June 08, 2009
Finally it looks like some warmth is here to stay! Enjoy!
The Legislature rose on Thursday so the work of government continues outside the House over the summer and MPP's head off to their ridings to work with constituents. I look forward to seeing you over the weeks to come at school graduations, spring events and out and about in the community.
For those of you who want to be up-to-date on government announcements, I invite you to visit our new government e-newsroom initiative at www.news.ontario.ca
You will find a number of new tools on this website, including an email alert function that offers you the ability to get government announcements and news releases emailed to you in real time.
I also wanted to share with you the legislative accomplishments of this session. If you would like any further information on any of these pieces of legislation, just let me know. I apologize for the long list but we’ve been busy!
All the best,
In the legislature:
Child and Family Services Statute Law Amendment Act, 2008
Amended the Child and Family Services Act and the Ministry of Correctional Services Act, with particular regard to the detention and custody of youth
Apology Act, 2008
Ensures that an apology made by or on behalf of a person in relation to any matter does not constitute an admission of fault or liability by the person, except for the purposes of a proceeding under the Provincial Offences Act
Coroner's Amendment Act, 2008
Established a framework to strengthen the death investigation system, by providing for greater oversight and accountability and improving coroner and pathology services throughout Ontario
Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act, 2008
Enables police to charge drivers who use a hand-held communication or electronic entertainment device while driving
Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2008
Established mandatory workers’ compensation coverage for individuals working in the construction industry, including independent operators in construction and some other individuals in the industry who are currently not covered.
Road Safety Act, 2008
Changes Ontario’s Graduated Licensing System so that new drivers will now have to wait up to 36 months to get a driver’s license, giving them better skills and experience to drive safely.
Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2008
Provides justice to Ontarians by reducing the cost and stress of family court proceedings
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Temporary Help Agencies), 2008
Amends the Employment Standards Act to deliver more fairness for low-income workers
Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act, 2008
Amended the Regulated Health Professions Act, giving health regulatory colleges new powers to conduct comprehensive inspections of places where health care services are provided
York University Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2009
Legislation put an end to the deadlocked labour dispute at York University.
Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009
Legislation to attract new investment, create new green economy jobs and better protect the climate.
Poverty Reduction Act, 2009
Requires the government to report annually on key indicators of opportunity, consult regularly, and establish a new poverty reduction strategy and a specific, measurable target every five years.
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Organ Donor Leave), 2009
Amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide unpaid job-protected leave for employees who donate certain organs to another individual.
Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2009
Allow the government to sue tobacco companies for alleged wrongdoing to recover past and ongoing health care costs borne by Ontario taxpayers due to tobacco-related illness.
Education Amendment Act (Keeping Our Kids Safe at School), 2009
Requires school staff to report serious student incidents, such as bullying, to the principal. It also requires that principals contact the parents of the victims.
Budget Measures Act, 2009
The 2009 Ontario Budget helps families affected by the global economic crisis and positions Ontario to become more competitive for a more prosperous future by investing $34 billion over two years to stimulate the economy. The Budget features a comprehensive tax reform package that includes:
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Transit Implementation Act, 2009
Merged GO Transit and Metrolinx to build transit faster, ease congestion and create jobs.
Toxics Reduction Act, 2009
Will help the manufacturing and industrial sectors use fewer toxic substances and move to greener, healthier alternatives.
Also this sitting, for the first time ever, a bill co-sponsored by a member of each party has been passed in the Legislature:
Holodomor Memorial Day Act, 2009
Proclaims the fourth Saturday in November to be Holodomor Memorial Day to mark the genocide by famine that occurred in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933.
Bill 158, Accounting Professions Act, 2009
Would ensure greater public transparency for the accounting profession while providing their governing bodies with new powers to better protect consumers.
Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), 2009
Would improve the occupational health and safety of workers by improving protections against workplace harassment and violence.
Bill 172, Ticket Speculation Amendment Act, 2009
If passed, would help ensure that Ontario consumers have fair access to tickets for their favourite concerts, sporting events, and theatrical performances.
Bill 173, Mining Amendment Act, 2009
Proposed changes to Ontario’s Mining Act would see significant strides in Aboriginal consultation, provide clear rules for industry and reduce the impact of mineral exploration on the environment.
Bill 175, Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009
Workers certified in any Canadian province or territory would be eligible for the same certification in Ontario without additional training or testing.
Bill 177, Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act, 2009
Proposes amendments to the Education Act that would make increasing student achievement the number one priority for local school boards.
Bill 179, Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009
Would increase access to health care by giving nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other medical professionals the freedom to provide a wider range of health services.
Bill 183, Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009
Proposes to establish the Ontario College of Trades, a regulatory college that would help modernize the province’s apprent