Waverley constituency report
Jon Reyes is the PC MLA for Waverley.
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I hope all of you have been enjoying our warm summer! Over these past few weeks, I would like to remind everyone to remain to remain vigilant with regards to protecting fellow Manitobans against a fourth wave of COVID-19 while we are in process of reviving our economy.
This past month, we had a trilateral government announcement which includes funding from federal, provincial and municipal governments for the South Winnipeg Recreation Campus with $31.1 million coming from our Manitoba government in this $90-million project. These local investments help create healthy, inclusive and vibrant communities.
The funding will improve the facilities in southwest Winnipeg and will help my home constituency Waverley as well.
In addition, I was very happy to participate in successful kids summer camps organized by the Yazidi Association of Manitoba at the South Winnipeg Community Centre and Family Dynamics. It was also a pleasure to bring greetings at the “Reactivate Community Member” appreciation event hosted by Altea Active in Bridgwater Centre.
During the past few weeks, Manitobans have had so much to celebrate, while also being presented with important opportunities for education and ways to effect change.
June 27 was Canadian multiculturalism day, and I continue to be proud of representing such a diverse constituency here in Waverley. Our province and country are truly a place where people can come together, regardless of culture or tradition. But it is only through honouring the peoples that came before us, and acknowledging the harms and mistakes of the past, that we as Canadians can truly move forward together.
With that said, I echo the words of our premier regarding those who vandalize public property. Such acts are a major setback for those working toward real reconciliation and do nothing to advance this important goal.
Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force hasbeen doing tremendous work organizing our province’s largest vaccination campaign in history.
As we continue to face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba, it is extremely important that we all do our part and get vaccinated.
Research has shown that as more of the population continues to receive vaccinations, the number of new cases decreases and the strain on the health-care system is lessened. Dr. Joss Reimer and the vaccine implementation task force continue to work tirelessly to ensure that as our province receives doses they get into the arms of Manitobans.
As eligibility for second doses appointments continues to rapidly expand, we will get closer to beating this virus and saving the lives and livelihoods of Manitobans.
Booking your appointment has also been made extremely easy. You can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) toll-free to book your appointment, every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Our PC government recently released Budget 2021, with a focus on protecting Manitobans and advancing Manitoba’s economy beyond the pandemic.
This budget commits to investing more per person on healthcare (up $156 million), education (up $91 million for K-12) and social services (up $34 million) than any other province, increasing funding in these areas by nearly $1.5 billion.
We are delivering on our commitment to making life more affordable for working families through much-needed tax relief. We are moving forward with phasing out education property taxes for property owners, and will be rebating 50 per cent of education property taxes to residential and farm property owners. This will save an average home owner $1,100 over two years. We are also eliminating the retail sales tax on personal services and lowering vehicle registration fees by 10 per cent to provide Manitobans with more tax relief.
Manitoba’s robust health-care system has been central to this pandemic. That is why Budget 2021 increases overall health-care funding by $156 million from last year to a total of $6.98 billion, the highest level in Manitoba history. We are investing $50 million to reduce wait times for surgeries, $23 to expand access to cancer treatments and $2.7 million to expand dialysis treatments.
I would like to, once again, thank our front-line workers involved in health care and groceries for their extraordinary work. Throughout the past year, they have shown outstanding tenacity and resilience.
Additionally, as we are now in the midst of the staged re-opening of our economy, I commend our community’s small business owners who are working hard to serve their customers and providing jobs to their employees.
I have particularly enjoyed engaging and connecting with all of you and visiting our local businesses to support them as they re-open. Now that our government has resumed the current Legislative session, I look forward to representing your concerns as MLA for Waverley.
Local investments are very important to me, which is why I am pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of $5 million for Manitoba organizations, municipalities and individual artists to provide free online programming for Manitobans to enjoy through the Safe at Home MB campaign.
This past year has been extremely difficult on all of us, especially our small business owners.
Owning a business has never been an easy task, and especially now when there is so much uncertainty and I truly commend small business owners for your resilience and perseverance. Having been a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges you face; however, I have never been a business owner during a pandemic.
I have always supported those who go into business themselves, creating jobs, sometimes working around the clock, paying bills and staff first before themselves. My family has made it a priority to support our local businesses and I encourage all Manitobans to do the same.
The safe re-opening of small businesses is essential to getting our economy back on track, we are only able to re-open the economy in a way that is safe for all Manitobans. As your MLA, I empathize with you and it is my priority to be your voice. You are part of the road to recovery and I am here to help bring your ideas and feedback to action in the safest way possible.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our front-line workers, especially our hardworking and dedicated team of medical professionals. These Manitobans have truly stepped up and dedicated themselves to serving our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As is the case with many, these past few months have been a time of reflection for myself and my family. I have truly cherished our family time, dinner table discussions and increased time spent outdoors as they have become invaluable aspects of our lives.
This has also been a very frightening and uncertain time for many, including my family. My wife, Cynthia, serves as a nurse, working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Working in the major wards of the hospital, she has been exposed to many patients who have suffered from COVID-19. There is a strong sense of fear when she returns home from a long shift, but we continue to hope that all are blessed with good health.
Service is a large part of our careers. I have a mandate to serve the constituents of Waverley as the elected representative, while my wife serves our community’s most vulnerable to ensure they are treated with the best level of care.
Hello everyone! I hope we are all staying safe as we rebuild our economy and readjust to in-school learning.
As a former small business owner, I understand the struggles of owning and operating a business.
During COVID-19, I truly recognize the adversities our local businesses have faced and how they have been affected. With this in mind, I would like to share some of the programs and initiatives the Manitoba government has established to support our local economy.
Last month, I attended the grand reopening of Gymboree Play & Music, owned by Waverley constituents Joanna Ho and Tina Lu. During the event, I was very pleased to hear their story of how the Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) has been able to assist them over the last few weeks.
Thank you, Manitobans. We are indeed doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Phase Two of the Restoring Safe Services plan came into effect on June 1. I have personally made the effort of going back to Altea Active, a local gym in our community, and supporting businesses owned by Waverley constituents — while practising physical distancing. I encourage you to do the same to help our local economy and doing so safely.
As of June 1, more businesses and other services are allowed to reopen and/or are able to have an increased capacity. This includes indoor dining restaurants, fitness centres, child-care services and seniors’ centres to name a few. This information, along with future phases, can be found at gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/
In addition, the maximum size for public gatherings has increased, including those at religious facilities such as churches, synagogues, temples and mosques, among others. Our government stakeholders and my MLA colleagues continue to engage with our respective constituents for their feedback to help improve and enhance services for future phases.
I want to ensure that you are well-informed about the work the Manitoba government is doing to reopen our economy and support local businesses.
I’ve been meeting with many small business owners. I’ve listened and gathered their feedback. I’ve notified them of the federal and provincial support programs that are in place to help them through this pandemic, retain their employees and keep Manitobans working. I hope to conduct more of these meetings in the future.
Our government established the Manitoba Economic Support Centre to help Manitoba businesses, charities and non-profits navigate the federal and provincial programs. The focus will be to assist and support these in applying for the following:
• The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy — As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to 12 weeks, of wage subsidies for your employees from March 15 to June 6;