Thrilled to be part of  Riviera Barber Shop’s celebration

I hope everyone has been keeping warm over these cold months.  Spring is just around the corner and I want to update you all on some other wonderful news.

Community Coffee with Vijay

During March, I was thrilled to host two “Community Coffee with Vijay” days.  I really enjoyed having conversations with members of the community and learning about the great people we have from all walks of life.

50 Years in Business!

This year, Riviera Barber Shop celebrated a major milestone: Nick Palmieri has been cutting hair there since it opened a half century ago at Fanfare Ave. and Port Union Rd. I was thrilled to be part of this celebration. The warm welcome, friendly faces and fun conversations are only some examples of how this shop provides more than just a haircut. Our government has made a commitment to support and encourage local businesses and business owners. Small and medium businesses are the foundation of Ontario. I look forward to working with businesses throughout the riding to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed.

Health-care Modernization

When I talk to people in the riding, I often hear concerns about hallway health care, or wait times for long-term care and mental health services. The people of Ontario need a connected and sustainable public health-care system that will ensure they get the high-quality care they need and deserve in the years ahead. Our government recently put forward a plan that will break down barriers to better patient care and build a renewed, connected and sustainable health-care system that will reduce wait times by focusing resources on patient needs.

Keeping Ontario Clean

Ontario’s government is working to keep our province clean for generations to come by taking steps to reduce litter and waste in our communities, increase and improve household recycling and keep the province clean and beautiful. The province is inviting public feedback on proposals to achieve these goals. A discussion paper has been posted on the Environment Registry for a 45-day period. Please go to to have your say!

Other Highlights from March

Since 2010, the SAAAC Autism Centre has been hosting a fundraising gala to help individuals with autism and their families get the help they need. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s gala and was truly amazed to see the support that this close-knit community has.

Also this past month, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) launched their Crime Prevention Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness of what individuals can do to help build safer communities across Ontario.

On a more fun note, our government has some exciting news: kids 12 and under can now ride GO Transit for free!

I look forward to working with you during the coming year. My staff and I can be contacted at 416-283-8448 or The constituency office is located at 105 – 8130 Sheppard Ave. East.