MPP's Report - MPP Vijay Thanigasalam

Hello West Rouge Community,


Thank you to all of you for following health and safety guidelines and keeping each other safe during the pandemic. The West Rouge community has been resilient throughout these difficult times. I am happy to see many of you helping each other out and being there for your neighbours. The Ontario government is focused on the re-opening of the economy. I wanted to highlight some initiatives that our government is undertaking that might not have
made it to your news screens.


TORONTO ZOO WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY RECEIVES $15,662.40


Supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in Ontario’s plan to protect our air, land and water. The Ontario government has selected 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund,
which supports local projects that protect and restore the Great Lakes, such as shoreline restoration, erosion prevention and improving water quality. As part of this Funding, the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy in Scarborough-Rouge Park will receive $15,662.40 to
help host shoreline cleanups that integrate Indigenous community members and teachings in four culturally significant locations. This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities, building a better future with clean, green growth.


ONTARIO PUTS TOGETHER YOUTH ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL

 

As the leaders of tomorrow, we want to work together with youth as we look for ways to protect our environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. This is why I am pleased to announce the formation of the new Youth Environment Council, which will help ensure that the environmental leadership and contributions of young Ontarians and their inspiring actions are helping find solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. This council of youth in grades 9 to 12 will meet monthly from September 2021 to April 2022 to discuss a range of environmental and climate change issues and provide feedback on potential solutions
to ministry officials.


IMPROVING BLUE BOX PROGRAMS


We are creating a stronger and more effective blue box service, that will have some of the highest waste diversion targets in North America to promote greater innovations in recycling technologies and increased use of recycled materials. Producers and municipalities have been advocating for an enhanced, producer-led blue box program for over a decade, and I’m proud that our government has finalized these improvements. Making producers
responsible for the delivery of Ontario’s Blue Box Program will ensure that our recycling program can divert more waste from landfills. These changes will also make recycling more convenient and accessible for Ontarians. This includes expanding recycling services to additional locations, such as multi-unit residential buildings, schools, retirement homes,
long-term care homes and some public spaces, more than tripling the number of public space recycling bins funded under the current program.


These are only some of the highlights happening in Scarborough - Rouge Park. If you would like to receive our e-newsletter for weekly updates please send us an
email at vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org. My office and I are always here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to my office email at vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org or call 416-283-8448.