MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park
I am pleased to address the West Rouge Community for the first time as your newly elected Member of Parliament. I thank the West Rouge Community Association for giving us this chance to connect with the residents of West Rouge. I look forward to serving this community and representing you for the years to come.
A hearty welcome to the two new additions to our community – Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue! A few months ago, the Toronto Zoo welcomed Canada’s first baby Pandas. On March 7th 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the unveiling of their names. Pandas are one of the most endangered species in the world, and a universal symbol for conservation. The birth and health of the baby Pandas are welcome news and have world-wide significance. I would like to acknowledge, and thank the staff and supporters of the Toronto Zoo, for their on-going support and contribution towards conservation, research and education.
As you know, the West Rouge community is home to a significant portion of the proposed national park, and many of the residents feel immense pride in the park. You will be pleased to know that on February 9th the Rouge Park had its first official visit by our Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna. The Minister met with many of the community stakeholders of the Rouge Park, and discussed the development and future of the park. Ecological preservation, accessibility, and working with our First Nations people in the planning of the park were a key focus. I hope to have many more exciting updates in the coming months about the plans to protect and establish the park.
In an effort to unitedly serve in the best interest of Scarborough and its residents, elected officials from around Scarborough are committed to working together. In January, I was honoured to host the first-ever meeting for all elected officials of Scarborough at my office. Members from all levels of governments participated in this non-partisan meeting to discuss the future of Scarborough – what we would like to cherish, the challenges we face and the changes we look forward to. We hope to continue to serve the residents of Scarborough in a similar unified way, and I thank all elected officials who participated in our meeting.
On February 29th, our office hosted a Canada Summer Jobs Funding information session for all local small businesses and non-profits in our riding. This information session held at Malvern Methodist Church, presented information on how local organizations can apply to get maximum funding from the federal government to facilitate hiring of summer students. Prime Minister Trudeau on February 12th announced that the government would double the number of students funded to 70,000 across Canada. This program is aimed to provide employment for youth, and provide them with vital job skills for their future. I thank all businesses and organizations in our community who participate in this program and support our youth.
I wish to announce that our constituency office is now open to serve you. For information about services our office provides or other inquiries, please reach out to my constituency office at 3600 Ellesmere Road, Unit 3, Scarborough, ON M1C 4Y8, phone at 416-283-1414, or email me at Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca.
Yours very truly,
Gary Anandasangaree, MP