National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, September 30th marks our first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and fulfills recommendation #80 of Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action. September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day, started in 2013 by a remarkable and courageous woman – Phyllis Webstad.  It commemorates …

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#IndigenousReads Book Club

As part of National Indigenous History Month, my team and I committed to broadening our understanding of Indigenous cultures and history through the lens of various Indigenous authors. For our #IndigenousReads book club, we each picked a book and we are sharing some of what we’ve learned from these stories. Scroll down for our book reports. Do you have a book to …

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Supporting the Ban on Conversion Therapy in Canada

As we find ourselves in the midst of Pride Month, it is important to acknowledge the resilience and spirit of LGBTQ2 people in Canada and across the world. This remains an important time to reflect on the history of Pride as a protest against violence on the LGBTQ2 community, as a celebration of strength and solidarity, and as a call …

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Happy Pride!

In June, we welcome Pride season in Canada, and around the world. This is a time to celebrate the resilience, spirit and presence of the LGBTQ2 people in communities like Newmarket-Aurora, and across the country.   It is also a time to reflect on hard-fought human rights, and the work that remains to be done. This is even more important now as so many communities continue to face oppression, violence, …

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The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the decades long advocacy from families and survivors, the Government of Canada launched an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.   This work began in 2015 with a pre-inquiry across the country, and officially launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and …

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Supporting the TRIPS waiver

I joined colleagues from all parties in signing a letter to call our government to endorse the proposed TRIPS waiver and support global vaccine equity. The TRIPS waiver suspends intellectual property on vaccines, and is a step forward in prioritizing public health over profit, so we can all get through this pandemic.

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Backgrounder: A Plan to Permanently Fund Public Transit and Support Economic Recovery

Backgrounder Historic investments made since 2015 Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $13 billion for public transit projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the Canada Infrastructure Bank. These historic investments in public transit have resulted in over 1,300 projects right across the country. Thanks to these investments, more …

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