2020-09-25

Community Champion: Girls Inc

During #GenderEqualityWeek, it is important to focus on leaders in our community making a positive change. @girlsinc is a local organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women to seek the highest quality of life possible.

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2020-09-21

Gender Equality Week Trivia

Canada’s Gender Equality Week this year is celebrated between September 20 and 26.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of gender equality in our country.

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2020-08-06

Helping fund attainable, high-quality rental housing

I can’t recall ever spending so much time at home. Sure, the weather has been much nicer than during the start of this pandemic, and many restrictions have been lifted, but home is still the place where our families can shelter no matter how long COVID-19 persists. This is a ‘luxury’ many of us take for granted, but we all …

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2020-08-01

Community Champion: Aurora Chamber of Commerce

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce has been working with the business community to provide leadership and support through the pandemic for the last 3 months. The support the Chamber provided began with an outreach by survey to the business community and personal calls to over 300 businesses to determine the needs of local businesses. Pivoting quickly the Chamber moved to …

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2020-08-01

Community Champion: Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce (NCOC) reacted quickly to the first signs of shutdown. Since then, they have launched a long list of programs and initiatives, focused in three key areas: crisis, continuity, and recovery. Here are a few that continue to make a positive difference in our community. The NCOC has partnered with the Town of Newmarket to form …

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2020-07-08

Canada’s Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020

” I ran in Newmarket-Aurora on a campaign of fiscal responsibility, yet I still believe the measures we took to ensure our well being were, and continue to be, the right decisions. COVID-19 has been the greatest challenge many of us have ever faced. I have seen firsthand its dramatic impact on lives, communities and businesses, and I am proud of how quickly and effectively we have responded.” – Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament, Newmarket-Aurora

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2020-07-01

The Great Canadians Quiz

Answers are provided at the end of the Quiz for self evaluation. Who was the 1st woman elected to the federal government?            A) Harriet Dick B) Agnes Macphail C) Rose Mary Henderson Who was the 1st Canadian to command the International Space Station?       A) Marc Garneau B) Dave Williams C) Chris Hadfield Who invented the Cardiac Pacemaker?          A) John Hopps …

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2020-07-01

100th anniversary of Elections Canada

On July 1, 1920, Parliament created one of the world’s first non-partisan election office independent of any government or political party – the Chief Electoral Officer, now commonly called Elections Canada. Before 1920, federal elections were managed by government officials who relied on provincial voters lists. The provinces also determined the eligibility of voters in their jurisdiction. In 1920, a …

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2020-07-01

Happy Canada Day!

I love this country and am proud to be a Canadian. I was born in the Netherlands, and like many Canadians before and after us, my family’s path to this country was paved by war. We came here shortly after World War II, to a country that has always welcomed refugees fleeing devastation and conflict – offering them the promise …

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2020-06-30

International Day of Parliamentarism

Tony Van Bynen Swearing in ceremony/ Cérémonie d'assermentation

On June 30, 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was established as the global organization of national parliaments. Since then, the IPU has empowered parliaments and parliamentarians around the globe to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the role of parliaments as a cornerstone of democracy. The resolution also designated …

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