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At a glance
October 19, 2018

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Wednesday, October 10 – Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne delivers a speech at the 2018 launch of Wapikoni’s short films. Wapikoni’s mobile studios travel to Indigenous communities across Canada and broadcast films and various public awareness issues facing First Nations while enhancing a rich culture, too often overlooked. Their mission is to combat isolation and suicide among First Nations youth while developing artistic, technical, social, and professional skills.

Thursday, October 11 – Senator Peter Harder ,centre, participates in a panel discussion entitled “A Hopeful Church in Changing Times” at the Anglican Diocese of Ontario’s provincial synod held from October 9 to October 12 in Ottawa. Senator Harder is joined by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s Colin Robertson, left, and Archbishop Colin Johnson.

Thursday, October 11 – Senator Fabian Manning, right, presents the findings and recommendations from the Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ reports on Canada's aquaculture industry at the Ocean Frontier 2018 conference in St. John's, NL. Senator Manning is joined by Memorial University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gary Kachanoski, left, and Ocean Frontier Institute CEO Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright.

Thursday, October 11 – Senator Kim Pate hosts #Girl2Leader, an event for local high school students in the Senate Chamber, featuring talks from female community leaders.

Sunday, October 14 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan attends the 139th General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, as a member of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) delegation. Senator Ataullahjan chaired meetings, as president of the Committee for Middle East Questions, and participated in meetings of the Bureau for Women Parliamentarians, the executive branch of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians. Senator Ataullahjan has been active with the IPU in Canada and internationally since 2011.

Monday, October 15 – Senator Marilou McPhedran, centre, meets women from the University of Toronto’s Women in the House program at a reception in the Parliamentary Restaurant in Ottawa. The program is aimed at promoting greater female representation in the federal government by inviting female U of T students to shadow a Canadian parliamentarian for a full day on Parliament Hill. From left, Amanda and Elizabeth shadowed Senator McPhedran on Tuesday, October 16.

Monday, October 15 – Senator Ratna Omidvar discusses the future of the Indian diaspora with American colleagues from Indiaspora Forum in Toronto. The event was hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University, Mohamed Lachemi.

Monday, October 15 – Senator Lucie Moncion participates in the “Eye Read and Play” event on Parliament Hill. The event is part of Children’s Vision Month, which helps educate the public about the importance of children’s vision health.

Wednesday, October 17 – Senator Marty Deacon meets Team Canada athletes who will represent Canada at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, from October 20 to 27.