Reconnect funding supports seasonal celebrations in downtown Belleville

I was pleased to share news that Ontario's Reconnect Festival and Events grant program will provide $27,607 to the Belleville Downtown District Business Improvement Area Association for its Enchanted and Festival of Lights programming.  Visit Victoria Park and the historic downtown to see lighting displays and live entertainment and stay to support local businesses. You can also take a pedicab ride as BDBIA executive director Marijo Cuerrier and marketing officer Kelsey Moniz and I did this week.  For more, see my news releases page.


Ontario provides $8.7-million planning grant for Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital redevelopment


I was pleased to host Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott today with Quinte Health Care chair David MacKinnon Friday, Oct. 23 as our government announced it would provide an $8.7-million planning grant to help the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital redevelopment advance through the next stages of the capital approvals process associated with the new build.  When built, the hospital will feature an expanded 24/7 emergency room, 18 inpatient beds expandable to 22, a modern surgical suite, dialysis and more modern features.

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


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.

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