Statements on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. For years before that though it was known as Orange Shirt Day, a chance to stop, think, and remember all the Indigenous children stolen from their homes, and then taken before their time through an apparatus of abuse and colonization known as the residential school system. Here are some of the thoughts of provincial and national leaders on this day. Continue reading “Statements on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”

Remembrances from Local and Upper Levels of Gov’t for Queen Elizabeth II

Her coronation was one of the first mass-broadcast events after TV started to become something more and more people owned, and at the end of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II was doing stuff on Zoom like the rest of us. She also had a YouTube page. All of this is to say that there was a lot of change in the 70 years that Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor sat on the throne of the United Kingdom. She passed away today at 96. Continue reading “Remembrances from Local and Upper Levels of Gov’t for Queen Elizabeth II”

Ontario Finally Joins $10/Day Childcare Club with $13.2B Investment

It’s a clean sweep nearly a year in the making! Last, but certainly not least, Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park have finally reached a deal to provide $10 per day childcare for working parents by 2025. The $13.2 billion agreement was announced at a jubilant joint media availability at a Brampton daycare centre, as the Prime Minister, the Premier and their ministers enjoyed this “Mission: Accomplished” moment. Continue reading “Ontario Finally Joins $10/Day Childcare Club with $13.2B Investment”

And Just Like That… The Emergencies Act is Over

After all the sturm und drang about the Emergencies Act, which was passed on Monday night with a slim 185-151 vote, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out late Wednesday afternoon and said it was over. With Ottawa now clear of convoy protestors, and some of the organizers now struggle to get bail, Trudeau affirmed that the work of the act was now complete even as the Canadian Senate was debating about passing it on their end. Continue reading “And Just Like That… The Emergencies Act is Over”

Trudeau Initiates Emergencies Act to Force End to Convoy Protests

In the third week of so-called “Freedom Convoys” occupying several locations across the country, the Prime Minister of Canada finally answered all the people demanding more action by invoking the Emergency Act. Justin Trudeau explained in a Monday evening press conference that the measures will be very specific and very targeted, and will reinforce “the principles, values and institutions that keep all Canadians free.” Continue reading “Trudeau Initiates Emergencies Act to Force End to Convoy Protests”

Condemnation and Regret After a Weekend of Madness in the Capital

Politicians and the public are still trying to make heads or tails of a weekend of protest and chaos in the nation’s capital. From the Prime Minister of Canada to the MPP for Guelph, there was widespread condemnation of the actions of the so-called “Freedom Convoy”, whether it’s the flaunting of public health rules, the use of hate symbols, the desecration of national monuments, and the generous misuse of support for homeless people. Continue reading “Condemnation and Regret After a Weekend of Madness in the Capital”

Trudeau Announces New Cabinet; Some New Faces, Mostly Old Faces

In a lavish Rideau Hall ceremony on Tuesday, more than one month after the completion of the election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally unveiled the cabinet that will (hopefully) lead Canada to the end of the pandemic and a brighter future beyond. The 38-person cabinet maintains Trudeau’s commitment to gender parity in cabinet, and aims to shake up some important portfolios with some newer faces. Continue reading “Trudeau Announces New Cabinet; Some New Faces, Mostly Old Faces”

Trudeau Says He Wants to Hear From You, Election Day is September 20

“A few minutes ago, I had a discussion with Her Excellency, the Governor General, and she accepted my request to dissolve Parliament. Canadians will therefore therefore go to the polls on September 20,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday morning, officially beginning the 44th Federal Election a little over two years early. Continue reading “Trudeau Says He Wants to Hear From You, Election Day is September 20”

PM Trudeau Meets with Guelph Advocates Fighting Homelessness

Fighting homelessness, and creating affordable housing, has been a fairly dominant topic for the last several years, and a lot of progress has been made lately in Guelph. Perhaps that success is what drew the attention of the Prime Minister of Canada as today, Justin Trudeau joined Lloyd Longfield and several local community leaders to talk about the efforts being made to eliminate chronic homelessness in the Royal City. Continue reading “PM Trudeau Meets with Guelph Advocates Fighting Homelessness”

Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact

In the midst of dealing with all things COVID, the Federal government is also in the process of working on new gun control legislation that they hope will have an impact on the various crimes involving firearms. There has been some criticism of Bill C-21 and whether it can actually have an effect on crimes where guns are used, but Public Safety Minister Bill Blair took part in meetings with area groups Thursday to try and make the point. Continue reading “Bill Blair Talks to Local Leaders About Gun Law Impact”