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At a glance
December 18, 2020
NEWS

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.

Friday, November 20, 2020 — Senator Paula Simons meets virtually with students at Bashaw School and Forestburg School in Alberta. They discussed several topics, including regional representation, nationalism and western alienation.

Wednesday, November 25 , 2020 — Senator Paul J. Massicotte joins Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration for a discussion about modern corporate governance.

Monday, November 23, 2020 — Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson speaks to law students at the University of Calgary about her award-winning graphic novel, The Outside Circle, that tells the story of an inner-city Indigenous family who transcend poverty, gang affiliation, and hopelessness.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Senator Robert Black speaks to Grade 10 civics students from Centre Wellington District High School to highlight the role and work of a senator. This class visit was particularly enjoyable for him since the school is his own alma mater.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 — Senators Julie Miville-Dechêne and Patrick Brazeau meet with the five interns of the Fondation Jean-Charles Bonenfant. Each year, the interns immerse themselves into the legislative business of the Quebec National Assembly and assist its members.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 — Senator Marilou McPhedran engages with members of the Toronto-based, youth-led organizations “Bridge the Heart” and “Door Steps to Democracy” via Zoom about her path to the Senate and the importance of being civically engaged.

Monday, November 30, 2020 — Senators Vern White and Paula Simons launch a new collaboration between Scouts Canada and the Senate: a series of webinars with senators designed to engage youth on topics important to them. For the first webinar, Council Youth Commissioner Kaelem Moniz interviewed the senators about the senators’ contribution to the vitality of Canada’s democracy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – Senator Percy E. Downe speaks to Isabelle Dasylva-Gill and Edgar Arsenault from the Société acadienne et francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard about French services in Prince Edward Island and modernizing the Official Languages Act.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 – Senator Ratna Omidvar participates in the Café New Canadians event — “A Tribute to Syrian Refugees in Canada” — marking five years since thousands of Syrian refugees arrived. Senator Omidvar was joined on the panel by The Honourable John McCallum, Ryerson University professor Dr. Wendy Cukier, Mount Royal University professor Dr. Leah Hamilton, and Darrell Pinto of the Refugee Jobs Roundtable.