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The Hon. James  Cowan, Q.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. Senator James Cowan has greatly influenced the educational and legal communities of Nova Scotia. He was appointed to the Senate on March 24, 2005 by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin.

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Journalists and Media Workers Lost in the Line of Duty

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Statement made on 15 June 2011 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, again this year, I rise to commemorate the 44 journalists and 4 media workers around the world who were killed last year because of the work they were doing as journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 27 of the 44 were murdered because of their work; 6 were killed in crossfire or combat; and 11 were killed on other dangerous assignments.

They were: in Afghanistan, James P. Hunter and Rupert Hamer; in Angola, Alberto Graves Chakussanga and Stanislas Ocloo; in Belarus, Aleh Byabenin; in Brazil, Francisco Gomes de Medeiros; in Cameroon, Germain Cyrille Ngota Ngota; in Colombia, Clodomiro Castilla Ospino; in Greece, Sokratis Giolias; in Honduras, Nahúm Palacios Arteaga, David Meza Montesinos and Joseph Hernandez Ochoa; in India, Vijay Pratap Singh; in Indonesia, Alfrets Mirulewan, Ridwan Salamun, Ardiansyah Matra'is; in Iraq, Amira Hatem, Mohamed Abd al-Kareem Hadi al-Bayati, Aysar Mahmoud Hamid Zankana, Omar Rasim al-Qaysi, Tahrir Kadhim Jawad, Safa al-Din Abdel Hamid, Riad al-Saray and Sardasht Osman; in Lebanon, Assaf Abu Rahal; in Mexico, Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero, Luis Carlos Santiago and Valentin Valdés Espinosa; in Nigeria, Sunday Gyang Bwede and Nathan S. Dabak; in Pakistan, Mohammad Sarwar, Pervez Khan, Abdul Wahab, Misri Khan, Ejaz Raisani, Ejazul Haq, Ghulam Rasool Birhamani, Azamat Ali Bangash and Malik Arif; in the Philippines, Joselito Agustin and Desidario Camangyan; in Rwanda, Jean-Léonard Rugambage; in Somalia, Barkhat Awale and Sheikh Nur Mohamed Abkey; in Thailand, Fabio Polenghi and Hiro Muramoto; in Uganda, Paul Kiggundu; and in Yemen, Muhammad al-Rabou'e.

They died because the work they were doing was so precious for freedom of information and for the rest of the world. They died for us. Honour them, honourable senators.

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

Business of the Senate

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I'm rising to speak on behalf of my leader, the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Cowan, who had to be in Halifax tonight on public business. I must tell you that when I called him to say we were going to be adjourning for the summer tonight, he was, I could tell, quite irritated, not because he wanted us all to go on working like galley slaves but because he had already written a speech that he wanted to give tomorrow morning.

Lighthouses as Irreplaceable Symbols of Maritime Heritage—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Thank you, Your Honour, and my apologies to Senator Champagne.

Unequal Access to Justice—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I know that Senator Jaffer was preparing to close this debate but, before she did that, I just had to say how terribly important the subject she has raised is.

The Senate—Promoting and Defending Causes that Concern the Public Interest—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Honourable senators, I am looking for a bit of love and empathy at this late hour because I do have a speech, but you have to understand that, in the interest of having dignified departures for our five senators this week, I gave up my time to make sure that we were able to celebrate the departures of Senator Buth, Senator Segal, Senator Callbeck, Senator Dallaire and Senator Champagne.

Study on Status of Canada's International Security and Defence Relations

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchell | So, you thought you weren't going to hear from me? Well, I fooled you! So there! I rise in support of this report by the Defence Committee recommending that Canada become involved in ballistic missile defence with NORAD. I congratulate Senator Lang and other members of the committee for what I think was great collaborative work, completely non-partisan, very extensive and detailed with intense research.
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