The focus of constituency week this month was helping others, both within Mississauga East-Cooksville and beyond our border. MPP Damerla regularly meets with an impressive number of seniors groups to disseminate helpful information to help seniors live more active and healthy lives and this time I was able to help. I spent some time before our meeting updating our presentation information to ensure the seniors are getting the most up-to-date accounts. We announced the new seniors community grant program which is meant to enhance social inclusion by helping seniors participate and was outlined in the Fall Economic Statement. The Italian seniors group we visited received Italian versions of the Ontario Seniors Guide; the guide is also printed in various other languages to help our seniors find information relevant to them.
I also had the opportunity to visit Roger’s TV in Mississauga for MPP Damerla’s taping session and try out the teleprompter! Her guests included the brother of Manoranjana Kanagasabapathy (who died after a distracted driver collided with the TTC bus she was boarding). Manoranjana’s brother discussed the potential positive effects of MPP Bas Balkisssoon’s bill to toughen consequences for distracted drivers. She also discussed the Kalayaan dinner fundraiser happening in November to benefit the Filipino people affected by typhoon Haiyan.
The rest of my week was spent researching for other projects and learning about Ontario’s interactive digital media market for our exciting roundtable discussions with representatives from design universities, Google, Yahoo, Ubisoft, Stitch Media and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada among others.