MP Bob Bratina column: It's great to be back for the summer

Opinion Jul 17, 2017 by Bob Bratina Stoney Creek News

Now that the House of Commons has recessed for the summer, it has been great to be back home and attend so many events in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

I was pleased to bring Labour Minister Patty Hajdu to the Victory Gardens site on Jones Road to meet some of the more than 200 students working throughout the riding thanks to our Canada Summer Jobs program.

Some other highlights include a visit to the studio of photographer Jay Perry, whom I recognized with a Canada 150 pin and a certificate for his volunteer work. Jay is sharing his Canada 150 Constituency Award with the organization he started, called Friends with Hearts. Over the past seven years, he and the group have raised over $66,000 and purchased gifts and gift cards which are then distributed by the Good Shepherd Society at Christmas. This charitable venture has gone so well that there are now also chapters of Friends With Hearts in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara and New York City.

Another highlight was attending the Winona Farmer’s Market, which takes place each Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church on Highway 8. It’s an amazing place to get locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked meats, gelato, homemade soap, baking, wine and much more.

I’ll be attending an outdoor movie night at Dewitt Park at 151 Glenashton Dr. on Thursday, Aug. 3 starting at 8:30 p.m. It will be a great family event and a chance to watch Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Check my Facebook page for more details.

This week, families in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek will have received the first payment of their newly recalculated Canada Child Benefit, which is determined according to previous year’s household income. Over the past year, over $6 million dollars a month went to needy families in our riding and we strengthened the Canada Pension Plan for many of our seniors living on fixed incomes.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek is a Canadian centre for world-class advanced manufacturing that not only brings prestige, but excellent wages and working conditions. I recently toured McMaster University’s reactor facility which included the recently-installed nuclear research chambers where scientists and students study the effects of radiation on materials in a safe environment. The chambers, which feature incredibly dense concrete-lined walls and steel doors similar to bank vaults, were designed in Colorado, but manufactured on McNeilly Road by Superior Boiler Works and Welding. Another company is Walters Group on Jones Road whose work includes renovation of Carnegie Hall in New York, renewal of the 1859 West Block on Parliament Hill, the new arena in Edmonton and many more. FellFab on Barton Street recently received an Excellence Award from the Boeing corporation for the interior fabrics they supply to the aviation industry. Their most famous application, of course, is the insulated covering of the Canadarm robotic space arm. We have a lot to be proud of for the contributions our companies and workers make to the Canadian economy.

MP Bob Bratina column: It's great to be back for the summer

Opinion Jul 17, 2017 by Bob Bratina Stoney Creek News

Now that the House of Commons has recessed for the summer, it has been great to be back home and attend so many events in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

I was pleased to bring Labour Minister Patty Hajdu to the Victory Gardens site on Jones Road to meet some of the more than 200 students working throughout the riding thanks to our Canada Summer Jobs program.

Some other highlights include a visit to the studio of photographer Jay Perry, whom I recognized with a Canada 150 pin and a certificate for his volunteer work. Jay is sharing his Canada 150 Constituency Award with the organization he started, called Friends with Hearts. Over the past seven years, he and the group have raised over $66,000 and purchased gifts and gift cards which are then distributed by the Good Shepherd Society at Christmas. This charitable venture has gone so well that there are now also chapters of Friends With Hearts in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara and New York City.

Another highlight was attending the Winona Farmer’s Market, which takes place each Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church on Highway 8. It’s an amazing place to get locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked meats, gelato, homemade soap, baking, wine and much more.

I’ll be attending an outdoor movie night at Dewitt Park at 151 Glenashton Dr. on Thursday, Aug. 3 starting at 8:30 p.m. It will be a great family event and a chance to watch Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Check my Facebook page for more details.

This week, families in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek will have received the first payment of their newly recalculated Canada Child Benefit, which is determined according to previous year’s household income. Over the past year, over $6 million dollars a month went to needy families in our riding and we strengthened the Canada Pension Plan for many of our seniors living on fixed incomes.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek is a Canadian centre for world-class advanced manufacturing that not only brings prestige, but excellent wages and working conditions. I recently toured McMaster University’s reactor facility which included the recently-installed nuclear research chambers where scientists and students study the effects of radiation on materials in a safe environment. The chambers, which feature incredibly dense concrete-lined walls and steel doors similar to bank vaults, were designed in Colorado, but manufactured on McNeilly Road by Superior Boiler Works and Welding. Another company is Walters Group on Jones Road whose work includes renovation of Carnegie Hall in New York, renewal of the 1859 West Block on Parliament Hill, the new arena in Edmonton and many more. FellFab on Barton Street recently received an Excellence Award from the Boeing corporation for the interior fabrics they supply to the aviation industry. Their most famous application, of course, is the insulated covering of the Canadarm robotic space arm. We have a lot to be proud of for the contributions our companies and workers make to the Canadian economy.

MP Bob Bratina column: It's great to be back for the summer

Opinion Jul 17, 2017 by Bob Bratina Stoney Creek News

Now that the House of Commons has recessed for the summer, it has been great to be back home and attend so many events in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

I was pleased to bring Labour Minister Patty Hajdu to the Victory Gardens site on Jones Road to meet some of the more than 200 students working throughout the riding thanks to our Canada Summer Jobs program.

Some other highlights include a visit to the studio of photographer Jay Perry, whom I recognized with a Canada 150 pin and a certificate for his volunteer work. Jay is sharing his Canada 150 Constituency Award with the organization he started, called Friends with Hearts. Over the past seven years, he and the group have raised over $66,000 and purchased gifts and gift cards which are then distributed by the Good Shepherd Society at Christmas. This charitable venture has gone so well that there are now also chapters of Friends With Hearts in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara and New York City.

Another highlight was attending the Winona Farmer’s Market, which takes place each Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church on Highway 8. It’s an amazing place to get locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked meats, gelato, homemade soap, baking, wine and much more.

I’ll be attending an outdoor movie night at Dewitt Park at 151 Glenashton Dr. on Thursday, Aug. 3 starting at 8:30 p.m. It will be a great family event and a chance to watch Beauty and the Beast under the stars. Check my Facebook page for more details.

This week, families in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek will have received the first payment of their newly recalculated Canada Child Benefit, which is determined according to previous year’s household income. Over the past year, over $6 million dollars a month went to needy families in our riding and we strengthened the Canada Pension Plan for many of our seniors living on fixed incomes.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek is a Canadian centre for world-class advanced manufacturing that not only brings prestige, but excellent wages and working conditions. I recently toured McMaster University’s reactor facility which included the recently-installed nuclear research chambers where scientists and students study the effects of radiation on materials in a safe environment. The chambers, which feature incredibly dense concrete-lined walls and steel doors similar to bank vaults, were designed in Colorado, but manufactured on McNeilly Road by Superior Boiler Works and Welding. Another company is Walters Group on Jones Road whose work includes renovation of Carnegie Hall in New York, renewal of the 1859 West Block on Parliament Hill, the new arena in Edmonton and many more. FellFab on Barton Street recently received an Excellence Award from the Boeing corporation for the interior fabrics they supply to the aviation industry. Their most famous application, of course, is the insulated covering of the Canadarm robotic space arm. We have a lot to be proud of for the contributions our companies and workers make to the Canadian economy.