Loyalist College opens $3.2-million integrated health sciences wing

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.

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Smith hosts Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark

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.

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Ringing in the new year around Bay of Quinte

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.

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Celebrating the season at the Belleville Santa Claus Parade

My Elves and I enjoyed meeting with everyone along the route of this year's Belleville Santa Claus Parade Sunday evening. It was nice to see so many faces along Bridge Street to celebrate the holiday season.

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Province increases QHC's 2019-2020 funding by $5 million

Our government has provided Quinte Health Care an additional $5 million in 2019-2020 funding to operate its four hospitals in Belleville, Trenton, Prince Edward County and Bancroft.  I made the announcement with Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp at Trenton Memorial Hospital Oct. 18.  For more information, see the News Releases page.

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Ontario offers EA exemption, ICIP commitment for Bell Boulevard widening

This morning, I joined Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk to announce our government has approved the City's request for a Class EA exemption to speed up needed widening of Bell Boulevard to four lanes from Sidney Street to Wallbridge-Loyalist Road. The Province has also committed $1,666,500 to project costs, pending a federal contribution, through the ICIP Rural and Northern stream. For more, see the news releases page.

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