GREG RICKFORD, M.P.
“A Strong Voice”
I am truly honoured to have been elected as your Member of Parliament and I am very
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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
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:
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.
Our constituency offices in Kenora and Dryden
Greg in the Community
Provide information on government
departments, agencies, initiatives and
Act as your liaison when dealing with the
Assist with Employment Insurance,
Passports, SIN Cards, Pensions, OAS, GIS,
CCRA and the new Universal Child Care
Assist with your citizenship or immigration
application and help determine its status.
Provide small Canadian Flags and Pins for
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
Our office would be happy to arrange for
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
Birthday 100 years or more
Anniversary 60 years or more
*Copies of the birth or marriage certificate
Birthday 90 years or more
(every 5 years)
Anniversary 50 years or more
(every 5 years)
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
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