Today is the 7th annual “Sisters in Spirit” Vigil taking place in Ottawa. This event hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada is important for several reasons:
It brings together the families and friends of missing and murdered women to speak out and share their stories, and it focuses attention on the federal government and their lack of action on the tragedy of how so many Aboriginal women have fallen to violence. [ read more…]
As you’ve probably heard by now Motion M312 was defeated in Parliament yesterday by a vote of 91 in favour; 203 against. I have to say I was really relieved that it was a sizable majority of MP’s that made it clear that this motion will not be approved. However, I am disappointed to see that 10 Ministers voted for the motion, including the Minister for the Status of Women, Rona Ambrose. [ read more…]
As a graduate student of Carleton University studying in the Master of Political Management program, I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Libby and her staff during the internship component of my graduate degree. For ten weeks, I was immersed in life on Parliament Hill, joining Libby in her daily duties as a Member of Parliament. [ read more…]
Its hard to believe that a year has gone by since Jack Layton died. His presence is very much with us, both politically, and for many, personally, too. Today, I am in Toronto, where a beautiful monument to Jack, sculpted by Olivia, located in the Necropolis cemetary will be witnessed, and a public gathering tonight at Nathan Phillips Square, at Toronto City Hall will celebrate his life and legacy. [ read more…]
I recently participated in the ‘Dear Jack’ campaign, sending a message to the Jack Layton on the anniversary of his death. You can check my message below.
To participate in the Dear Jack campaign, go to: http://www.dearjack.ca/ [ read more…]
Welcome to my newly redesigned website! After many months of hard work, I am happy to unveil the new site, and encourage you to check it out.
Keep an eye out for:
Our new design, which makes the site easier to navigate and search – try out our ‘search’ tool and click on any content title to find tables of archived posts. [ read more…]
I’m very sad to hear the news about Jim’s passing this morning . I want to express my sympathy and sorrow to his family. All of Vancouver mourns this loss. Jim’s larger than life character and energy did so much in the Downtown Eastside, and the City overall that we all benefited from his vision and work. [ read more…]
I was very sad to hear the news about Jim Green and how he’s facing cancer.
I join the many people in our city who send him love and good wishes at this difficult time.
Stay strong Jim – we’re all with you. [ read more…]
I know many of you are concerned about the impacts of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
My NDP colleagues and I strongly oppose this project because it is neither in the best interests of Canadians, nor does it meet the criteria of what constitutes sustainable development. [ read more…]
Protection of our public health care system always ranks as Canadians’ number one concern. It reflects deep Canadian values of fairness and accessibility in the provision of basic services that we all need. I hear all the time from people who are very worried about what the Conservative government is up to when it comes to health care. [ read more…]