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March 19th, 2017

Bahá'í Naw-Rúz

Been a part of a multicultural community gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate many different traditions. The western world celebrates January 1st as the new year. The Chinese New Year is celebrated later, based on the lunar calendar. Those of the Bahá'í faith celebrate their new year, Naw-Rúz on the vernal equinox. It is a festive event observed with meetings for prayer and music and dancing. It is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia, and by those of the Bahá'í faith here in London.

January 30th, 2017

NDP STATEMENT ON THE TERROR ATTACK IN QUEBEC CITY

“The terrorist attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec last night has shaken this country.

January 24th, 2017

Statement on the Canada 150 Medal

I am disappointed that the Liberal government has chosen not to proceed with a Canada 150 Medal. Honoring the service and dedication of Canadians is an important part of celebrating who we are as a nation and the celebration of Canadians should be an integral part of our 150th birthday commemorations.

December 15th, 2016

2016 Christmas Office Closure

The constituency office will be closed for regular business as of Tuesday December 20th at 4:30pm.

December 6th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

New Democrat Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

November 11th, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016 Message

NDP STATEMENT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

NDP Veterans Affairs Critic, Irene Mathyssen, made the following statement on Remembrance Day:

February 26th, 2016

2016 Free Income Tax Clinic for Low Income Londoners

Again this year my office will be a host site for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program coordinated by the Canada Revenue Agency.

February 8th, 2016

Canada 150 Infrastructure Program $1.8 Million London Investment

LONDON—I was pleased to join London’s Mayor, Matt Brown, and my fellow London MPs Kate Young and Peter Fragiskatos for the announcement today of a $1.8 Million investment in the London community through the federal Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

February 4th, 2016

NDP: DEMOCRATIC REFORM MUST BE DEMOCRATIC

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.

February 1st, 2016

Statement on Black History Month

This Black History Month, New Democrats join Canadians in honouring the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Despite their many achievements and contributions to our society, black Canadians are often missing from our history books and their sacrifices not well known or recognized.

December 6th, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

NDP Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

November 25th, 2015

Canada's Syrian Refugee Program

The Government of Canada has announced its plan for resettling more Syrian Refugees in Canada. The government will bring in 10,000 refugees before December 31 and 15,000 more by the end of February. The program will cost $678 million over six years.

November 24th, 2015

Community & London Police Service Partnership Working Group

Now accepting applications for the Community/London Police Service Collaboration and Partnership Working Group!

City Councillor Mo Mohamed Salih and London Police Service Chief of Police John Pare will co-facilitate a Working Group that will draw from expertise and experiences of members of the community with the goal of strengthening police relationships with the London Community.

November 19th, 2015

Thank You

I am extremely grateful and humbled by this opportunity to once again serve London families and our community. I thank you all for your trust in me and I will work hard to bring your voice to Ottawa. I also want to thank all of those who volunteered their time to assist me during this campaign. I am truly honoured by your dedication.

June 11th, 2015

Nominations for Persons Case Awards 2015

OTTAWA, June 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Status of Women Canada is calling for nominations for the 36th Annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize five individuals, including two youth, who have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of equality for women and girls in Canada.

June 8th, 2015

Changes to Citizenship Eligibility

Changes to Canadian Citizenship Eligibility

Key changes include (in force June 11, 2015):

Adult applicants must now be physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years) during the six years before the date of their application, and they must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of four calendar years within the qualifying period. This is aimed at ensuring that citizenship applicants develop a strong attachment to Canada. Applicants between the ages of 14 and 64 must meet basic knowledge and language requirements. This is aimed at ensuring that more new citizens are better prepared for life in Canada. Citizenship will be automatically extended to additional “Lost Canadians” on June 11th, who were born before 1947, and did not become citizens on January 1, 1947 when the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. This will also apply to their children born in the first generation outside Canada. Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship. To help improve program integrity, there are now stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison). This is aimed at deterring unscrupulous applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or advise others to do so. The newly-designated Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the new regulatory body for citizenship consultants. Only members of the ICCRC, lawyers or notaries (including paralegals and students at law) can be paid to provide citizenship applicants with representation or advice.

June 2nd, 2015

Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and the NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement following the vote on the abolition of the federal tax on feminine hygiene products:

May 12th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR WOMEN

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:

April 2nd, 2015

Enabling Accessibility Fund Accepting Applications

The Community Accessibility Stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund launched a call for applications last week. The Fund is designed to offer financing to eligible recipients, in order to develop projects aimed at improving accessibility in communities across Canada. This includes:

December 3rd, 2014

Mathyssen Elected NDP Caucus Chair

NDP MPs elected Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) today as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) to be Vice-Chair.

November 26th, 2014

IMPORTANT ID & TRAVEL INFORMATION

With the arrival of our first snow fall, and the coming holiday season, many constituents often approach my office seeking last minute help with travel identification.

November 10th, 2014

Remembrance Day Video Message

June 3rd, 2014

NDP's National Aging Strategy

CONSERVATIVES HAVE FAILED SENIORS, NDP HAS LISTENED

Mathyssen hosts round table to release NDP’s National Strategy on Aging

OTTAWA –Between the 2006 and 2011 the Census for the City of London showed that the population of Canadians aged 65 years and older increased by 11%. Tired by the lack of action from the Conservatives, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats, led by MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) who was named the Seniors Critic by the late Jack Layton in 2011, undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today that strategy was released by Mathyssen to a round table of stakeholders.

March 3rd, 2014

My View on the so-called "Fair Elections Act"

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have a bad record when it comes to respecting our elections laws. Now they want to skew the next election in their favour with voter suppression tactics straight out of the US Republican playbook.

February 14th, 2014

2014 Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

It is important to file your taxes before the end of April. Failing to file on time can lead to suspension of any government benefits, and if you have an amount owing, interest and penalities can accumulate rapidly.

February 3rd, 2014

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANADIANS TRAVELLING TO SOCHI OLYMPICS

As the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games draws closer, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has prepared a new, dedicated web page where Canadians travelling to Sochi can register prior to departure and find the latest on relevant topics, such as travel health insurance, travel advice on security conditions, local laws and more. Click the Headed to Sochi button below to visit the site.

January 10th, 2014

Canada Day Challenge 2014

If you're between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you're invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free. You could win some really great prizes, including a VIP invitation to attend Canada Day 2014 events on Parliament Hill!

December 16th, 2013

2013 Seasons Greetings

November 4th, 2013

Remembrance Day Message

October 25th, 2013

Statement on Small Business Week

LONDON – Small and independent businesses help sustain local communities, produce local jobs and ensure Canadians’ hard earned dollars remain in their communities. As small business week comes to a close, New Democrats congratulate small and independent businesses for all the valuable contributions they provide to communities across Canada.

October 23rd, 2013

Department of Finance Report-NDP best fiscal record

Department of Finance Report Continues to Show the NDP has the Best Fiscal Record in Government

October 10th, 2013

Canada’s Alice Munroe Receives Noble Prize for Literature

London, ON – Alice Munroe has become the first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is only the 13th woman in the 112 year history of the prize to be accorded such an honour.

July 29th, 2013

PRIDE ORGANIZER RECIEVES GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S AWARD

LONDON –A volunteer in many capacities, including the past president of the London Pride Festival, Eugene Dustin was honoured on Sunday during the closing ceremonies at the 2013 Pride Festival with the Governor-General's "Caring Canadian Award".

June 27th, 2013

Share your priorities for Budget 2014

Have your say: Share your priorities for Budget 2014

June 26th, 2013

Information on Direct Deposit of Government Benefits & Payments

Did you know that the Government of Canada issues close to 275 million federal payments every year? While 79 % of these payments are deposited directly into bank accounts, 21 % are still printed as cheques that must be deposit at bank counters or ATMs. That's an astounding 58 million cheques that need to be printed, mailed and processed each year.

June 17th, 2013

PROCESSING DELAY FOR VISITOR & PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS

*PROCESSING DELAYS FOR VISAS*

The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action after going months without a new contract. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been conducting rotating walk outs in offices both in Canada and overseas.

June 10th, 2013

Passport Changes July 1st, 2013

An update on recent developments related to Canada’s passport program.

1. Responsibility for passport program shifts departments July 2: On May 8, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley announced that effective July 2, 2013, primary responsibility for Passport Canada will move to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship. Service Canada will assume responsibility for passport operations, including the 34 passport offices across the country and the call centres.

June 4th, 2013

Improving Your Online Privacy

In the digital age, your online privacy is a serious issue. Canada's privacy laws have not kept pace with rapid advancements in technology.

May 6th, 2013

Londoners Honoured with Presentation of Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award

LONDON – As Canadians celebrate Asian Heritage month, two members of London’s Chinese-Canadian community received a special honour as MP Irene Mathyssen (NDP, London-Fanshawe) presented them with the Governor-General’s “Caring Canadian Award”.

May 5th, 2013

Environment Canada Grant Supports ReForest London Tree Planting

Two London MP’s announced a $55,000 grant from Environment Canada to ReForest London. The grant will allow the non-profit organization to plant 3,000 native tree and shrubs in 10 park projects throughout the city. The grant was announced Saturday at Coronation Park, where 60 volunteers planted over 250 trees and shrubs in this newer park in northwest London.

April 24th, 2013

Future of Canada Post Public Input Opportunity

Yesterday, the Conference Board of Canada released a report on the future of Canada Post.

March 6th, 2013

CANADA DAY YOUTH CHALLENGE 2013!

Canada Day Challenge 2013

Be original. Be creative. Be part of the new Canada Day Challenge!

If you’re between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you’re invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free. You could win some really great prizes, including a VIP invitation to attend Canada Day 2013 events on Parliament Hill!

February 7th, 2013

2013 INCOME TAX CLINICS

Again this year my office will be a host site for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program coordinated by the Canada Revenue Agency.

September 13th, 2012

Important Information About Riding Boundary Changes

Proposed boundaries for Ontario have been released. Please visit: http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/ to view maps and obtain additional information.

June 20th, 2012

Canadians invited to share their priorities for the 2013 federal budget

Learn more below about how you can share your priorities for Budget 2013!

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has launched its annual pre-budget consultation process, which will result in a report to be tabled in the House of Commons prior to the December 2012 parliamentary break.

June 4th, 2012

New Horizons for Seniors Program Calls for Proposals

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Community-based projects

Grants of up to $25,000 per year, per organization are available for projects that encourage seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues.

June 3rd, 2012

Queen's Jubilee Medal Recipients

MP Irene Mathyssen is pleased to announce the following members of our community have been selected as recipients of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contributions to our community.

May 15th, 2012

Public Consultation on the Harper Budget

New Democrats announced today that they will take the study of the sweeping Conservative budget implementation bill to the public, holding a series of hearings in Ottawa and across the country. MP Irene Mathyssen will be hosting a hearing for her constituents in London:

Tuesday May 22nd 6:30pm-8:00pm Community Meeting Room Constituency Office of Irene Mathyssen 1700-D Dundas St.

April 19th, 2012

My Visit to Vimy Ridge for the 95th Anniversary

From April 6, 2012 to April 10, 2012, our Canadian delegation participated in events at Carriere Wellington in Arras, France, a guided tour of the Vimy monument and the trenches and tunnels of Vimy, private wreath-laying events at the Sanctuary Wood Memorial, Passchendaele and the St. Julien Memorial in Ypres. For the wreath –laying ceremonies, we were privileged to be accompanied by Canadian Forces members, Patricia Varga the Royal Canadian Legion, Neil McKinnon Army Navy and Air Force veterans, Gene Heesaker The National Council of Veterans, Retired Colonel Robert O’Brien and Reno St-Germain Veterans NATO UN Group. The opportunity to honour the young Canadians lost in WWI reminds us how much we owe to the Canadians we remember, our peacekeepers, modern day veterans and the Canadian Forces of the present.

April 4th, 2012

CUTS TO NATIONAL DEFENCE AFFECT WOLSELEY BARRACKS

Layoff of core staff will hurt local economy and make soldiers pick up the slack

March 25th, 2012

Mathyssen Welcomes Thomas Mulcair as New Leader

OTTAWA – At the 2012 New Democratic Party Leadership Convention in Toronto on March 24, the NDP elected Thomas Mulcair (MP Outremont) as their new leader.

March 2nd, 2012

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM

WHERE: Irene Mathyssen MP Constituency Office

February 3rd, 2012

CATERPILLAR SHUTS DOWN ELECTRO-MOTIVE IN LONDON

MATHYSSEN AND ARMSTRONG ANGERED AS COMMUNITY HIT WITH MORE JOB LOSSES

LONDON – Today Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) has been shut down by its parent company Caterpillar Inc. The plant has been in operation in London since 1949.

January 11th, 2012

Mathyssen to Electro-Motive: Get Back to the Bargaining Table

LONDON –In an open letter to management, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) calls the claims that massive cuts to the wages of workers in order to remain competitive "hollow" and "not supported by the facts", and calls on the company to return to the bargaining table in good faith to get a new contract in place.

December 14th, 2011

Action for Attawapiskat is Long Overdue

The Attawapiskat First Nation has been fighting for years for the most basic services other Canadians take for granted.

November 16th, 2011

Public Consultation on the Registered Disability Savings Plan

The federal government has launched a public consultation process on the long term savings program which allows persons with disabilities to put money aside for later and receive grants and bonds from the government.

November 12th, 2011

HONOURING VETERANS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

People gathered at cenotaphs and legions around the country yesterday to observe Remembrance Day ceremonies and honour Canada’s veterans. It is very important we continue to honour those who have served Canada, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

October 1st, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY // LE NPD SOULIGNE LA JOURNÉE NATIONALE DES AÎNÉS

NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY

OTTAWA – Today, Canada celebrates National Senior’s Day. It is a day to recognize how important seniors are to the fabric of Canada. A day to recognize the work they do in their homes, in their communities and in business.

August 22nd, 2011

A final letter to Canadians from the Honourable Jack Layton

August 20, 2011 Toronto, Ontario

Dear Friends,

Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.

August 22nd, 2011

In Memory of Jack Layton

Jack Layton's leadership, friendship and strength will be deeply missed, but we will strive to make his legacy live on by building the better Canada that he dedicated his life to. His message of hope will be remembered, as will his years of service to our country. If you are in London on Saturday and you wish to join friends to watch the celebration of Jack's life, people will be gathering at the Aeolian Hall. The doors open at noon and all are welcome. Aeolian Hall is located at 795 Dundas St. E.

August 19th, 2011

Open Letter to Mayor Fontana on London "Jobs Summit"

Dear Mayor Fontana:

I am sorry that I am not able to attend the meeting of August 12, 2011. I want you to know that I am very concerned about the employment challenges facing Londoners and want to work with my colleagues at all levels of government to ease the job crisis in London. My assistant Shawn Lewis will be present on Friday on my behalf.

June 24th, 2011

WHAT YOUR MP CAN DO FOR CONSTITUENTS:

The work I do in Ottawa on your behalf is important. But, it is equally important for an MP to work with and for the constituents of the riding, to ensure fair and timely access to federal government programs and services and to help sort out problems in these areas when they arise. My staff and I make every effort to assist constituents with matters that fall under federal jurisdiction. When possible, we also do what we can to refer constituents to non-governmental organizations that may be able to provide support and assistance with other problems constituents may encounter. My staff and I are not able to extend assistance to constituents experiencing problems with other levels of government, but we would be happy to provide you information and refer you to the appropriate office.