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Good Job MPP Clark on Freezing Tourism Sign rates for 2019

The 2019 annual fee for the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS) was going to double and in some cases triple this year and many small and rural businesses said they would have to remove their highway signs.  The PCs have announced that they have frozen increases for 2019 and will phase them in beginning in 2020, which gives small businesses time to budget and plan.

The signs are key for these small and rural businesses to advertise on highways.  Villages, like Westport, feel the benefit of these signs as it draws tourists into the municipality who might  have passed us by.

Thanks for listening and acting Ontario government!

Here is the media release from MPP Clark.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

ONTARIO FREEZING TOURISM SIGN PROGRAM RATES FOR 2019: CLARK

(BROCKVILLE) – Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark says Ontario’s Government for the People is making life more affordable by bringing relief to tourism operators who rely on the province’s Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS) to generate a positive economic in the riding and across Ontario.

In April 2018, the Liberal government signed a contract with Canadian TODS Limited towards the end of their administration. The people of Ontario have expressed their concerns about this contract, and the significant fee increases being placed on small business owners across the province.

“I’m proud that our government has listened to small business owners and tourism operators, including those in Leeds and Grenville, who have expressed their concerns,” said Clark. “We have worked with Canadian TODS Limited – the third party responsible for the delivery and maintenance of the TODS program – to freeze all price increases for 2019.”

“Our Government for the People has heard clearly from tourism operators across the province about their concerns regarding the fee increases associated with the TODS program. The Liberal government deliberately froze prices for 10 years, ignoring the cost of inflation and completely failed to communicate with TODS customers,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We are taking real action to ensure businesses and customers have time to adjust to the increased prices, and we look forward to continuing to work with Canadian TODS Limited over the coming year to look for ways we can help mitigate this price increase.”

The TODS program is designed to provide motorists with signage on provincial highways to direct visitors to tourist attractions, operations and services.

“Our Government for the People was elected on June 7 with a clear mandate to respect the taxpayers of this province and to restore trust and accountability in the province’s finances,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. “We heard loud and clear from small business owners across Ontario, and have fixed a problem that the previous government created. Today we’re providing relief to small business owners, as we do our part in promoting and strengthening tourism in Ontario.”

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Canada Day Celebrations in the Village

Yes, it was a little warm – however that didn’t get in the way of a large crowd coming to Lockwood Park this afternoon to celebrate Canada Day.  The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing was in the ‘Port and had some very inspiring words for the people and businesses of our Village.

Congratulations to May LaHey who is Westport’s Senior of the Year for 2018.  Such a great Ambassador.  Steve, Frank Huth and I cut the ribbon to “officially open” the new stage.  The Royal Canadian Legion Upper Rideau Branch #542  Colour Party took the lead for the parade, followed by Mary Cowan chauffeuring the “Senior of the Year” and supported by the Westport Fire Fighters and the Westport Arts Council’s float. And lots and lots of kids, bikes and moms and dads.  So much fun for everyone!

Hope everyone had a good time!

July 1st in the Village of Westport; Happy Birthday Canada

Cenotaph - Canadian flag

The Canada Day celebrations in the Village will begin at 1:30 on July 1st at the George St side of Lockwood Park.  Events include the grand opening of the stage and announcing the Westport Senior of the Year.  MPP Steve Clark will be here to help us cut the ribbon.

The parade will then begin and we are inviting everyone to be IN the parade again this year.  There is a space for you if you fall into any of these categories: boys and girls, girls and boys and kids with their bikes.  Other categories include dogs and their owners, musicians, clowns, men and women, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles and cousins, antique vehicles and floats.   The Westport Senior of the Year will lead the parade – right behind the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 542 Colour Party. The Fire Fighters will be joining the fun again this year. Join the fun on July 1st and show your home town pride by wearing red and white!.

The parade begins on George St and proceeds to Bedford St, to Church St, down Church to Spring St and end at the Community Centre where Sparky will be waiting for the kids and the Legion will have treats.

And at 5:00 p.m., everyone can join the rest of the July 1st events at Rideau Vista Public School, where there will be a BBQ, games for the kids, live music and, of course, the best fireworks in Eastern Ontario.

Happy Canada Day!

Minister Chiarelli announces $2.9 from CWWF for Westport waste water construction

Please read the news release below.

Many thanks to all of you who showed up at Town Hall today, including our MPP Steve Clark.  It was fabulous to hear the announcement together.

I think it is timely to say, “Merry Christmas!”

Please relax and enjoy the read!!!!

News Release

Upgrading Water and Wastewater Services for Westport Residents

Large Sub-Surface Disposal System Will Provide More Reliable Year-Round Service

Ministry of Infrastructure

The governments of Ontario, Canada and the Village of Westport are supporting upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure in the Village of Westport to ensure families have access to modern, reliable services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities.

Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Robin Jones, Mayor of the Village of Westport today announced funding for a large sub-surface disposal system in the Village of Westport through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

This new system will manage the distribution of treated effluent through pumps and valves controlled by an integrated supervisory control and data acquisition system. This project will ensure residents benefit year-round from more reliable wastewater treatment and distribution.

As part of this $2.9-million project, the federal government is providing $1.45 million, the provincial government is providing $725,000 of total eligible costs, with the Village of Westport funding the remaining $725,000 of the project costs.

Providing reliable water and wastewater services is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history—$190 billion over 13 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, visit Ontario.ca/BuildON.
  • This investment is part of an agreement between Ontario and Canada announced on September 14, 2016 for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Bob Chiarelli

“High-quality water and wastewater infrastructure is an essential part of building liveable communities. Our government’s $725,000 investment in Westport will enhance quality of life and make the village a more attractive place to start a family or small business. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is a testament to the fact that the people of Ontario are best served when all orders of government work together.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the wastewater treatment and distribution system in the Village of Westport, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.”

Amarjeet Sohi

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The investments by the federal and provincial governments for the construction of a large sub-surface disposal system in the Village of Westport ensure that a reliable wastewater system will provide for the present and future needs of its residents and business owners. I would like to thank both orders of government for stepping up to help address the needs of my community and following through in such a positive, timely way.”

Robin Jones

Mayor, Village of Westport

Westport’s Recipients of the Canada 150 medal

MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark hosted a wonderful event at the Brockville Arts Centre on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 where they recognized 150 residents of Leeds & Grenville for their community leadership.  The award recipients were nominated by their Mayors, service clubs, non-profit organizations and family members.  The nominations, which came from all over Leeds & Grenville, were reviewed by a panel of judges, who selected 150 to receive a Canada 150 medallion which was designed by Gord and Steve.

Westport recipients were Bob Scott and Martha & Neil Kudrinko.  Congratulations from all of us in the Village who appreciate the efforts you put into making Westport the best place to live, work and play.