Ontario Volunteer Service Awards Belleville

What a night at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in Belleville! We are incredibly lucky to have so many amazing volunteers in Prince Edward- Hastings! On Tuesday June 21st, 2016 over 130 volunteers were recognized with a combined total of over 1638 years of volunteering!
Find a complete list of our local volunteers at the link below. Search "Belleville" for last nights recipients.

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Spring Bear Hunt Mishandled by MNR

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STATEMENT ON THE OSTRANDER ERT DECISION

(QUEEN’S PARK) – This morning’s decision by the Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval granted to Ostrander Point project is a victory for Prince Edward County. The Tribunal, in its fifty page decision went to great lengths to demonstrate that the level of harm caused by the project is so great that the only reasonable course of action is revoking the Renewable Energy Approval for the project. 

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Prince Edward-Hastings Day!

On Monday, April 11th, I hosted my first ever Prince Edward - Hastings Day at Queen's Park.  Prince Edward - Hastings day was a chance for businesses and organizations from the area to display what they have to offer to MPP's and staff at Queen's Park.   

The day started with two of our local morning shows broadcasting live from the 4th floor of Queen's Park.  Mark and Ingrid from 95.5 Hits FM began their show at 6 am hosting guests like Steve Paikin ' The Agenda' on TVO.

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Ingrid Moore, Patrick Brown, Todd Smith, Mark Philbin

At 9AM Lorne Brooker began his 2 hour talk radio show interviewing guests from Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown, and Leader of the third party Andrea Horwath to Anchor of Global News Hour and Queen's Park Bureau Chief Alan Carter. 

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Lorne Brooker with Andrea Horwath and Todd Smith

 

After the morning radio shows, we were joined by members of the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce who took a tour of Queen's Park and were able to sit in on Monday's Question Period. 

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Members of the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce

Throughout the day, Todd was able to film segments for this months episode of ' Straight Talk with MPP Todd Smith ' for TV Cogeco including interviews from several of the organizations who were visiting Queen's Park that day.

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From 5pm until 7pm MPP's and Staff were able to go through our Prince Edward - Hastings reception room to see and taste all the riding has to offer.  We were joined by 16 businesses and organizations which provided samples of some of our favourite local products including Donini Chocolate, Hawkins Cheezies, Wapoos Cider, Barley Days Brewery,  and Norman Hardie, Rose Hall Run, The Grange and Huff Estate Wines.  Other exhibits included Loyalist College, Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Bancroft Chamber of Commerce, History Lives Here, and the Tweed Elvis Festival. 

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Thank You to everyone who took part in the day, and we hope to see even more of our local businesses there next year!

 

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Advocating for Sagonaska Demonstration School at Queen's Park

(QUEEN’S PARK) – The government’s announcement on Wednesday that it will be accepting enrolments for Demonstration Schools in 2016-17 is a good first step, but it doesn’t go far enough according to Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith. 

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Letter to the Environmental Commissioner about WPD

 

 

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ERT Letter to Minister Mauro about WPD

February 29, 2016

 

Hon. Bill Mauro

Whitney Block

6th Flr Rm 6630

99 Wellesley St W

Toronto ON M7A1W3

 

 

Dear Minister,

 

 

            On Friday, the Environmental Review Tribunal ruled against WPD and the 29 turbine project that had been planned for the South Shore of Prince Edward County. Since the beginning, community groups in the County have persistently argued that the ecology of the County’s South shore make it an inappropriate location for this kind of industrial development.

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Tribute to Hugh O'Neil

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Speech About the Use of Omnibus Bills

Mr. Todd Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for recognizing me this morning. It’s a pleasure to rise today and speak to Bill 144, but only because it’s always an honour to rise in the House and speak. It’s not a pleasure to address this bill because this bill shouldn’t even exist.

 

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Thunderstruck! How the Liberal Government is Driving Up Your Hydro Bill

In the four-plus years I've served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, there's no doubt that Hydro rates is the issue that I deal with most frequently. If you add in issues that are related to electricity rates, like the proposed wind turbine development on the South Shore of Prince Edward County or the privatization of Hydro One, then energy easily occupies three of the top four issues I've dealt with.

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