Northerners Helping Each Other Through Pandemic Winter


Ottawa – Despite the pandemic and lockdown measures, people across Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing have been doing their best to raise spirits and bring a smile to others, according to MP Carol Hughes.

Hughes told parliament that residents of Northern Ontario have taken to social media to share their talents, stories, and ways they are helping others through the winter during the pandemic.

“That’s how I learned of Thessalon First Nation’s Snow Sculpture Contest, said Hughes.  “And where I hear concerts from fantastic musicians like George C. Williamsons and his grandson Cole Hughson or Robbie Shawana all from Manitoulin Island and Smooth Rock Falls’ Johnny Lemieux with Estelle Deschamps.”

Hughes pointed to community minded projects undertaken by individuals that are helping others get outdoors and enjoy the season.

“In Espanola, Dennis Lendrum and volunteers have been improving the Black Creek Sno-shoe Trail on the Espanola Game and Fish Club’s property for all to enjoy,” said Hughes. “In Wawa, brothers Myles & Spencer Jennings are clearing and maintaining a skating path and small hockey rink on Wawa Lake.”

Hughes also noted contributions from the Kapuskasing Rotary Club that is hosting a photo scavenger hunt on their hiking trails, and students from schools in Blind River and Assiginack who made valentines to share with seniors in their communities.

“It’s clear that Canadians are finding innovative ways to help each other through the pandemic and easy to see that we are truly in this together,” said Hughes.

Les habitants du Nord s’entraident pendant l’hiver pandémique

Ottawa – La pandémie et les mesures de confinement n’ont rien enlevé à la capacité des gens d’Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing de se remonter le moral et de répandre la bonne humeur, a indiqué la députée Carol Hughes.

Mme Hughes a dit au Parlement que les résidents du Nord de l’Ontario utilisent les médias sociaux pour afficher leurs talents, partager des expériences et parler de différentes façons de s’entraider en cet hiver de pandémie.

« C’est sur les médias sociaux que j’ai entendu parler du concours de sculpture sur neige de la Première Nations de Thessalon, a déclaré Mme Hughes. Et que j’écoute aux concerts des musiciens formidables, comme George C. Williamson et son petit‑fils Cole Hughson, ainsi que Robbie Shawana, tous de l’île Manitoulin, ou encore à ceux de Johnny Lemieux de Smooth Rock Falls avec Estelle Deschamps. »

Mme Hughes a attiré l’attention sur des projets communautaires qui encouragent les gens à passer du temps dehors et à profiter de la saison.

« À Espanola, Dennis Lendrum et des bénévoles ont dégagé le sentier Black Creek Sno-Shoe Trail, sur les terrains du Club de chasse et pêche, et toute la population peut en profiter, a‑t‑elle signalé.

À Wawa, les frères Myles et Spencer Jennings aménagent et entretiennent une piste de patinage et une petite patinoire de hockey sur le lac Wawa. »

Mme Hughes a aussi souligné les contributions du Club Rotary de Kapuskasing, qui organise une chasse au trésor photo dans ses sentiers de randonnée, et des élèves de l’École Secondaire Jeunesse Nord de Blind River ainsi que l’École publique d’Assiginack, qui ont confectionné des valentins pour les personnes âgées de leur communauté.

« Les Canadiens trouvent des façons nouvelles de s’entraider durant la pandémie. Il est évident que nous traversons cette période tous ensemble », a conclu Mme Hughes.

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Carol Hughes MP
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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