April 18th, 2017
Hon. Glen Murray
Minister of Environment & Climate Change
Ferguson Block 11th Flr,
77 Wellesley St W,
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5
On multiple occasions in the House, you have answered questions regarding the actions of the mega multinational energy corporation WPD and its attempt to construct energy installations in both my riding and that of my colleague, the Member from Simcoe-Grey. During those interactions, you have emphatically stated your intent to ensure the integrity of a process as well as your concerns about actions which could undermine it.Read more
Belleville! Be sure to tune into TV Cogeco for a new episode of Straight Talk with MPP Todd Smith! This month's episode has Jill Raycroft, the new CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stop by the Lyons Club of Belleville for an incredible announcement.
For over 20 years, Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward - Hastings has been building homes for families in need. Yesterday, they were able to announce that they are going to be building TWO homes with the help of the Lions Club of Belleville.
The Lions Club donated $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity, as well as providing volunteers to help with the build. This is an amazing partnership and congratulations to Bob Clute and his team for all of their hard work.
Yesterday my friend and colleague, Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes - Brock spoke to a crowd in Belleville, filled with social workers, hospitality staff, law enforcement, and many other groups to discuss Human Trafficking and her Bill "Saving the Girl Next Door"
Congratulations to all who made yesterdays event such a success.
February 1, 2017
Hon. Mitzie Hunter
Minister of Education
Mowat Block 22nd Flr,
900 Bay St,
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
School Closures in Prince Edward County
Dear Minister Hunter,
I am writing to invite you to meet with Constituents and Municipal Leaders in my area to discuss the Accommodation Review Committee process which is currently underway. I know you had the opportunity, at the ROMA conference to hear from municipal leaders and staff to discuss the potential negative impact the changes will have on their small towns.Read more
Literacy Day at St. Gregory Catholic Elementary School
Today, across Ontario, students were celebrating Literacy Day! I was lucky enough to spend the morning with students at St. Gregory Catholic Elementary School in Prince Edward County.
I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Paperbag Princess by Canadian Author Robert Munsch, to a group of Kindergarten students!
Central Hastings News
Queen’s Park - This year’s report by the province’s Auditor General revealed a number of areas where the government’s ability to deliver basic services had totally broken down, according to Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith.
“Over 14 years, we’ve spent eight billion trying to develop electronic health records,” he stated.
“So, in the time that Apple has used to develop eight iPhones, a dozen iPods and the cloud, Ontario has been unable to electronically get your health records from Belleville to Kingston. Nowhere else could you fail so spectacularly and still have your job.”
The delay in developing the province’s health records is only one among a number of healthcare service delivery problems outlined in the report. More problems included 47 per cent of patients who needed emergency surgery having to wait ten hours or more for an operating room; 10 per cent of Ontario patients in emergency rooms faced waiting times of 23 hours or more and only a third of neurosurgeries were being completed within the recommended four-week timeline.
“How many times have we seen Quinte Healthcare forced to cut back on staff? How many times have we had to sacrifice services or beds at Trenton or Picton?” Smith continued.
“We’re spending money on things that never produce results like eHealth, meanwhile one in ten people with emergencies are sitting in the ER for 23 hours. This is a complete failure on the part of this government to run a healthcare system.”
The Auditor’s report catalogued other issues with government services including road and bridge construction.
“We’ve spent 23 million to repair three year-old roads that were supposed to last fifteen, often instead of using the contractor’s warranty to get them to do the job right. We just pay them again.” Smith concluded.
“This government is now failing at the most basic things that Ontarians expect us to get right.”
Todd's daughter Reagan has spent the last couple weeks as a Legislative Page at Queen's Park. The program is open to all grade 7 and 8 students in Ontario. For more information on this great opportunity check out the link....