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At a glance
March 13, 2020

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — Senator Mary Jane McCallum gives the keynote address at the Indigenous Community Health and Research Conference, organized by McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Indigenous Health Initiative. Her talk was entitled “When the Tyrant is in Your House: Why We Are Still Talking About Health Inequality and Inequity.”

Monday, February 17, 2020 — As part of a visit to strengthen bilateral ties and parliamentary engagement, Senate Speaker George J. Furey, Q.C. and senators Yvonne Boyer and Donald Neil Plett meet with Om Birla, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India), and Deirdre Kent, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada to India.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Senators Marty Deacon and Kim Pate participate in the 2020 edition of National Health and Fitness Ski Day on the lawn outside of the Supreme Court of Canada building.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Senator Chantal Petitclerc participates in the 2020 edition of National Health and Fitness Ski Day outside of the Supreme Court of Canada building.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — Senator Tony Loffreda meets with Gilles Bouillon, member of Mortgage Professionals Canada, to discuss recent changes to the mortgage “stress test.” They are pictured in the Senate of Canada Building with the Usher of the Black Rod, J. Greg Peters.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — Senator Lucie Moncion meets with Lily Crist (left) and Soukaina Boutiyeb (right) from Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC). The organization is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting the role and contribution of francophone and Acadian women in their community and their right to live and develop fully in the French language.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 26 and 27, 2020 — Senators Pierre J. Dalphond, Renée Dupuis and Éric Forest meet educators from across the country during the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa. In the top row from left to right: Étienne Camirand, Marie-Soleil Moreau, Fanta Souaré (House of Commons page), Marie-Pier Bédard, and Jonathan St-Pierre.

Friday, February 28, 2020 —Senator Ratna Omidvar meets Marcel Lebleu (left), Ambassador of Canada to Colombia, and Federico Hoyos Salazar (right), ambassador of Colombia to Canada, to discuss social finance and impact investing at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — Speaking to dozens of high school and university students at a Black History Month event in the Senate Chamber, Senator Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard describes Black History Month as “a time to honour, reflect and then commit to action.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie encourages students to “take their place” despite the obstacles that will stand in their way during a Black History Month event in the Red Chamber.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 — During the Senate’s Black History Month event, Senator Rosemary Moodie urges students to embrace their differences. “Once you embrace who you are, you can begin to understand what you can contribute,” she said. “Accept no limitation.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 —Senator Mary Coyle speaks at the Black History Month event in the Senate Chamber. Introduced as a strong ally, the senator spoke about her experience moving her young family to Botswana.

Other events that senators participated in:

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 — Senator Kim Pate spoke to Grade 5 students at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in Stittsville, Ontario. The students got a first-hand account of how the Senate contributes to Canada’s governance.