I hope everyone had a joyous Easter weekend and was able to spend some time with their friends, family, and loved ones. Easter, along with the other religious holidays that take place around this time of the year, are a wonderful way for people of all faiths to come together, recognize the passing of winter, celebrate the rejuvenation of spring, and to be reminded of the joy we share with one another. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous spring.
I would like to congratulate ‘Team 2706: Merge Robotics’ who competed valiantly at this year’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) – Ontario District Championships. The FRC is a competition where teams of High-school students team up with some of the world’s best tech companies to build some very impressive robots within six-weeks. Team 2706: Merge Robotics, the team from Kanata and the surrounding region, not only managed to make it to the District Championships, but also took home the Team Spirit Award. We should all be very proud of their accomplishments.
Tax Clinic Wrap-up
With the Volunteer Tax Clinics wrapping up, I am pleased to say that during our time hosting clinics both in Kanata and Fitzroy Harbour, our Tax Clinic Volunteers managed to assist 80 residents in completing their tax returns. I’d like to thank those CRA volunteers who gave up their time to help those in the community in need of assistance.
Carp Fair Men’s Night
I had a great time at the Carp Fair Men’s Night event hosted at the Carp Agricultural Hall. It was very enjoyable to serve the local gentleman, alongside the other local ladies in the bar. Unfortunate travel prevents me from attending the Women’s Night, but I’m sure a good time will be had by all.
Rural Internet Update
Many of you share my frustration with the lack of high speed internet in portions of the riding. My office has been working hard to make progress in the provision of this vital service. We have completed a request for funding from the “Connect to Innovate Program”, which provides funding to rural areas to develop reliable internet infrastructure. We have spoken to all of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the riding, and I am happy that Northwinds, a local ISP from Constance Bay, has completed a proposal to enhance their capabilities. I want to thank Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, who have lent their support and have worked collaboratively to make this proposal a reality. We will continue to work on this critical priority.