#50thanniversaryofCanada'sOfficialLanguagesAct, #promotingcultureandbilingualism; #MélanieJoly; #Moncton, #NewBrunswick; #Canada
Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Our Official Languages Act, Canada has initiated review of the Act after it announced in June 2018 its intention to modernize it, media reports said.
The Official Languages Act is reportedly a Canadian law that came into force in 1969, which gives French and English equal status in the government of Canada. This makes them "official" languages, having preferred status in law over all other languages. It requires all federal institutions to provide services in English or French on request.
The last major reform of the law was in 1988 and recent calls to update the same, including from a Senate committee that late last month said the act needs to be applied more effectively and consistently.
Government of Canada is conducting national discussions on promoting culture and bilingualism in the digital age, federal institutions that embody official languages, and Canada’s place of Official languages in the world, as well as mobilization, development and importance of official-language minority communities to meet the new challenges they face.
“The Prime Minister has tasked me with reviewing the Official Languages Act...to reflect the changes in our society... 50 years after its adoption...our approach is based on open dialogue and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders. I am grateful to everyone who joined the conversation in Moncton on the promotion of culture and bilingualism,” said Mélanie Joly, Federal Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.
Mélanie Joly (left)/Twitter
As part of a Canada-wide tour, the Joly visited Moncton (New Brunswick) today to lead a forum on cultural and bilingualism promotion.
Many ideas and suggestions were made by elected officials from various stakeholders present from the English- and French-language communities.
The Moncton forum is one of a series of meetings in several cities across Canada designed to provide Minister Joly with food for thought on the main issues and on the best approaches for modernizing the Official Languages Act.
All Canadians have been invited to to take part in the forums to share their thoughts and comments on the role of English and French in Canadian society to complement the consultations and reviews already conducted by other bodies concerning the language of government communication, work of federal public servants and the promotion of official languages.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnMcCallumFired; #Canada'sAmbassadortoChina, #NationalPolitics; GlobalPolitics, #Canada, #China, #JustinTrudeau
Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Last night, Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister, had asked and accepted the resignation of John McCallum, as Canada's Ambassador to China, media reports said.
Trudeau had confirmed that he had delivered the news to McCallum himself, although the reason for his removal that time, which came in the middle of a diplomatic crisis with China, was not clear.
McCallum had controversially requested dropping Meng Wanzhou extraditation, which he thought be great for Canada.
He also said if the U.S. and China make a deal on Meng's case, it should include the release of the two Canadian men detained in China.
At the time Trudeau was more concerned about his government's focus on getting detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor released from China.
"This decision should have been made days ago. Instead [Trudeau has] shown weakness on this file and damaged Canada's reputation and our ability to handle this very important issue where Canadians' treatment in China is being affected by this," Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters Saturday.
"Firing someone that they could actually trust, I think we need to do some explanation to the Chinese authorities. We also need to be tough but at the same time assertive to the United States that they really need to jump in here to help us get out of the situation to secure the release of the two Canadians," Scheer said.
"I think we need to play it very delicately with the Chinese," Lynette Ong, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
In his statement, Trudeau thanked McCallum for his years of service, including his time as immigration and refugees minister.
"For almost two decades, John McCallum has served Canadians honourably and with distinction," he wrote.
"His work as minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in bringing in over 39,500 Syrian refugees remains an inspiration to Canadians and an example to the world. I thank him and his family for his service over the past many years."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#BillCosby; #StevenO'Neill; #AndreaConstand; ##MeTooera
Ottawa, Sep 26 (Canadian-Media): Accused Bill Cosby was sentenced yesterday to three to 10 years for sexually assault led to his groundbreaking fall from an iconic celebrity to convicted sexually violent predator, media reports said.
The 81-year-old entertainer, Cosby once known as America's Dad, was labelled a sexually violent predator by Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill, who then sentenced him Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars.
Cosby had been accused by more than 60 women of sexual misconduct or assault, but his act of for drugging and sexually assaulting Canadian woman Andrea Constand in 2004 led to criminal charges, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to go to prison.
Official reports confirmed that a lot of celebrities had fallen from scandal but "Cosby was up in the stratosphere and the distance from his stratosphere to the hell he ended up in is a long, long fall."
Robert Thompson, the founding director of Syracuse University's Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture, said that although it was impossible to watch The Cosby Show without being overwhelmed by all the accusations against the star, but Thompson continued that it did not mean his body of work should disappear and added,
"If we erase Cosby in television history we erase a lot of really important stuff that we don't want to erase."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#CityofToronto; #Toronto municipal election; #technicalInformation; #LiveResultsInformationforMedia
Toronto, Sep 21 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto would provide technical information for media outlets that plan to download and access election results for Toronto municipal election to be held on Oct 22, media reports said.
Technical and/or production staff would be able to access this information on the City's election webpage at http://ow.ly/qcVO30lTU1K.
As new information becomes available, it would be posted under the Live Results Information for Media tile on the webpage.
More details are available on the website.
The information would highlight how media representatives can access election night results in a machine-readable format for their websites and broadcasts.
A testing session for media outlets will be held on October 9, from 8 to 9 pm.
Official reports also said that on the election night no technical support would be provided.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#NationalDefence; #CanadianArmedForces; #GregoryLick; #Ombudsperson; #HarjitS.Sajjan; #GaryWalbourne
Ottawa, Sept 21 (Canadian-Media): National Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today welcomed the appointment of Gregory Lick as the interim Ombudsperson for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, media reports said.
Gregory Lick on the right/Facebook
I welcome Mr. Lick as the interim Ombudsperson. Mr. Lick’s extensive experience in the Government of Canada and leadership in the Canadian Coast Guard will serve DND employees and CAF members well. I would also like to extend my thanks to Mr. Walbourne for his service as DND/CAF Ombudsperson,” said Sajjan.
Harjit S. Sajjan/Facebook
Sajjan also thanked Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsperson since 2014.
The Ombudsperson is responsible for investigates complaints and serves as a neutral third party on matters related to the Department and the Canadian Armed Forces and the welfare of its members and employees.
Reporting directly to the Minister of National Defence, the Ombudsperson acts independently of the chain of command and managers.
Apart from Lick's service onboard Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreakers and search and rescue vessels for 30 year, he had also worked to develop the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies.
Effective November 1, 2018 Lick will serve as the interim Ombudsperson for a term of up to eight months or until a new Ombudsperson is appointed.
A selection process is underway to select a new Ombudsperson for a term of five years.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Ontario'sGovernmentforthePeople; #ToddSmith; #DougFord; #UrgentPrioritiesAct; #BetterLocalGovernmentAct; #CapandTradeCancellatio; #reformofOHIP+; #challengingplantoimposeacarbontax; #buck-a-beertoOntario; #planforlegalizationofcannabis; constructionGreenEnergyProjects; #illegalbordercrossings; #renewalofHydroOne; #reformOntario'sSocialAssistancesystem; #fightagainstgangandgunviolence
Ottawa, Aug 17 (Canadian-Media): According to the news release issued yesterday, Ontario's Government for the People kept its promise to Ontarians in taking decisive action on urgent issues during its summer session, media reports said.
"In the last election we ran on our Plan for the People. And since being sworn into office on June 29 we have hit the ground running as a government for the people," said Todd Smith, Government House Leader and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "Since July, we have delivered key initiatives that will help lower gas prices and reduce your hydro bills, restore accountability and trust in government, and send a message to the world that Ontario is open for business."
Since the swearing-in of Premier Doug Ford and his Cabinet, Ontario's Government for the People has announced a number of actions and policies in key priority areas, including:
Passing the Urgent Priorities Act, including ending the York University Strike, bring transparency and accountability to Hydro One, and cancel an industrial wind turbine project in Prince Edward County that had been improperly approved during the general election.
Passing the Better Local Government Act to reduce the size and cost of Toronto's city council, saving local taxpayers $25 million dollars that can be invested in other priorities; and prevent gridlock in Peel, York, Muskoka and Niagara by removing yet another layer of elected politicians.
Introducing the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act that, if passed, will save the average Ontario family $260 and bring gas prices down by 4.3 cents per litre.
Overseeing the renewal of Hydro One including the departure of the previous CEO and Board of Directors and creation of a new Board, backed up by accountability and transparency measures.
Introducing a plan for Ontario following the legalization of cannabis that will focus on protecting youth, eliminating the illegal market, and embracing a well-regulated private market.
Challenging federal government's plan to impose a carbon tax on Ontario families, workers and businesses and joining Saskatchewan's similar challenge of the federal government's job-killing carbon tax.
Forging a pan-Canadian consensus on the issue of costs associated with illegal border crossings
Creating an Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry under the leadership of former British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and to get Ontario's finances back on track.
Advocating for Ontario jobs, Ontario workers and Ontario businesses threatened by the current trade dispute with the U.S.
Taking action to reform Ontario's Social Assistance system to help people get back to work and get their lives back on track.
Cancelling all pre-construction Green Energy Projects to bring hydro bills down by 12 per cent; Announcing the reform of OHIP+ ; $25 million investment to fight against gang and gun violence ; Announcing the return of buck-a-beer to Ontario.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Toronto; #OntarioLegislature, #BetterLocalGovernmentAct; #DougFord; #SteveClark;
Ottawa, Jul 27 (Canadian Media): Legislation would reduce the size of Toronto City Council to align with current federal and provincial boundaries and restore municipal decision-making on how York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka Regions select their regional chairs, media reports said.
Ontario voters can be more confident in their municipal governments, should the Ontario legislature pass the Better Local Government Act, a series of local government reforms proposed by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today.
"We ran on a commitment to restore accountability and trust, to reduce the size and cost of government, including an end to the culture of waste and mismanagement," Ford said. "Because one thing every politician at every level and in every region needs to remember, is that we all share the same boss. We all work for the people."
The Better Local Government Act is intended to institute a series of reforms to municipal governments in the City of Toronto as well as the York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka regions.
The proposed reforms include:
These changes would be in effect for the upcoming October 22, 2018 municipal elections and the election date would remain unchanged. Changes to Toronto's municipal election timelines would only apply to city council and school board trustee elections and would only apply for the current election cycle. Reducing the size of Toronto City Council is estimated to save Toronto taxpayers more than $25.5 million over four years.
"What you see time and time again is that the municipal level of government is often closest to the day-to-day lives of most people," said Clark. "This is another example of the province getting out of the way and making local government work harder, smarter and more efficiently to make life better for everyone."
#Ontario'sProgressiveConservatives, #DougFord, #KathleenWynne, #AndreaHorwath
Ottawa, June 8 (Canadian-Media): Progressive Conservatives (PCs) have secured majority government which ended nearly 15 years of Liberal Party rule in Canada's Ontario province, media reports said.
"My friends, this victory belongs to you. This victory belongs to the people. And tonight, the people of Ontario have spoken," Premier-elect Doug Ford said in a speech to supporters at an event in Toronto.
"We have taken back Ontario, we have delivered a government that is for the people...A new day has dawned in Ontario — a day of opportunity, a day of prosperity and a day of growth," he said.
Ford had won leadership race nearly three months ago on the third ballot after former leader Patrick Brown's sudden resignation.
In his victory speech, Ford became emotional as he thanked his brother, a former Toronto mayor.
"I know my brother Rob is looking down from heaven. I'm just getting chills talking about him right now. I know Rob is celebrating with us tonight. We owe so much to Rob's legacy," Ford said.
Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's first female and LGBT premier was able to secure seven seats.
It was essential for her to win eight seats to maintain official party status
This led her to resign from her re-election in Don Valley West.
Several important Liberal cabinet ministers including Charles Sousa, Yasir Naqvi, Steven Del Duca and Glenn Thibeault also lost their seats.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) will form the Official Opposition as Liberals lost the vast majority of their seats at Queen's Park with their lowest-ever share of the popular vote.
NDP managed to take 40 seats, an increase from the 18 they held, at the start of the campaign.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath said: "I could not be more proud that we offered a positive vision: change for the better. New Democrats rejected the politics of fear and cynicism, and we put hope and vision for a better future at the heart of our campaign."
"Together, we won more seats than we have held in a generation. And I am deeply humbled that Ontarians have asked us to serve as the new Official Opposition."
#DougFord, #CanadaPM, #JustinTrudeau, #OntarioElections, #ProgressiveConservatives, #PCs
Ottawa, Jun 8 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 7 congratulated Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Doug Ford for his victory in Ontario elections, media reports said.
"Ontarians have chosen to elect a majority government led by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere congratulations to Doug Ford who will have the honour and privilege to serve as Premier," Congratulating Ford on a Facebook post, Trudeau said on a Facebook post
Trudeau said he was looking forward to work with the "new provincial government to create good, middle class jobs, make Ontario a world-leading centre for innovative and sustainable technologies, and build infrastructure that meets the needs of Ontarians.
"Together, we will continue to work to grow Ontario’s economy and address issues of importance to Ontarians and all Canadians."
Trudeau also thanked outgoing Premier "Kathleen Wynne for her years of service as Premier."
According to official reports, PCs have won the majority government votes leading in 76 ridings, NDP were at 40, the Liberals at seven and the Green Party at one.
Addressing his supporters over the victory, Ford said,
"Our team will work every single day to deliver this vision. We will every single day for a better Ontario, a better future and a brighter future for our children...and tonight we have sent a clear message to the world: Ontario is open for business...We have delivered a government that is for the people... that will respect your hard-earned tax dollars...We will bring accountability, transparency and integrity to the tax payers of Ontario. We will reduce your taxes, reduce your gas prices and keep more money in your pocket," he said.
Ontario's Leaders 2018/Courtesy of CP24News
#PCleaderDougFord,#LiberalsleaderKathleenWynne, #MelissaLantsman, #Americansteeltariffs;
Ottawa, May 31 (Canadian-Media): Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PCs) leader Doug Ford on Wednesday released a delayed compilation of their campaign promises Wednesday, which did not explain how he will fund his pledges, media reports said.
When Ford was asked if the document was the party’s final plan, Melissa Lantsman, Ford’s spokeswoman replied by email that it was their final plan and added, "We are going to balance the budget in a responsible way.”
Both Andrea Horwath, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader and Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Liberal Party (Liberals) leader were critical of Ford's release of the unexplained full plan Wednesday.
“All of the things that Doug Ford has said would add up to a $40-billion hole and they have no idea how they would find that,” Wynne said.
“What’s worrisome is we have a leader who’s trying to take the chair of the premier in this province and he’s not being honest with people,” Horwath said.
PCs, leading in the beginning of the campaign, were soon overtaken by NDP but Liberals were left much behind both parties.
With the Ontario election just a week away, Wynne portrayed herself as the only person in the campaign capable of rising above the ideological fray.
She attacked both Horwath and Ford, at a stop in Hamilton outside a Stelco steel plant, for their lack of experience to defend themselves from the threat of American steel tariffs.
The United States had exempted Canada from new steel and aluminum tariffs on an interim basis which would reportedly expire on Friday.
“Over the past year, I have met with 37 governors, I have met with senators...with senior members of the U.S. administration, all in an attempt to make it clear what our integrated relationship means to workers on both sides of the border,” said Wynne.
Wynne said she had worked hard with employees, business leaders, and political leaders on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border and had, under a Liberal government, developed one of the strongest economies in North America
Wynne commented that both her two rivals lacked experience.
Portrayed herself as a champion of steel and steelworkers, Horwath rejected Wynne’s comments as “trying to stir up some trouble," and added she had been all along supporting steel and aluminum industry.
“Should I be given the opportunity to serve as premier I will be one of the biggest champions the steel industry has ever seen,” Horwath said. “It has literally, not only built our country and fuelled the economy of a nation, but it has absolutely and completely … built my city.”