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Working For You! Fall 2008

Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor

Celtic Spirit Dancers - Norris Arm Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor


WORKING FOR YOU! Hello, I would like to start this newsletter by thanking you for the re-newed confidence you have shown in me in the recent Federal election. I am truly humbled by your support and in the future I will continue to work for ALL constituents. Since 2006, I have been vocal on issues in the House of Commons on your behalf, such as more funding for Health Care, improvements in the Employment Insurance system, greater access to post-secondary training, more funding for Small Craft Harbours, and access to more funding for Infrastructure. In February, I met with the riding Fisheries Advisory Committee to discuss the new Fisheries Renewal Plan and other areas of concern. This is an excellent venue and I thank the members of the committee for their time, expertise and their candid and valuable input. In March, I was delighted to host the Honourable Ken Dryden to the riding for a roundtable discussion on poverty. It was an opportunity for organizations and community groups to voice their concerns on the subject. Mr. Dryden was well received and he returned to Ottawa with valuable information. In April, at my request, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans traveled to Twillingate to meet with stakeholders on small craft harbour issues. The need for increased funding to the small craft harbours infrastructure budget was the main issue. Our point of view was well made and I believe the Committee returned to Ottawa with an excellent overview of our needs. During the summer months, I have had the opportunity to visit many of you during the various community events I attended. It’s amazing the efforts put forward by the various volunteers that make these very worthwhile events possible. I commend you all on your dedication and hard work. These community events provide excellent meals, music and social interaction and are certainly a tourism boost. I invite you all to support neighboring communities as there is much to see close to home. My offices at Bonavista, Gander, and Grand Falls-Windsor have been actively working on your individual issues and concerns and have been quite successful in resolving many of these issues. I invite you to continue to contact my offices when you feel I may be of assistance. The numbers are on the back of this householder. I am fully enjoying the job you have given me and it is indeed a privilege to be your representative in Ottawa. I continue to work diligently on your behalf.



CONGRATULATIONS - 2008 Birthday Milestones

Bessie Keats - Bonavista - July 19

Mahala House Grand FallsWindsor April 4

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SIMMS Calls For Employment Insurance Pilot Project To Be Made Permanent For immediate release: Gander, NL, 25 August 2008. Scott Simms, MP for Bonavista-Gander-Grand FallsWindsor and Liberal Fisheries Critic, is calling on the federal government to make the „Best 14 Weeks‟ pilot project permanent. The pilot project, announced in February 2005, provided special measures to ensure that those workers living in participating economic regions receive greater access to EI benefits. The three-year pilot project, due to expire on 25 October 2008, changed the method of calculating EI weekly benefit rates by using the highest or „best 14 weeks‟ of insurable earnings over a 52-week period versus the standard 27-week period. During the period of the pilot project, a client‟s weekly EI benefits were calculated based on the highest 14 weeks of insured earnings in the qualifying period. Therefore, if an EI client accepted additional weeks of work at a lower salary beyond the 14-week peak season, the EI benefits would not be lower, because the additional weeks at lower salary would not be taken into consideration in the EI benefit calculation. In addition, under the previous rules, an EI client could earn $50.00 per week or 25% of weekly benefits. Under the three year pilot project, which expires in December 2008, an EI client can earn, while working, $75.00 per week or 40% of weekly benefits. “This” stated Simms “has helped many individuals in rural areas who are employed in a seasonal industry, such as the plant workers, forestry workers, and construction

workers in my riding. Employers also benefited from this pilot project.”

Congratulations - Town of Gander Congratulations to the Town of Gander on their 50th Anniversary Celebrations 4


Riding Photo Board

With Son Jackson at the Gander Office

Glovertown Music Fest

Women Interested in Successful Employment Graduation - Gander

With Dave Hamlyn, Principal and Megan Thompson of Leo Burke Academy Winner of the Governor General’s Award

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Memorial Day - July 1st Bunyan’s Cove


Battle of the Atlantic Wreath Laying Botwood

Canada Day Celebrations Northern Arm





NL Trailways Pavilion Ceremony - Gander

Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans holds meetings in Twillingate With Judy Pardy, BMO and Scott Keats, CIBC Walk for Diabetes

With Bill Tulk - Port Union

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With Marion Quinton-Brake, Author of “Uncle Joe and Sally, it’s OK to be Different” children’ book



June 2, 2008 Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour and pay tribute to a great Newfoundlander and Canadian. He grew up in my riding, is from the great town of Campbellton and at a very young age wanted nothing more than to be a soldier. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 and then trained as an officer. Quickly he advanced to commanding troops from the platoon to the division levels. He then took his leadership abilities throughout Canada and the world, serving twice in Europe and the United States and in the former Yugoslavia. In October 2003 he was selected as the commander of the multinational NATO-led force in Kabul, Afghanistan. For the past three years he has served with honour as the Chief of the Defence Staff. Although he was the top soldier in Canada, he always considered himself a soldier first and foremost. He is best known for being honest, direct and passionate. On behalf of the constituents of Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, I stand in this House to salute one of our own: the pride of Campbellton and the pride of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Rick Hillier. 8



A Tribute to Reginald Gulliford February 7, 2008 Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and honour a truly heroic person, Sergeant Reginald Gulliford from Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador. Early in his career, he was stationed in Manitoba. In 1986, Reg and his partner, Constable Thomas, were at a gas station to assist an individual when that person fired on them killing Constable Thomas and striking Constable Gulliford with three bullets. However, Reg was never the type of person to give up. He survived. He underwent 29 operations and by September 1987 he was back on his feet. Incredibly, he returned to work with the RCMP in St. John's the following January. Recently, at the age of 46, Sergeant Reg Gulliford passed away after battling with cancer. As always, Reg faced this terrible disease with strength of character and always a positive approach. Yesterday, I spoke to Reg's mother, Bernice, who lives in Buchans. She was very proud of her son and misses him very much. He was a great son and, like his colleagues, he was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and truly a great Canadian hero.

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Riding Events Attended January  Kiwanis Luncheon - Grand Falls-Windsor  Business Awards Banquet Grand Falls-Windsor February  Special Olympics - Gambo  Hospitality NL 25th Anniversary - Gander  YMCA Gala - Grand FallsWindsor  Appleton Winterfest  Winter Carnival Opening Bishop‟s Falls March  Eastport Fireman‟s Ball  Botwood Minor Hockey Tournament Opening  Leading Tickles Fireman‟s Ball April  Sealer‟s Information Session - Leading Tickles  Grand Falls-Windsor Joint Councils Meeting  Botwood Boys & Girls Club Opening  YSIOS fundraiser Peterview  Musgravetown Fireman‟s Ball  Sple‟tk First Nations Walk for Diabetes - Grand FallsWindsor


April (Cont’d)  Business Awards Banquet - Gander  Bonavista Area Chamber of Commerce Guest Speaker  Elks Provincial Conference - Leading Tickles May  Central Academy Graduation - Fogo Island  Battle of the Atlantic Wreath Laying Ceremony Botwood  Calypso Foundation Auction - Lewisporte  50th Anniversary Dinner Town of Gander  Botwood Memorial - Read for Literacy Week  Sea Cadet Annual Review - Grand Falls-Windsor  Opening of the Historical Society Symposium - Sir William Coaker - Port Union June  Church Service - Disability Week - Peterview  9 Wing Gander - Governor General‟s Leadership Luncheon  Little Stepping Stones Picnic - Bishop‟s Falls


In The Riding

Baynet Youth Centre Opening-Bonavista

Special Olympics Winter Games—Gambo

With Ken Dryden, Fred Janes, and Alex Faulkner - Bishop‟s Falls GO CATARACTS!

PSAC Members - Terra Nova Park

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More Riding Photos

Touring the Garrick Theatre - Bonavista

Speaking at the 100th Anniversary of the Arm Lads Brigade - Durrell Museum

Enjoying a barbecue with John Grant - Elliston

Speaking at the Bonavista Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner



Congratulations - Town of Gander


As of August 1st, Gander International Airport (CYQX) is North America's first Carbon Neutral airport. With Gary Vey, Manager and CEO of Gander International Airport at the launch of their carbon emissions reduction program.

With Danita Burke, Justin Willcott, Malerie Earle & Halyey Lane Members of the Green Team Bishop’s Falls

With Father Des McGrath and Iva Duffett 100th Anniversary of the Coaker‟s Founding of the Fisherman‟s Protected Union

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Information of Interest Passport Canada—All land travelers will require passports for entry into the United States by June 1, 2009. Prior to this, passports were only required for air travel. Bill C-219—Petition presented in the House of Commons that will allow for emergency volunteers to gain credit for voluntary hours worked as an income tax credit. I presented this petition on April 30th. So far, it has not been passed but I continue to work on this important Bill. Town of Bishop’s Falls 100th Anniversary Committee—The opening ceremonies of the 100th Anniversary will take place on January 9, 2009 with a wide range of events throughout the year. I invite everyone to become involved in this celebration of our history. Air Canada—In view of the recent cuts announced by Air Canada, I have written to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada requesting that the two return flights a day from Gander to Halifax be continued. I invite other persons or groups to take this opportunity to write Air Canada and voice your concerns. This is a most valuable service for Gander and our region. Firearms—Under a new policy, holders of Possession Only Licenses that expired after January 1, 2004 may be eligible for renewal providing they are in possession of at least one registered restricted or nonrestricted firearm. For more information call 1-800-731-4000 or e-mail at Provincial Summer Games—Congratulations to all athletes in the riding who participated in the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games at Corner Brook, August 9-16. As well, a special thanks to the many volunteers and coaches who made this worthwhile experience a reality. Increased Cod Quotas—As a result of concerns raised by fishers in the riding in early June, I called upon the Minister to raise quotas on northern cod for individual license holders. Through DFO research and harvesters input, the Minister approved a 30% increase in license quotas for the 2008 fishery.



Riding Events Attended (Cont’d)


August (Cont’d)

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Canada Day - Northern Arm Memorial Day Wreath Laying - Bunyan‟s Cove Salmon Festival Dinner Grand Falls-Windsor Durrell Museum Flag Ceremony and Open House Come Home Year - Badger Fish, Fun & Folk Festival Twillingate House of Diamond Opening Glovertown Breakfast with Glovertown Town Council Bonavista Day Activities Little Catalina Day Activities Community Church Service Bishop‟s Falls New-Wes-Valley Visit Fox Moth Opening - Norris Arm Bird Island Puffin Festival Elliston

August  Gambo - Community Visit re flood assessment

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NL Trailways Pavillion Ceremony - Gander Flying Boat Festival Opening - Norris Arm Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast Leading Tickles Day Celebrations Buchans - Community Visit NL Community Breakfast Festival of Flight - Gander Botwood Day Opening Ceremonies Brimstone Head Folk Festival-Fogo Botwood Summer Games Twillingate Harbour Authority - wharf extension opening Stoneville Day Celebrations Officer Training Seminar Royal Canadian Legion NL Command dinner - Gander Royal Canadian Legion Wreath Laying Ceremony Gander Buchans Come Home Year

This newsletter was prepared for release earlier; however, it was delayed by the Election call. I would like to apologize for this delay. If you would like to provide feedback about my newsletter please contact my office nearest you.

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BONAVISTA P. O. Box 10 Elliston, NL A0C 1N0 Phone: Toll Free: Fax: E-Mail:

Fred Cuff

709-468-2626 1-866-663-2626 709-468-2642


Audrey Miller

Polaris Building 61 Elizabeth Dr. Gander, NL A1V 1G4 Phone: 709-256-3130 Toll Free: 1-877-256-3130 Fax: 709-256-3169 E-Mail:


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Working For You!

Householder Fall 2008  

Householder Fall 2008