Take a moment to reflect on those who fought and died

I hope you and your families are doing well as we enjoy this wonderful autumn season! I have enjoyed spending time within the community, meeting you all and discussing important issues.

Honouring our Veterans

Every year at this time, we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of great Canadians who fought and died to preserve freedom here at home and abroad. Remembrance Day gives us the opportunity to honour the bravery and commitment of the young Canadians who laid down their lives in a foreign land.

Canada’s dedication in the First and Second World Wars solidified our role as a welcoming beacon of virtue and prosperity. Brave men and women in uniform have continued that tradition, offering aid to the cause of freedom around the world. We are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice.

I also want to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 for always leading a successful Poppy campaign within our community to ensure that we never forget the sacrifice made for all Canadians. Branch 258 has served as a home for veterans and their families for generations, and I am excited to see what is next for them as they welcome members to their new location at 305 Morrish Road. I look forward to continuing to work with them as we best serve and honour veterans within our community.

Friends of Rouge Watershed receives Great Lakes Fund

It is my pleasure to announce that the Ontario government is awarding $40,000 to the Friends of the Rouge Watershed as the recipient of the Great Lakes Local Fund. I am so proud of the amazing work they are doing to engage the community and youth to improve the health of the Rouge Valley and the shores of Lake Ontario. We are absolutely committed to working together and protecting the natural environment that is crucial to the Scarborough-Rouge Park community.

Expanding Energy Capacity

The Ontario government is committed to providing reliable and affordable electricity to support economic growth and electrification while keeping costs down for businesses and families. That is why the government is expanding nuclear capacity across the province. Nuclear energy is a safe, reliable, cost-effective and emissions-free method of providing for Ontario’s energy needs.

These actions include:

● Announcing Canada’s first grid-scale Small Modular Reactor

● Continuing operation of Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

● $342 million expansion of energy efficiency programs

● Re-contracting clean generation at biomass facilities and hydroelectric generations

● Launching competitive procurement processes

Ontario’s electricity system will continue to be one of the cleanest in the world, while also providing the reliable and affordable electricity necessary to attract new investments and continue our economic growth.

Outdoor Pumpkin Parade

Every year, families come together at the Port Union Community Centre for the annual outdoor Pumpkin Parade. This provides a great opportunity for the kids to show off their creative pumpkin designs and costumes.

I want to thank the Centennial Community Recreation Association, West Rouge Sports and Recreation Association, West Rouge Community Association as well as the Highland Creek Community Association for putting on this amazing event and engaging the residents of Scarborough-Rouge Park.

I look forward to continuing this work and meeting with you in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office at 8130 Sheppard Ave. East Unit 105, by email at vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org, or give us a call at 416-283-8448.