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At a glance
November 2, 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, October 4 – Senators attend the 2019 Canada Games torch lighting ceremony on Parliament Hill. From the left, senators Victor Oh, Chantal Petitclerc, Doug Black, Marty Deacon and Larry W. Smith.

Sunday, October 7 – Senator Victor Oh visits one of two farmers markets in downtown Mississauga operated by the Mississauga Central Lions Club. Since they began operating the farmers markets in 1975, the club has raised and donated more than $5 million for the community.

Saturday, October 13 – Senator Dennis Glen Patterson attends the First Air Arctic Comedy Festival Finale and Gala in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Mary Walsh (centre) hosted the festival, which showcased local and national comics. In addition to helping local comics break into the Canadian comic scene, all proceeds and donations support the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line.

Monday, October 15 – Senator Diane Griffin meets members of the Canada Organic Trade Association (Canada OTA) after speaking about the importance of supporting the Canadian organic sector at an event she hosted in collaboration with Canada OTA on Parliament Hill. Senator Griffin (third from the left) was joined by her colleagues Senator Robert Black (far left), Senator Terry M. Mercer (second from the left) and Senator Mary Coyle (third from the right).

Wednesday, October 17 – Senator Ratna Omidvar spoke about the work of the Senate’s Special Committee on the Charitable Sector at the Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Symposium in Ottawa. Senator Omidvar (centre) is pictured with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners CEO, Ruth MacKenzie, and Vice-president of Education and Development, Paul Nazareth.

Friday, October 19 – Senator Ratna Omidvar and Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), engage in a discussion on citizenship and belonging hosted by Ryerson University’s Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS) graduate program. From the left, ISS student Daniela Belice, ISS student and panel moderator Nicole Odame, Senator Omidvar, Charlie Foran, and Sharyne Williams.

Monday, October 22 – Senator Percy E. Downe meets postgraduate students completing a government relations certificate at Seneca@York Campus as part of a joint Seneca College and York University program.

Monday, October 22 – Senator Yvonne Boyer shares good memories with a group of high school students participating in an exchange between Deh Gáh Secondary School in Fort Providence, N.W.T. and Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa. At a meeting organized by Youth Ottawa and SENgage, she spoke about her career and path to the Senate as well as her thoughts on the theme of the exchange: “Reconciliation, decolonization and relationship building.”

Wednesday, October 24 – Senators Victor Oh and Salma Ataullahjan join the Usher of the Black Rod, J. Greg Peters, and other Senate colleagues to mark Ontario Dress Purple Day. The provincial campaign raises awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support.

Wednesday, October 24 – Senator Peter Harder speaks to participants in the National Security Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Ottawa.

Wednesday, October 24 – Senator Percy E. Downe meets with Michael Delaney, a Prince Edward Island farmer and Atlantic Grain Council executive to discuss the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Thursday, October 25 – Senate Speaker George J. Furey delivers closing remarks following the joint address to Parliament by His Excellency Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is the first Dutch Prime Minister to address a joint session of the Parliament of Canada. The visit was an opportunity to highlight the strong relationship between Canada and the Netherlands.

Friday, October 26 – Senator Victor Oh participates in a SENgage event with Grade 10 students studying civics at Blyth Academy in Ottawa. Senator Oh was warmly welcomed in the classroom where he discussed with students about some of the important issues facing youth across Canada.