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At a glance
October 23, 2020

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 — Senators Donna Dasko (top right) and Murray Sinclair (bottom right) speak to 70 students from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy’s governance and institutions class, where they discussed the role of the Senate and presented their observations on the legislative process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 — Senator Yonah Martin speaks with a student while attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the British Columbia Christian Academy’s new permanent location in Coquitlam, British Columbia

Thursday, October 8, 2020 — Senator Paula Simons reads to Grade 2 and 3 students at the Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School during READ IN Week in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sunday, October 11, 2020 — Senators Kim Pate, Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard, Donna Dasko, Marilou McPhedran, Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Julie Miville-Dechêne, Chantal Petitclerc, Pat Duncan, and Marty Deacon participate in a virtual meeting with girls from Girl2Leader on International Day of the Girl.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 — Senator Ratna Omidvar participates alongside Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, Bob Rae, and Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Graeme Clarke, in a discussion on leadership and careers with youth interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy and politics. The event was organized by the United Nations Association in Canada.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 — Senator René Cormier discusses his work concerning official languages during a session of the Canadian Parents for French virtual conference.

Friday, October 16, 2020 — Senator Salma Ataullahjan speaks about her recent work in international human rights and the role of the Senate to a Grade 11 law class from Leamington District Secondary School in Leamington, Ontario.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 — Senators Judith Keating, Lucie Moncion, Raymonde Gagné, Donna Dasko, Chantal Petitclerc, Rosa Galvez, Kim Pate, Paula Simons, Patti LaBoucane-Benson, Salma Atauallahjan, Marilou McPhedran, and Julie Miville-Dechêne gather at the Famous Five monument to commemorate Persons Day with Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security, Jacqueline O’Neill.

Monday, October 19, 2020 — Senators Rosemary Moodie (top left) and Diane Bellemare (not pictured) host a panel on childcare and a feminist economic recovery with Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne (bottom right), economist Armine Yalnizan (top right) and Carleton University associate professor Jennifer Robson (bottom left).

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 — Senator Doug Black continues his virtual tour of Alberta with a virtual visit to the town of Hinton, where he spoke with a diverse group of local stakeholders about issues facing the community.