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June 4th Weekly Update

Message From Tony

Protecting Canadians’ Access to Natural Health Products

Last year, our government made amendments to the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) in Canada to ensure that Natural Health Products (NHPs) available to Canadian consumers are safe, effective, and accurately represented to consumers. These amendments would enable Health Canada to take stronger action when there is a health or safety issue with an NHP for sale, like a product that is contaminated with harmful bacteria. These tools would not restrict Canadians’ access to safe and effective NHPs and would only be used if a company refused to voluntarily comply.

Following this, the Conservatives tabled Bill C-369, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, which would take away our government’s ability to act on the most serious of health risks and puts that power back in the hands of industry. Bill C-368 puts the health and safety of Canadians at risk, which is why I voted no at the second reading of this bill last week.

Unlike the Conservatives, we will stand up for the health and safety of Canadians and make sure that the products in the marketplace have regular inspections, can be called back if contaminated or unsafe – all while supporting small businesses. Adopting Bill C-368 jeopardizes our number one priority, which is keeping Canadians healthy and safe.

Canadian Environment Week 2024

This year, we are celebrating Canadian Environment Week through the theme “Generation Restoration”, which focuses on land restoration, fighting desertification, and drought resilience. This week is a celebration of all the actions that we are taking, at home and globally, to achieve a greener future.

Tomorrow, June 5th, Canada joins communities across the globe to celebrate the natural spaces that surround us and reflect on how we can grow forests, revive water sources, and bring back soils. On Friday, June 7th, we recognize the importance of good air quality to our overall health and well-being, the environment, and the economy. And on Saturday, June 8th, we celebrate the vast waters that surround us and take time to learn what we can do individually to protect our coastlines.

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting nature and we have made progress through initiatives like the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, our commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and our investments in clean energy throughout the country.

It is a global effort to take care of our shared planet. I encourage you to learn how you can take action to protect the environment every day. You can read this Practical Guide to learn more about getting involved.


Aurora Street Festival

It was great to connect with so many members of the community at the Aurora Street Festival, hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. This festival is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of Aurora and a real tourism event for the community and businesses.

Team Van Bynen was out all day meeting with constituents, enjoying the live music, street performers, local vendors, and more. Thank you to everyone who dropped by our booth!

Events as meaningful as these require a great deal of organization, commitment, and passion. To the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, thank you for the hard work and dedication you put into making the festival enjoyable, safe, and well-run.

Kicking off Pride Season

MP Van Bynen at the Trinity United Church, a recipient of the 2023 New Horizons for Seniors funding

This past weekend, we celebrated the beginning of Pride Season, which runs throughout the summer months. It is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and learn more about the countless contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians.

Yesterday, I also had the opportunity to join my colleagues on Parliament Hill to celebrate Pride Season with the annual Pride Flag Raising. It was wonderful to come together and recognize the 2SLGBTQI+ community in Newmarket-Aurora and throughout Canada. 

On June 15th, York Region will be celebrating Pride Season in Newmarket together through a parade, live performances, interactive activities, and more. The Pride Parade will be happening at 3 PM on Main Street in Newmarket, and from 12 PM to 12 AM, Riverwalk Commons will also have several celebrations. I hope to see you there!

Throughout Pride Season, let’s continue to uplift the voices of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians, learn about their experiences, and reaffirm our commitment to stand up against hate, bigotry, and discrimination. 

Great Canada Summer Jobs opportunities available now for youth in Newmarket-Aurora

MP Van Bynen with the 2023 Canada Summer Jobs students at Karma Country Camp

The value of a summer job extends far beyond the warm months of May, June, July and August. It can be a transformative experience that equips young people with the skills they need to navigate the challenges of the professional landscape and emerge as confident, capable contributors to society.

That’s why, every summer, our government supports the creation of thousands of jobs for youth through the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Tens of thousands of new job opportunities for young people between the ages of 15 and 30 are available on the Job Bank website, including 323 summer jobs right here in Newmarket-Aurora.

Jobs are available in many sectors — creating opportunities that match different interests. I encourage young people to apply for jobs on the Job Bank website or the mobile app. New jobs will be posted over the coming weeks, so make sure to visit the website/app regularly.

Promoting interactions and connections across generations

MP Van Bynen with Shawna Akerman, a witness from Karma Country Camp, for the study on Intergenerational Volunteerism

This past Saturday, we celebrated Intergenerational Day by recognizing the mutual benefits of building relationships across generations. These relationships bridge the gap between seniors and youth, reduce isolation and loneliness, improve mental, social, and physical health, and foster more cohesive societies.

In late 2022, I tabled a motion during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) requesting that the committee undertake a study on how the government can promote and encourage intergenerational volunteerism.

Last fall, I was pleased to hear from several groups and individuals about their experiences, the importance of intergenerational connections, and how we can promote these connections and experiences.

By connecting across generations, seniors and youth both benefit. Older generations are a source of insight and wisdom from their experience, and younger generations can help seniors learn new approaches and technological skills. Canada would benefit from more intergenerational connections.

Tony Van Bynen

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