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Valentine’s fun Jessica Kennedy’s Grade 2 class at St. Clare Elementary School in Orléans took a break from their classes to make a Valentine’s heart on Feb. 14. Students all around Orléans celebrated the day by wearing red and pink and bringing in cards for one another to school.

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Naqvi nets first cabinet role

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Deputy Mayor / Maire suppléant Councillor / Conseiller Ward 22 Gloucester – South Nepean 613-580-2751 Steve.Desroches@Ottawa.ca www.SteveDesroches.ca

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EMC news – Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi said he is “very excited” to take on the role of Minister of Labour, his first cabinet post since being elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007. Naqvi, who was sworn in on Feb. 11, resigned as president of the Liberal Party of Ontario in order to accept the position. Fellow Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli, who represents Ottawa West-Nepean, was sworn in as Minister of Energy after previously serving as Minister of Infrastructure/ Transportation. In a statement, Premier Kathleen Wynne congratulated Naqvi on his posting and thanked him for his commitment to the party. “Through almost four years and three terms as Ontario Liberal Party president, Yasir has kept us focused on making real progress for the people of Ontario,” said Wynne. “I’m delighted that he’ll be taking on greater responsibilities on behalf of our province as Minister of Labour, where he will ensure all the men and women of Ontario have access to a good job and a bright fu-

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ture. I look forward to working with him closely in this important role.” Naqvi said that while he is currently learning his various roles and responsibilities, he will continue to respond to the concerns of his constituents in Ottawa Centre. “I’m learning a lot about the ministry and what it does,” said Naqvi. “It’s a very dynamic ministry that ensures Ontario workers are kept safe and their workplaces healthy.” Naqvi hit the ground running in his new role, as on his first day back in Ottawa a demonstration was staged outside his Catherine Street constituency office by workers protesting the province’s Bill 119. The group of construction employers, who are planning a province-wide demonstration at Queen’s Park, are angry over the mandatory Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage demanded of independent operators and proprietors under the legislation. The bill went into effect on Jan. 1, and opponents are demanding the law be changed to allow a choice between private or provincial insurance.

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