Queen’s Park – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Oxford-on-Rideau Tech at Queens Park http://www.ngtimes.ca/oxford-rideau-tech-queens-park/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/oxford-rideau-tech-queens-park/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:57:43 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10191 Last week, the little school of Oxford-on-Rideau made it to provincial parliament at Queens Park. MPP of Leeds and Grenville, Steve Clark, made a statement to the Legislature, talking about the Oxford-on-Rideau Tech Club which celebrated its grand opening at the end of November. On his Facebook page, Steve explained why he spoke to the […]

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Last week, the little school of Oxford-on-Rideau made it to provincial parliament at Queens Park. MPP of Leeds and Grenville, Steve Clark, made a statement to the Legislature, talking about the Oxford-on-Rideau Tech Club which celebrated its grand opening at the end of November.

On his Facebook page, Steve explained why he spoke to the Legislature about the program. “I was so impressed by what I saw at the official opening of the amazing Oxford on Rideau Tech program last week at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School UCDSB that I had to tell the entire province about it.

The school community has been through a very difficult year. But they’ve accomplished something very special with this leading-edge coding, robotics and computer science program.

Students are so excited to learn skills that they’ll need to succeed in today’s world. As I said in the Legislature, this is also a lesson that any school – regardless of size or location – can offer these leading-edge programs. Thanks to everyone involved, especially Brent and Katie Lekx-Toniolo.”

Steve paid tribute to the Lekx-Toliolo family and spoke about the Open House he attended at the school: “It was an incredible night to celebrate how a dedicated group of parents brought a leading-edge coding, computer science and robotics program to this small rural school,” Steve told the house. “To see the young students so enthused about what they were doing was truly inspiring.”

A video of Steve’s speech to the Ontario Legislature can be found on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/steveclarkmpp/posts.

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MPP Clark demands rural hospice funding http://www.ngtimes.ca/mpp-clark-demands-rural-hospice-funding/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/mpp-clark-demands-rural-hospice-funding/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 19:10:18 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5749 In his unwavering commitment to the Beth Donovan Hospice, MPP Steve Clark presented a member’s statement in Queens Park last week. “On Friday, I attended the grand opening of the Beth Donovan Hospice’s new “forever home” in Kemptville. It’s a beautiful space that will bring the invaluable services they provide in North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford […]

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In his unwavering commitment to the Beth Donovan Hospice, MPP Steve Clark presented a member’s statement in Queens Park last week.

“On Friday, I attended the grand opening of the Beth Donovan Hospice’s new “forever home” in Kemptville. It’s a beautiful space that will bring the invaluable services they provide in North Grenville and Merrickville-Wolford under one roof. I’m so proud of the staff, the amazing volunteers and the community for their tremendous support since the hospice began 25 years ago.

But there’s one essential piece missing. As in so many rural communities in Ontario, there is no funding from the local LHIN to operate residential hospice beds. It’s cruel to force rural families to take a loved one from the community they’ve called home for years to spend their final days. A rural resident from Oxford Mills or Eastons Corners has as much right to die in a residential hospice setting near home as someone in the city of Ottawa.

I’ve had many conversations with the minister and his parliamentary assistant about this funding; however, the time for conversations is over. These communities have been patient, but now they want action and a fair share of rural hospice funding. The member for Ottawa South visited the Beth Donovan Hospice with me, so he knows how much this means to our community. I ask him and the minister to join me in demanding the Champlain LHIN immediately approve these residential hospice beds and the funding to operate them.”

Beth Donovan Hospice provides compassionate support and professional care to individuals and their families as they journey through the challenges of life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transitions. Whether in a home or hospital setting, the experienced staff and trained volunteers of Beth Donovan Hospice give of themselves to ensure that the families receive the assistance, support and guidance they need.

Founded through the compassion and vision of generous volunteers, Beth Donovan Hospice has been providing services to the community for over 20 years in the North Grenville – Merrickville area. Their new 3,100 square foot home on five acres was purchased in March 2016, thanks to generous donors over the past 20 years who believed in rural residential hospice. The late Audrey McClenaghan made a large bequest to the organization in 2015 which was instrumental in acquiring their new home. With this new building, they have tremendous room to grow and realize their dream of residential beds.

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Girls’ Government participants travel to Queen’s Park http://www.ngtimes.ca/girls-government-participants-travel-to-queens-park/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/girls-government-participants-travel-to-queens-park/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 19:14:36 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5494 Budget day in Ontario was one to remember for 13 local girls who travelled to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, April 27 for the culmination of Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark’s Girls Government program. This is the third year for the program, which MPP Clark offers in partnership with Girls Inc. of Upper Canada. Program participants […]

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Budget day in Ontario was one to remember for 13 local girls who travelled to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, April 27 for the culmination of Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark’s Girls Government program.

This is the third year for the program, which MPP Clark offers in partnership with Girls Inc. of Upper Canada. Program participants this year are: Sahaana Ranganathan, Emma Lindsay, Claire Eastwood, Sammy Wilhelm, Annie Dowd, Katie Gunn, Larissa Bell, Hannah Doyle, Bridget Sanger-VanderMeer, Vanessa Martin, Brooklyn Patrick, Grace Cowan, Christina Bi and Bushra Khadra.

Prior to visiting Queen’s Park, participants held sessions with Steve over the past few months to gain insight into the political and legislative process as well as how to effectively use their voices to shape public policy.

“I’m so impressed with this group of young women and how eager they are to make a difference in the world,” said Steve, noting the fact this year’s visit coincided with the tabling of the 2017 Ontario budget added to the excitement. “I’m a huge proponent of the Girls Government program because it is a great way to encourage more women to consider a career in politics. It’s also an opportunity to stress the importance of women and girls being active in public affairs at every level of government.”

This year, participants made women’s rights the focus of their advocacy as they prepared for their day in Toronto.

At Queen’s Park, the girls raised gender equality issues during a press conference in the Legislative Assembly media studio and directly in meetings with Speaker Dave Levac, Minister for the Status of Women Indira Naidoo-Harris, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo and Ontario PC MPPs Lisa MacLeod, Julia Munro, Lisa Thompson, Sylvia Jones and Gila Martow.

They recommended a focus on equal opportunities for all with suggestions such as mandates for equal pay, affordable childcare, equal recognition for accomplishments in education, athletics and career choices.

In addition, the group stressed the need for increased education within schools regarding gender studies and women in history as well as increased education for the public that addresses gender stereotypes, persistent discrimination and the sexualization of women and girls.

Girls’ Government is an MPP-led program designed to open doors for girls interested in public office and policy initiatives. The program is affiliated with Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to electing more women at every level of political office in Canada.

The program also gives participants a chance to meet with local female role models. This year’s guests included United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden and Westport Mayor Robin Jones, Gananoque Mayor Erika Demchuk, Brockville Councillor Jane Fullarton and Michaela Rutherford-Blouin, a local Queen’s University student who recently participated in the Daughters of the Vote summit at Queen’s Park.

Steve thanked Bev Heuving, Kelly Cole and Lori Kidd Velkova from Girls Inc. for making the program’s third year such a success.

“Girls Inc. does tremendous work in our community to empower girls and young women and I’m proud to be working with them on this initiative,” he said.

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Steve Clark joins parents at Queen’s Park to protest school closures http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-joins-parents-at-queens-park-to-protest-school-closures/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/steve-clark-joins-parents-at-queens-park-to-protest-school-closures/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:32:32 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=2907 Parents from Eastern Ontario, including Leeds-Grenville, joined those from across the province at a rally at Queen’s Park to protest ongoing accommodation reviews that could see up to 600 schools close. “The fact parents have travelled hours in terrible weather to be here today is a testament to how hard they’re working to save these […]

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Parents from Eastern Ontario, including Leeds-Grenville, joined those from across the province at a rally at Queen’s Park to protest ongoing accommodation reviews that could see up to 600 schools close.

“The fact parents have travelled hours in terrible weather to be here today is a testament to how hard they’re working to save these schools and ensure their children can continue to learn close to home,” Steve said.

Of the 600 schools targeted for closure in Ontario, 29 are located within the Upper Canada District School Board and 10 in Leeds-Grenville.

Steve spoke to the rally, and took Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter to task for sitting on the sidelines while the fate of rural education is left to a flawed process that prioritizes school closures rather than exploring other long-term solutions. “Her Ministry created this disastrous Pupil Accommodation Review process, and pulled the funding that supported these rural schools to put everything in motion. And she thinks she’s going to get a pass? No chance.”

Steve said the Minister is showing how out of touch she is with what’s really happening by her insistence that students will be kept “at the forefront of every decision we make.”
“How is it keeping students at the forefront, when the options include putting young children on the bus for an hour or more in one direction?” Steve asked. “Or sending students to overcrowded schools and jamming them into portables, while the board waits for money to build a mega-school?”

If students were truly being put at the forefront, such proposals would never have seen the light of day, he said.

Earlier in the day, Steve rose in Question Period to call on the Premier to immediately put a moratorium on school closures. “The Premier and Education Minister must get away from Queen’s Park and see for themselves what’s really happening across Ontario. These reviews are just smoke and mirrors that give the appearance of consultation,” Steve said. “True consultation starts before recommendations are made – not after.”

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