Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #174: Let's organize to defend the Greenbelt

The unfolding saga on Ontario’s Greenbelt is beyond belief. This seems like a Netflix show that runs like a Nordic version of The Sopranos. Two damning independent reports — from Ontario’s Auditor ... More

MPP Update #173: Now more than ever, Pride matters

This weekend is Capital Pride - Ottawa’s annual festival to celebrate, support, and uplift our 2SLGBTQ+ neighbours. There are many wonderful events, art installations, and performances to attend fo... More

MPP Update #172: Supporting our friends, strengthening our community

Thanks to everyone who responded to my column last week. On August 8, we held an intense community forum on poverty, homelessness, and addictions, and it’s clear that you care. You offered plenty o... More

MPP Update #171: Poverty, homelessness and addiction are community issues

Frustration with poverty, homelessness, and addictions came to a head in our city this week. As promoted in this newsletter, Councillor Ariel Troster and I hosted a meeting on community safety at J... More

MPP Update #170: Take it from Barbie -- love yourself, and be yourself

Like many people, I recently watched the film Barbie. It was a feast for the eyes and ears. By the end of this weekend, Barbie is likely to exceed $1 billion USD at the box office, by far the bigge... More

MPP Update #169: Doug Ford and Ottawa’s LRT have a lot in common

Guess who found his way to Ottawa this week? Premier Doug Ford! He was in town for a health care announcement at CHEO, just a week away from a provincial by-election in Kanata-Carleton. I’m sure th... More

MPP Update #168: Hydro Ottawa workers deserve a fair deal

Have you ever been let down by someone who once called you a friend?  That’s how Hydro Ottawa workers, members of IBEW Local 636, feel right now.  In May 2022, we heaped praise on these folks, and ... More

MPP Update #167: A note from Wolfe Island

Summer is a time to pause, and reconnect to yourself and others.  That age-old tradition took me to Wolfe Island for a few days this week, a lovely place across the water from Kingston.  I spent fo... More

MPP Update #166: Olivia Chow's win gives me hope for our country

On Monday, I had the privilege of being in Toronto to witness Olivia Chow’s victory in the mayoral by-election. I bundled the visit with Toronto Pride events the day before (which were massive, liv... More

MPP Update #165: Let's organize now for safe streets

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the war on the car. And the bicycle. And pedestrians. And road workers. And transit workers or riders. I’m tired of war metaphors altogether when it comes to... More