I hope that everyone has had a wonderful time with their family throughout these summer months. Whether you have went away for vacation, or have stayed to enjoy what Simcoe North has to offer, myself and Heather hope that you have had a productive and fulfilling time this summer. It is also a special time in the riding as we welcome all of the tourists and cottagers to the area that we are fortunate to enjoy all year long!
Over the summer months, I have had a very busy time participating in the many events which go on. I am always amazed with the activities that are made possible through community involvement from everybody in Simcoe North, and everyone should be congratulated for their efforts.
It was a true pleasure to attend the Georgian Bay Métis Council celebrations in Penetanguishene along with Tay Township Mayor Scott Warnock, Tiny Township Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, new Members of Provincial Parliament, Jill Dunlop (Simcoe North) and Doug Downey (Barrie--Springwater--Oro-Medonte), and our good friend David Dusome. We were able to learn more about and participate in Métis culture, and it great experience overall.
Additionally, I got to spend my Canada Day in all areas of the riding. The parades and events put on around the riding were a fantastic way to celebrate our country’s 151st Birthday!
Other exciting events, fundraisers, and festivals in our riding throughout July included the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, where I was joined by Orillia Mayor Steve Clark and MPP Dunlop.
Heather and I had a wonderful time at the Summer BBQ hosted by the Conservative Associations of Simcoe North. It is a great event open to all residents to join in the fun. MPP Jill Dunlop and I had the opportunity to say hello to hundreds of our friends and supporters. Thanks to the many volunteers that made it all happen and to Shaw's Catering for the delicious fare!
One of the biggest attractions in Simcoe North is the annual Scottish Festival in Orillia. It attracts thousands of visitors and Pipe & Drum bands from all across the country. We had a perfect day for the parade and opening ceremonies in which Heather and I participated.
Parliament Hill has not been very busy because of the adjournment of the House of Commons for the summer. I am looking forward however to meeting with all of our local mayors, councillors, and government officials at the end of August, when they come to the capital to attend the Association of Municipalities Ontario conference. It is always a pleasure to welcome them to the capital, where they share new and innovative techniques on how to best run municipal governments in order to serve their constituents. I look forward to seeing everyone in the riding this summer as I attend more events through the coming weeks!
Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North.
This year is the Canada-China year of tourism!
Here in Simcoe North... we welcome and host a plethora of Chinese visitors each year. Whether they are having fun Casino Rama, enjoying our lakes and streams, learning about our area in the various museums and historical sights, strolling through our towns, or participating in outdoor activities at one of our parks, Simcoe North is sure to delight many international visitors. One of the main goals of the Canada-China Year of Tourism is to help Canadian businesses be better prepared and equipped to attract and welcome tourists from China, not only in 2018 but also beyond. China is Canada's third-largest tourism source, and Chinese nationals are the biggest spenders in the international tourism market. Canada-China Year of Tourism (Continued)
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Cannabis in Canada:
What you need to know.
In June, the Liberal government legalized recreational marijuana...
In June, the Liberal government legalized recreational marijuana, meaning that after October 17, 2018, it will be legal to possess and smoke recreational cannabis. It is important to know that cannabis is still illegal until October 17, 2018. It remains illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes. Cannabis for medical purposes is legal if you are authorized by a health professional and registered with a licensed producer or Health Canada. After legalization, accessing marijuana for medical purposes will still remain legal
Under the new Cannabis Act, individuals will still be able to:
purchase cannabis directly from a federally licensed producer
register to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes
designate someone to produce it for them
Road Side Drug Testing
Law enforcement in Canada is being trained to detect drug-impaired driving. They are doing so using the following techniques:
• Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
typically administered at the roadside
• Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation
includes a series of tests and a
toxicological sample(urine and oral fluid or
blood) Impaired driving is the leading
cause of criminal death and in Canada.
Cannabis impairs your ability to drive, make sound judgement, react to driving conditions and occurrences, and increases your chances of being in a crash. Mixing cannabis with alcohol increases your impairment even further, and leads to a greater risk of an accident. If you decide to use cannabis, do not drive. There are other options available to you, like taking a taxi, using public transit, or having a designated driver that ensure that you and others on the road are not put at risk. Cannabis in Canada: What you need to know. (Continued) Click to read more
Government Consultations on Digital Technology and Data Transformation
As many have experienced...our digital technology is changing and evolving almost constantly. These changes have resulted in an economy that has become data-driven, leading to new opportunities for it to grow. Almost simultaneously, digital transformation has brought new and unique challenges surrounding the changing nature of work, privacy, information, and consent.
Digital innovation is essential to growing our economy, attracting investment and creating well-paying jobs for Canadians, but the challenges around the potential of a data-driven economy must be balanced against Canadians’ right to have their data and privacy protected.
Because of this, the Government of Canada has launched a national consultation on digital and data transformation, in order to better understand how Canada can encourage innovation, prepare Canadians for the future of work, and make sure that they have trust and confidence in the privacy of their data.
Roundtable discussions across Canada with business, academia, civil society and others will occur throughout the summer months, in consultation with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
On July 5th...the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Task Force Mali departed Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton as part of the Trudeau Government’s commitment to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MUNISMA).
Canada’s contribution to the MUNISMA is an air task force (ATF) of two CH-147F Chinook and four CH-146 Griffon helicopters, as well as spares for maintenance capacity. Up to 250 personnel will be part of the ATF and up to 10 personnel will be deployed as staff officers at MINUSMA headquarters. The ATF component of the mission is slated to run for 12 months. In addition, Canada has authorized the deployment of up to 20 civilian police.
This military operation, called Operation PRESENCE - Mali, is in direct response to a UN request and will complement ongoing Canadian efforts to support the development and implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Operation PRESENCE - Mali will provide MINUSMA with essential aeromedical evacuation and logistical capabilities that build on and reinforce Canadian investments in UN stabilization, peacebuilding and training. Operations in Mali (Continued) Click for more