Ontario exploring Conservation Reserve designation on Prince Edward County's south shore

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My colleague Ontario's Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek, joined Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson, naturalists representing the South Shore Joint Initiative and other key stakeholders and I for an important announcement at Pt. Petre Sept. 10.

Our government has listened to a proposal from SSJI and has started the process to explore designation of the Ostander Point Crown Land Block and the Pt. Petre Provincial Wildlife Area as a Conservation Reserve.  This move would offer long-term protection for these important ecological areas and introduce new stewardship management plans to guide public use.  If approved, this would be the first new Conservation Reserve in Ontario since 1999.  The process will include a public consultation component.

For more, see: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58338/ontario-begins-process-to-create-a-new-conservation-reserve-in-prince-edward-county.

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Smith helps Hospice Quinte break ground on care centre

It was my pleasure to join Hospice Quinte and local dignitaries to break ground on a state-of-the-art six bed residential care centre in Bayside. The facility will provide dignified palliative care services for local residents and their families. The Province has contributed $1.2 million in capital funding and ongoing operational support for the project.

Pictured are Hospice Quinte board chair Bill MacKay and executive director Jennifer May-Anderson, Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk, and Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison.

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Quinte West receives ICIP approval for West-East Corridor transit expansion

In Quinte West, Tuesday, Sept. 1, I joined Mayor Jim Harrison and Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis to announce approval of a $1,751,300 partnership through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan for public transit expansion.

Ontario will contribute $550,400 toward the West-East Corridor expansion project.  The funding will provide new vehicles, shelters, bicycle racks, technological upgrades for safety and fee payment, and feasibility studies to support route expansion.  

One encouraging aspect of this proposal is a planned link between the Quinte Access and Belleville Transit services. Eventually, users of both services will be able to transfer at Loyalist College and travel into the other city, expanding access to education, health care, employment, and other businesses and services.

For more information, see the Province's news release

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