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New Horizons for Seniors Program - 2020-2021

New Horizons for Seniors Program - 2020-2021

The New Horizons for Seniors Program is accepting applications for 2020-2021. The deadline to submit is October 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern time.

This funding program has assisted many organizations throughout the years to provide assistance to seniors and help them remain engaged in their communities. Particularly with the hardships brought on by Covid-19, this program is even more important. I encourage organizations to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Funding is available through two streams:

Grants for Community based Projects up to $25,000. Click HERE for more information.

Small Grants for Community based Projects up to $5,000. Click HERE for more information.

If you have questions about the program and cannot find answers on the government website, reach out to my office by email at michael.barrett@parl.gc.ca or by phone at 1-866-498-3096.

September 17, 2020

Visiting Local Manufacturer Canarm Ltd.

Visiting Local Manufacturer Canarm Ltd.

Canarm Ltd has provided jobs and economic benefit to Brockville for many years. I’d like to thank Jim Cooper, president and chief operating officer, for showing me around this impressive manufacturing facility and introducing me to Jim Kelly who has been an employee for 50 years! It is a testament to Canarm - their quality products and skilled employees.

September 16, 2020

Support Local: Village of Merrickville

Support Local: Village of Merrickville

The Village of Merrickville-Wolford certainly lives up to its name “Jewel of the Rideau”. A big "Thank You" to everyone who took time to discuss your business, unique products, and challenges - your feedback is appreciated as we move forward - and to Mayor Doug Struthers for touring me around. These are just some of many amazing shops and people you will find:

Nellie's Room (Janet, Jenny, and Jill)
The Gallery (Angelina Wrona)
Vinyl Destination (Rob Balsillie)
Mrs. McGarrigle's Fine Mustard (Janet)
The Aaron Merrick Building with Yellow Canoe Cafe, Wick Witch Candle & Bath, Mirick's Landing Country Store, and Monsky Creations
Chaiya Decor (Lisa and Winston Card)
Gray Art Glass (Michael Gray)
Downtowne Ice Cream Shoppe (Shelley Innes)

September 13, 2020

Emergency Community Support Funding for Local Organizations

Emergency Community Support Funding for Local Organizations

These past few months have definitely been hard ones, particularly for the most vulnerable in our communities. United Way Leeds & Grenville and Brockville and Area Community Foundation have done great work to provide support for local organizations in partnership with federal programs.

I was pleased to join Trish Buote and Erik Wang as they presented funding to The Brockville and Area Food Bank for Operation Harvest Sharing. Amanda Warner & Joanne Sytsma (co-chairs) and Tony Barnes (treasurer) received the cheque and also took time to update me on the needs of the community. Thank you!

August 28, 2020

Happy Retirement to Vijay Beri after 50 years!

Happy Retirement to Vijay Beri after 50 years!

What a legacy and inspiration! After 50 years in business running Electric Appliance Ltd. in Brockville, Vijay Beri has retired. It was an honour to present congratulations and best wishes. Thank you for your many years of service to our local communities! Happy Retirement!

August 25, 2020

Local Businesses Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

Local Businesses Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

August 2020 is a milestone year for two amazing local businesses.

For 25 years, the Lockett family has been serving Prescott and area their daily dose of Tim Hortons. I joined Councillors from the Town of Prescott, Ontario (Official) to mark the occasion with the Lockett family. Congratulations as you and all your staff celebrate this quarter-century milestone!

I also extend congratulations to Jim, Linda, & Nick Kafenzakis and their family on 50 years of delicious food at Luna Pizzeria! To mark this milestone, I joined MPP Steve Clark & the Premier in celebrating with the family.

August 22, 2020

Support Local: Township of Rideau Lakes (Elgin)

Support Local: Township of Rideau Lakes (Elgin)

August 19, 2020: It was a beautiful afternoon to tour Elgin in the Township of Rideau Lakes! Mayor Arie Hoogenboom and I checked in with Dan O’Farrell at Elgin Pharmacy; dropped by Scotland Funeral Home to chat with owner Roger Merkley; discussed this year’s harvest and challenges with Jim & Pam Cairncross at Cairnbrae Elevator; and no tour of Elgin would be complete without stopping by Rideau Restaurant & Pizzeria, owned and operated by Spiros Antonakos and his family! Remember to get out and support local!

August 20, 2020

Trudeau Prorogues Parliament and Shuts Down Investigations into Liberal Scandals

Trudeau Prorogues Parliament and Shuts Down Investigations into Liberal Scandals

In 2019 the Liberals used their majority to shut down hearings on the SNC Lavalin scandal. Now Justin Trudeau has prorogued parliament to shut down the hearings in the WE scandal.

MUST WATCH: MP Michael Barrett and MP Pierre Poilievre speak to Justin Trudeau's shutting down the investigations into his corruption:

August 19, 2020

Youth Centre Funding through Emergency Community Support Fund

Youth Centre Funding through Emergency Community Support Fund

I was pleased to join Eric Wang (Community Foundations), Anita Mercier (director of development at the Y), Victoria Robertson (Connect Youth), Rob Adams (YMCA of Eastern Ontario), and Trish Buote (United Way Leeds & Grenville) at the cheque presentation of the federal government's Emergency Community Support Funding - the United Way of Leeds and Grenville and the Brockville and Area Community Foundation gathered the fund and presented it to the YMCA of Eastern Ontario for the opening of a teen drop-in centre at the Brockville YMCA. It will be a great support for young people during these Covid times.

August 10, 2020

1000 Islands Brewery Celebrates First Year Anniversary

1000 Islands Brewery Celebrates First Year Anniversary

We can all be proud of the many local small businesses in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. I appreciated dropping by 1000 Islands Brewery and having a great chat with Owain Devlin (brewmaster), Lucas Spencer (Co-owner) and Acting Mayor Matthew Wren as the brewery marked their 1-year anniversary. Cheers to your continued success!

August 08, 2020