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Community Update: March 17 | View this email in your browser here.

Dear <<First Name>>;

On Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelensky gave an historic speech to Parliamentarians in the House of Commons detailing the current situation in Ukraine. It was a symbolic occasion of unity among nations defending democracy.

The Canadian government has been providing considerable support to Ukraine in the form of funds, arms, ammunition, and equipment. In 2015, Canada started Operation Unifier. Throughout this operation, more than 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers were trained specifically in the event of an attack on Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has threatened global security, including back here in Canada. Russia's invasion has challenged the liberal rules-based international order that has provided relative prosperity and peace for many nations since the end of the Cold War. If Russia is allowed to pursue its "might is right" approach to annexing nation-states in Europe, it will not be very long until Canada begins facing threats on its owner borders, particularly in the arctic. 

Canada is home to 1.3 million Ukrainians, the second largest diaspora in the world. Like many in our community, they have come to Canada fleeing persecution. 

Canada is committed to protect Ukrainian sovereignty and the Ukrainian people from this illegal and egregious invasion by Russia. 

After President Zelensky's speech, Vladimir Putin blacklisted me and many of my colleagues. I view being blacklisted by Vladimir Putin as a badge of honour. My colleagues and I stand on the right side of history.

Contents

Volodymyr Zelensky's Speech in Parliament

On March 14, President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a courageous and inspiring speech to Parliamentarians.

Conversation with Marcus Kolga on Ukraine, Russia, Misinformation, Disinfornation, and Oligarchs

Watch my conversation with Marcus Kolga at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FISjeUZBKHw.

Previous Statement on Ukraine

In February I made a number of comments regarding what was then Russian aggression on Ukraine's border. I made a number of statements which I would like Canadians to revisit and consider. 

Townhall with the TRCA

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) 2021 Annual Report

The TRCA launched its 2021 annual report. The TRCA conducts important work regarding the protection of natural water and lands, planning permits, concept application, and green infrastructure.

The TRCA received $2.9M over three years to conduct work on the Scarborough Waterfront Project. This project will protect the environment of the bluffs while improving the experience for residents and visitors, including through increased access to the water for the public.

For other Scarborough projects, click here.

Congratulations Kwame Delfish on his 2022 Underground Railroad Commemoration

Congratulations to Scarborough-Guildwood resident Kwame Delfish on his design of the 2022 Underground Railroad coin commemorating Black History Month. The coin honours all those who rode the Gospel Train and followed the stars to freedom. Kwame is a classically trained painter, trained barber/hairstylist, and self-taught graphic artist.
 
Kwame's design has received international media attention and his accomplishment was acknowledged in the House of Commons in February. The coin can be purchased through the Royal Canadian Mint website or at select Canada Post locations. Kwame's artwork is also currently on display at the Artworx-TO Scarborough: The Backbone exhibition at Scarborough Town Centre.
 

St. Patrick's Day and Irish Heritage Month

Happy Irish Heritage Month! As a member of the Canada-Ireland Interparliamentary Group (CIIG), I would like to recognize the amazing contributions Irish-Canadians have made to shape Canada. I would like also to wish our friends celebrating a very happy St. Patrick's Day.

Happy Holi!

This weekend, March 17 and 18, is known as Holi, the Festival of Colours. Hindus across the world celebrate Holi to mark the beginning of Spring and the triumph of good over evil. Happy Holi!

Travelling with ArriveCAN

The Government of Canada announced a series of adjustments to the current border measures, representing the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions. 

Please check before you travel at: travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

PCPI Event: Virtual Interview with Successful Professionals

March 25th, 11AM to 12:30PM

Have a one-on-one interview with Mohamad Fakih, CEO and President of Paramount Fine Food, and Nazanin Akahavan-Khaledhi, Assistant Branch Manager at RBC. Mohammad and Nazanin will be discussing their successes as newcomers, their obstacles, and how they achieved their accomplishments.

To join the session:
- Call 416-266-1913 OR
- Email tens@pcpi.ca

For more information, visit www.pcpi.ca

Love, Scarborough Campaign

Check out the Scarborough Health Network's video on the Love, Scarborough Campaign.
The Scarborough Health Network Foundation launched the Love, Scarborough campaign. This campaign is an open letter to Toronto seeking to shed light on the healthcare inequities the Scarborough community faces. The campaign's goal is to raise $100 million dollars for our Scarborough hospitals. Learn more at www.lovescarborough.ca.

Community Sport for All Initiative

DEADLINE: April 4th

Sport helps bring health and strength to our communities. Organizations interested in supports for Community Sport-related initiatives are encouraged to check out the Community Sport for All Initiative. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/349pXbx

Who's Hiring?

The East Scarborough Storefront has compiled this week's list of all the available jobs in Scarborough. 
View the List

Immigration Information

Update: On January 31, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced a suite of new measures that will help reduce wait times and modernize Canada's immigration system. These include:
  1. The hiring of 500 new processing staff.
  2. Expansion of online applications for PR applicants.
  3. Creation of a PR tracker for spousal sponsorship applications.
  4. Update to online processing times tools to give applicants estimates on the time it will take to process their applications.
More information can be found at https://t.co/Ems0qoalRO.
Check out the following immigration related resources: Need further resources? My office is happy to assist you with immigration matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca.  

If you are a resident of Scarborough-Guildwood seeking assistance with a federal service or program, please provide the following:
  • Your full name;
  • Address, including postal code;
  • Telephone number;
  • File number
  • Date of birth
  • Brief summary of your situation
If the matter is time-sensitive, then please call the office directly at 416-283-1226. If we are unable to answer your call immediately, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we can.
 

News on the Hill

In the News:

Hill Times - Moscow’s aggression brings about Putin’s worst fears of NATO expansion, says Latvian defence official

CTV News - Want to travel? Why experts say to book sooner rather than later

Hill Times - Politics This Morning: PBO zooms in on military spending plans

Toronto Sun - LILLEY: MPs across the country vote to maintain an unfair electoral system

Western Standard - Canadians warned Battle for Ukraine could go on for years

Connect with my Office

My office looks forward to connecting with you about all federal matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca. We will return all calls and emails.

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Sincerely,
 
Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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