Friday, March 31, 2017

MPP: Hon. Liz Sandals - Guelph

Loving Father, we thank you for Liz Sandals MPP for Guelph and we pray for Your blessings to be on her and her family today. Thank you for Ms Sandals, Lord.  May she undertake her responsibilities in government with wisdom and integrity. Give her understanding and insight into issues that are currently facing the government and help her to execute her responsibilities in a just and honest manner. Surround her with your loving kindness today. Amen.

Premier Wynne appointed Liz Sandals as Minister of Education on February 11, 2013. Liz Sandals has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care, Transportation, Education, Government Services, and Community Safety and Correctional Services. She led the government’s Safe Schools Action Team and served on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions and Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet.

Sandals first became involved in politics with education issues. She was elected to the local public school board in 1988 and was re-elected four times. She served as chair of the board and was elected as president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) from 1998 to 2002. She also sat on the board of directors of the Canadian School Boards Association.

In recognition of her work as OPSBA president, she was selected as the first recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to Education Award” by the Ontario Principals’ Council. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Centre for Prevention Sciences (London) presented Sandals with their 2009 Fourth R Award in recognition of her leadership on the Safe Schools Action Team and her significant contributions to making Ontario schools safer.

Prior to her election, Sandals worked as a computer programmer analyst and taught computer science at the University of Guelph. Sandals grew up in Guelph and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Sandals and her husband, David, have two children, Richard and Allison, and three grandchildren.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MPP: Hon. Lou Rinaldi - Northumberland-Qunite West

Lou Rinaldi is a dedicated, passionate and tireless advocate for our  communities with a strong record of working for its betterment.  Lou is well-known for his approachable, straightforward and direct manner with his constituents.

Gracious God, we bring Lou Rinaldi MPP for Northumberland – Quinte West to you today, praying that you would reveal yourself to him in amazing ways. May he experience your love and kindness in his personal life as well as in his role as MPP. Thank you Father for Mr Rinaldi’s steadfast service to his constituents.  May he continue to be approachable, with a willingness to listen to the views and ideas of the people in his riding. We pray for your blessings on him and his family. Amen.

Lou has been involved in politics since 1992 as a councilor, deputy reeve and reeve in the former Brighton Township, Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton and Member of Provincial Parliament

Lou has served as the MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West from 2003 to 2011 and was re-elected in 2014. Lou currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and has previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Lou was a co-founder and President of the Brighton & District Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Brighton/Trenton Hospital Advisory Committee, member of the Brighton Rotary Club and past chair of the Quinte Economic Development Commission. Lou was a tireless volunteer with minor hockey, a fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Almost Home, United Way, Keystone Community Group, and Northumberland Services for Women.  Lou and the Brighton Speedway have raised tens of thousands of dollars at the annual Northumberland Hospice Challenge.

Born in Italy in 1947, Lou and his family immigrated to Canada in 1960. After graduating high school, Lou obtained is Automotive Technology Diploma from George Brown College.

Lou has been a devoted husband to Diane for 43 years, proud parent of four children and grandparent of nine.  For 33 years they have lived in Brighton where they have owned and operated the Brighton Speedway.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MPP: Hon. Shafiq Qaadri - Etobicoke North

Heavenly Father we thank you for the plans and purposes that you have for Shafiq Qaadri MPP for Etobicoke North. Bless him as he pursues the many responsibilities of his office both in the riding and at Queens Park. Your joy Father is our strength; may Mr Quaadri experience Your joy in his life and may it give him strength to make wise decisions that are for the good of the people of this province. May he especially be a champion for the less fortunate and those in need of assistance. Amen.

Dr. Qaadri is a strong advocate of quality Public Healthcare, Education, Diversity and a Just Society. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003. He has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children's Services. In 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion.

On October 10, 2007, Dr. Qaadri was re-elected to his second term in the Ontario Provincial Parliament, and re-elected again to his third term in October 2011.  He currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government Services.

Dr. Qaadri graduated from Upper Canada College in 1982, and from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1988. During his academic career, he won several scholarships and awards, including an English-Speaking Union Essay Prize to Oxford University, a Canadian National Debating Championship, a Medical Research Council Scholarship in Clinical Neurosurgery, and a Senator Thompson Fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania.

As a physician, the multilingual Dr. Qaadri has published and presented more than 700 articles on a variety of medical topics. He has appeared on more than 1000 radio and television shows. A novelist, he is the author of BIO-JIHAD & the PLEASURE-5 SURGERY, a medical thriller. His non-fiction includes a health manual for men, “THE TESTOSTERONE FACTOR: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally,” was released in 2006 and is now published in 5 countries and 4 languages. 

Dr. Qaadri and his wife have two children.

He is honoured to be the Member of Provincial Parliament serving the people of Etobicoke North, for whom he is an eloquent and fierce advocate.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MPP: Hon. Arthur Potts - Beaches-East York

Heavenly Father we are thankful for Arthur Potts MPP for Beaches- East York. We bring him before you today asking that he would know your presence and sense your peace in the midst of his busy life.  Father, may he always realize the importance and far reaching effects, of the decisions made by government. Thank you for Mr. Pott’s faithful service to his constituents. Help him to make decisions that will allow the people of Ontario to live tranquil and quiet lives. Amen

Arthur Potts was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches–East York on June 12, 2014. He brings to the role a passion for public service and a history of working with others to find sustainable solutions. As an entrepreneur and small-business owner, Arthur understands the challenges and opportunities of Ontarians trying to make their enterprise work in our great province.

Arthur began his career as a labour relations consultant with the Central Ontario Industrial Relations Institute and taught the subject at Seneca College. In 1989, he co-founded his first business – Wood Waste Solutions Inc. – a firm that specializes in wood waste management, recycling wood into usable end products. Wood Waste Solutions is still in operation today.

Arthur then went on to serve as the Executive Assistant to Metropolitan Toronto City Councillor Anne Johnston, a position that left him with a taste for public service and government relations. In 1994, he went on to launch his consultancy practice – Municipal Affairs Consulting – which has allowed him to work with companies in film, construction, waste management and other industries to push for initiatives with the City of Toronto. He has also co-founded BioWaste Treatment Technologies and is co-owner of The Pilot, a popular Yorkville bar and restaurant.

He is a proud father of two daughters – Robin and Dara – and lives with his common law partner Lisa Martin and her two daughters and son – Julia, Taylor and Devon. A fly-fishing enthusiast, Arthur also enjoys sailing and plays hockey and tennis, where he is a member of Kew Gardens Tennis Club. 
With his experience in government, business management and stakeholder relations, Arthur is well-placed to be an active and engaged MPP for Beaches–East York and to effectively serve Ontarians’ interests.

Arthur is honoured to be part of Kathleen Wynne’s team and looks forward to implementing our government’s bold agenda to build Ontario up. As the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Arthur will work with others to find solutions and create opportunities for our province’s agriculture and agri-food sectors and strengthen Ontario’s rural economy.

Monday, March 27, 2017

MPP: Hon. Randy Pettapiece - Perth-Wellington

HeavenlyFather, today we speak blessings over Randy Pettapiece MPP for Perth Wellington. We also pray for your hand of blessing to be on his wife and family.  Thank you for the sacrifices they have all made in order that Mr. Pettapiece can faithfully serve his community at Queen’s Park. Father give him your wisdom so he can be a voice for righteousness and justice in his riding and in Ontario. Thank you that You have prepared and equipped him to take his place in government. Amen

Randy Pettapiece is a trusted voice for our communities, our interests and our values. He works hard to represent Perth-Wellington at Queen’s Park – not the other way around.
A trusted voice for rural and small-town Ontario

  • Randy has advocated for our interests on many issues including municipal infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, and energy policy including wind turbines.

  • While at Queen’s Park, Randy serves as official opposition critic for government and consumer services, seniors and the horse racing industry.

  • In 2012, Randy successfully passed a resolution with strong support from all parties to address the rural-urban divide.

  • In 2014, Randy received all-party support for his motion calling on the government to protect taxpayers and municipalities from higher municipal insurance premiums.
A trusted voice for local health care services

  • Randy has relentlessly called attention to the doctor shortage facing communities in Perth-Wellington, calling on the government to act.
A trusted voice on agriculture

  • Randy graduated from Ridgetown College of Agriculture and Technology. He moved to our area in 1967, when his parents bought a dairy farm near Monkton. On the farm, he learned firsthand the values of hard work and service to community.

  • Randy has served as the official opposition’s critic to the Minster of Rural Affairs and as deputy critic to the Minister of Agriculture and Food.

  • In 2013, Randy helped launch the PC Caucus’ agriculture policy white paper entitled Paths to Prosperity: Respect for Rural Ontario.
A trusted community-builder

  • Serving the community is second nature to Randy. As an elected councillor in the Municipality of North Perth, he worked with residents to develop and implement a complex infrastructure project.

  • Randy is a dedicated volunteer and supporter of local community groups. He is a longtime leader in the Monkton Lions Club, working with other clubs throughout Midwestern Ontario.
A trusted father and grandfather

  • Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married for 41 years. They raised three boys, who are now married with children of their own.

  • Jane and Randy love spending as much time as possible with their families – especially with their grandchildren.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rick Nicholls - MPP for Chatam-Kent-Essex

Rick was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in October of 2011, and is proud to serve  as the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex in the 40th Parliament of Ontario.

Rick strongly believes in building solid working relationships not only with those at Queen’s Park but also within his constituency.  Shortly after Rick was elected, he was asked what it was like to be the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex.

“Before the election, my family consisted of my wife, three children and a dog,” he said. “Now my family consists of over 110,000 people! I will work hard and represent all of them at Queen’s Park and in my riding.”

Father God thank you for Rick Nicholls for raising her up to serve you in Chatham Kent Essex. Give him your wisdom and compassion and insight into this area he serves in. Cause him to hear from you and be obedient to what you require of him. Help him to have a personal relationship with you and to be used by you to bring the Kingdom of God where he serves. Protect him and his family and use them to administer Truth, Righteousness and Justice for your glory sake.In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Rick. Amen

Throughout his private sector career with a major truck assembly plant, a major natural gas utility and in the training and professional development sector, Rick’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him work with some of Canada’s most renowned companies via the Nicholls Training Group. His work has taken him throughout Canada and the United States extensively – including an opportunity to twice address the Canadian Embassy to the United Nations.  Some of his major business sector clients have included both the US and Canadian governments, financial, automotive, manufacturing, hi-tech, insurance, retail, hospitality,  and educational institutes, to name a few.

At home, Rick is a proud husband, father, and grandfather, and has been an active member within the Chatham-Kent community. Rick has been involved with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, an award winner at the international level with the Chatham-Kent Toastmasters, and president of Gideon’s International of Canada – Chatham, coaching little league baseball and sponsoring girl’s minor soccer.  Rick’s community involvement has also included Softball Canada as an umpire, for which he was recognized by the organization for his knowledge of the game, professionalism, and the ability to “make the tough calls”. He consistently demonstrates his passion for his work as the current Deputy Labour Critic and is not shy when it comes to addressing the tougher issues at Queen’s Park and within his riding.

Rick’s personal goal is to be “Accessible and Accountable” to the constituents he serves. To  that end, and to further compliment his primary constituency office located Chatham, he recently opened a second constituency office in the community of Leamington, which now has an MPP presence for the first time in over 20 years.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Taras Natyshak - MPP for Essex

 Father God thank you for Taras Natyshak and his service to the people of Essex. Cause him to come to know you in a supernatural way so that he may be used by you to execute righteousness and truth. I ask that you visit him with divine wisdom and insight into your plans for Essex. Protect him and his family and cause them to come into relationship with you that they may live a peaceful life. In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Taras. Amen.

Taras Natyshak has a passion for community involvement and public service. Born and raised in Essex County, he has made extensive contributions to the region as a volunteer, health care advocate, and labour activist.
Prior to his election on October 6th, 2011, Taras was the Director of Training for the Labourers’ International Union of North America. He is experienced in heavy construction projects across the province and active in the movement for Occupational Health and Safety.
Taras has dedicated much of his passion and energy to implementing positive change in his community.  He has served on the boards of the Windsor Workers Action Centre and Sexual Assault Crisis Centre.  Taras has also volunteered much of his time with the United Way and the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
Growing up in a politically active family Taras quickly learned that working Ontarians need strong representation, and rural Ontario needs a clear voice.  Fluent in both English and French, Taras was already experienced as a small business owner by the time he pursued studies in political science and labour studies at the University of Windsor. He has used his understanding of the challenges facing Essex families to campaign for a national agriculture policy protecting family farms from the pressures of globalization.
Taras knows that working Ontarians, both urban and rural, need strong representation. With these values at heart, he has fought for Occupational Health and Safety reform and advocated a national agriculture policy that would help family farms thrive.
Taras and his wife Jennifer have been married for 10 years, and they have two young children. The Natyshaks make their home in Belle River.  In his spare time, Taras enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hon. Yasir Naqvi - MPP for Ottawa Centre

1.   Father God thank you for Yasir Naqvi and his service to you in Ottawa Centre. Give him your leading and direction on all the decisions he makes. Help him to hear from you supernaturally and be yielded to you for your plans to succeed. Protect him and his family and cause them to know you personally and deeply so that your Kingdom comes and you are given glory. I pray for peace and blessing to come on Yasir in Jesus name. Amen.

Yasir Naqvi was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in October 2007.  He served as Ontario's Minster of Labour from February 2013 to March 2014, and Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed him as the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services in March, 2014.  He is also part of the Cabinet Committees on Health, Education and Social Policy, Jobs and Economic Policy, and Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.

As the MPP for Ottawa Centre, Yasir has been a tireless advocate for public services and sustainable community growth.  Working closely with the community, he helped secure funding to build over 350 new affordable housing units, two new buildings at Carleton University and over $300 million in infrastructure upgrades and community projects throughout Ottawa Centre.  These include a second level to the Charlotte Birchard Centre of Early Learning, a new, permanent addition at Mutchmor Public School, the creation of an Innovation Hub at Bayview Yards, and funding to expand the Ottawa Heart Institute.

He has introduced several Private Member's Bills, including the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, 2009, the Escaping Domestic Violence Act, 2010, the College and University Student Associations Act, 2011, the Protection of Public Participation Act, 2012, and the Enhancing Red Light Camera System Enforcement Act, 2012 - each born of an idea from one of his constituents.

Prior to representing Ottawa Centre, Yasir was the Associate Director and International Trade Counsel at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), a non-profit think-tank affiliated with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Before joining CTPL, he practiced international trade, competition, regulatory and administrative law with major law firms in Ottawa.  In addition, he has served as part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and guest lecturer at Carleton University.

Yasir obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa, and is called to the bars of Ontario, and England and Wales. He holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Sciences (Life Sciences) from McMaster University.

Yasir is recognized by his peers as a strong community leader and involved resident of Ottawa Centre. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre for four years, and has been the Co-Chair of the Capital Food Bank Blitz since 2005, raising over 356,000 pounds of food for those in need in the community.  In 2013, Yasir was recognized as a Community Builder by United Way Ottawa.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hon. Glen Murray - MPP for Toronto Centre

   Father God thank you for Glen Murray and his service to the people of Toronto-Centre. Give him your divine wisdom and strategy for the plans you have for this area of Toronto. Cause Glen to know you in a supernatural way and to hear from you so that he may be effective in his leadership position. Protect him and his family and cause them to come to know you personally and supernaturally. In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Glen. Amen.

Glen Murray has a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. He was the Senior Resident and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at Massey College, University of Toronto and worked on the Development of the University’s City Centre. He was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto based Urban Sustainability consulting and planning firm. 

He was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007 and led the development of award winning programs in community energy mapping & planning, regional economic development and culture lead regeneration of urban centres.

He has served on several university, hospital and community boards including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students.

Glen was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to Chair the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), where he helped to shape environmental policy and respond to climate change in Canada.

Glen is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society and was Director of Health Education and HIV Prevention Services at the Village Clinic/9 Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg. He was also part of the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group for the Global Program on AIDS.

Glen was mayor of the City of Winnipeg and during his tenure was the Chair of the Big City Mayors Caucus where he led the successful campaign that resulted in the federal government to transfer the equivalent of 5 cents a litre of the federal tax on gas to municipalities for infrastructure renewal and construction.

Glen has a long history of active participation in human rights and social activism. He was a member of the Toronto Gay Patrol in 1983, the Co-Chair of Canadians for Equal Marriage and has logged over 5,000 kilometres cycling for Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising “Cycle for Hope” to raise money for affordable housing in Canada.

In recognition of Glen’s efforts toward historical preservation in the downtown and his encouragement of high standards and creativity in design, he was made an Honourary Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2002.

Glen’s public service has led to several awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the 2003 “Fight for LGBT Justice and Equality” award from Egale Canada and for his work with the aboriginal community he was given the highest honour of an Eagle Feather.

Glen was born in Montreal where he earned a diploma from John Abbott College. He then attended Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs for four years, majoring in Urban Studies. While at Concordia, he served as President of the student union.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Julia Munroe - MPP for York-Simcoe

   Father God thank you for Julia Munroe for raising her up to serve you in York-Simcoe. Give her your wisdom and compassion and insight into this area she serves in. Cause her to hear from you and be obedient to what you require of her. Help her to have a personal relationship with you and to be used by you to bring the Kingdom of God where she serves. Protect her and her family and use them to administer Truth, Righteousness and Justice for your glory sake. In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Julia. Amen.

Julia and her family are longtime residents of the riding of York-Simcoe. She and her husband, John, and their daughter have lived in Georgina since 1972. Julia has been involved in local and provincial issues since then.

She has served the York-Simcoe community as their Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) since first elected in 1995. During her time both in Government and in Opposition, Julia has been outspoken against government’s continued trend of attacking individual rights and freedoms. She consistently opposes government’s reach into people’s lives and works toward restoring the rights and responsibilities of individuals and families. She puts people first.

Born in Hamilton and raised in midtown Toronto, Julia is a graduate of the University of Toronto. As a high school teacher, she taught thousands of students over her 28 year career.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reza Moridi - MPP for Richmond Hill

  Father God thank you for Reza Moridi and his service to the people of Richmond Hill. Cause him to come to know you in a supernatural way so that he may be used by you to execute righteousness and truth. I ask that you visit him with divine wisdom and insight into your plans for Richmond Hill. Protect him and his family and cause them to come into relationship with you that they may live a peaceful life. In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Reza. Amen.

In February 2013, Premier Wynne appointed Reza Moridi Minister of Research and Innovation and in June 2014 as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He has also served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Research and Innovation and the Minister of Energy.

Moridi currently sits on the Cabinet Committees on Legislation and Regulations, Northern Ontario and Jobs and the Economy.  He previously served on the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Public Accounts, General Government and Justice Policy.

Moridi was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.  He represents the riding of Richmond Hill where he has lived with his family since 1991.

Moridi has taken action in the Legislature to recognize days of cultural and professional significance in Ontario.  In 2008, he introduced a Motion in the Legislature proclaiming the first day of spring as Nowruz.  He also introduced Motions to recognize February 21st as International Mother Language Day in Ontario and to name May 1st Doctors’ Day in Ontario on the birthday of the first female physician in Canada, Dr. Emily Stowe.  His Motions were passed unanimously at the Legislature.

In recognition of the importance of public health, Moridi introduced a Private Members Bill -the Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, 2011 – to raise awareness about this naturally occurring cancer causing substance and reduce it in homes and workplaces through the establishment of the Ontario Radon Registry and testing homes and workplaces for radon.  He also introduced a Private Members Bill: to amend the Municipal Act 2001 to provide that the head of council of the Regional Municipality of York must be elected. This would make the Chair and CEO of York Region be elected by popular vote rather than be appointed by the Regional Councillors.

In addition to his political career, Moridi is an award-winning scientist, engineer, educator, business leader and community activist.

Moridi has sat on the advisory boards of not-for-profit organizations such as the Richmond Hill Philharmonic OrchestraJusticeNetEducation International for the Poor and Spirit of Life.

Educated in the UK, Moridi obtained a PhD from Brunel University.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist.

Prior to his entry to politics, Moridi had a 17-year career at the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada where he was the Vice-President and Chief Scientist.  Moridi worked as a CEO and Chair in the electrical industry and his career in academia included serving as the Dean of the School of Sciences, Chair of the Physics Department, University Chief Librarian and member of the Senate at Alzahra University in Tehran.

In his role as Minister or Research and Innovation Reza Moridi’s extensive political, business and scientific background provide him with the knowledge and the experience needed to bridge academia and innovators with business and government. He continues as well, to advocate on behalf of his constituents in Richmond Hill.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Paul Miller - MPP for Hamilton East - Stoney Creek

Father God thank you for Paul Miller and his service to you in Hamilton and East Stoney Creek. Give him your leading and direction on all the decisions he makes. Help him to hear from you supernaturally and be yielded to you for your plans to succeed. Protect him and his family and cause them to know you personally and deeply so that your Kingdom comes and you are given glory. .I pray for peace and blessing to come on Paul in Jesus name. Amen.

Paul Miller was born in Hamilton and raised in Stoney Creek. He is a dedicated labour rights activist who worked for 32 years at Hamilton Steel (formerly Stelco – where his family’s total years of service exceeds 300 years) as an industrial mechanic, welder and fitter.

As a labour leader with the United Steelworkers, Paul represented the Union in Ottawa, on nine federal campaigns on behalf of workers in Hamilton and across the country, pushing to change Canadian labour laws to protect pensions and the rights of workers.
Locally, Paul served as a Stoney Creek City Councillor for 6 years. During his first term, he was active with the Hamilton and Wentworth County Public School Board and the Community Liaison Committee for the Taro Landfill and Hamilton Region Conservation Authority.

During his second term, he was Chairman of Parks and Recreation and was active with city committees dealing with firefighting, licensing, engineering and planning.
As your MPP Paul has taken the lead on these files – sports, culture, tourism, Ministry of Government Services – particularly ServiceOntario, pensions  WSIB, Seniors’ Issues, economic development.

Paul helped his wife – Carole Paikin-Miller – a teacher, to promote her anti-racism book for children, which won the Anti-bias Curriculum Development Award from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Paul has three daughters; a graphic designer, a programmer of social activities for seniors and a registered nurse.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Norm Miller MPP - Parry Sound—Muskoka

F ather God thank you for Norm Miller and his heart to serve the people of Parry Sound and Muskoka. Lord grant him wisdom, compassion and your divine strategy as he serves in this capacity. Protect him and his family and lead them to a relationship with you so that they can expand your Kingdom and give you glory. In Jesus name I pray for peace and blessing on Norm. Amen.

Norm Miller was first elected to represent the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka in a by-election on March 22, 2001, and re-elected in general elections in October 2003, October 2007 and October 2011.

Norm has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of  Northern Development and Mines, Commissioner of the Red Tape Secretariat, member of the Estimates Committee, and sat on the Cabinet Committee for Economic and Resource Policy.

While in opposition Norm has been the PC Critic for a variety of portfolios including Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs and Research and Innovation, and Finance. He also served as Chief Opposition Whip for 6 years and sat on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Most recently, he was appointed PC Critic for Aboriginal Affairs, as well as continuing to serve as the critic for Northern Development and Mines. Norm was also appointed to the PC Job Creation Task Force.

He is currently Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

For 25 years, together with his wife, Christine and their four children, owned and operated a lodge on Lake Muskoka.

Norm is also past President of Muskoka Tourism, past Director and Treasurer of Resorts Ontario and is a strong advocate for economic growth and tourism in the Parry Sound-Muskoka area.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lord, we thank You for Honourable Cristina Martins. As the MPP for Davenport, she is to be commended for her service   to meet the needs of multiple ethnicities dwelling in her riding. Grant her the wisdom needed to function in her roles as Member, Standing Committee on Finances and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Economic Development and Growth, as well as  Chair , Standing Committee on Government Agencies. May she have the integrity and fortitude to deal with the many complex issues that face her daily. We pray also for strength and health as well as safety in her challenging life. May her family be blessed as they share her with the province of Ontario. Amen.

Cristina is a community builder, healthcare advocate, and education champion.

She has spent her career working hard to create jobs, grow the economy, and improve our community.

Cristina served as President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, Deputy Chair of the Greater Toronto Business Association, and Director of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto. Cristina understands that we need to create jobs in order to build the sustainable community that we want.

Born in Portugal, and raised in Davenport, Cristina is married and a mother of two. As a mother, Crsitina understands that funding clean transit is a cornerstone for improving our neighbourhoods.

As a mother of two young children enrolled in our publicly funded education system, she has  witnessed firsthand the improvements that Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal government have made in education.

As a professional in the healthcare industry, she has seen the results of all the positive changes in our health care system since the last PC government.  These personal experiences have made Cristina passionately believe that the Liberal government is our best choice to build Ontario up.

Grateful for the opportunities that Canada has provided to her family, Cristina will fight to ensure that we all have the opportunity to succeed.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

MPP: Michael Mantha - Algoma-Manitoulin

Lord,  thank  You for Hon Michael Mantha who is serving people of the north as a Member , Standing Committee on Justice Policy, Member Standing committee on the Legislative Assembly as well as a Critic for Northern Development  and Mines. Over a number of years of service he has been a strong voice for rural healthcare, safe road conditions, northern jobs, economic development and affordability for northerners. For this we are grateful. May You give him continued wisdom in his areas of responsibility. May he have integrity and perseverance in the many challenges of living in the north of our province. May he have safety as he travels. Please give him personal health and strength for his tasks.  We pray for his family that they  would also have health and patience to accept the service role and all that entails.

Michael Mantha is the current MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin. In the legislature, Michael has been a strong voice for rural healthcare, safe road conditions, northern jobs and affordability. Michael has spent his career standing up for northern workers and improving life for northern families.

Before being elected in October 2011, Michael worked with MP Carol Hughes advocating for constituents. Michael also worked with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities helping displaced workers access social services and training; as well as a Labour Representative for 17 years and spent 4 years with United Steelworkers Local 1-2693.

Michael lives in Elliot Lake with his wife Pauline and their two sons.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MPP: Amrit Mangat - Mississauga-Brampton South

Lord, we thank You  for this woman  who is serving our province as a Member of the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Accessibility and Parliamentary Assistant  to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, as well as Member of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies. Thank You for the number of years of service that she has already given. May she know continued health and strength. Please give her great wisdom for the many issues that she must address daily. May she have integrity and perseverance in her challenges. May she   enjoy and take time for family relationships as much as is possible. Give her safety as she travels. Amen. 

Elected in October 2007, Amrit Mangat is the first woman of South Asian heritage to serve as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario.
Representing the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South, Amrit was appointed by the Premier of Ontario as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Seniors in 2007. In September 2010, Mangat was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation. She also serves as a member of the Justice, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Policy Cabinet Committee and she is a member of the Standing Committee on General Government. Amrit has also been a member of the Standing Committee on Estimates.

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1992, Amrit worked as a teacher in India and later obtained her Ontario College of Teachers certification. In addition to teaching occasionally, Amrit managed several small businesses. She most recently worked as a senior administrator in a law firm, helping new Canadians to settle and prosper in Ontario.

She has always been active in the Peel community, volunteering for various organizations such as the Rotary Club and India Rainbow Community Services of Peel. As a former high school teacher, Amrit brings a sincere passion for children to the legislature and continuously advocates to ensure that they receive the best education possible.

As an astute business woman, Amrit brings a strong vision to Queen’s Park that is committed to providing a vibrant and sustainable local economy, a greener environment and a productive labour force that utilizes the skills of new Canadians and recognizes their important contributions to our community.

Amrit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Economics, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and she is a former member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Amrit lives in the Region of Peel with her husband Dr. J. S. Mangat, a prominent lawyer.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MPP: Lisa MacLeod - Nepean-Carleton

Lord, we thank You for Honourable Lis MacLeod. Her roles include critic for Digital Government, Vice-Chair Standing Committee on Public Accounts as well as critic for President of the Treasury Board. We pray for wisdom to bring added value and input to her objective assessments in each of these roles.  We pray for peaceful collaboration and integrity. We pray for strength and safety as she travels. We pray for blessings and health for her  and her  family. Amen.

Lisa MacLeod was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a byelection in 2006. She has continued to represent the Nepean-Carleton riding after the 2007, 2011, 2014 provincial elections. 

Ms. MacLeod is presently the Ontario PC Energy Critic and Francophone Affairs Critic. She serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee, the Vice Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Friendship Committee and as Ontario’s member on the Canadian Parliamentary Women’s Association. She previously served as Official Opposition Education Critic, Revenue and Accountability Critic, Government and Consumer Affairs Committee and Critic for Children and Youth. Ms. MacLeod was also Vice Chair of the Government Agencies Committee and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

As an MPP, Ms. MacLeod has championed community safety measures such as child protection legislation and a law clamping down on grow ups. She has been a vocal supporter of Ontario’s Harness Horse Racing industry and a critic of the green energy act. 

Ms. MacLeod authored a cookbook, “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends”, has enjoyed coaching her daughter in sports and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, which awarded her the rare Friendship Medal for her work on behalf of veterans.

Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Ms. MacLeod served as an advisor to Nepean-Carleton politicians at all three levels of government, spent time as a political commentator on local tv and radio and worked in a management program with Sobeys Inc. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, holding a B.A. Honours in Political Science. Ms. MacLeod has studied at the Masters level in Intelligence Studies at American Military University.

Lisa MacLeod lives in Nepean with her husband Joseph Varner and their daughter Victoria.

Monday, March 6, 2017

MPP: Jack MacClaren - Carleton-Mississippi Mills

Lord, thank You for Honourable Jack MacLaren. His service to our province is needed as a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly.  May he know Your   wisdom and direction in the influence that he extends.  Please give him continued strength and integrity for the tasks that he performs. We pray for health and safety .May his family know Your blessings as they have shared him in his service to our province. Amen.

Jack MacLaren is no stranger to dealing with and working with bureaucracy.  He has been an active member of many community based organizations including:
  • Ontario Landowners Association - President
  • Carleton Landowners Association - President
  • Canadian Justice Review Board - Director
  • Named "Citizen of the Year" 2002 - West Carleton Township
  • Torbolton Township Historical Society
  • St. Andrew's United Church - Trustee
  • MacLaren’s Landing Community Association - President
  • Ottawa - Carleton Cattlemens Association
  • Ottawa - Carleton Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • Arnprior Region Federation of Agriculture - President
He has successfully advocated for and protected the rights of individuals, changed public perceptions, and influenced government policy to the benefit of the people of Ontario.

Jack went to school at Dirleton, Fitzroy Harbour and Arnprior. He attained the degree of B. Sc. in civil engineering at Queen’s University in 1972. Jack worked in engineering and construction in Vancouver and Calgary for 10 years.

Jack is a cash crop farmer who lives and works on the family farm at MacLaren's Landing in West Carleton Township. The farm was a Crown Grant to the MacLaren family in 1826. 

Jack and his wife Janet have three daughters - Jessica, Rachel and Alexis. Janet and all three girls are Registered Nurses who are working in hospitals in Ottawa, Calgary and San Diego.

The MacLaren family has a long history of being involved in community politics for the purpose of community betterment. Jack's father, grand-father and great grand-father were all politically active. In the MacLaren house it was always understood that with the enjoyment and benefits of a healthy community comes the obligation to contribute to the community.

Jack is ready to discuss the issues that concern you, and be your voice in Ontario.

Friday, March 3, 2017

MPP: Tracy MacCharles - Pickering-Scarborough East

Lord, we recognize that Hon Tracy MacCharles has a very compassionate heart for all. Thank You for the gifting that have enabled her to serve for so many years and in such a variety of expressions. Her present responsibilities include Minister of Women’s Issues, Minister for Accessibility, and Minister without Portfolio. May You give to her the wisdom needed in the huge responsibility that entails. May there be voices of encouragement to help her along her way. May she have strength and integrity for the roles that she has been assigned.  Grant her safety and health as she serves. May her husband, Stephen, and children, Travis and Genevieve, find peace  and grace  in knowing that they have shared her with all of us here in Ontario. Amen. 

Tracy MacCharles was born and raised in Pickering–Scarborough East. She is a woman who brings people together, actively listens and works with them to achieve results.

Tracy has over 20 years experience in human resources management working in the private, public and not for profit sectors including serving as Vice President of Human Resources, Manulife Financial for the Corporate and Information Technology Divisions. In 2004, she established her own Human Resources practice focused on areas she is most passionate about: health care, community health, education, employment, human rights, discrimination prevention, organizational change and effectiveness.

Tracy has been an active volunteer within her community, as well as at the provincial level for numerous charities including the Canadian Cancer Society, Big Sister’s Association of Ajax-Pickering, United Way and as Chair of her local School Community Council.

Tracy is also a champion for disability advocacy. She is the past Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council with a mandate to advise the Minister of Community of Social Services on the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Tracy also served on the Durham Board of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee for over five years. 
Tracy is a recipient of the City of Pickering’s Civic Award and the Volunteer of Distinction Award from Rosebank Road Public School.

Elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 6, 2011, Tracy has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children & Youth Services and Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Health, Education and Social Policy. In February 2013, Tracy was appointed Minister of Consumer Services, by the new Ontario government.  Minister MacCharles currently serves on the Health, Education and Social Policy and the Legislation and Regulations Cabinet Committees. Tracy holds an interdepartmental honours degree in Business and Public Administration from Brock University. 

Tracy and her husband Stephen Little live in Pickering with their children Travis and Genevieve.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

MPP: Dave Levac - Brant

Lord, we are amazed at how this man has served for many years in the community where he was born and raised. Thank You for his faithful service. His impact is obvious, as he has earned the opportunity to become the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Thank You for the way that he has used the gifts that You gave him. We thank you for his compassion , his energy, strength  leadership and integrity. May he continue to have great wisdom in dealing with the multitude of decisions required of him daily. May You give him continued health and strength to capably persevere in the many challenges that he faces. We pray for good health him and for his family. May they have safety in all that they also do. Amen.

It's more than just politics to Dave Levac, a dedicated community advocate working hard for his community of Brant.

An elementary and high school teacher for 12 years, Dave became a principal in 1989 and developed an award winning conflict resolution program for his students.

Long dedicated to his community, Dave has worked with many organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Parkinson Society of Canada. He also founded the Walter Gretzky C.N.I.B. Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Friends of the Firefighters Committee, which has raised over $75,000 for the County of Brant Fire Department. His extensive community service has been recognized with the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, an Ontario Service Award and the YMCA Canada Peace Medal.

Dave brought his strong drive for community service to the Ontario legislature in 1999. Re-elected twice, Dave has had a number of private member’s bills successfully pass into law, including the Smoke Free Amendment Act, the Firefighters Memorial Day Act and Sabrina’s Law. He was also awarded the Order of Merit by the Ukrainian president for his work on the Holodomor Memorial Day Act.

Locally, Dave has delivered many results to his community, including a new MRI, a Family Health Team, funding to assist with the clean-up of Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield and investments for the Brantford campuses of Wilfrid Laurier and Nipissing Universities. He is currently the Parliamentary Assistant for Energy, where he helps create new jobs and position Ontario as a clean-energy leader.
Dave and his wife, Rosemarie, live in Brantford. They have three children.