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This Sunday — Toronto-St. Paul’s Summit on Urban Indigenous Strategy

Posted on November 18, 2016 | No Comments

The Indigenous population is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, with 56% of Indigenous peoples living in urban areas. (2011 National Household Survey)

 

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has one of the largest urban Indigenous populations in Canada. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, there are 78,475 urban Indigenous people in the GTA.

 

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy is one of the only existing federal programs that services the urban Indigenous population.

 

Budget 2016 renewed funding for the Urban Aboriginal Strategy until March 2017 and committed to review and strengthen the program.

 

The Government of Canada will be announcing changes to the Urban Aboriginal Strategy in 2017, and is currently working with Inuit, Métis, First Nations and others to identify ways to improve programs and services to better meets the needs of the urban Indigenous population.

 

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Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance on November 11th 2016

Posted on November 11, 2016 | No Comments

This morning it was an honour to represent the Government of Canada at Queen’s Park for Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance.

Every year in our household we remember my Dad, who landed at Juno Beach as part of the 30th Battalion and then defended the bridge at Nijmegen. We remember Peter’s father, who was a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain – ‘one of the few’.

And we always read Peter’s father’s favourite poem:

The drum is silent now,
And the wind sighs
Where once they walked;
And the stars, which watched
The valour of their days,
At each new dusk
Remember.

Lest We Forget

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Remembrance Day as a holiday? Let’s examine it – My Town Crier Magazine (December Issue)

Posted on November 11, 2016 | No Comments

Should Remembrance Day be a statutory holiday?

This debate continues in Parliament as, once again, a Private Member’s Bill has been introduced in the House of Commons that would make Remembrance Day a national legal holiday.

Members of the Canadian Forces have generally opposed the idea, as they work on statutory holidays. The Royal Canadian Legion also has not been in favour of such a change. Personally, I have always loved being invited to visit schools on November 11th, to join veterans and other speakers in an auditorium for a service of remembrance. Every year, teachers and students do an amazing job putting on a special programme that honours our veterans – those that gave their lives, as well as those whose lives were forever changed by the experience.

Peter and I also love being at the cenotaph at Old City Hall, where the sentry soldiers representing each war stand motionless throughout a truly powerful ceremony. We cannot help but be moved as ‘In Flanders Field’ is read (sometimes a little badly), ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past’ is sung, and the Last Post played on the trumpet. We look skyward to the roar of the flypast, and then watch as the wreaths are presented one by one.

I often wonder: If November 11th were to become a national ‎holiday, would there still be thousands of children and youth joining us to participate in the ceremony?

I am not so sure.

If Remembrance Day was a holiday, could the school events be done on the day before? Perhaps. But where would the majority of children be at 11:00 AM, as the country observes the moment of silence? If they weren’t in school for those ceremonies, would students consider November 11th to be any different than just another day off?

Again, I am not sure.

But one thing is for sure. Every year in our household we remember my Dad, who landed at Juno Beach as part of the 30th Battalion and then defended the bridge at Nijmegen. We remember Peter’s father, who was a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain – ‘one of the few’.

‎And we always read Peter’s father’s favourite poem:

The drum is silent now,
And the wind sighs
Where once they walked;
And the stars, which watched
The valour of their days,
At each new dusk
Remember.

Let us continue the debate about whether Remembrance Day should be a statutory holiday. Let me know what you think. But, regardless, we all need to make the time for the ceremonies that ensure we Never Forget.

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Carolyn laying a wreath at Old City Hall during a previous Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Remembrance Day

Posted on November 10, 2016 | No Comments

  On November 11th, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of the women and men who have served Canada – those who gave their lives, […]

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Toronto-St. Paul’s Summit: Urban Indigenous Strategy

Posted on November 9, 2016 | No Comments

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House of Commons Speech – First Nations Child and Family Services

Posted on November 1, 2016 | No Comments

Our Government is putting the needs of First Nations children first.  Canada is fully committed to a complete overhaul of child and family services (CFS) on […]

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Enhancement: A Roundtable Discussion with Skills for Change

Posted on October 22, 2016 | No Comments

Yesterday morning, I was honoured to visit the offices of Skills for Change and meet with participants from their Language Instruction for Newcomers program. Along with […]

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Today we reflect on what we’ve accomplished together

Posted on October 19, 2016 | No Comments

As we mark one year in government, we reflect on what we’ve accomplished together, but we still have a lot of work to do! I am […]

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Fall 2016 Neighbourhood Check-ups

Posted on October 5, 2016 | No Comments

This past weekend I was thrilled to host another round of neighbourhood check-ups throughout my riding of Toronto-St. Paul’s.  Meetings were held at the Dunfield Retirement […]

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Neighbourhood Checkups- Oct. 1st & 2nd, 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 | No Comments

  Neighbourhood check-ups are this weekend in Toronto-St. Paul’s! I hope to see you at one of the six meetings in our riding to discuss your […]

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