The past few weeks, many homes in the area were affected by flooding. In times like these it is important that all levels of government work together to support our community.
The federal government always stands ready to help any province or territory that requests federal assistance to respond to a natural disaster. When Quebec asked, the federal government quickly agreed to cover the costs associated with deploying the Canadian Armed Forces. The government also provided 250,000 sandbags when requested from the Government of Ontario.
I was able to visit a few areas affected by the flooding on May 7th and 8th, including Gatineau and Rockland, to help with sandbagging and thank the volunteers and first responders who worked around the clock to keep people safe.
My thoughts are with the residents affected by the flooding. I, like many others, know that even when the waters recede, it will take weeks and months of working together to clean-up and help affected residents address the damage.
– Catherine McKenna
On May 4th I attended the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa breakfast. It was a very moving morning with a keynote speech from Allan Segweka who spoke about how the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has helped him throughout his life.
On May 5th I was happy to sit with City Councillors and MPP Yasir Naqvi to discuss local issues related to Ottawa Centre. I look forward to continuing these productive conversations with all levels of government.
On May 6th I addressed the audience at the first ever Smart Start Summit at the Agriculture Museum. The summit brought together youth from across the city to learn about leadership, diversity, and the history of Canada. A big shout-out to the Young Leaders Advisory Council and Black History Ottawa for organizing the event.
On May 6th I also traveled to Lansdowne Place to experience A Taste of Mexico. It was great to meet the vendors, try some homemade food, and immerse myself in Mexican culture for the afternoon. Thank you to Ambassador Agustin García-López Loaeza of Mexico for showing me around.
After leaving a Taste of Mexico, I visited The Happening festival in Hintonburg Park. It’s awesome to see a neighbourhood come together to celebrate what they have to offer. There were local restaurants, clothing designers and musicians as well as activities for the entire family.
The third annual Technovation Ottawa event took place on May 7th. Technovation gives young girls across the city the opportunity to learn to code and create an app with the purpose of creating social change. I loved hearing about some of the apps, including one that would tell users what clothing stores in the area are environmentally sustainable.
On the morning of May 12th, I was joined by Mayor Jim Watson, MPP Yasir Naqvi and His Excellency Ambassador Van der Zwan of the Kingdom of the Netherland to kick off the 65th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival. Tulips represent the kindness and hospitality of Canadians and the festival allows us to continue to celebrate the historic Royal gift from the Dutch to Canadians as a symbol of international friendship.
On May 13th I hosted my first Seniors Tea with constituents from around the riding. I was able to hear first-hand what issues seniors are facing and their ideas for what the government could do to help improve them. I look forward to continuing these discussions going forward. Thank you to the Good Companions Seniors’ Centre for hosting.
On May 13th I also attended the Ottawa Children’s Festival. As a mom, I love hearing about free events for families that get kids involved in art, music, and sports. I had the honour of introducing Ashley McIsaac, who I hadn’t seen in twenty years. He put on an awesome show!
On May 14th the Good Samaritans held their first annual Inter-Faith Food Drive for the Ottawa Food Bank. Together, with the community, they raised over 6,000 lbs of food for people in need.
One of the best parts of my job is seeing families reunited. On May 15th I met with the Hussein family who, after several years, are all together again and able to call Ottawa Centre home. Welcome to Canada!
The first day of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays kicked off on May 21st. NOKIA Sunday Bikedays are a longstanding tradition here in the Capital Region that many residents look forward to every year. For just one day, to celebrate Canada 150, a special Confederation Boulevard loop was opened allowing riders to see our cultural landmarks on car-free roads. I had a great time riding the loop with everyone who came!
May 27th was the famous annual Great Glebe Garage Sale. It was so awesome to walk through the neighbourhood and meet everyone out looking for a good bargain. I even picked up some things for myself!
On May 27th I also ran the 5km race during the Ottawa Marathon with my daughter. One of the things I love about the marathon is how we can use physical activity to give back to the community. Over the years, the event has raised close to $1 million dollars for charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
On May 18th our government released a technical paper that outlines a proposed federal carbon pricing option for provinces that choose not to have their own system in place in 2018.
Canadians know polluting isn’t free. We see the costs of droughts, floods and extreme weather events, but also the effect on our health. Making polluters pay is an important part of any serious climate plan. It reduces pollution and gives the incentive to companies to innovate and create cleaner solutions. It also provides certainty to businesses that we are moving in a clean growth economy.
We are working together with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, businesses communities and all Canadians to build a more sustainable, cleaner, more prosperous economy and create good middle class jobs now and for the future.
More information on the paper can be found here.
Westfest June 2-4 http://www.westfest.ca/
Doors Open Ottawa June 3-4 http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/arts-heritage-and-culture/museums-and-historic-sites/doors-open-ottawa
Italian Week June 8-18 http://www.italianweekottawa.ca/
Touch a Truck June 11 http://mothercraft.com/touch-truck-2017/Glow Fair
Bank Street Glowfair June 16-17 http://glowfairfestival.ca/
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival June 22-25 http://www.dragonboat.net/
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival June 22-July 2 http://ottawajazzfestival.com/
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