Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

Updates

MPP Update 143: Building a movement to save public health care

Yesterday we sent a message to Premier Doug Ford: health care is not for sale. Over a hundred people came on less than 48 hours notice to demand better for health care staff, better for patients, a... More

Letter re: Invitation to attend our emergency town hall – fixing Ontario’s LRT-P3 systems

On January 16th, 2023 our office sent a letter to the General Manager of Transit Services at the City of Ottawa Renée Amilcar, Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster, and Infrastructure Ontario P... More

MPP Update 142: On January 26th, Ottawa and Toronto unite for better transit!

It’s been a rough week for public transit, and people are at their wit’s end. I’m hearing from folks whose commutes have doubled or tripled in length. Transit workers are also frustrated with fundi... More

MPP Update 141: Remembering Christine Collins

Weeks before the recent holidays, we lost Christine Collins: a leader in the federal public service, and a tireless troublemaker for justice. I was honoured to call her my friend. A celebration of ... More

MPP Update 140: This holiday season, let's resolve to improve our politics

I hope the days to come bring you light, joy, and peace. Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Merry Christmas to all those who are celebrating. The cold storm outside won’t deter the warmth in our he... More

MPP Update 139: Tell Claridge Homes that goodwill makes good neighbours

What makes a good neighbour? That was on my mind this week as I was working with parents, kids and staff at Devonshire Public School in Hintonburg. As you likely heard, a Claridge Homes constructio... More

Letter RE: Excessive Construction Noise Outside Devonshire Public School

On December 14th, 2022 our office sent a letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton, and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce about the exce... More

MPP Update 138: Ottawa's LRT mess spreads to Toronto

Ottawa’s LRT mess has spread to Toronto, like a virus leaping to a new host. The same players who gave us Stage 1 of Ottawa’s LRT system were also put in charge of Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown, a 2... More

MPP Update 137: For Ottawa's LRT, sunlight is the best disinfectant

At 11 am two days ago, a loud thud was heard across Ontario. The final report of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Commission dropped, and it hit the table hard.  The massive 664 page document d... More

MPP Update 136: Our democracy is always worth fighting for

For the second time in recent weeks, the Ford government has identified our democratic rights as a barrier to progress. You will recall the first time with Bill 28, when education workers – members... More