As Ontario works to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to close my Bay of Quinte constituency office in Rossmore to walk-in visitors. Our Quinte West satellite office is also closed. This decision was not taken lightly, but it was done to protect the safety of both the public and my staff team.
Staff will still be available to serve via telephone or email during the regular working hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Should you require document commissioning and you have not been advised to self-isolate, please call for an appointment. We will work to fulfill your request while adhering to necessary hygienic precautions.
Constituents seeking information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) are asked to visit www.ontario.ca/coronavirus. The page will be updated at least twice daily with information about protecting yourself, cases under investigation, symptoms and assessment, and the ways Ontario is responding to the pandemic. The page also has links to the federal government's travel advisory information, public health agencies and the World Health Organization.
Our government will be providing $14 million toward the build of a new satellite office of the Belleville & Quinte West Community Health Centre in Trenton, adjacent to Trenton Memorial Hospital. Construction is beginning and completion of the new build is targeted for Summer 2021. This site will provide a wide range of health services in a convenient location under one roof. Joining me at the announcement are BQWCHC executive director Sheila Braidek, Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison, and BQWCHC treasurer Wendy Osborne.
This is an artist's rendition of the new BQWCHC building.
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Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano joined Loyalist College President Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan and I at the official opening of the third floor of the Northumberland Wing Tuesday. The wing features state-of-the-art technology and integrated practical learning simulation spaces for students in health, social development, and public safety programs. The Province directly contributed $800,000 toward the renovation costs.
During the opening event, Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp, Romano, and I joined with other dignitaries to take part in some of the simulated on-the-job experiences the students will face.
My colleague Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing was in Bay of Quinte on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to join me in meeting with a series of local stakeholders.
We had the opportunity to join Grace Inn board chair Jodie Jenkins and members of the local media to tour the newly opened 21-bed emergency shelter in Belleville. This project is a great example of a community rallying to support residents in need.
Warden Rick Phillips and his team at Hastings County met with us early in the day. We discussed the Home For Good project, housing supports, and other pressing municipal matters. While at the Hastings offices, we also heard an update on the Eastern Ontario Regional Network-led cellular gap project. The public-private partnership, which our government supported through a $71-million commitment, will improve communications infrastructure across the region.
Also Tuesday, we met with the mayors of our three local municipalities and with a delegation from the Quinte Region Landlords Association.
I shared a few smiles with Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison and Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson and chief administrative officer Marcia Wallace at Prince Edward County's New Year's Levee at Macaulay Museum on Sunday, Jan. 5.
Belleville's well-attended New Year's Levee at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre provided a perfect opportunity to share my best wishes for 2020! At left, city councillor Ryan Williams looks on.