SCOTT SIMMS Member of Parliament Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor
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Dear Constituents: Before updating you on what is happening around our riding, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for electing me to represent you in Ottawa this past October. The result of the last federal election humbled me like never before. I am deeply honoured that you have entrusted me to represent you and I will make every effort to ensure you receive the representation that all of you deserve. Since then, some major issues have come to the fore that will challenge us to face these troubled economic times. But we will adapt and persevere for our future generations. I pledge to you that I will work with you to seek a brighter future.
Simms Tables Seal Motion in Parliament SIMMS calls on government to increase funding for Search and Rescue Ottawa, April 6, 2009
Scott Simms MP for Bonavista-Gander-Grand FallsWindsor tabled a motion in Parliament on March 25, 2009 calling on the European Union (EU) to comply with International Trade rules which would continue to allow Canadian seal exports in their territory. Simms’ motion also asks the European Union Member States that manage sealing operations within their national waters to join Canada in development of a Universal Declaration that will provide sustainable, respectful hunting practices and professionalism amongst all hunters.
This is a particularly difficult time for our forestry and newsprint industries and the closure of our mill in Grand Falls-Windsor. We cannot pretend that this closure will not affect us greatly because we all know it will. I continue to work closely with union officials, displaced workers, government, and company officials as well as provide support and direction.
With the recent Cougar helicopter disaster, there has been an outcry for the establishment of a Search and Rescue presence in St. John’s. My position is and has always been that the SAR services of 103 Squadron is best and properly situated in Gander. Ninety-nine per cent of the rescue calls for service, I am told, are not related to offshore oil. I believe that the service needs to be improved by providing 24-7 coverage from Gander much as we would expect from fire departments and other emergency responders. I will continue to lobby the federal government for improvements.
February 7, 2008 Ottawa, ON - Scott Simms, MP for BonavistaGander-Grand Falls-Windsor, today presented a petition in the House of Commons calling on the Conservative government to increase funding for Search and Rescue across the country. An increase to the Department of National Defence, Search and Rescue budget would ensure that there is 24-hour staffing to respond to emergency calls in a timelier manner than is currently possible. The ability of Search and Rescue personnel to reach disaster scene promptly would increase their ability to save more lives. Following the Ryan’s Commander disaster, Johanna Ryan Guy, sister of the Ryan brothers lost during the sinking of Ryan’s Commander, initiated a cross-Canada petition to have the after-hours response time changed from 2 hours to 30 minutes.
In March, I met with the Fisheries Advisory Committee where a number of important issues were discussed. I will be addressing some points raised at upcoming meetings with our NL caucus and DFO officials. We must challenge Ottawa to ensure a viable and profitable fishery that supports our communities both big and small. In April, I travelled to Europe as part of the CanadaEurope Parliamentary Association to participate in meetings with the European Union on the seal hunt. Unfortunately, our words fell on deaf ears and shortly thereafter, the ban on seal products was announced. We will continue with the fight; however, it does not look promising.
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To have crews ready 24 hours a day will require a moderate increase in the Search and Rescue budget. This is not an unreasonable request; there is no price that we can put on saving lives. In addition to increased funding to the Department of National Defence budget for rescue squadrons “If the EU is serious about animal rights, which I across the country, I am calling on the government sincerely doubt, and not merely bowing to pressure to increase the Canadian Coast Guard budget. This from the extreme lobbying of the animal rights would enable them to place lifeboats in strategic activists, then they will partner with Canada on this locations on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland initiative,” said Simms. and on the Labrador coast. The Coast Guard “I am appalled that the EU will ban seal products from website indicates there are 41 lifeboats littering the entering Europe. Before they take that step they should coasts of Canada however there is not one lifeboat on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland and clean up their own back yard first,” stated Simms. Labrador.
The ultimate hypocrisy and irony of the EU position is that within the EU Member States - Britain and Sweden among others - not only hunt seals but do so with the active support of the EU Commission. The Dutch and the Belgians do not hunt seals however annually they kill about a million muskrats and burn I am anticipating a very busy summer with community them. The Germans have active boar and deer hunts events and festivals. I will see you there. that kill thousands of animals, including very young boar, purely for sport. The French, among others Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look within the EU, consider it acceptable to kill and eat forward to hearing from you. As always, it is an horses, the younger the better and of course the honour to be working for you. Spanish continue their cultural ritual killing of bulls in the name of sport. Sincerely,
“This is unacceptable,” said Simms. “As we have witnessed in recent years, the North Atlantic is unforgiving, and time saved in responding to an emergency means lives will be saved.” “We in Newfoundland and Labrador, and indeed in all of Atlantic Canada, live in a harsh environment. For hundreds of years we have been exploiting the resources of the sea and we need to be ready to respond on very short notice when disaster strikes,” stated Simms.
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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS Frederick Gordon Bradley February 2, 2009 Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, on December 10, 2008, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in particular, the historic town of Bonavista, was deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Frederick Gordon Bradley. Mr. Bradley was the son of the late Senator F. Gordon Bradley and Ethel Louise Bradley. He was successful in business but devoted much of his life to community service. He was a long time town councillor and mayor of Bonavista. He also formed the town's volunteer fire department in the 1960s. History and heritage consumed much of his interests. He was an avid storyteller, researcher and collector of information about the past.
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Mr. Bradley was a long time member of the executive of the Newfoundland Historical Society and served a term on the board of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006 Mr. Bradley received the distinguished Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Award in recognition of his longstanding contribution to the preservation of the province's history and heritage.
Ted Patey March 5, 2009 Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the House to pay tribute to and honour a fellow Newfoundlander, Ted Patey of Badger, who passed away on December 6, 2008. He was 66 years old. He was known as a cheerful sports reporter across the province, who hosted a popular sports program in the 1980s for nearly 400 episodes. His most memorable event was the play-by-play commentary for the 1991-92 Herder Memorial championship hockey series that was won by his beloved Badger Bombers. In 2006, he was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame. The same year he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the town of Badger for his outstanding dedication, love and support of the town. Ted took great pride in his community and was always there to lend a helping hand. In April of this year, a heritage park will be named and dedicated to his many accomplishments in the town of Badger. It will be named the Ted Patey Heritage Park.
QUESTION PERIOD March 27, 2009 Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the government's refusal to offer CBC bridge financing has resulted in job losses in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. The minister knows that, as a crown corporation, CBC cannot secure a bank loan. So, with further job losses hitting small towns, and certainly in the rural regions, why is the government refusing to offer the bridge financing to CBC when it appears so willing to helps its commercial competitors in this economic crisis? Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I will take a third run at it. Richard Stursberg, Executive Vice-President of CBC, said, “If the government had given us bridge financing, we still would have had to cut 800 jobs”. This is a decision by the CBC, in order to make ends meet. With regard to the CBC, we made a very specific campaign commitment. We kept our campaign commitment. We stand by the public broadcaster with record funding. When the Liberal government was in office, it cut 4,000 jobs at the CBC, and now the Liberals stand and claim to be defenders of the CBC. It is pathetic. Mr. Scott Simms (Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, since the minister likes to trade quotes, I would like to trade a quote with him. I hearken back to the year 1995--please note--when the Prime Minister called the CBC a “government sponsored loser” and argued it should be placed in a situation where subsidies are “weaned away”. So, perhaps he would like to answer those issues. Today, he is using the economy as a pretext to watch the CBC bleed. Will the Conservatives admit that this is what they really mean by an opportunity to slash in an economic crisis? Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC): Mr. Speaker, if my hon. colleague wants to trade quotes, we can go all day. Here is what a former Liberal cabinet minister said, not in 1995, in 2004. Stan Keyes said, “CBC has become a monster, quite frankly”. The Liberal MP for Pickering—Scarborough East, a current member of the Liberal caucus, said, “It's my belief that the Canadian people have had enough and they don't want the CBC”. That is what the Liberal member for Pickering—Scarborough East said right now. So, again, the Liberals are trying to have it both ways. They say publicly they support the CBC. However, when it comes time to walk the talk, all they have done over the years is cut the CBC $400 million, 4,000 jobs. Shame on them.
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WORKING FOR YOU! RIDING EVENTS/MEETINGS
Relay for Life-Lewisporte Dietrac Graduation-Lewisporte Men’s Fellowship DinnerBishop’s Falls 50th Anniversary-Bethany United Church-Pleasantview Bonavista Relay for Life Special Olympics-Gander Exploits Valley Economic Development Corporation-AGMGrand Falls-Windsor
Special Olympics BowlingGander Firefighter’s Ball-Bishop’s Falls Certificate Presentation-Bishop’s Falls Pentecostal Church Owen Grimes Memorial WalkGrand Falls-Windsor Kiwanis Luncheon-Grand FallsWindsor
Eid-ul-fitr 2008 Dinner-Grand Falls-Windsor 50th Anniversary Royal Canadian Legion-Eastport Bonavista Area Visit Firefighter’s Ball-Joe Batt’s Arm 50th Anniversary-Ostomy Association-Gander
Seniors’ Christmas PartyAppleton Veteran’s Commemoration Award-St. John’s-Rev. Ray Cole and Jim Molloy Town Scape PresentationBonavista Seniors’ Christmas Party– Bonavista Keep Christ in Christmas-Grand Falls-Windsor 50+ Christmas Party-Botwood Firefighters Medal PresentationNorthern Arm Presentation of Awards-Leo Burke Academy-Bishop’s Falls Salvation Army Christmas Kettle -Gander Mall Santa Claus Parade-Badger Salvation Army Christmas Kettle -Exploits Valley Mall Little Stepping Stones Christmas Party-Bishop’s Falls Christmas Social–Gander Women’s Centre
Roundtable Discussion-Marine Atlantic-Gander Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce RoundtableEconomic Outlook Minor Hockey Week-Lewisporte
Harbour Authority-Musgrave Harbour Bishop’s Falls Winter Carnival Botwood Winter CarnivalSculpture Judge Saunders Shield Hockey GameBishop’s Falls Port Rexton Lions Charter Dinner Winter Special Olympics-Gander
Marina Conference Committee Meeting Fisheries Advisory Committee meetings-Gander
100th Anniversary Launch-Town of Bishop’s Falls AbitibiBowater Meetings-Grand Falls-Windsor Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Gander
Kiwanis Music Festival-Grand Falls-Windsor-Adjudicator Local Service District MeetingBrown’s Arm Firefighter’s Ball-Charlottetown
Fallsview Annual Figure Skating Ice Show-Bishop’s Falls Community Economic Development AssociationLewisporte Town Council Meeting-Point Leamington SPCA Telethon-Grand FallsWindsor New-Wes-Valley Visit Marina Committee MeetingBotwood Pee Wee “B” Hockey Closing Ceremonies-Gander Town Council Meeting-Joe Batt’s Arm Town of Tilting-Meeting Fogo-island Co-operative Society Town of Seldom-Little Seldom Town of Fogo Fogo Harbour Authority
Firefighter’s Ball-Peterview 103 Search and Rescue-Change of Command Parade-Gander Bonavista Visit Patron Event-100th AnniversaryBishop’s Falls
With Keith Johnson—Bonavista
With Lydia Jankowski—Eastport Harvest Queen
Seniors’ Christmas Party-Appleton
Winter Games-Special Olympics-Gander-Opening Ceremonies-Gander
With Audrey Jewer Northern Arm
With Pat Kearney, Gander & Area Chamber of Commerce and Wayne Follett, CEO Marina Atlantic
With Fraser Warren as John Cabot and Nancy Tilley as Mattea
2008 Appleton Winterfest
With Special Olympic Participants—Grand Falls-Windsor
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Marina Committee Members-Front Row-Perry Pond, Mayor Jerry Dean, Scott Simms, Mayor Bill Hooper, Fred Dalley, Back Row-Ken Hoyles, Gordon Young, Tony Sceviour, Philip Patey, Rev. Art Elliott, Harold Edison
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Home Renovation Program
Congratulations—Town of Bishop’s Falls 100th Anniversary Launch—January
The Home Renovation Program is a tax credit program where you can claim up to $10,000 of renovations on your 2009 income tax return. This is a one year program only and is effective from January 27, 2009 - February 1, 2010. There is no application process, just save your receipts for the eligible expenses. A new line will be incorporated in the 2009 personal income tax return to allow you to claim the credit. Some examples of eligible and ineligible expenditures include the following:
Renovating a kitchen, bathroom or basement New carpet or hardwood floors Building an addition, garage, deck, garden/storage shed, fence Re-shingling a roof A new furnace, woodstove, boiler, fireplace, water softener or water heater Painting of interior or exterior of a house Window Coverings directly attached to the window frame and whose removal would alter the nature of the dwelling Laying new sod Swimming Pools (Permanent-in ground and above ground) Fixtures—lights, fans, etc. Associated costs such as permits, professional services, equipment rentals and incidental expenses
Furniture, appliances, and audio and visual electronics Purchasing of tools Cleaning carpets House cleaning Maintenance contracts (e.g. furnace cleaning, snow removal, and lawn care) Financing costs
I am most proud to be a lifelong resident of Bishop’s Falls and I was honoured to be part of the launch of the 100th Anniversary celebrations in January. Planning events for a full year to celebrate our history and culture is a major undertaking and I thank and commend the organizing committee, the volunteers, and all of those involved in these celebrations.
For more information please call 1-800-959-8281 or visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca
There are many excellent events planned for our centennial and I encourage everyone to get out, participate and enjoy the celebration of our community.
103 Search & Rescue Change of Command Parade g Ph otos
Leading Tickles Fire Department Long Term Service Awards
With Reverend Ray Cole and Jim Molloy—Veteran’s Commemoration Award
With Rodney - 103 Search and Recue Mascot
Centenary Khilafat Ahmadiyya - Grand FallsWindsor
With Dr. Mohamed Boodhun and Dr. Ghulan Dogar at the centenary event Royal Canadian Legion
I hope you enjoy the pictures in this newsletter. With over 170 communities in the riding, it is impossible to include them all. If you haven’t seen your community or special citizens of your community in past newsletters, I invite you to submit community photos for consideration for future newsletters. I would be honoured to include them. Please e-mail them to my Gander office.
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