Prime Minister Trudeau hears from our region
I’m honoured that Fredericton was selected to hold a Community Town Hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of his cross-country listening tour on Jan. 17. We had a full house at The Cultural Centre for the event, where the Prime Minister heard directly from citizens in our communities about the issues that matter most to them. I’m heartened to see the overwhelming interest from people in our region to get involved in the political process. Thank you for your thoughtful questions and spirited engagement.
Investing in Innovation
I’m pleased to announce that the J. Herbert Smith Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of New Brunswick will establish an Energy Innovation Program focused on advancing the energy and cybersecurity sectors, thanks to help from the Government of Canada and key partners. The federal investment of $405,567 fits well with the overall government strategy to help startups become high-growth operations to eventually drive national prosperity and become significant employers.
Canada 150 Kick-Off: A Canadian Celebration
What a night! Thank you to the 10,000+ people who joined us in downtown Fredericton to ring in Canada’s 150th year of Confederation on New Year’s Eve. We have much to look forward to in the months ahead as we celebrate our country’s rich history and its promising future. I know everyone who took in the festivities throughout the downtown on Dec. 31 — from Joel Plaskett playing through the snow at Officers’ Square to the wonderful family programming at the Fredericton Public Library and Beaverbrook Art Gallery — can agree that our community kicked off the country’s sesquicentennial in true Canadian fashion.
Making the Arts more Accessible
Last month, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, I had the pleasure of announcing federal funding of $826,075 to the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. I am delighted that our Government is contributing to the continued success of this vital hub for artists, arts and culture organizations, and other community groups. These new upgrades to the Centre, including an elevator to the performance hall, will provide an amazing cultural space for creators, audiences and organizations that promote the arts in our region and beyond.
Canada Summer Jobs 2017 — deadline extension!
Are you a local business owner, public sector employer or work for a not-for-profit in our region? Know someone who is? Be sure to help us spread the word about the 2017 Canada Summer Jobs application process. The Canada Summer Jobs Program is a key component of the federal government’s Youth Employment Strategy. This program helps employers create summer job opportunities for students in their communities. The deadline to apply for funding through Canada Summer Jobs has been extended to February 3, 2017. See my website for more information or to fill out an application, and help us spread the word by sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Veterans Open House
Due to inclement weather on Tuesday, Jan. 24, we have postponed our Veterans Open House until Tuesday, February 28. The open house with veterans and their families will take place at the Hazen Centre in Oromocto. The open house begins with a reception over light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by discussion at 6 p.m. I recognize the many contributions our veterans and our women and men in uniform make in our region, across the country, and around the world. I believe it is essential that we consult with veterans and military members in order to help establish sound policies and ensure that they and their families get the services they need and deserve. Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.