Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

Updates

COVID Update #70: Beyond thoughts and prayers

Last week we grieved a horrific discovery at the site of a residential school, and what it told us about Canada’s violent, colonial roots.  This week we are stunned by another facet of Canadian vio... More

Email Update: 215 more reasons to end Canadian colonialism

Note: what follows is traumatic information. Those with direct or family experience with Indian Residential Schools can contact this helpline: 1-866-925-4419. Canadians are reeling after horrifying... More

MPP Harden's Statement on National AccessAbility Week

MPP Joel Harden's Statement on National AccessAbility Week OTTAWA — Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa Centre issued the following statement to mark National AccessAbility Week: “National AccessAbility We... More

Register now: what kind of schools do we want to reopen?

Register now for our upcoming event: "What kind of schools do we want to reopen?" film screening and panel discussion on the future of public education.  More

Email Update #68: What kind of schools do we want to re-open?

This week our office has been flooded with appeals to open schools.  As a parent myself, I get it: kids are suffering, and parents are stressed out. Schools should be the first to open, and the las... More

Letter to OCSB on flying the Pride flag

Dear Chairperson Mullan, I write after receiving news that the OCSB will be debating whether to raise the Pride flag to commemorate Pride Month in June. I understand this debate will be... More

Email Update: From splash pads to tennis courts, fighting back makes a difference

Canadians, for the most part, are rule followers. For most things in life, that makes sense.  Taking your turn and waiting in line offer valuable life lessons. Such patience has been important in o... More

COVID Update #66

Ontario has oscillated between cycles of “lockdowns” for over a year during COVID-19, while lives and livelihoods have been lost.  But think of what life would be like in a permanent state of actua... More

COVID Update #65: It's time for justice in long-term care

  Every morning I walked into work this week, I thought of a personal support worker coming off a night shift somewhere at a long-term care (LTC) home.  Why? Because the report from Ontar... More

Letter to Minister Clark on Construction Noise

Non-essential construction is hurting constituents' mental health and putting workers at risk. I'm asking the government to pause residential construction until after the stay-at-home order is lif... More