Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


MPP Update #117: How do we end gender-based violence?

* Warning: this week’s column is about gender-based violence (GBV). Help is available if you or someone you know is at risk. Contact the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa for 24/7 confidentia... More

MPP Update #116: What's wrong with free transit?

This week our Mayor opposed a study into free transit that city council requested in April 2022. This sentiment was quickly amplified by two mayoral candidates insisting “we can’t afford to make tr... More

MPP Update #115: Join us: BBQ at 507 Riverdale Ave! (Noon, July 16)

As promised, our Ottawa Centre “thank you BBQ”  tour starts next week — at noon on July 16. The first stop is 507 Riverdale Avenue in Old Ottawa South.  507 Riverdale, also known as the “Lexington”... More

MPP Update #114: On June 30, let’s stand on guard for peace

What’s coming will be a Canada Day weekend unlike any we’ve ever seen.  Our city is bracing for a return of “Freedom Convoy” groups, including one veteran, James Topp, who is marching to the Nation... More

MPP Update #113

It’s been a while since my last MPP update, I hope this finds you well.  We’ve just been through an election where politicians get thanked, but that work is a collective effort. I’d like to thank o... More

Thank you Email to Ottawa Centre

Friend, thank you.  It has been the honour of my life to serve our community as your MPP, and I am deeply humbled to continue as your MPP for another four years. The movement that we have built tog... More

Storm Update

I’m interrupting our newsletter hiatus to share some community resources for our neighbours affected by the storm this weekend.  Our MPP constituency office continues to be available to serve you, ... More

Update #112 Special MPP update and note before the election

As we approach another election in Ontario, many will feel that politics can be cynical. But I wanted to take a second to reflect on the past four years, and highlight that much can be accomplished... More

Update #111: Let justice roll, and hate end

As I’m sure you’ve heard, a new convoy is arriving today, this time with motorcycles.  Reports suggest 400 motorcyclists and other supporters are arriving in our city. The event is called “Rolling ... More

Update #110: Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, where we remember that our actions are bound together in a dense web of connections to other living things.  Today we reject the falsehood of human mastery — that the earth exis... More