Hon. Karina Gould

Your member of parliament for


Burlington

Hon. Karina Gould

Your member of parliament for


Burlington

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July Update

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a lovely long weekend. Though we’re now into August, there’s still a lot of summer left. It has been so nice to be home in Burlington. I was delighted to welcome both the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard, the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson to visit the Canada Centre for Inland Waters (pictured above) right here in Burlington as well as Minister of Seniors, the Hon. Filomena Tassi who was the keynote this year at my 3rd annual Seniors’ Symposium.

On July 16th, we were fortunate to have Minister Tassi come and speak to our audience about what the federal government is doing to help seniors in Canada. This included lowering the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 67 to 65, which prevented 100,000 seniors from going into poverty, and we are working to enhance the Canada Pension Plan from 25% of average earnings to 33% by 2025.A number of community organizations also attended to showcase their local programming for seniors in our community. The Burlington Fire Department provided information on their Smoke Alarms for Seniors Program, Burlington Transit offered attendees their Free65 Adult 65+ Presto Card, while the Canadian Association for RetireesHalton Regional Police, the Burlington Public Library, the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and Service Canada provided information on their programming. Thank you to all the vendors and participants for making this year’s Symposium such a success!

On July 25th, Minister Wilkinson and I visited the Canada Centre for Inland Waters located below the Skyway Bridge here in Burlington. It was great to have Minister Wilkinson in our community to demonstrate the hard work that our government scientists conduct at this important federal facility.

On our tour, we had the opportunity to board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Limnos, a coastal research and survey vessel that does important work along our Great Lakes. Following our tour of the Limnos, we visited the Biodiversity Lab where we learned more about species at risk in our Great Lakes and the new and innovative outreach initiatives that the Government of Canada is taking to support recovery efforts of this program.

Minister Wilkinson and I were also given a demonstration of the Ontario Baitfish Primer App, a mobile application developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada that allows users to identify and protect Ontario’s baitfishes. This is an excellent tool to help identify species at risk and preserve the food chain in our fresh water.

Our final stop on the tour was to the Asian Carp Lab. Asian Carp  are an invasive species that have been found in our Great Lakes. The Lab researches, monitors, and tests the fish in our water ways to ensure that this invasive species do not spread in the Great Lakes. For more information on the Asian Carp Lab, and why this work matters, I encourage you to watch the video found here.

As your Member of Parliament, I look forward to continue hosting great events in our community and highlighting the important work that goes on here in Burlington.

I wish you an enjoyable August and look forward to seeing you out and about in the community. Be sure to stop by our booth at Children’s Festival on Sunday August 18th in Spencer Smith Park!

Sincerely,

Karina

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