Stephen Congratulates Recipients of the Ontario Arts Council Grant

Stephen congratulated 18 individuals and 10 organizations in Orléans for receiving over $242,000 in grant funding to further pursue the Arts in the community.

Arts, music, theatre and drama play an important role in shaping the livelihood of our communities, and it is welcoming to hear that Orléans has so many dedicated members pursuing and excelling in the Arts.

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School Bus Safety 🚌

You might see school buses now showing off a new Eight Lamp Amber-Red Warning System.

With school just around the corner, watch for buses with the new system and give them lots of space for safety.

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A Safe Return to School

As we approach the Labour Day long weekend, and the sun continues to set earlier in the night, it marks the unofficial end to the summer for families across Ontario.

I hope that the children in your life have enjoyed their time off from school, taking advantage of the summer weather and exploring the great outdoors.

As kids prepare to return to school, we as adults also need to prepare to keep our children safe during these times.

Let’s remember to slow down while driving, ensure we stop for school buses, and be extra cautious for children who may be walking or biking to school.

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Annual Community Corn Roast & BBQ 🌽 🍔

Come out to our Annual Community Corn Roast and BBQ on Petrie Island on Thursday August 25, 2022 for some family fun in the sun! ☀️

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Stephen addresses Ontario’s municipal leaders

Stephen addressed the 2022 annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. The AMO conference hosts 2,000 of Ontario’s top municipal leaders: Mayors, Councillors and municipal officials from across the province.

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Re-introduction of Private Members Bill

Stephen introduces Bill 5: Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act in the Legislature.

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Stephen answers questions from the Queen’s Park media on the return of the Legislature

Stephen takes questions from the Queen’s Park press gallery on the return of the Legislature and the re-introduction of his private members bill.

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Government must support our hospitals

Stephen has written to the Minister of Health about the dire situation facing hospitals in Ottawa and across the province.

The Ontario government must take immediate steps to prevent further closures and alleviate the current strain on our healthcare system.

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Legislature set to return on August 8

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is returning for a summer sitting on August 8. This will give the Ontario government an opportunity to table and pass their budget, and lay out its priorities through the Speech From the Throne.

This will be the first Session for many members who were elected for the first time on June 2.

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Remembering Gisèle Lalonde, Local Champion

Gisèle Lalonde, a true champion for the Franco-Ontarian community, passed away at the age of 89 at the Montfort Hospital on July 27, 2022.

Gisèle Lalonde led the ferocious charge to save the Montfort Hospital from closing down in 1997, when the Ontario government slashed healthcare funding and services.

Being the only hospital administered in French has played an integral role in addressing the health needs of our Francophone community, and without the leadership and determination of Mrs. Lalonde, the Montfort Hospital would not be open today.

Gisèle was a true champion for our city, province, and country.

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Gisèle Lalonde.

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