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At a glance
October 10, 2017

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond the Chamber.

Monday, September 11 — <a href=''>Senator Paul McIntyre</a> spoke to participants from <a href='' target='_Blank'>Encounters with Canada</a>, the country’s largest youth forum, about the role senators play as legislators.


Wednesday, September 13 — <a href=''>Senator Mobina Jaffer</a> joined first cooking class at the francophone elementary school Rose-des-vents in Vancouver. The students, aged between 5 and 7 years old, learned about the importance of eating healthy and using local ingredients.


Monday, September 25 — <a href=''>Senator Ratna Omidvar</a> (centre) spoke with General Andrew Griffith (right), former <a href='' target='_Blank'>Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada</a> director, at <a href='' target='_Blank'>Canadian International Council</a>'s Politics in the Pub event — "The Future of Diversity in Canada." The moderator was the <a href='' target='_Blank'>Institute for Research on Public Policy</a>'s Jennifer Ditchburn (left).

Tuesday, September 26 — <a href=''>Senators Rosa Galvez</a>, <a href=''>Dennis Patterson</a> and <a href=''>Richard Neufeld</a>, all members of the <a href=''>Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources</a>, met with a Mongolian delegation to discuss sustainable mining practices and the Canadian mining experience.

Tuesday, September 26 — <a href=''>Senator Peter Harder</a> welcomed University of Toronto’s Mary Shin (left) and Anastasia Harovska (right) to the Senate as part of “<a href='' target='_Blank'>U of T Women in House</a>.” The yearly initiative invites female undergraduate students to shadow parliamentarians and learn firsthand about political procedures, with the objective of creating a more gender-balanced Parliament in future years.


Wednesday, September 27 — <a href=''>Senator Lillian Eva Dyck</a> attended the funeral of the Honourable Senator Thelma Chalifoux in St. Albert, Alberta. Chalifoux was appointed to the Senate in 1997, becoming the first Métis woman to join the upper chamber.



Saturday, September 30 — The Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples sent a message to Canadians in support of Orange Shirt Day — that every child matters. The day was first created to raise awareness about Canada’s history of residential schools, in addition to combatting racism and bullying in schools today.

Later that day, <a href=''>Senator Lillian Eva Dyck</a>, chair of the <a href=''>Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples</a>, joined Charlie Clark, mayor of Saskatoon, for Orange Shirt Day.

Saturday, September 30 — <a href=''>Senator Elizabeth Marshall</a> in a Canadian Army Reserve Open House at the Local Armory of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Monday, October 2 — <a href=''>Speaker George J. Furey</a> had the honour to participate in the <a href=''>swearing-in</a> of Canada’s 29th <a href='' target='_Blank'>Governor General, Julie Payette</a>.


<a href=''>Senator Yonah Martin</a> co-hosted the Canada Korea 150 & Korea National Day Celebration on the Hill joined by parliamentarians, dignitaries, veterans and the national Korean Canadian community.

Tuesday, October 3 — <a href=''>Senator Diane Bellemare</a> spoke at an event held by <a href='' target='_Blank'>Colleges and Institutes Canada</a> on Senate modernization.



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