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Airing tomorrow: Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire

Posted on April 11, 2014 | No Comments

Airing tomorrow night on CBC’s the Passionate Eye is Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire.

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Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire follows former UN Commander Roméo Dallaire on an emotional pilgrimage to Rwanda, a country whose tragedy nearly became his own. This special presentation of an Emmy award-winning documentary marks the 20th anniversary since the former Canadian General tried to warn the world of Rwanda’s pending genocide.

Canadian Lt.-General (ret.) Roméo Dallaire may never fully come to terms with the horrific events that unfolded while he commanded the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, but an emotionally scarred Dallaire is trying. Over 100 nightmarish days in 1994, more than 800,000 men, women and children were brutally murdered, despite the valiant efforts of Dallaire and his small number of peacekeepers.

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St. Paul’s name change proposal

Posted on April 10, 2014 | No Comments

After riding redistribution, Parliament asks M.P.s for proposals to change or amend the names of their ridings. For a number of years, we have been hearing from constituents that they would like to see the name of our riding changed to ‘Toronto-St. Paul’s’. The reasons given are many but most are simply seeking to set our riding apart from the other communities across the country that also have St. Paul’s in their names.

After hearing from so many fellow St. Paul’s denizens, I’ve been persuaded to request the name change and have submitted a request to initiate the process. I’d love to hear what you think about the change so please share your thoughts in the comment section.

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act

Posted on April 10, 2014 | No Comments

The Conservatives’ failure to consult on their cynical and universally rejected education proposal last fall has badly undermined the trust of First Nations. It is critical that this new legislation meets the conditions set out by First Nations themselves, and we will be reviewing the bill closely and consulting with First Nations to ensure that they believe that it meets those criteria.

It is important to remember that eight years ago, a Liberal government negotiated the Kelowna Accord, which included unprecedented new funding for First Nations-led education. That bottom up process lead to a series of concrete commitments to achieve both a high school graduation rate for Aboriginal people equal to other Canadians and a 50 per cent improvement in post-secondary education completion rates by 2016. That agreement was tossed aside by the Conservatives when they formed government. As a result, we are 8 years farther behind in providing fairness, justice and equity for First Nations education.

It is unacceptable that the government is delaying money to help close the annual per student funding gap until 2016/17. As a result, First Nations students on reserve will have to wait at least another two years before the significant funding gaps with their provincial counterparts begin to close. This is patently wrong. First Nations students should not have to wait one more day for the equality of opportunity they deserve.

Find the text of the bill here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/412/Government/C-33/C-33_1/C-33_1.PDF

Click here for the news release and background information from the Government of Canada.

 

CBC Article: First Nations Education Act

Posted on April 9, 2014 | No Comments

I was quoted today in CBC News’ article on the forthcoming First Nations Education Act: Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said it’s important that the […]

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Tarragon Theatre Audience Survey

Posted on April 9, 2014 | No Comments

  The Tarragon Theatre in St. Paul’s is looking for feedback from their audience. They want to know how to make Tarragon better suit your needs. Please […]

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Harper government further marginalizes its own Specific Claims Tribunal

Posted on April 7, 2014 | No Comments

In February the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs slashed funding support for the Specific Claims Tribunal – a body that was to provide accelerated and binding resolution […]

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In the House: April 7

Posted on April 7, 2014 | No Comments

I rose in the House today to ask the Minister of Justice whether he would be meeting with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women […]

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Meir Medical Centre honourees

Posted on April 7, 2014 | No Comments

Congratulations to the recipients of the Canadian Friends of the Meir Medical Centre’s Medal of Merit. I was honoured to attend the awards ceremony last night […]

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In the House: April 4

Posted on April 4, 2014 | No Comments

I was proud to stand today and ask the government two questions, the first on violence against Aboriginal women and girls and the second on the […]

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Sign the petition: Medicines must be affordable for everyone

Posted on April 3, 2014 | No Comments

I have signed the Mindset Foundation’s World Health Day petition supporting affordable health care for all people everywhere.  I would encourage you to do the same! […]

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