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December 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Discussing the passing of back-to-work legislation and the Conservative Party's Election Readiness and Policy Convention which took place on November 24-35 in Toronto.



 Get your flu shot at Rexall – Any time. Any day. Any Rexall. No appointment necessary

Pembroke, ON, November 9, 2017 – Today, John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, received his flu shot from Rexall Pharmacist, Eric Luloff. The flu shot is now available in Ontario and Rexall is once again making it easy and convenient to receive the vaccine by offering it at any store, at any time, any day – no appointment necessary.

“It’s never been easier to get your flu-shot and more and more people are taking advantage of how easy and convenient it is to get immunized at your local Rexall,” said Luloff. “Rexall pharmacists are committed to improving the health and well-being of our patients and the communities we serve, and getting a flu shot is the most effective way to stay healthy this flu season.

“The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. Getting the flu shot is quick, it's painless, and it's free for anyone who works, lives, or goes to school in Ontario. The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you can protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu. I encourage everyone who is able to do so get a flu shot as soon as possible,” said MPP Yakabuski.

There are a number of other simple steps to prevent the spread of the flu virus including:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to help remove bacteria and viruses. Wash before and after eating, after you have been in a public place, after using the washroom, after coughing and sneezing, and after touching surfaces that may have been contaminated. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective in killing viruses.
  • Keep your hands away from your face. In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • Keep common surface areas clean and disinfected. Doorknobs, light switches, telephones, keyboards and other surfaces can become contaminated with all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of these surfaces with regular household disinfectants can help. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours.
  • If you get sick, stay home. If you think you have the flu, you should stay home until your symptoms are gone. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider.

For more information, please contact:                                                                                        

Derek Tupling        
Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-501-7894
Email: dtupling@rexall.ca

November 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: In this column, Mr. Yakabuski explains how and why electricity bills in Ontario have decreased, and reflects on Remembrance Week.


October 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski reflects on the unseasonable warmth in September, the Renfrew County Plowing Match and International Plowing Match, and talks of Thanksgiving.


August 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Discussing the negative impacts of Bill 148 on Ontario's economy, and how anti-logging alarmists are threatening the jobs of men and women in our province.


June 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski discusses the so-called Fair Hydro Plan, and how it will cost Ontarians as much as $93 billion in the future.


May 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski addresses the catastrophic flooding that has occured this Spring, and provides information on the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program.


April 27th, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Liberal Budget Hides $5 Billion Dollar Deficit

April 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Remembering Vimy Ridge and Happy Easter wishes from John, Vicky and the entire Yakabuski family.


March 23rd, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Liberals and NDP Gang Up to Hurt Rural and Northern Ontario

March 22nd, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Seeks Commitment from Transportation Minister about Highway 17

March 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal Government finally admits their Green Energy Act was a monumental financial disaster, and have instituted a 25% reduction on hydro bills. But as they say, "the devil is in the details", and Mr. Yakabuski details why this change simply isn't good enough.


February 21st, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Re-introduces Private Member’s Bill Demanding Province Treat all Municipalities Equally

February 16th, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Encourages Young Women to Apply to Celebration of 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote in Ontario

February 15th, 2017 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Receives Labour and Training Critic Appointment

February 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: A primer on Liberal controversies, how the gas tax plan unfairly excludes rural Ontario, and more information on the rise of electricity prices.


December 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: The many ways that the Wynne-Liberal government have made life more unaffordable in rural Ontario, and information on the Eye See ... Eye Learn program, which aims to ensure that school-aged children have eye examinations.


The Honourable Steven Del Duca Meets With County Officials and Staff

December 2, 2016

RENFREW, ON: The Hounorable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation attended an information event hosted by MPP John Yakabuski held at St Francis Xavier Hall in Renfrew today. Minister Del Duca had previously expressed an interest in visiting Renfrew County to meet and discuss our key transportation issues and unique culture, when he met with a small delegation of County of Renfrew Elected Officials led by Warden Peter Emon earlier this year at Queens Park...

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Media Advisory - Minister Del Duca to visit County of Renfrew on December 2, 2016


8:15 AM UNTIL 10:15 AM

The Hounorable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation will be attending an information event hosted by MPP John Yakabuski.  Minister Del Duca had previously expressed an interest in visiting Renfrew County to meet and discuss our key transportation issues and unique culture.  Greetings will be brought by MPP John Yakabuski, Warden of the County of Renfrew Peter Emon, and the Mayor of the Town of Renfrew, Don Eady.  Presentations to the Minister will be delivered by the County of Renfrew, Garrison Petawawa, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Mayor of Pembroke Michael LeMay, and the Town of Renfrew.  Minister Del Duca will deliver some remarks, followed by a brief question period.  The event will conclude following a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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November 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Breaking down your Hydro rates; how Liberal legislation has caused a massive spike in the cost of electricity and what you can do about it! Also in this month's column is a quick update concerning the four-lane highway and a reminder to observe Remembrance Day. Lest We Forget.


September 22nd, 2016 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Reintroduces PMB to Help Make Victims of Violence Safer

September 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal Government's energy rebates; too little and too late. In this column Mr. Yakabuski explains why energy costs are skyrocketing in Ontario and why the proposed rebates are simply not enough.


August 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Scarborough-Rouge River by-election and possible Liberal gerrymandering, the hidden costs associated with the Liberal's cap-and-trade legislation, and a health update regarding Mr. Yakabuski.


June 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Thoughts on Premier Kathleen Wynne's new bloated cabinet, a quick comment on our current "construction season" and family related notes.


June 3rd, 2016 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Exposes Liberal’s Plan to Hide Cap and Trade Costs from Natural Gas Consumers

May 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Rising hydro rates due to the Liberal Government are literally tearing families apart, and countering Minister Glen Murray's outlandish positions on electric cars and natural gas phase-outs.


April 19th, 2016 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski Demands Energy Minister Stop the Dangerous Hydro Rate Increases

April 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: A discussion concerning Bill 100, Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act, 2016.


March 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Information about the Liberal budget and the increasing debt it will cause to Ontario.


February 10th, 2016 — Press Release

Topic: Government Should Create an Equal Playing Field with Energy Audits and Retrofits

February 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: An update on Bill 132, Ontario Power Generation has been given the go ahead to refurbish the Darlington and Pickering reactors, a discussion concerning the upcoming Whitby-Oshawa by-election, and a eulogy for McGregor 'Mac' Scobie.


December 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: The Auditor General's Report is an indictment of how the Liberals have managed the affairs of the province; the Bruce Power agreement with Ontario will ensure a stable supply of emissions-free power for 60 years; a new member has joined the Yakabuski family and a Christmas blessing.


December 2nd, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: Liberals Retreat from Municipal Land Transfer Tax Cash Grab

November 25th, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski’s PMB Would Give Power to the People

November 24th, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: Ontario Parks Celebrates Renfrew County Summer Employee

Michaela Leeder of Pembroke has earned an educational bursary for her outstanding work as
an Ontario Parks summer employee.


November 5th, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski’s PMB to Help Keep Victims of Violence Safe Passes Second Reading

November 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal government's staggering ~7 million dollar teacher union payout, the true cost of selling Hydro One, and remembering our veterans; Lest We Forget.


October 27th, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: Yakabuski’s Private Member’s Bill Would Help Keep Victims of Violence Safe

October 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Reflecting on the September 22nd tragedy and a personal talk about family.


September 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: A victorious Conservative by-election sent a clear message to the Liberals, and Mr. Yakabuski discusses Ontario's energy woes caused by Liberal policies.


August 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Federal elections, Hydro One woes and a quick word on this "construction season".


June 11th 2015— Media Release from MPP John Yakabuski Re Changes to ATV Regulations

Pembroke: On June 8th, 2015 the Ontario Government announced that regulations regarding the use of all-terrain and utility vehicles will be updated as of July 1st, 2015.


May 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Schedule Nine of the 2015-16 Budget: Dealing with the sale of Hydro One


Take your MPP to Work

(Pembroke) May 15th, 2015

Joan (pharmacy), John, Janet (Charge Nurse), Bernie (RN)

MPP John Yakabuski was at St. Francis Memorial Hospital today to join Nurse Janet Lynch in her work place as part of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) annual Take Your MPP to Work event.

Now in its 15th year, the event gives politicians an up-close look at how registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) work, across a broad range of sectors, to keep Ontarians healthy and care for them when they are ill. It also provides politicians with a snapshot of the health system's needs, so they can bring that knowledge back to Queen's Park, says RNAO President Vanessa Burkoski.

"The best policy is informed by first-hand experience," says Burkoski, a former Provincial Chief Nursing Officer. "Take Your MPP to Work brings Ontario's policymakers right into the heart of the health system, where they can see what's working, and where more RNs are needed to provide outstanding care to the province's people."

 “Nursing is as important as any other component of projects undertaken by hospitals and other health organizations to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of health care,” said MPP Yakabuski. “Nurses play a very meaningful role in the health and well-being of the patients they support, and I tip my hat to them for a job well done,” he added.

This year marks the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario's (RNAO) 90th anniversary. RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. For more information about RNAO, visit RNAO.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

May 1st, 2015 — Press Release

Topic: A discussion about the Auditor General’s report on Winter Highway Maintenance


April 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: A breakdown of the Liberal's "pay to pollute" legislation and an update on the Hydro One affair.



March 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Thoughts and information about the Kathleen Wynne political scandal, the privatization of Hydro One and the Liberals' hunger for cash, and improving Renfrew County's highways.