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At a glance
At a glance
June 1, 2018

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

Monday, May 14 – Senator Kim Pate welcomes a large group of grade 5 and grade 6 students from Arch Street Public School in Ottawa, Ontario, to the Senate Chamber for a S’ENgage event. Senator Pate answered students’ questions about her career and her role in the upper chamber.

Thursday, May 17 – Senator Percy E. Downe joins a panel at Transparency International Canada's Eighth Annual Day of Dialogue, discussing corporate transparency and monitoring of the tax gap as tools in the fight against overseas tax avoidance. Other panellists included Senior Advisor at Transparency International Canada Denis Meunier, Director of Compliance at Manulife Financial Gene DiMira, Detective Staff Sergeant Robin-Lee Chester Irwin of the Ontario Provincial Police and Research Officer at Transparency International UK Ben Cowdock. The panel was moderated by Jon Allen, a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Thursday, May 17 – Senator Joseph A. Day receives an honorary doctorate of law from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, during recent convocation ceremonies. An alumnus of the RMC himself, Senator Day delivered remarks to this year’s 288 graduating students.

Saturday, May 19 – Senator Jim Munson attends the 31st Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in Hamilton, Ontario, with Special Assistant Michael Hurley-Trinque. It was their first time attending the conference.

Monday, May 21 – Senator Anne C. Cools on the set of the TVO program The Agenda with Steve Paikin to discuss her public life, her groundbreaking career in the Senate of Canada and her plans for retirement.

Tuesday, May 22 – Senator Victor Oh, in partnership with Peel Children’s Aid, hosts an expert panel discussion on Parliament Hill titled Best Practices for Looking After Children and Youth in Care with Immigration Status Issues.

Tuesday, May 22 – On behalf of ParlAmericas Network on Gender Equality, Vice-President Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer opens a training session on gender-responsive budgeting, which took place in Trinidad and Tobago. Senator Jaffer remarked that “the training sessions are a highlight of ParlAmericas’ gatherings, and a valuable opportunity for all of us both to engage in continuous learning and to exchange the experiences that will make us better legislators.”

Wednesday, May 23 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan participates as a guest panelist during a Global Solutions symposium at Immaculata High School in Ottawa. The Global Solutions program, organized by education-advocacy organization The Learning Partnership, allows grade 11 and 12 students to develop critical thinking skills and propose solutions on global issues. 

Wednesday, May 23 – Senate Speaker George J. Furey explains the work of the Senate to Socrates-Demosthenes School students visiting the Red Chamber.

Wednesday, May 23 – Senator Yonah Martin spoke to the students from Socrates-Demosthenes School, recounting her experiences as a senator and as a school teacher.

Thursday, May 24 – Senator Rosa Galvez receives the Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service from Engineers Canada in recognition of her exceptional career in engineering and research. Senator Galvez is pictured with Russ Kinghorn, President of Engineers Canada.

Friday to Monday, May 25 to 28 – Senator Joseph A. Day attends the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Spring Session in Warsaw, Poland.