Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #198: Carrying Ed's torch

Yesterday was Ed Broadbent’s birthday. Almost two months ago, hundreds of admirers gathered at Dominion Chalmers Centre to celebrate him. The event was broadcast nationwide.  I will never forget t... More

MPP Update #197: Don’t despair, organize! And support community leadership

This week I toured our city with Official Opposition colleagues. We met with health care experts, patients, business leaders, housing providers and seniors groups. They all told us the same thing: ... More

MPP Update #196: How can we end violent crime?

Content warning: discussion of graphic violence. If you or someone you know is struggling, and needs immediate assistance, contact the Ottawa Distress Centre at 613-238-3311. Today is International... More

MPP Update #195: Humanizing our approach to the opioid crisis

Three weeks ago, Neil Ellis, the Mayor of Belleville, appealed for assistance from other levels of government. After 23 overdoses in less than three days, Belleville declared an addictions, mental ... More

MPP Update #194: Everyone deserves a home

Last week, House to Home, a local non-profit that helps refugees, had a break-in. I started hearing from neighbours immediately who were outraged once the news broke. House to Home’s storefront at ... More

MPP Update #193: Remembering Mary Ann Schadd

February is Black History Month, so let’s talk about Mary Ann Schadd. Why? Because she was the first Black woman publisher in North America, and the first woman publisher in Canada. Her newspaper,... More

MPP Update #192: Putting climate at the heart of every decision in Ontario

Over the past few weeks, I have been having conversations with local environmental groups and climate change experts. It has been a welcome reminder of the great climate action work being done in O... More

MPP Update #191: The mud that flies when you fight for your city

“Lord love a duck.”  These are words my grandmother often used against those making nonsensical arguments. Suffice it to say, I’m a chip off that block.  It’s been difficult to see the manufactured... More

MPP Update #190: For Ontario's 2024 Budget, let's support local solutions

In politics, as in life, it’s easy to point out problems, but harder to offer solutions. And yet, great solutions exist. You just need to find them, learn from them, and support them. I’ll cite thr... More

MPP Update #189: A hospital crisis hits close to home

I don’t talk about my family very much, but last weekend gave me an exception to that rule. Andrea, my sister, had a 37-hour ordeal at a local hospital emergency room (ER), and her experience offer... More