Summer catchup

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Well, July has come and gone and those still holding out for some summer sun continue to live between memory and hope.

Barb and I recently had the opportunity to visit Scotland, where my ancestral roots trace back. What a beautiful, friendly country. That said and having travelled to many other places in the world, I wouldn’t trade the challenges and opportunities we face in Canada for those of any other country.

I love the summer season. It gives me the opportunity to touch base in a somewhat more relaxed way with the people that I’m privileged to represent. Our constituencyofficecontinuestobe abuzz with activity and I’m constantly on the road throughout the riding, touching base with people and their issues and concerns. There is so much going on in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough and Westdale and the entire city region.

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There’s nothing that I enjoy more than visiting local farm markets to pick up fresh produce and support our area farms. For those of you who may not have heard, a new farmers market was recently opened in Dundas. The Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, local dignitaries and the president of the Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture were all present to celebrate the occasion. The market has been well received by Dundas locals and farm vendors alike. Congratulations to the residents and Councillor Russ Powers who worked so hard to make making this market a reality.

On a different note, I’ve been spending two or three days each week getting oriented to my new role as minister of consumer services. The learning curve has been sharp, to say the least.

In addition to providing basic consumer education and protection services for the good people of Ontario, the Ministry of Consumer Services also has oversight responsibility for a number of Delegated Administrative Authorities. DAA’s as they are called are in place so Ontarians can benefit from the ongoing focused advice of industry and consumer experts. The following DAA’s are part of the ministry’s oversight: Technical Standard and Electrical Safety Authorities (ESA), the Ontario Real Estate Council of Ontario, the Travel Industry Council, the Tarion Warranty Corporation, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the Board of Funeral Services and the Vintners Quality Alliance of Ontario. The work of these authorities is important and complex.

Additionally, I continue to serve on both the treasury and management boards of Cabinet and carry responsibility for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. Believe me -it’s a full plate!

Finally, I’d love to have a moment to chat with you about any provincial or local concerns you may have. Just give me a call at 905-690-6552 and we’ll make that happen. Who knows, perhaps I can drop by your place to catch up? Hope our paths cross soon.

Summer catchup

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Well, July has come and gone and those still holding out for some summer sun continue to live between memory and hope.

Barb and I recently had the opportunity to visit Scotland, where my ancestral roots trace back. What a beautiful, friendly country. That said and having travelled to many other places in the world, I wouldn’t trade the challenges and opportunities we face in Canada for those of any other country.

I love the summer season. It gives me the opportunity to touch base in a somewhat more relaxed way with the people that I’m privileged to represent. Our constituencyofficecontinuestobe abuzz with activity and I’m constantly on the road throughout the riding, touching base with people and their issues and concerns. There is so much going on in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough and Westdale and the entire city region.

•••

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than visiting local farm markets to pick up fresh produce and support our area farms. For those of you who may not have heard, a new farmers market was recently opened in Dundas. The Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, local dignitaries and the president of the Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture were all present to celebrate the occasion. The market has been well received by Dundas locals and farm vendors alike. Congratulations to the residents and Councillor Russ Powers who worked so hard to make making this market a reality.

On a different note, I’ve been spending two or three days each week getting oriented to my new role as minister of consumer services. The learning curve has been sharp, to say the least.

In addition to providing basic consumer education and protection services for the good people of Ontario, the Ministry of Consumer Services also has oversight responsibility for a number of Delegated Administrative Authorities. DAA’s as they are called are in place so Ontarians can benefit from the ongoing focused advice of industry and consumer experts. The following DAA’s are part of the ministry’s oversight: Technical Standard and Electrical Safety Authorities (ESA), the Ontario Real Estate Council of Ontario, the Travel Industry Council, the Tarion Warranty Corporation, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the Board of Funeral Services and the Vintners Quality Alliance of Ontario. The work of these authorities is important and complex.

Additionally, I continue to serve on both the treasury and management boards of Cabinet and carry responsibility for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. Believe me -it’s a full plate!

Finally, I’d love to have a moment to chat with you about any provincial or local concerns you may have. Just give me a call at 905-690-6552 and we’ll make that happen. Who knows, perhaps I can drop by your place to catch up? Hope our paths cross soon.

Summer catchup

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

Well, July has come and gone and those still holding out for some summer sun continue to live between memory and hope.

Barb and I recently had the opportunity to visit Scotland, where my ancestral roots trace back. What a beautiful, friendly country. That said and having travelled to many other places in the world, I wouldn’t trade the challenges and opportunities we face in Canada for those of any other country.

I love the summer season. It gives me the opportunity to touch base in a somewhat more relaxed way with the people that I’m privileged to represent. Our constituencyofficecontinuestobe abuzz with activity and I’m constantly on the road throughout the riding, touching base with people and their issues and concerns. There is so much going on in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough and Westdale and the entire city region.

•••

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than visiting local farm markets to pick up fresh produce and support our area farms. For those of you who may not have heard, a new farmers market was recently opened in Dundas. The Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, local dignitaries and the president of the Hamilton Wentworth Federation of Agriculture were all present to celebrate the occasion. The market has been well received by Dundas locals and farm vendors alike. Congratulations to the residents and Councillor Russ Powers who worked so hard to make making this market a reality.

On a different note, I’ve been spending two or three days each week getting oriented to my new role as minister of consumer services. The learning curve has been sharp, to say the least.

In addition to providing basic consumer education and protection services for the good people of Ontario, the Ministry of Consumer Services also has oversight responsibility for a number of Delegated Administrative Authorities. DAA’s as they are called are in place so Ontarians can benefit from the ongoing focused advice of industry and consumer experts. The following DAA’s are part of the ministry’s oversight: Technical Standard and Electrical Safety Authorities (ESA), the Ontario Real Estate Council of Ontario, the Travel Industry Council, the Tarion Warranty Corporation, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the Board of Funeral Services and the Vintners Quality Alliance of Ontario. The work of these authorities is important and complex.

Additionally, I continue to serve on both the treasury and management boards of Cabinet and carry responsibility for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. Believe me -it’s a full plate!

Finally, I’d love to have a moment to chat with you about any provincial or local concerns you may have. Just give me a call at 905-690-6552 and we’ll make that happen. Who knows, perhaps I can drop by your place to catch up? Hope our paths cross soon.