Minutes of 16 October 2006
Fallingbrook Community Association
Minutes of the Executive Meeting
16 October 2006
Ray Friel Centre
Zybina Richards, David Villeneuve, Marc Cappelli, Don Pottier, George Blake, Eric Tousignant, Ken Marentette (Serco), Brenda Spearman, Dawn Stroz (for Phil McNeely MPP), Nick O'Connell, Royal Galipeau MP
Regrets: Paul Pelletier
Previous Minutes (David Villeneuve)
Treasurer's Report (Don Pottier)
Dawn Stroz (representing Phil McNeely MPP)
QUEENS PARK REPORT
Fallingbrook Community Association Meeting
Monday, October 16, 2006
What’s new in the Legislature?
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario resumed for the Fall, 2006 session on September 25th, 2006. Over the past few weeks, we have debated several Private Members’ Bills as well as a couple of Government Bills over a short period of time. Here are a few highlights:
1) Bill 138 – Climate Change Awareness Day Act, 2006
Ø On September 25th, I introduced my Private Member’s Bill in the Legislature
Ø The Bill went to second reading and was carried with unanimous consent – it was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government and I hope that it will return to the Legislature to be carried on to third reading and become law
Ø The bill will make April 21st, the day after Earth Day, Climate Change Awareness Day
Ø Please see copies of Bill 139
2) Bill 124 – Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006
Ø On June 8th, Hon. Mike Colle, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, introduced this legislation
Ø The Bill was debated in the Legislature on October 3rd and 10th
Ø If passed, this bill would break down barriers so that more internationally trained professionals can work in their field
Ø The proposed legislation, the first of its kind in Canada, would require Ontario’s 34 regulated professions to ensure their licensing process is fair, clear and open
Ø They would also be required to assess credentials more quickly
Ø The proposed legislation also includes:
ü A Fair Registration Practices Commissioner who would assess the registration practices of regulated professions and monitor the regulatory bodies’ compliance with the legislation
ü A new Access Centre for Internationally Trained Individuals, to help those trained outside Ontario get the information and referrals they need to work in their profession. It would also serve as a center for excellence on internships and mentorships for educational institutions, employers, and community agencies
3) An Act to Amend the Highway Traffic Act with Respect to Seatbelts
Ø Today in the Legislature, Hon. Donna Cansfield, Minister of Transportation, introduced legislation that will require that the number of people in a vehicle is limited to the number of seatbelts that vehicle provides
Ø In 1976, Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to make wearing seatbelts mandatory. Since then the number of people killed in road collisions has steadily declined. This legislation will save even more lives
Ø For every one per cent increase in seatbelt usage, five lives are saved
Ø Minister Cansfield urges all members of the legislature to join the government in passing this life-saving legislation and encouraging everyone in Ontario to wear a seatbelt
What’s new in Orléans?
Grant Applications Made Easy!
Ø The Ontario Trillium Foundation is offering Community Organizations a simplified application process for Small Capital Grants.
Ø Applicants seeking up to a maximum of $15,000 in capital funding can use a shorter application form with fewer required attachments.
Ø For more information, visit the OTF website at www.trilliumfoundation.org.
Champlain Local Health Integration Network Community Forum
Ø There will be a Community Forum on Thursday, October 19th from 7-9pm at l’École secondaire catholique Garneau, 6588 Rue Carrière to discuss the Integrated Health Service Plan
Ø The meeting is for interested consumers, citizens and health care providers
Ø Should you wish to participate, or to receive a copy of the plan, please call 613-747-6784 x 2017.
Transportation Projects in Eastern Ontario
Ø There will be an open house held on Wednesday, October 18th at 5pm at the Jim Durrell Arena on Walkley Road to discuss the Innes-Walkley-Hunt Club Environmental Assessment
Ø All are welcome to attend
Newsletter (Don Pottier)
Councillors Debate (Zybina)
Ray Friel Center (Ken Marentette, Serco)
Royal Galipeau MP
Santa's Parade of Lights
Web Site (David)
Meeting adjourned at 9:40 pm.
Minutes recorded by David Villeneuve.
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