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At a glance
July 5, 2019

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019 — Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard participates in a panel about health equity in Black communities at the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa.

 

Sunday, June 23, 2019 — Senator Brian Francis attends the DiverseCity multicultural festival in Charlottetown.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Senator Ratna Omidvar visits Berlin, Germany, to discuss the work of the World Refugee Council and its efforts to transform the global refugee system.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 — Senator Marilou McPhedran participates in a discussion about universal healthcare with a delegation from the European and African Parliamentary Forums and members of the National Assembly of Zambia in Lusaka.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 — Senator David M. Wells addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on the topic of equality and human rights.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 — Senator René Cormier discusses the challenges and perspectives of linguistic duality in Canada at the annual conference of the International Association of Language Centres in Toronto, Ontario.

Friday, June 28, 2019 — Senator Mary Coyle gives a tour of the Senate of Canada Building to students from Knoxdale Public School in Ontario, including her grandson.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 — Senator Mike Duffy attends Multicultural Community Heritage Day festivities in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

Monday, July 1, 2019 — Senator Brian Francis greets new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony on Canada Day at Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, Prince Edward Island.

Monday, July 1, 2019 — Senator Rob Black flips pancakes in Elora, Ontario, at the Centre Wellington Firefighters’ Annual Pancake Breakfast on Canada Day.

Monday, July 1, 2019 — Senator Victor Oh celebrates Canada Day in Mississauga, Ontario.

Monday, July 1, 2019 — Senator Rob Black participates in the Dominion Day Parade in Elora, Ontario. As part of an annual tradition, Senator Black marches in the parade wearing a fur coat.


Other events that senators participated in:

Thursday, June 27, 2019 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard gave the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the 2019 graduating class of Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The title of her speech was “Education is Your Passport to the Future: But Who’s Controlling Your Passport?”