While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.
Tuesday, October 10 — Senator Ratna Omidvar spoke at a panel on race, identity and citizenship hosted by the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC) and moderated by Avvy Go, CSALC director (far left). Her co-panelists were Renu Mandhane (Ontario Human Rights Commission), Debbie Douglas (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) and Susan Eng (community activist).
Thursday, October 19 — Senator Diane Bellemare hosted students from the Maisonneuve Cégep on the role of senators, what it’s like to be an upper chamber representative of Quebec and how Canada’s system compares to others around the globe.
Friday, October 20 — Senator Yonah Martin co-chaired the Canada Korea Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group and the 15th Canada Korea Forum in Vancouver, BC. The annual conference is attended by diplomats, legislators, government officials and other experts specializing in trade, security and North Korea.
Saturday, October 21 — Senator Victor Oh took part in the ceremonial puck-drop at the home opener of the Canadian Women's Hockey League in a game between the Markham Thunder and the Kunlun Red Star. Jamie Lee Rattray, from Kanata, Ontario, put two in the net as the Thunder edged the Red Star by a score of 2-1.
Monday, October 23 — Senator Rosa Galvez attended the inauguration of the new Ambassador of Peru to Canada, Martin Vizcarra Cornejo, at Rideau Hall.
Monday, October 23 — A wise owl from Nature Canada swooped into to Parliament this week, seen here with senators Marilou McPhedran and Nancy Greene Raine. The senators and their fine, feathered friend, a great horned owl named Celeste, welcomed prominent Canadian women who give a hoot for nature and who are passing their values on to the next generation of women. The event was hosted by senators Diane Griffin and Rosa Galvez (see banner photo).
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