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MPP Smith Celebrates First Responders Day

For Immediate Release
May 1st 2015

May 1st is “First Responders Day” in Ontario.

 Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith celebrated the day honouring Police, Firefighters and Paramedics. Prizes were awarded to local school children who participated in a coloring and essay contest coordinated by his office and sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

 Smith was joined by Doug DeRabbie of IBC and local police officers, Acting Inspector Chris Barry of Belleville Police Service and Constable Yvonne Steele of Quinte West OPP, as he visited three local schools to announce the winners.

 The winners of the colouring contest were Daniel Power (Grade-2) and Miah Hubble (Grade-3) of Sir John A MacDonald Public School in Belleville, who each won $50 gift cards, donated by IBC.  The winners of the essay contests were Matthew Beal (Grade-6) of George Vanier School in Belleville and Julianne Wade (Grade-7) of St. Paul’s Secondary School in Trenton, who won iPad minis, which were also donated by IBC.



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Health Chart for the Sick Man of Confederation

Today, the Ontario budget came down with little fanfare. Let's face it, if you read the news at any point over the last three weeks, you knew what was going to be in it. You knew that there was going to be news about Hydro One and beer sales. You knew that the deficit was going up to 10.9 billion this year from 10.5 billion last year. 

Debt and deficit numbers are sometimes a little abstract. But if you want to know why they matter, this year's budget finally unmasked the ugly truth. If you want to know why nurses are being fired across Ontario, this budget paints a pretty good picture as to why....

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Question About Ending Ministry Support for Ostrander Point Appeals

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Letter to Minister Murray about Ostrander Point

April 20, 2015


Hon. Glen Murray

Ferguson Block

11th Floor

77 Wellesley St W

Toronto ON M7A2T5



Dear Minister,



                I am writing you today in the wake of the Ontario Court of Appeals ruling as it pertains to the case of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists and Ostrander Point GP Inc. Today, the Court of Appeals upheld the original decision by the Environmental Review Tribunal to deny approval to the project proposed by Ostrander Point GP Inc. In doing so, the Court held that the tribunal was right in its assessment that the project will cause serious and irreversible harm to the environment along the South shore of Prince Edward County :

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First Responders

BELLEVILLE, ON – May 1st is recognized in the Province of Ontario as First Responders Day. In the days leading up to this special day, the Office of Todd Smith, Prince Edward-Hastings MPP will be hosting a First Responders Day Writing Contest for elementary and high school students in the riding.

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Todd Comemorates Vimy Ridge

Brigadier-General Alexander Ross famously said that when he looked out across the battlefield at Vimy Ridge, he saw “Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade.” He felt that he was witnessing “the birth of a nation.”

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Monday April 13th, 2015


(QUEEN’S PARK)  - Today, the Liberal government signed a ‘cap and trade’ accord with the province of Quebec. The move, which places a tax on carbon, will likely mean higher gas prices and electricity rates in the near future.  

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Insurance Bureau Donates to Local Disaster Relief Programs

For Immediate Release

April 7, 2015


Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward - Hastings, joined the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), in the presentation of cheques to support local flood relief efforts for flood victims in both Centre Hastings and the City of Belleville.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada presented the Centre Hastings Flood Relief Effort with a $2,500 donation and the Belleville Flood Relief Effort with a $5,000 donation.

Foxboro, Madoc and Tweed were the hardest hit jurisdictions, faced with impassable roads and breached basements, wells and septic systems. 

The Ontario government announced last July it was ready to dispense up to $300,000 to support flood recovery efforts for affected residents, through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP).

For every dollar raised by local flood relief committees the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program will provide two dollars
in Provincial funding to make repairs and replace property such as basic furnishings, appliances and clothing.

“Thank you to the Insurance Bureau of Canada for helping to kick start these fundraising campaigns. I would also like to thank the volunteers, who are working so hard to ensure that these communities get the disaster relief they need.” - Todd Smith, MPP Prince Edward – Hastings

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Todd Slams Nursing Cuts at QHC Hospitals

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