat without an appointment. The program began as a pilot in November 2022 with six participating mental health organizations and is now being expanded to additional organizations and their waitlisted patients. When fully implemented, the program will eventually be available to all children, youth, and their families.

The government is also significantly expanding the number of Youth Wellness Hubs across the province to make it faster and easier for young people to connect to mental health and substance use support, primary care, social services, and more. Through the Addictions Recovery Fund, the government is adding eight new youth wellness hubs to the 14 that were created since 2020, bringing the total to 22 across the province.

These hubs help fill the gap in youth addictions services and also provide children and youth aged 12 to 25 a range of other services, such as vocational support, education services, housing and recreation and wellness.

Through our Roadmap to Wellness, we are focused on improving our mental health and addictions care system. Significantly expanding our network of Youth Wellness Hubs is one more way we’re creating a system where Ontarians of all ages have convenient access to the highest-quality mental health and addictions supports, when and where they need them.

Ontario’s Roadmap to Wellness plan – the province’s mental health and addictions strategy – has so far provided $525 million to use innovative solutions to improve the quality and access to mental health supports while shortening wait times and removing gaps in service. The plan is built on four central pillars – improving quality, expanding existing services, implementing innovative solutions, and improving access – that are designed to work together to support the delivery of the services people need, where and when they need them.

Office Notice:

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.

– Goldie

Your voice at Queen’s Park