Temporary Changes to the EI Program

As announced in Budget 2021, temporary measures under the Employment Insurance (EI) program came into effect on September 26, 2021. These measures will be in place for a one-year period from September 26, 2021, until September 24, 2022, and include: Implementing a uniform entrance requirement of 420 insurable hours of employment for EI regular and special benefits; Ensuring that all …

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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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Statement on the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at Kamloops Indian Residential School

My heartfelt sympathies go to the families of the 215 children, the families of those who never made it home, and to survivors of residential schools.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed 24/7 by calling 1-866-925-4419.

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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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NAYC Reacts to Budget 2021

The Newmarket-Aurora Youth Council (NAYC) was able to meet with MP Tony Van Bynen for a pre-budget consultation where we were able to collectively voice our concerns through discussions and surveys.

We were super excited to see so many of our recommendations regarding child-care, student debt and skills development, housing, equality, and the environment reflected in the 2021 budget.

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