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At a glance
At a glance
February 13, 2018

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Tuesday, January 9 — Senate Speaker pro tempore Nicole Eaton visits East York Collegiate Institute in Toronto in January as part of the Senate’s youth outreach initiative, SENgage. The senator explained how the Senate works to grade 10 students studying Canadian governance.

Wednesday, January 10 — Senator Marilou McPhedran takes part in the #FemParl conference on women's political participation during a recent mission to Thailand for meetings with civil society leaders and Thai officials on gender equality. Photo provided by the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific.

Thursday, January 18 — Senator Michael L. MacDonald meets with members of the University of Lethbridge’s History Club and Political Science Club. Earlier, he spoke to a history class about the Senate’s pre-Confederation roots and his personal perspective on the early history of his hometown, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, as part of a SENgage event.

Friday, January 19 — Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks to CivicAction’s 2018 Divercity Fellows about how to champion inclusion in one’s community in Toronto’s city hall.  

Friday, January 19 — Senator Kim Pate speaks to students at a model UN event in Vancouver.

Saturday, January 20 — Senator David Adams Richards presents Senate 150 medals to unsung heroes in Fredericton, NB. 

Wednesday, January 24 — Senator Nancy Greene Raine attends the unveiling of her own commemorative Canada Post stamp. The stamp celebrates her gold-medal win for giant slalom at the 1968 Winter Olympics. She is joined here by 2014 Olympic ski cross champion Marielle Thompson.

Thursday, January 25 — Senator Kim Pate meets with the students of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, a school for First Nations youth from the Sioux Lookout district run by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. Senator Pate supported the students' quest for a dedicated living centre and spoke about the Senate's connection to Indigenous peoples for this SENgage event.

Friday, January 26 — Senator Peter Harder speaks to the 300 participants in the University of Ottawa’s 2018 model Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber. For this SENgage event, he spoke about his long career as a public servant and the values that have driven his service as a deputy minister and now, as a senator.

Sunday, February 4 — Senator Marilou McPhedran meets with participants of the Franco-Manitoban Youth Parliament (French only) in the province’s legislative building in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, February 6 — Senator Leo Housakos is joined by a group of senators as he hosts a reception for military and first responders following his second reading speech on Bill C-211. Senator Housakos is the Senate sponsor of the bill, which aims to create a federal framework for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wednesday, February 7 — Senator Jim Munson spends time with students from Blue Sky School during a visit to the upper chamber and tells them stories of his previous work in faraway lands and his journey to the Senate.

Wednesday, February 7 — Senator Percy E. Downe meets with graduate student representative Ashley McKibbon from the University of Prince Edward Island, along with Peyton Veitch and Sarah Trower from the Canadian Federation of Students to discuss improving accessibility to post-secondary education.

Other events that senators participated in:

  • Monday, January 8 — Senator Marilou McPhedran attended the NPeace Awards, co-hosted by Canada, honouring peacebuilders in Asia Pacific. The peacebuilders are champions of social justice, human rights and gender equality in the region. Photo provided by the Embassy of Canada to Thailand.
  • Thursday, January 25 — Senator Raynell Andreychuk talked to first-year students in political science during a SENgage guest lecture at the University of Regina. Her talk introduced students to the role of the Senate in Canada’s Parliament and the work that senators carry out in Ottawa, in their regions and internationally.
  • Tuesday, January 30 — Senator Nancy Greene Raine met with members of the Canadian Hypertension Advisory Committee to discuss the issue of restricting marketing of food to children. Senator Raine’s Bill S-228 seeks to prohibit such marketing.