GUEST SPEAKER:   Jennifer French, MPP Oshawa

Introduction:

Jennifer French was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Oshawa in June 2014.As a dedicated educator, Jennifer has over ten years’ experience teaching in Ontario and abroad and is invested in community theatre and the arts in Oshawa. Re-elected in 2018. Member of the loyal opposition. Third Deputy of the Committee of the Whole, Critic for infrastructure and also for transportation and highways.

Jennifer also has a committed record fighting for workers’ rights. Jennifer works hard to ensure that people have access to good jobs, a strong publicly-funded education system, and a voice in their community. She is a strong advocate for the people of Oshawa and is committed to bringing meaningful change to her community. 

Jennifer is a strong supporter of our Rotary Cub of Oshawa-Parkwood. She has taken a personal interest in the Kids Safety Village and she was there at the sod turning ceremony of the renovation and expansion project. She is also a strong supporter of our Reverse Draw and Silent Auction with door prizes every year.

During the week of October 24, World Polio Day, last year, Jennifer rose in the Ontario legislature and congratulated our two Rotary Clubs here in Oshawa and Rotary clubs throughout Ontario, Canada,  and  world wide, on our efforts to end polio. This year and last year, she will be welcoming everyone to the Global Classroom at Durham College as we livestream World Polio Day in Durham Region 2020.

And who can forget the Leading Girls, Leading Women , Building Communities Awards that Jennifer presented, on behalf of the Province of Ontario, to Carolina Rodriguez , the Past President of the Rotaract Club of Durham College – UOIT , AND to our very own Rotary Club member Kim Boatman.

We thank you, Jennifer, for your service to our community and to our Rotary club.

 

Here is a summary of Jennifer’s talking points:

State of the World

  • Introduction – what I’ve been doing – what my office has been doing to help and serve – constituent mtgs, organizations – reached out early on and consistently keeping tabs -

  • Global needs – Thank you Rotary (polio and global calls for help)

  • Community highlights & challenges

Queen’s Park

  • Unusual – voting changes, 2 days a week, 3 days a week – no PMB (Thursdays) – served a few days as Speaker

  • Bill 175 – Home Care and changes that open the door to privatization – nurses

  • Bill 195 – end the State of Emergency, but keep the orders (2 years)

  • Bill 197 – changes to environmental assessment

  • Bill 184 – evictions process – changes

  • Petition to make N95 masks –

  • Petition for pandemic pay,

  • End of session - abrupt

  • Summer priorities

Committee – Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs: Study of the recommendations relating to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on certain sectors of the economy (Tourism, Hospitality, Culture, Construction, Infrastructure, Small and Medium Enterprises)

  • Cultural needs – festivals, gig creators,

  • Broadband

  • Certainty and predictability

  • Immediate relief, creative solutions or interventions, transitioning to the future.

Local priorities and challenges

  • Helping organizations (Caremongers, Backdoor Mission & Mission United, Feed the Need)

  • Challenges (housing, anti-Racism/ oppression work)

  • PPE – N95 masks (GM)

  • Bill 43 –Get rid of tolls form 412 and 418

  • Bowmanville Extension – GO

  • Downtown – business community – creative solutions – pilot projects -

Big issues

  • Recovery and economic

  • Youth & marginalized, racialized communities – getting into the trades and construction

  • Childcare

  • Education

Incoming President David Penney thanked Jennifer.

 

Thank you to our MPP For Oshawa, Jennifer French for her annual address to our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood. This year, we are on Zoom and both Jennifer and our Rotary Club are looking at even more ways to help our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you Jennifer.

Meeting adjourned by Pres. Sue at 8:00 pm

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