Hitting the ground running in January

I hope everyone had a fun, relaxing and restful break during the holidays.  I’m pleased to have hit the ground running in January after a wonderful festive season with my family. January was packed with plenty of events and some exciting announcements. Here are a few highlights.

Rouge Hill GO Express Times Added

Starting on January 13, four peak-period express GO trains were added giving constituents more choice with their daily commutes. Two express times are in the morning leaving Rouge Hill at 6:28 a.m. and 8:58 a.m. and arriving at Union Station at 6:55 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. Two evening return trips leave Union Station at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and arrive at Rouge Hill at 5:28 p.m. and 6:25 p.m. This is just the first step towards two-way, all-day GO train service, part of our government’s commitment to get Ontario moving.

Investing in Scarborough Hospitals

As part of our government’s promise to end hallway health care and improve patient care, I had the opportunity to announce a $5.9M investment in the Scarborough Health Network, at the Centenary site. This will help the network continue to serve the people of Scarborough and provide the excellent care they deserve. The funding will go for repairs and maintenance of the facilities in order to bring them up-to-date. 

Seniors Active Living Announcement

One of the highlights of January was an announcement I held at the Malvern Family Resource Centre regarding our government’s investment of $14.1 million in more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centres throughout Ontario. This will benefit seniors and help them maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. The government remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families, and I will always fight for that!

Port Union Winterfest

I also had the pleasure of once again partaking in the Port Union Winterfest with our hot chocolate and information booth. It was a great opportunity to meet friends and neighbours in an atmosphere of caring and community.

OTF Seed Grant Recognition

I am proud to have the largest national urban park in Canada in my riding, the Rouge National Urban Park. I value the conservation and preservation of our nature and biodiversity at the park and want to encourage and promote this work. I’ve had the privilege of participating in a nature hike with Friends of the Rouge Watershed and students in their apprenticeship program. Friends of the Rouge are pillars in our community working to protect, restore and educate the public about the park. I am ecstatic that they received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to continue the great work they do.

I am looking forward to the rest of the winter and the many things our government is working on to make living more affordable and life more prosperous for our community and for Ontario. Since the election in 2018, employment in the province has increased by 296,700 jobs and we have just begun!

My staff and I can be contacted at 416-283-8448 or vijay.thanigasalamco@pc.ola.org. Our Constituency Office is at 8130 Sheppard Ave. East, unit 105. Please call ahead to set up an appointment. I look forward to meeting you.