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May 3, 2021

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

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond gives his eighth training session to members of the Quebec Bar on important changes to the Divorce Act that came into force on March 31, 2021. Over the course of these training sessions, Senator Dalphond has met more than 1,000 Quebec lawyers to speak about domestic violence, the best interests of the child and measures to reduce conflicts between ex-spouses.Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond gives his eighth training session to members of the Quebec Bar on important changes to the Divorce Act that came into force on March 31, 2021. Over the course of these training sessions, Senator Dalphond has met more than 1,000 Quebec lawyers to speak about domestic violence, the best interests of the child and measures to reduce conflicts between ex-spouses.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond meets virtually with family law students from McGill’s Faculty of Law about recent changes to the Divorce Act. Students were interested in changes to the Act concerning the best interests of the child and domestic-violence screening, particularly when it concerns violence between partners.Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond meets virtually with family law students from McGill’s Faculty of Law about recent changes to the Divorce Act. Students were interested in changes to the Act concerning the best interests of the child and domestic-violence screening, particularly when it concerns violence between partners.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons meets with Grade 6 students from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Spruce Grove, Alberta, to discuss the role of the Senate in Parliament and what led her to become a senator.Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons meets with Grade 6 students from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Spruce Grove, Alberta, to discuss the role of the Senate in Parliament and what led her to become a senator.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Young francophones from the Association des Scouts du Canada participate in a virtual 5 à 7 with senators Chantal Petitclerc and René Cormier to learn more about the Senate of Canada. During the panel, they discussed the work of senators, diversity and inclusion, la francophonie, and mental health.Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Young francophones from the Association des Scouts du Canada participate in a virtual 5 à 7 with senators Chantal Petitclerc and René Cormier to learn more about the Senate of Canada. During the panel, they discussed the work of senators, diversity and inclusion, la francophonie, and mental health.

Friday, April 16, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan participates in a livestream panel with students from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College Educational Students’ Society to share the story of her political journey and her thoughts about how women can get involved in politics, public policy and government.Friday, April 16, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan participates in a livestream panel with students from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College Educational Students’ Society to share the story of her political journey and her thoughts about how women can get involved in politics, public policy and government.

Monday, April 19, 2021 – Senators Rosemary Moodie, Dan Christmas and Colin Deacon co-host a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion as keys to economic prosperity. The panel featured Canadian entrepreneurs Shahrzad Rafati, Chief Terry Paul and Wes Hall and was moderated by Senator Scott Tannas.Monday, April 19, 2021 – Monday, April 19, 2021 – Senators Rosemary Moodie, and Colin Deacon co-host a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion as keys to economic prosperity. The panel featured Canadian entrepreneurs Shahrzad Rafati, Chief Terry Paul and Wes Hall and was moderated by Senator Scott Tannas.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Senator Renée Dupuis participates in a workshop with students in Grades 7 and 8 during a local forum in Fredericton, N.B. organized by French for the Future, to debate a bill that would lower the voting age to 16. The discussion covered how such a bill might progress through the legislative process as well as youth civil and political engagement.Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – Senator Renée Dupuis participates in a workshop with students in Grades 7 and 8 during a local forum in Fredericton, N.B. organized by French for the Future, to debate a bill that would lower the voting age to 16. The discussion covered how such a bill might progress through the legislative process as well as youth civil and political engagement.


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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond speaks about recent changes to the Senate with nearly 100 public administration students taking the Introduction to Canadian politics course taught by Professor Pierre Martel at the University of Ottawa.