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Jul 07, 2015 at 07:02 AM


Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
online polls or sending me an e-mail. This website is here for you, so
please share your thoughts and ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

 
 

Military Veterans get increased access to government jobs
Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Military Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel get increased access to federal public service jobs

June 30, 2015 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs announced today that the Veterans Hiring Act (Bill C-27) comes into force tomorrow, July 1, 2015.

The Veterans Hiring Act makes it easier for Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are leaving the military to secure jobs in the federal public service. It does so by amending the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)—the Act which governs the federal public service staffing process.

Starting on Canada Day, eligible military Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces personnel will have increased access to jobs with the federal government.

Quick Facts

  • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans whose medical release is attributable to military service are eligible for up to five years of statutory priority hiring status in the federal public service.
  • Statutory status provides the highest level of priority in the hiring process.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans whose medical release is not due to a service-related injury or illness are eligible for up to five years of regulatory priority hiring status in the federal public service, an increase from the current two years.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Veterans who honourably release with at least three years of military service will now receive preference in externally advertised public service employment processes.
  • Still-serving  Canadian Armed Forces personnel and military Veterans who honourably release with at least three years of military service will now be able to view and apply for internally advertised public service employment processes.

“The Government of Canada is keeping its commitment to help military Veterans thrive while making the transition to civilian life. With the coming into force of the Veterans Hiring Act, we have moved one step closer to achieving this goal. The federal public service will benefit from having more military Veterans join its ranks. Canadian Armed Forces Veterans bring more to the table than a set of valuable skills; they bring dedication, loyalty and integrity to all they do.”
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs

“Those who wear the uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces serve Canada with loyalty, pride, and a commitment to excellence. The Government knows Veterans will continue to exhibit these qualities after their time in the Forces is complete. That is why we are encouraging them to join the federal public service.”
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence


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  • News Release – Government of Canada Announces Priority Hiring for Injured Veterans
  • Backgrounder – Priority consideration for federal public service jobs for medically released Veterans with a service-related injury
  • Backgrounder – Improved Access to Federal Public Service Jobs for Veterans


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Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to ensuring Veterans are treated with the care, compassion and respect they deserve. Veterans and their families are at the centre of everything VAC does.

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Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Centre ready for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games
Jun 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Government of Canada provides support to upgrade historic St. Catharines rowing venue

St. Catharines - Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), today announced funding of up to $714,397 from the Government of Canada for upgrades to the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Centre, a historic world-class rowing facility and host to the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, including up to $250,000 to improve the entranceway to the spectator grandstand.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada has committed up to $714,397 toward renovations to the facility, including the installation of a new lane marking system (buoys), the removal and replacement of an existing bridge linking the rowing facility to the mainland, and the improvement of the entranceway to the spectator grandstands. This funding is part of the federal government’s commitment of up to $500 million to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The City of St. Catharines contributed a total of $364,883 to the project.
  • The Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course will be the site for 14 men’s and women’s rowing events at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, with competition scheduled for July 11 to 15. After the Games, the Royal Canadian Henley will remain the home of North America’s largest rowing regatta, which it has hosted for more than 130 years.
  • During the Year of Sport in Canada, the Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in sport according to their talents and interests. In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government doubled the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000 to help offset the costs of parents enrolling their children in organized sport. At the same time, it will be investing an additional $20 million in the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, to ensure they continue to have what they need to push for the podium today and in the future.

 “It’s an honour for our city to be hosting the rowing competitions at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this historic course, which will not only allow Canadians to compete here at home during the Year of Sport in Canada, but also enable them to continue to train for decades to come.”
—Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines)

"This is an historic event for St. Catharines. With some of the world’s best rowers visiting our hometown this summer, this is an opportunity to showcase our city and the Royal Canadian Henley course as a world-class sports tourism destination. This investment will carry legacy value for generations to come.”
—Walter Sendzik, Mayor, City of St. Catharines.

"Bringing the Games to life requires significant help from our government partners. Their investment in Henley not only contributes to the operation of these games, but also ensures that Canadians for generations can compete and train in this storied sport in this historic location.”
—Saad Rafi, chief executive officer, TORONTO 2015

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Lock 1 Canal Fencing to be Replaced
Jun 19, 2015 at 01:23 PM

Federal government responds to local concerns

St. Catharines – Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra today announced that in response to concerns brought to him by his constituents, the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority will remove the recently installed eight feet tall security fencing along Charles Ansell Park at Lock 1 and replace it with a structure that will be much more aesthetically pleasing.

“I completely understand the need to ensure the security of our waterways across the country”, said Dykstra. “And I’m very pleased we’ve been able to come up with a solution that balances that requirement with the historic nature of the canal and the needs of our community and tourists to enjoy the area.”

Security fencing has been going up along the canal in areas designated as interchange points, which are part of a post 9/11 directive in 2004 when new Marine Transportation Security Regulations came into effect.

The decorative replacement will be going up within the next thirty days.

Contact:  Karen Moncur
  905-934-6767

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