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Shining a light on Human Trafficking in Ontario

#SavingTheGirlNextDoor On Monday, July 11th MPP Laurie Scott from the Riding of Halliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock came to Belleville to meet with Chief Cory MacKay, deputy Chief Ron Gignac and Kim Charlebois, executive director of the Sexual Assault Centre in Quinte and District.  MPP Smith hosted the round table and met with members of the media afterward to shed light on what is happening in our very own backyards.  Scott's Bill 158 - Saving The Girl Next Door does four things  1. It allows parents, child protection services and police to use a protection warrant to keep traffickers away from their victims.2. It also allows for victims to sue traffickers through civil court to get retribution, rather than go through criminal court, which is much more difficult.3. Creates a national trafficking awareness day.4. It is asking to update the sexual offender registry to include offences for human trafficking. The bill has passed second reading at Queen's Park but still has to be called to committee.  Read more about the meeting HERE 

Pop Up Bookshop In Belleville

Congratulations to Taylor Bell on Opening The Pop Up Book Shop in Century Place, Downtown Belleville.  Taylor opened her store with the help of the Summer Company Program, which is run through the Small Business Centre with funding from the Provincial Government.   Continue reading

Letter to the Minister of Education About Demonstration Schools

June 27th, 2016   Hon. Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Mowat Block 22nd Flr 900 Bay St Toronto ON M7A1L2     Dear Minister,               I’m writing you today to follow up on an issue that I, and many people in my riding and across Ontario, raised with your predecessor. Demonstration schools in Ontario provide an invaluable service to their students, to the families who turn them into a province-wide community and to the workers who are helping change lives every time they show up to work. Continue reading

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. http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/…/c…/honours/vsa_list.shtml Continue reading


(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.  Continue reading

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

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.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading