Hughes highlights summer celebrations in AMK

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OTTAWA- “Summer is here and I invite all to come visit my beautiful riding of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing,” said MP Carol Hughes yesterday in a statement to the House of Commons.

The summer is a busy time in AMK, featuring many events all across the riding. Hughes was able to feature a few, starting with Ontario’s largest celebration of St. Jean Baptist happening in Kapuskasing this weekend and the numerous National Aboriginal Day celebrations being held across the riding on June 21st.

Hughes went on to talk about some of the historic landmarks in AMK; “Wawa will reveal their new ‘Wawa Goose’, the largest landmark of its kind in Canada and one of the most photographed landmarks in North America.” This well-known landmark stands poised over the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 101.

Echo Bay will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Big Loonie Monument, built to commemorate Robert Ralph Carmicheal, the artist whose work is featured on the Loonie coin and native of Echo Bay.

Hughes also highlighted the Lester B. Pearson collection exhibit at the Old Mill Heritage Centre Museum in Kagawong running from May to October. She encouraged Prime Minister Trudeau to attend, joining Pearson’s granddaughter for the official opening on August 10th.”

“All this and so much more happening in AMK this summer! Hope to see you there,” Hughes concluded.

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Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.

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