Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


Email Update 93: Ontario needs $10/day child care now

There are historic moments in Canadian politics, and one is happening now.  For decades, child care advocates have been pushing for dramatic expansion of non-profit, high-quality child care — the k... More

Email Update #92: prayers for justice on Wet’Suwe’ten land

I’m often asked why I got into politics, and the answer is simple. I got into politics to help people, and to work with others to make change.  Long before I was a politician, I was a community org... More

Email Update #91: LRT public inquiry is on (because fighting back makes a difference)

It’s been quite a week for Ottawa’s LRT. As readers of our MPP newsletter know, I’ve been urging the province to help fix our LRT for a long time.  On December 1, 2019, we held an LRT town hall in ... More

Email Update #90: No COP’ing out on climate change - rally on November 22 @ the PMO

Today environmental leaders walked out of UN climate change (COP26) talks in Glasgow, Scotland. They are irate — for good reason — at the tepid pace of change in the face of a planetary emergency. ... More

Remembrance Day Note

It’s Remembrance Week, the time each year when we honour the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans and their families.  But like last year, Remembrance Day events in 2021 are more subdued. Once again, a ... More

Email Update 89

“We love our health care heroes” -- these are words that federal, provincial, and municipal leaders have been saying for months. But health care staff are fed up with platitudes.  Last week Kate Ma... More

Alert for Goldenrod Community Garden Users

Please see this message below from the Goldenrod Community Garden:  -- Goldenrod Community Garden Plot Waitlist 2022 - ALERT Goldenrod lost all the names/data on our waitlist around the end of Sept... More

Harden calls for Auditor General investigation into Ottawa LRT

QUEEN’S PARK -  After the Ottawa LRT was derailed with no return date for service, MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) called on the Ontario government to support his call for an Auditor General invest... More

Email Update #88: Billboard bigots begone

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Ottawa Centre never ceases to amaze me.  From hurricanes to massive floods, from bus crashes to an historic pandemic -- I’ve seen our community rise in t... More

RSVP to our rally for our democracy on October 29th

With the latest decision at City Hall to approve the new Civic Hospital plan to bulldoze 500+ mature trees to build an airport-sized parking garage, we must reckon with the fact that our local dem... More