2021-11-24

Canada History Week

Tony wearing a Canada day T-shirt

Questions 1:  Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Indigenous peoples.  Name them. 2:  Approximately what percentage of Canada’s population identifies as Indigenous? 3:  The word Inuit, in the Inuit language of Inuktut means? 4:  Who is the first Indigenous Governor General of Canada? 5:  This Canadian born singer and Indigenous advocate was recently honoured with a commemorative stamp by Canada …

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2021-09-30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Tony speaking in the house during orange shirt day

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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2021-09-26

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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2021-08-06

#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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2021-06-22

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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2021-06-09

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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2021-06-08

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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2021-06-03

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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2021-05-06

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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