Improvements made possible thanks to Government of Canada funding
LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – Road improvement work is set to begin soon at one of Leamington’s busiest intersections – Erie Street South and Oak Street – thanks to funding announced today by the Government of Canada and the Municipality of Leamington.
Federal Gas Tax funding is being used to improve the intersection with the addition of new left-turn lanes. As well, the traffic signal system and street lights are being replaced with more energy-efficient LED systems. Finally, the nearby Heinz Parkette will receive a new landscape feature, and a nearby pedestrian trail is being extended so that walkers, joggers and cyclists can more easily access the trail. Together, these changes will reduce commute times, reduce energy costs, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, promote alternative modes of transportation and beautify the area.
“With the start of a new construction season, there is no better time to celebrate road upgrades that will contribute to the creation of local jobs and long-term economic growth in Leamington,” said the MP for Chatham-Kent-Essex, Dave Van Kesteren, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. “Not only will these investments improve commute times and road safety, they will also reduce future maintenance costs and save taxpayers’ money.”
“The Municipality views the Erie/Oak intersection as an important people mover, including vehicles, walkers and cyclists,” said John Paterson, Mayor of the Municipality of Leamington. “Getting rid of the old infrastructure, providing a better design and installing energy efficient and reliable LED lighting and traffic signals is long overdue.”
The Municipality of Leamington will use just over $1 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfer towards this project. The total cost for the improvements is close to $2.1 million.
The Gas Tax Fund, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, provides long-term funding to help every municipality across the country build and revitalize public infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this Fund alone, which is now a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year. Between 2010 and 2014, the Municipality of Leamington will receive $3,537,809 from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure.
"Canada's Gas Tax Fund acknowledges that all orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in our municipalities," said Russ Powers, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "Stable and predictable, the Gas Tax Fund is supporting long-term investment in local priority projects right across Ontario."
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 898,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, supports Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.
Chatham-Kent, ON- Strengthening an already good relationship between Turkey and Canada was the purpose of a trip by Canadian parliamentarians lead by MP Dave Van Kesteren. The two countries have worked together as members of NATO, the G20 as well as share an economic relationship with a trade volume of nearly 2 billion dollars, yet Van Kesteren is encouraged that trade figure could grow exponentially.
"From a briefing with our Canadian ambassador and embassy officials, to meeting with President Gül, I was fortunate to lead an extremely successful parliamentary delegation,” said Van Kesteren. “Turkish officials agree with our government's focus, that increased economic activity and trade between our two nations will lead to increased trade and jobs within our countries. This is our number one shared objective."
President Gül in the meeting with the delegation, spoke about Turkey and Canada’s shared values such as democracy, the rule of law, basic rights and freedoms and a free market economy. He also underscored that Turkey “lays great emphasis upon her relations with Canada” pointing to their work for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Chatham, ON--Six passport clinics will be offered again this year by MP Dave Van Kesteren. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd at Blessed Sacrament Church, 145 Victoria Avenue in Chatham. It will be held between the hours of 10am and 2pm.
Participants can pick up applications upon arrival at the clinic, in advance at any post office, or one of the Member of Parliament’s offices. Volunteers will be on hand to assist those needing help in completing their application and to ensure the application is fully completed before mailing. A photographer will be at the clinic to take passport photos and copying is available for any documents to be submitted. Passport photos cost $18.06 (including tax), payable in cash.
The cost of passports remains unchanged from past years. The costs are $87.00 for adults (16 years of age and older), $37.00 for children 3 to 15 years and $22.00 for children under 3 years. Payment can be made either by major credit card or certified cheque or money order payable to the Receiver General for Canada.
Please note that passports are NOT issued at these clinics. The Chatham office provides mailing during the week following the clinic. This allows participants several days to complete requirements if needed. In this case, applications received at the Chatham Office by 5pm, Monday, April 8 will be mailed the following day. You will receive your passport in the mail within 20 business days of our mailing date.
Each applicant (with the exception of an adult renewal) requires a guarantor, any person who has known the applicant for a minimum of 2 years and has a valid Canadian passport. The guarantor is required to sign the back of one of the applicant’s passport photos and A COPY OF ONE PIECE OF THE APPLICANT’S PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. There is also a section within the application for the guarantor to complete and sign.
Any questions should be directed to the MP’s office either in Leamington 519-326-9655 or Chatham at 519-358-7555.
Ottawa, ON - M.P. Dave Van Kesteren is pleased to see his amendment to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario for the renaming of the riding “Chatham-Kent—Leamington,” is included in the tabled report to the House of Commons.
“Residents have overwhelmingly supported this change,” said Van Kesteren. “They have contacted me directly and I know many others shared their support with the Commission. We are now one step closer to giving Leamington the recognition it deserves.”
Along with the name change the Commission proposes a transfer of Pelee Island to the riding along with the additions “part of the current electoral district of Essex lying east of Rochester Townline Road; plus a part of the current electoral district of Lambton—Kent—Middlesex lying northeast of the former City of Chatham.”
The report is now referred to a designated parliamentary committee where MPs can file written objections within 30 days. The new boundaries are scheduled to be in place for the next general election.