Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #215: Celebrating Disability Pride Month!

July is Disability Pride Month in Canada and around the world.   It’s a month to recognize and honour the contributions of people with disabilities in Canada.   It’s also a time to reflect on barri... More

MPP Update #214: Three cheers for Jelly Roll, Bluesfest, and compassion

Jelly Roll — the popular singer, rapper and composer from Tennessee — just came to Ottawa for Bluesfest, and made quite the impression. Jelly has a powerful story to tell. It is a story of struggl... More

MPP Update #213: Will Ontario be there for children in care?

Content warning: this column notes incidents of child abuse. If you are a survivor of violence and need help, you are not alone. Please call the Ottawa Distress Centre at 613-238-3311. Who cares fo... More

MPP Update #212: A message for Ottawa Centre’s grads

What follows is a message for the graduates of Ottawa Centre. If you are a grad, consider this a fist bump from me :) If you have a grad in your life, please share this with them - Joel. Dear grad... More

MPP Update #211: Let's beat the heat with climate solutions

Wow, it’s been hot this week. Yesterday the temperature hit 41 degrees celsius with the humidex, and it’s been at that level or more for several days. Ottawa Public Health issued a heat warning thi... More

Restore wastewater testing for infectious diseases in Ontario

I am profoundly concerned about the cancellation of the Wastewater Surveillance Initiative in Ontario for infectious diseases. We must continue wastewater testing in Ontario at all 34 public labs N... More

MPP Update #210: Public safety first

Hello dear readers, I’ll begin with good news.  Five people responded to my column last week, and have offered to work at Camp Misquah this summer, while more of you wrote to say you’d be donating ... More

MPP Update #209: Who wants to help Camp Misquah?

Ontario’s Official Opposition will not be taking a long summer break. We are focused on the issues that matter, and helping community members in need. On that note, let’s talk about Camp Misquah wh... More

MPP Update #208: An historic day to reckon with Ontario’s colonial past and present

On May 28, MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) addressed the House in Oji-Cree. He was the first elected Member of Provincial Parliament to do so in Ontario’s history. In a passionate ten minutes, MPP M... More

MPP Update #207: Are we raising the loneliest generation of kids ever?

It’s “take your MPP to school” week in Ontario, and I was happy to visit Glebe Collegiate Institute, Connaught Public School, Fisher Park Public School / Summit Alternative School, St. Pius X High ... More