At a glance
While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.
Friday, November 9 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks at the Future Cities Canada Summit in Toronto where the discussion focused on building cities that are inclusive, sustainable and just for all people. Left to right: Maxim Bragoli of La Pépinière I Espaces Collectifs, Rashiq Fataar of Our Future Cities, Senator Omidvar, and author and journalist Tanya Talaga.
Friday, November 9 – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute opens its doors to senators to showcase their new Cardiac Care Tower. Construction for the tower began in 2014 and was completed in April 2018. The expansion doubled the size of the current Heart Institute, adding 145,895 square feet of new space. The tower includes five state-of-the-art operating rooms, nine catheterization and electrophysiology labs and an additional surgical critical unit of 27 beds. From left to right: President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Dr. Thierry Mesana, senators Mary Jane McCallum, Yvonne Boyer, Marie-Françoise Mégie, and Colin Deacon, and President and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation Jim Orban.
Tuesday, November 13 – Senator Yuen Pau Woo speaks with grades 10-12 law, psychology and social justice students at Burnaby Central Secondary School in Burnaby, British Columbia. Senator Woo spoke about the role of the Senate in Parliament and the work of senators during a SENgage student outreach event.
November 13 and 14 – Political science students at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario hear Senator Michael L. MacDonald’s perspective on Canada-US relations and international power transition. Senator MacDonald is the Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group.
Thursday, November 15 – Senator Rob Black speaks with Grade 7 and 8 students at Erin Public School in Erin, Ontario. Senator Black visited Grade 5 students at St. Joseph Catholic School the next day in Fergus, Ontario. As part of SENgage student-outreach events, Senator Black also spoke with students at Stewart Avenue and Parkway Public Schools in Cambridge, Ontario, and Political Science students at McMaster University during the week.
Tuesday, November 20 – Senator Yvonne Boyer visits the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Senator Boyer had an inspiring visit where she learned about land-based healing and health care. From left to right, Rassi Nashalik, Senator Boyer, Be’sha Blondin, Donald Prince and Nicole Redvers.
Wednesday, November 21 – Senators Marilou McPhedran, Ratna Omidvar and Lucie Moncion welcome McGill University Women in House participants to Parliament Hill. The group of McGill students listened to senators who shared their experiences of working on the Hill during a Women in House event. The yearly initiative invites female undergraduate students to shadow women parliamentarians and see their work firsthand.
Thursday, November 22 – Senator Leo Housakos meets with the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada where they discussed how to improve development of Francophone communities in Canada.
Thursday, November 22 – Senator Marilou McPhedran meets with this year’s Sister-to-Sister participants from around the world. Senator McPhedran encouraged them to continue their fight for women’s human rights and reassured them that they have multiple allies in Canada’s Parliament.
Thursday, November 22 – Senators Julie Miville-Dechêne and Éric Forest meet with the Fédération des communautés Francophones et Acadiennes du Canada to discuss the modernization of the Official Languages Act and the development of Official Language Minority Communities in Canada.