May Blog & Newsletter

Dear neighbours,

May has been busy for me both at Queen's Park and at home. Be sure to visit the photo section on my website, or visit my page on Facebook, to see pictures from all the happenings and to keep updated on upcoming events.

In Ontario, May is Jewish Heritage Month. To view my video, click here.

Community Events:

Schools are truly the building blocks of our community, and I was happy to have been given the opportunity to attend the official opening of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Elementary School on May 9th.

On Thursday, May 16th, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Vaughan to announce the approval of the extension of Highway 427 to Major Mackenzie Drive. This 6.6 kilometre extension has been an extremely important objective for our community.  A project of this size will ensure the continued growth of business in Vaughan and is certain to bring thousands of jobs to Vaughan. 
I was also pleased to attend the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Dinner on the 16th at the Venetian Banquet and Hospitality Centre. The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce created this event over twenty years ago to celebrate and recognize business excellence in the community of Vaughan. I enjoyed attending this dinner and getting the opportunity to speak with all of the nominees. 
On May 17th, I was happy to join with the federal and municipal levels of government to announce the official opening of 84 affordable housing rental units for low-income seniors at the Mapleglen Residences. This project has been made possible by more than $5.8 million in funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, and will improve access to housing that is both affordable, and secure, for Ontario's seniors. 

I also attended the 2013 Vaughan Chocolate Ball. This annual event brings together chocolate lovers from all over our community to experience a unique tasting experience. I want to thank Elvira Caria and all the folks at Plan B Promotions for arranging such a successful event.
In and Around Queen's Park:

On May 2nd, Finance Minister Charles Sousa released our government's 2013 Budget, which sets out to create a prosperous and fair Ontario. The NDP have pledged their support to passing the budget.

I was excited to introduce two Private Member's Bills in the House this month. The first, entitled the Prompt Payment Act, 2013 passed second reading debate with all-party support. It will now go to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills where the public will provide valuable input and insight into the bill. The second bill, entitled Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumptions for Firefighters), 2013 would amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to include presumption for six additional occupational diseases including as testicular cancer, breast cancer, multiple myeloma, skin cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer, if diagnosed on or after January 1, 1980.

Until next time...

I want to send my most sincere thanks and congratulations to all those celebrating Italian Heritage Month in Ontario this June. Events such as these provide all of us with the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important role the Italian-Canadian community has played in Ontario. Vaughan has the highest concentration of Italians in the country, and our community has been well served by their positive contributions.

All the best,

Steven Del Duca, MPP

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