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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for September 8, 2019

Electronic Pink Slips
 
No more rummaging around in the glove box for your insurance pink slip! 

As of September 5, drivers can show proof of insurance on their mobile device, as you now have the option of keeping an electronic insurance card on your mobile device instead of, or in addition to, a paper version.

Insurers may now provide electronic insurance cards that serve as proof of auto insurance on a mobile device, as the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) has approved the use of electronic proof of auto insurance in Ontario, effective immediately. 

For people who prefer the paper "pink card" as their proof of auto insurance, it is not being eliminated. Electronic proof of insurance simply provides an option for Ontario drivers who own or lease a motor vehicle, including motorcycles and trucks, to access their auto insurance card in the way that best suits their needs. 
 
Markham-Stouffville Provincial Youth Council
 
I'm pleased to share that I will be convening the first Markham-Stouffville Provincial Youth Council. The Youth Council is an opportunity for youth across the riding to provide feedback and input on how the Ontario government can better serve them.

Applications are now open! If you are in Grade 9-12 and would like to apply, please click here.
Support for Berry Farmers
Berry growers in Markham-Stouffville are major producers in Ontario, and on September 5th, they received good news.  Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced more than $134,000 in cost-share funding towards three projects to help the Berry Growers of Ontario access markets, monitor soil health and expand their knowledge of crop production.

Funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Provincial and Federal governments are investing in the following projects:
  • $111,619 to create a website, promotional videos and marketing materials to promote the Ontario berry industry and increase awareness of their products.
  • $20,800 to test drone technology to measure acreage of berry crops and gather plant health information.
  • $2,000 to develop, promote and host a strawberry production workshop for growers in Ontario to help build their knowledge.
Because berry farmers are increasingly using new growing techniques to access markets and meet consumer demand, Ontario is supporting research and the development of a strong market for their product, helping our farmers innovate, succeed, and grow their businesses.
GO Train Service Expansion
As of August 31st, new improvements and expansions to GO Train service have taken effect on the Stouffville Line:

·         Evening train service is returning along the Stouffville line and extends to Mount Joy GO.
 
·         Departure times have been adjusted to give you hourly service from Union to Mount Joy in the evenings.
 
·         Evening bus service will continue.
 
·         Changing the size of some trains to better match ridership. These trains will now be six coaches long so you may need to adjust where you wait on the platform.

Did you know you can sign up for “On the GO Alerts”? 

“On the GO” is a subscription service that lets you sign up for timely, customized news about the service you use. Once registered, you will receive e-mail or text message alerts about any major delays, cancellations, new schedules, service improvements, construction notices, and other news and information from GO Transit. You can sign up for alerts here

To learn more about the new schedule changes click here.
About the Riding

The provincial riding of Markham-Stouffville was created in 2018 and is made up of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and some parts of the City of Markham lying east of Highway 48, McCowan Road, and the Rouge River. In Markham we take in the communities of Dixon Hill, Markham Village, Raymerville, Cornell, Box Grove, Locust Hill, Legacy, and Greensborough, to name just a few. 

Have a look at this more detailed map:
Constituency Office Services
 
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver's Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction. Please call us at 905-642-2588 or email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org and my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
 
Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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