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At a glance
April 6, 2018

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

Thursday, March 22 – Senator Paul J. Massicotte co-hosts the Symposium on Canada Japan Trade and Investment Relations in Vancouver. Senator Massicotte is pictured with business and other community leaders from the region.

Wednesday, March 22 – Senator Marc Gold hosts participants of the Women Weaving Their Dreams pilot project. The program aims to provide support and training for female Syrian refugees in Montreal.

Thursday, March 22 – Senator Grant Mitchell hosts a youth roundtable on World Water Day 2018 with students from across Canada. The students took part in 10 weeks of online learning about water-related issues and developed a report entitled A National Dialogue on Water in the lead-up to the roundtable. Also in attendance were senators Diane Bellemare, Mary Coyle, Rosa Galvez, Percy Mockler and Richard Neufeld.

Sunday, March 25 – Senator Leo Housakos takes part in festivities at the Evangelismos Orthodox Church in Montreal, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 after 400 years of Ottoman rule. Senator Housakos was one of several dignitaries including local leaders of the Greek community.

Wednesday, March 28 — Senator Ratna Omidvar meets with employees of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) to discuss multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity. Pictured with Senator Omidvar (second from the left) are FINTRAC’s Elizabeth Yong, Nada Semaan and Julie Neveu.

Other events that senators participated in:

  • Wednesday, March 7 – Senator Betty Unger participated in a SENgage event at MacEwan University where she spoke about the role of the Senate. Two days later, Senator Unger took part in another SENgage event at the University of Alberta where she presented her concerns about Bill C-45 and the impact of marijuana on the brain development of young people.