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GREG RICKFORD, M.P. KENORA “A Strong Voice” Dear Constituents, I am truly honoured to have been elected as your Member of Parliament and I am very Riding Offices excited to be hard at work for you! Kenora In early December I opened two constituency office locations to serve you, one in Market Square Kenora and the other in Dryden (see coordinates in the side bar). I also have a staff Entrance on Matheson Street member who travels throughout the northern communities holding regularly scheduled 308 2nd Street St #19 constituency clinics, as are possible, while the house is sitting. Kenora, ON P9N 1G4 Soon we will be hosting Passport Clinics throughout the riding. These clinics will Tel: (807) 468-2170 provide you with an opportunity to complete your passport application and have it Fax: (807) 468-4896 submitted by my staff. Assistance will be available for form completion, photography, email@example.com fees payment and review by trained staff. As of June 1, 2009, Passports will be Dryden required when travelling to the US whether by plane, train or automobile. Watch for 81 Duke Street details for your community’s clinic in a future mailing. Dryden, ON P8N 1G2 As you know we have seen unprecedented days in the House of Commons since I was Tel: (807) 223-8000 sworn in. It has indeed been an interesting time. Fax: (807) 223-8655 firstname.lastname@example.org During December and January I had the opportunity to spend time in this great riding of ours and I was able to visit with many Mayors, Councils, First Nations Leaders, Toll-Free (866) 710-0008 business people and constituents from all over. This allowed me to get to know first hand the concerns and suggestions, primarily in consultations surrounding the econ- Sioux Lookout/North Inquiries: omy and the 2009 Economic Action Plan, and I wish to thank those of you who took email@example.com the time to meet with me and write to me. I also had the privilege of travelling with MP, David Anderson, the Parliamentary Ottawa Office Secretary for the Minister of Natural Resources, to gain specific input for the budget from the resource-based industries in British Columbia and Northern Ontario. 601 Justice Building House of Commons Over the last few months, I have had the great honour of making several announce- Ottawa, Ontario ments on behalf of our Government that will be of great benefit to the constituents of K1A 0A6 this riding. Eighteen announcements in all totaled just under $20 million dollars of Federal Government funding. Several of these projects are a joint effort with both the Tel: (613) 996-1161 Province and Municipalities (see details inside for many of these). Fax: (613) 996-1759 rickfg@ parl.gc.ca I have also worked with Service Canada to improve access to Federal Government Services for isolated First Nation communities. * Mail can be sent to any office postage free. Exciting things are happening; our government will soon pass the Economic Action Plan. From there we get to work on specific details and action steps necessary to implement the programs introduced in this budget as quickly as possible. Working on issues of concern to the residents of the Kenora riding and taking action is an important responsibility of being in government. I am honoured to represent you, and I ask that you please continue to share your views with me so I can represent them in Ottawa. Please feel free to contact my offices using the information in the side bar. Greg being sworn in as a Member of the 40th Parliament of Canada. Winter 2009 Newsletter www.gregrickford.ca Greg Getting Things Done in NW Ontario Government of Canada Improves Winter Roads between Remote Ontario First Nations Thirty remote First Nation communities in northern Ontario will benefit from improved winter road networks, thanks to the Government of Canada. Greg Rickford, MP for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced $3.7 million to improve the road network. The winter road network, which spans 3,000 kilometers, is a vital transportation link to isolated communities. Harvey Yesno and Greg - Winter Roads Announcement in Sioux Lookout - January Government of Canada helps homeless people in Sioux Lookout Mr. Greg Rickford, MP for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is helping to renovate and purchase equipment for the Out of the Cold shelter in Sioux Lookout. “Our government is supporting many Canadians with housing needs and is fulfilling its com- mitment to help those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said Mr. Rickford. “We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions to local issues. By investing in this project, we are supporting community efforts to help those in need.” Terry Jewel, Joyce Timpson, Greg, Trish Hancharuk and Marjorie Legros - Sioux Lookout - January Minister of Industry Visits Kenora In January The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and the Minister responsible for FedNor was in Kenora to make FedNor announcements. These included funding for Sioux Lookout’s visitor enhancement initiative and the develop- ment of an industrial and commercial business park at the airport. Funding to support two Community Futures Development Corporations in our area including Patricia Area Community Endeavours (PACE) based in Dryden and Chukuni Communities Development Corporation based in Red Lake. Also, funding for the expansion of broadband services to 8 communities in the Kenora area and wages for a youth intern to work with the Kenora District Soil and Crop Improvement Minister of Industry Tony Clement in Kenora making Association based in of Dryden. FedNor announcements for the riding - January Dryden Mayor Anne Krassilowsky and Greg at FedNor Kenora Mayor Len Compton and Minister of Industry, announcements in Kenora - January Tony Clement in Kenora - January Rickford joins Provincial Colleagues to announce 5 Year Tourism Marketing Strategy for Northern Ontario The Federal Government, through FedNor, has been working with the Province of Ontario to support Northern Ontario's tourism industry. These efforts are in line with other initiatives we have taken to diversify the economy here to help Northern Ontario emerge from this downturn stronger than before. The successful partnership with the province - which is now in its fifth year - focuses on pro- viding training opportunities to Northern Ontarians in the tourism industry and developing marketing initiatives that promote tourism in our region. In addition to these training opportu- nities, we have initiated some unique marketing campaigns promoting Northern Ontario. These collaborative efforts are paying off. This strategy is designed to reach consumers Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP, Bill Mauro, through a coordinated voice. The main goal is to maximize the impact of our marketing by Ontario Minister of Tourism, Monique Smith and aligning our efforts with our stakeholders. This strategy will help regions across the North use Greg in Thunder Bay the right message to reach targeted markets. www.gregrickford.ca www.gregrickford.ca Rickford & Baird Working Together to Get Things Done in NW Ontario CREATING JOBS, BUILDING ONTARIO COMMUNITIES In these challenging economic times, the governments of Canada and Ontario are teaming up to help the province’s economy, create jobs and build a stronger, brighter future for Ontario communities. By making targeted investments in roads, bridges, waterways and community centres, the governments of Canada and Ontario are paving the way to help Ontario communities prosper. On February 13, 2009, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced over $1 Billion in joint funding exclusively for Ontario communities with populations of fewer than 100,000 resi- dents. Communities will be able to start spending this money right away. Quality infrastructure improves quality of life for Ontario families and fosters community pride. These investments will: improve our roads, help to ensure continued access to clean water and protect our environment by upgrading our sewage and wastewater systems, improve our commu- nity facilities, enhance our cultural institutions; and, enrich the lives of Ontario residents and Above: Minister of Transportation, John Baird visitors alike. and Greg finalizing details for Build Canada Projects. Below: Greg with the Prime Minister receiving confirmation of projects to be funded. An elated Rickford begins the day in Kenora with the first of several Build Canada Fund Infrastructure Announcements - a “lucky Friday the 13th” for our riding. The Governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to nearly $15 million for projects in the riding of Kenora alone. The municipalities will contribute the remaining third of the total eligible project costs. These projects include: Federal Share Waste Water Sewage Treatment Plant Renewal in Dryden $ 9,966,666 Airport Terminal Building Replacement in Balmertown 1,437,233 Waste Water – Seventh Avenue Critical Link Project in Sioux Lookout 1,235,322 Water Quality Enhancement Project in Kenora 1,000,000 Local road infrastructure projects in Kenora: McKenzie Portage, Ena Lake, Keewatin Surface Refurbishment 43,217 Nestor Falls Airstrip Resurfacing in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls 830,640 Cascade Road Bridge Renovation in Vermillion Bay 151,416 Redditt Waterline 127,710 Total Federal Share for the Riding of Kenora: $14,792,204 “I look forward to watching the progress of these projects, which will provide real results and lasting benefits for our community,” said an elated Rickford. “Together, we can ensure that Canada and Ontario emerge from this time of economic uncertainty sooner than others and stronger than ever.” Bill Preisentanz, Kenora CAO, Kenora Mayor Mike Louttit Dryden Director of Engineer- Mayor Kathy Poling and Greg at the Meno-Ya Len Compton, Greg, Chris Van Walleghem, ing and Public Works, Dryden Mayor Anne -Win Health Centre Site in Sioux Lookout an- Kenora Councillor, Dave McCann, Kenora Krassilowsky, Greg and Barry Hardy, nouncing funding for the Seventh Ave Critical Councillor Dryden Water Works Manager Link Waste Water Project Greg with Machin Councillor Linda Anderson Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Mayor Bill Greg, Phil Vinet, Mayor Red Lake, and several and Deputy Mayor Laurie Huffman. Thompson and Greg at Nestor Falls Airstrip Red Lake Councillors and airport staff. www.gregrickford.ca CONSTITUENCY SERVICES Our constituency offices in Kenora and Dryden can: Greg in the Community Provide information on government departments, agencies, initiatives and programs. Act as your liaison when dealing with the Federal Government. Assist with Employment Insurance, Passports, SIN Cards, Pensions, OAS, GIS, CCRA and the new Universal Child Care Benefit. Assist with your citizenship or immigration application and help determine its status. Provide small Canadian Flags and Pins for trips abroad. Len Marks presents Greg with a gift Dr. Roger Strasser of the Northern following his address at a Ontario School of Medicine with Greg at CELEBRATION GREETINGS Kenora Rotary Meeting in December the school’s Comprehensive Community Clerkship Our office would be happy to arrange for greetings from: HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN Birthday 100 years or more Anniversary 60 years or more *Copies of the birth or marriage certificate required. GOVERNOR-GENERAL Birthday 90 years or more (every 5 years) Anniversary 50 years or more (every 5 years) PRIME MINISTER Birthday 65th, 70th, 75 + years Rick Moore of the Lake of the Woods Mayor Anne Krassilowsky, Darleen Anniversary 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, Campus of Confederation College and Nordlund and Greg at CP Rail Holiday 45th, 50 + years Greg at a December Meeting Train event in Dryden Greg would be happy to send along greetings for any occasion and celebration you are having. VISITING OTTAWA If you are visiting Ottawa, our office would be happy to arrange for you to see Question Period and take a tour of Parliament. If you are planning a school trip to Ottawa this coming year, our office can assist you in booking tours, Question Period passes and lunch at the West Block cafeteria. Greg would be happy to meet with all individuals and groups coming from the Kenora riding to Ottawa. Greg with Kenora AAA Midget Thistles’ Greg and MP David Anderson, Parlia- Captain Mitch Chagnon - January Game mentary Secretary for the Minister of Please contact our Ottawa office at Natural Resources, conduct pre-budget (613) 996-1161. Forestry Roundtable Session CPC Team for the United Way Hockey Linda Anderson, Machin, Greg, Lionel Harry Kelly, Greg, George Kakeway and Challenge January 23, 2009 Cloutier, Ignace, Sue Williams, Sioux James Danielson (Greg is in the back row fourth from the left) Lookout and Bryan Brown, Machin Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Kenora District Municipal Resource Council Meeting Association Meeting in February www.gregrickford.ca www.gregrickford.ca
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