Fall 2016 Update from Catherine McKenna

McKennaCatherine_LibBy Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa Centre

Over the past few months your federal government was hard at work. As Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, I wanted to take some time to report to you on some accomplishments.

Fifth-Clegg Footbridge

On Aug. 23, I made an important announcement that 57 transit infrastructure projects totaling nearly $156 million will be getting underway in Ottawa through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, a new federal infrastructure-funding program.

As part of this program, $10.5 million in federal funding will support the construction of a footbridge between Fifth Avenue in the Glebe and Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East. Getting federal funding in place for this footbridge was one of my campaign commitments. I am thrilled to have been able to follow through on this promise. The project will connect vital parts of our city, while making it easier and safer to bike and walk across Ottawa. I am working closely with my provincial and municipal counterparts to ensure shovels are in the ground before the end of 2017.

100 Wellington (former U.S. Embassy)

On Aug. 18, I joined Public Services Minister Judy Foote to launch consultations on the use of the former U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington St. It was amazing to see how excited Canadians are about the potential for the building. I know many Ottawa Centre residents have taken the time to share their views for the future of this site. I look forward to seeing the results of this public consultation process this fall. 

Governor General’s – Sovereign’s Medals for Volunteers

On Sept. 6, I was delighted to attend the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers ceremony, hosted by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

At this event I was proud to see Robert Taylor, who lives in Old Ottawa South, join three other volunteers from Ottawa Centre (Evelyn Greenberg, Brenton MacDonald and Norman Morrison) to receive this prestigious medal. For decades, Robert has been involved in efforts to increase interfaith activity, dialogue and understanding in his community. Recently, as the co-chair of the Ottawa South sponsorship group, he helped raise $70,000 to resettle a Syrian refugee family, and has devoted countless hours to committee meetings and fundraising events.

We truly have amazing volunteers in Ottawa Centre. Please consider nominating someone you know for this recognition at www.gg.ca.

Pop-Up Event at Thyme and Again and Tastes of Wellington West

On Sept. 17, I hosted another Coffee with Catherine event with a dozen participants in Wellington West. Thanks to Thyme and Again for generously hosting us. Coffee with Catherine is a great opportunity for me to meet constituents in an informal setting and talk about the issues that matter to you. The latest event included an insightful discussion on a wide range of topics, including the environment, Indigenous matters and youth. I always love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please drop by to a future Coffee with Catherine. Stay tuned to social media to find out when the next pop-up will be.

Terry Fox Run

I enjoyed tieing on my running shoes and joining other Ottawa Centre residents for the Terry Fox Run at Carleton University, Sept. 18. It was terrific exercise and a great tribute to a man whose legacy is still very much alive. Terry’s achievements have been awe-inspiring. His Marathon of Hope in 1980 began a tradition that has raised over $650 million for cancer research.

Reducing Mail Outs

During my campaign, I talked about reducing mail outs and finding new and exciting ways to engage with the people of Ottawa Centre. So far, I have held Facebook chats on local riding issues, set up pop-up office hours throughout the community, and convened three town halls on issues important to residents of the riding. To enhance communication with Ottawa Centre residents, I have launched a new e-newsletter.  You can sign up for it at:  http://cmckenna.liberal.ca/email-updates/.

Keep in Touch with Us

We want to hear what issues are important to you, so please feel free to get in touch with our office at 613-946-8682 or Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at McKenna.Ottawa and Twitter @CMcKennaOttawa.

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