18 Nov, 2013 | By Senator Art Eggleton | What effect has poverty, homelessness, a lack of affordable housing and income inequality had on our national social fabric?
4 Sep, 2013 | By Senator Grant Mitchell and MP Judy Sgro | On September 5, 2013 we will be hosting a roundtable in St. John's Newfoundland about issues of harassment in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The event is the third of a series of five roundtables being held across the country, culminating with a national roundtable summit which will produce a report with findings and recommendations.
3 Sep, 2013 | By Senator James Cowan | On March 24, 2005, at the request of Prime Minister Paul Martin, I was asked to serve in the Senate. There were nine of us appointed that day: Retired General Roméo Dallaire, Claudette Tardif, Nancy Ruth, Elaine McCoy, Art Eggleton, Lillian Dyck, Bob Peterson, Grant Mitchell and myself.
3 Jul, 2013 | By Senator James Cowan | On June 26, Liberal, Conservative and Independent senators joined together in a rare demonstration of non-partisan co-operation to amend Bill C-377, a private member’s bill that would have forced labour unions to publicly disclose an unprecedented amount of personal information relating to individual Canadians and businesses, and post them, with names, on the Internet.
16 Feb, 2013 | By Senator Grant Mitchell | The tumultuous approval processes for the Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines highlight two glaring problems with the federal government’s approach to energy policy.
30 Jan, 2013 | By Senator Percy Downe | It has become accepted economic wisdom in Ottawa, spoken with great certainty by government officials, that the signing of numerous free trade deals is the best avenue to ensure we continue to enjoy prosperity in Canada. On that continuing initiative, the Senate recently passed the Canada Panama Free Trade Agreement, the latest in a series of such agreements that the Harper Government has signed with minor trading partners.
19 Nov, 2012 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | On October 23, 2012, the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled a report recommending the removal of grey seals in order to aid the recovery of cod and other groundfish stocks.
12 Nov, 2012 | By Senator Jim Munson | It’s almost 10 years since my eyes were first opened to autism and its daunting human and social implications. As I walked up to Parliament Hill one morning, I ran into a man peacefully protesting in front of the Centennial Flame. He and his wife had the heavy burden of caring for an autistic child, a son who could not even make eye contact with them. The boy was isolated as a result of his symptoms, and so too were they. The emotional and financial weight was too much.
8 Nov, 2012 | By Senator Jane Cordy and MP Kirsty Duncan | This past Thursday, the Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SAST) committee held its third hearing on Senator Jane Cordy's Bill S-204. The bill calls for a national strategy for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Duncan previously sponsored the same bill, Bill C-280, in the House of Commons.
12 Oct, 2012 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | The proposed buyout of Nexen Inc., a Canadian oil and gas company who has been discovering and developing energy resources in some of the world’s most significant basins – including Western Canada, the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico – has been causing quite the commotion amongst politicians and the public.
11 Oct, 2012 | By Senator Percy Downe | In recent years, revelations about wealthy individuals with fortunes in secret tax havens have sparked a flurry of activity throughout the world as governments attempt to recover the money owed their treasuries and bring those responsible to justice.
8 Oct, 2012 | By Senator Jane Cordy | Nearly 75,000 Canadians live with the progressively debilitating disease multiple sclerosis with another 1,000 Canadians diagnosed each year. Canada’s prevalence rate of MS is among the highest in the developed world.
25 Sep, 2012 | By Senator Art Eggleton | The Canadian-inspired UN initiative known as the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P) has been hotly debated across the globe recently, in response to conflicts in Libya, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. R2P asserts that if a government is unwilling or unable to protect its citizens from horrific human rights abuses — genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities — then the international community must take action to protect innocent civilians.
27 Jul, 2012 | By Senator Mobina Jaffer | This Friday the world will come together and celebrate the much-anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games. Every two years, over 10,000 athletes representing over 204 countries come together and share one flag, a flag that features five rings, one for each continent represented at the games.
12 Jul, 2012 | By Senator Jane Cordy | The Interim Federal Health Program provided temporary health-care coverage to eligible protected persons, refugee claimants and others who do not qualify for provincial or territorial health care plans. However, this all came to an end as of June 30.