QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: This week in the Ontario Legislature, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller rose to encourage residents to shop local this Holiday season.
Mr. Norman Miller: I rise today, as we approach the holiday season, to remind residents of Parry Sound–Muskoka and all Ontarians of the importance of shopping locally. This is particularly true in smaller communities, like the towns and villages in my riding. Buying your Christmas presents from a local store, manufacturer or artist supports jobs in your town.
Residents of Bracebridge have a great opportunity to support local jobs this year by shopping at the temporary location of Rich Hill Candles. Rich Hill Candles closed last year after a fire. While they wait for their main location to be rebuilt, they’ve opened a temporary store on Manitoba Street.
Buying locally grown food for your holiday festivities supports local farmers like Currie’s Corner Farm in Huntsville and the Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery in Bala.
Speaking of the Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery, I want to congratulate them on winning the Excellence in Innovation Ontario Business Achievement Award this year. This is a prestigious award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Buying locally produced maple syrup supports your neighbors who make maple syrup, and our area has a number of award-winning maple syrup producers. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mike and Sarah Clapperton of Loring on winning two awards for their maple syrup at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, including the John David Eaton World Championship Cup.
These award-winning businesses demonstrate the high quality of products produced right in our backyard. Whether you’re buying food, decorations or presents, I encourage everyone to give this gift to your community: Shop local this Christmas.