Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario


Register now: what kind of schools do we want to reopen?

Register now for our upcoming event: "What kind of schools do we want to reopen?" film screening and panel discussion on the future of public education.  More

Email Update #68: What kind of schools do we want to re-open?

This week our office has been flooded with appeals to open schools.  As a parent myself, I get it: kids are suffering, and parents are stressed out. Schools should be the first to open, and the las... More

Letter to OCSB on flying the Pride flag

Dear Chairperson Mullan, I write after receiving news that the OCSB will be debating whether to raise the Pride flag to commemorate Pride Month in June. I understand this debate will be... More

Email Update: From splash pads to tennis courts, fighting back makes a difference

Canadians, for the most part, are rule followers. For most things in life, that makes sense.  Taking your turn and waiting in line offer valuable life lessons. Such patience has been important in o... More

COVID Update #66

Ontario has oscillated between cycles of “lockdowns” for over a year during COVID-19, while lives and livelihoods have been lost.  But think of what life would be like in a permanent state of actua... More

COVID Update #65: It's time for justice in long-term care

  Every morning I walked into work this week, I thought of a personal support worker coming off a night shift somewhere at a long-term care (LTC) home.  Why? Because the report from Ontar... More

Letter to Minister Clark on Construction Noise

Non-essential construction is hurting constituents' mental health and putting workers at risk. I'm asking the government to pause residential construction until after the stay-at-home order is lif... More

COVID Update #64: there is no police solution to the opioid crisis

On April 23rd, Carl Reinboth, a harm reduction worker at the Somerset West Community Health Centre, was tragically killed while walking to a local business.  His death appears to be ra... More

COVID Update #63

Premier Ford is a danger to Ontario, and we must organize for better. The good news is we have fought back, and it has made a difference. In fact, we’ve seen three victories in the las... More

MPP Joel Harden, disability rights advocates call on government to remove disability discrimination from triage protocol

QUEENS PARK —MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) called on the government to withdraw disability discrimination from Ontario’s clinical triage protocol and immediately hold a public consultation on how... More