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  1. The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, will attend a virtual event hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, to speak with early childhood educators and families in York Region on key measures in Budget 2021.
  2. The Special Representative for the Prairies, the Honourable Jim Carr, will speak to the 2021 Budget and the Government of Canada’s plan to make a transformative investment to build a Canada-wide early learning and child care system at a virtual event.
  3. On April 14, 2021, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at Donnacona Institution, a federal maximum-security institution.
  4. Members of the media are invited to join the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, as she highlights the Budget 2021 investments in families, early learning and child care. The Minister will also participate in a media availability, before hosting a roundtable with stakeholders.
  5. The President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, will host a virtual roundtable with Dr. Erin Schryer, President and CEO of Origins Natural Learning Childcare and The Woods, on early childhood learning and the Government of Canada’s plan to build a national early learning and child care system.
  6. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of their 2021 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.
  7. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise motorists of an alternating lane closure on the LaSalle Causeway for repair work.
  8. On April 20, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.
  9. In December 2018, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s independent report on the situation in Chechnya found ‘clear evidence of the successive purges against LGBTI persons’ in Chechnya as well as of numerous other grave Human Rights violations. The report documented that LGBTI persons in Chechnya had been subjected to systematic harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings.
  10. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government acted swiftly to provide support to protect Canadians and support people and businesses, adapting its response as the pandemic evolved. The government’s broad suite of support measures has helped families, protected jobs, and supported businesses across Canada. More than eight of every ten dollars spent to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians continues to come from the federal government.
  11. A long-term plan for a faster-growing Canadian economy must include housing that is affordable for working Canadians, especially young families. Stable housing is critical for communities and for a strong middle class.
  12. The worst economic impacts of the pandemic have been suffered by those who could least afford it. Low-wage workers have been up to six times more likely to suffer layoffs than wealthy Canadians.
  13. The impact of COVID-19 on workers and businesses in tourism, arts, and culture has been severe. With the rollout of vaccines underway, businesses in the tourism, arts, and culture sectors are getting ready to welcome Canadians back to experience the great places and activities this country has to offer—when it is safe to do so. Canadians are also eager to return to the local festivals and places they know and love.
  14. COVID-19 has affected all Canadians, but women have been disproportionately affected. In the labour market, women were hit earlier and harder, and their jobs continue to recover more slowly. Long-standing gender inequities have only been amplified over the course of the pandemic—and it has put decades of hard-fought gains for women in the workplace at risk.
  15. The pandemic has made access to early learning and child care a universal issue that is resonating across sectors, regions, and income brackets. School and child care centre closures have been difficult for parents. Some have had to leave their jobs, or reduce their hours significantly. Without access to child care, parents cannot fully participate in our economy.
  16. Climate change is the challenge of our times. And it is also one of our greatest opportunities. Climate action creates new opportunities for engineers, scientists, farmers, construction workers, tradespeople, resource workers, energy workers, researchers, and more.
  17. A plan for a long-term recovery must look to challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the years and decades to come. It must be led by a growth strategy that builds on the unique competitive advantages of the Canadian economy, and make sure that Canada is well-positioned to meet the demands of the next century.
  18. No relationship is more important to the federal government than the relationship with Indigenous peoples. The federal government continues to work with Indigenous peoples to build a nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship—one based on respect, partnership, and recognition of rights.
  19. Young people were among the hardest and fastest hit when the pandemic struck, experiencing more job losses than any other age demographic. They have also experienced the worst decline in mental health of any age group. Young Canadians must be at the centre of Canada’s recovery not only to help them rebound today, but to invest in their future success and the future success of our economy
  20. Budget 2021 is about finishing the fight against COVID. It’s about healing the economic wounds left by the COVID recession.
  21. Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along.
  22. It’s about meeting the urgent needs of today, and about building for the long term. It’s a budget focused on middle class Canadians, and on pulling more Canadians up into the middle class. It’s a plan that embraces this moment of global transformation to a green, clean economy.
  23. On April 9, 2021 as a result of the vigilance of staff members, contraband and unauthorized items were seized at the Regional Reception Centre, a federal multi-level security institution.
  24. On April 19, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.
  25. The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Building on this commitment, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, together with Chief Darcy Gray of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, announced today that they have agreed to a landmark plan to advance reconciliation in the fisheries.
  26. The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will hold a media availability regarding federal government assistance to the provincial government of Ontario in combatting COVID-19.
  27. Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement:
  28. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, issued the following statement during National Volunteer Week 2021
  29. On April 18, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.
  30. Throughout the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic response, the Government of Canada has collaborated with provinces and territories to ensure they have the equipment and supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.
  31. “Canada expresses grave concerns over the targeting of ten of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists for participation in a peaceful assembly.”
  32. On April 17, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.
  33. On April 15, 2021, an inmate from Drumheller Institution died while in our custody.
  34. Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and Claudia Cornejo, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, discussed the importance of trade and investment in creating jobs and supporting economic recovery in Canada and Peru.
  35. Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that the Government is taking a major step in rehabilitating the Québec Bridge, including the possibility of repatriation provided a fair agreement can be negotiated.
  36. Mr. Charest was appointed as special negotiator in the Pont de Québec file in the summer of 2019. He was tasked by the Government of Canada with recommending options for solutions that could ensure the rehabilitation and the long-term viability of the Pont de Québec. Mr. Charest is known for conducting several complex negotiations over the course of his career, notably regarding management of the new amphitheatre in Québec City.
  37. The Québec Bridge, originally built as a railway bridge, was designed to link the two shores of the St. Lawrence River and the railways in Quebec and the United States, which was then operated by 11 railroad companies.
  38. The only bridge of its kind in the world
  39. On April 10, 2021, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing contraband and unauthorized items was seized on the perimeter of Collins Bay institution, a multi-level security facility.
  40. Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the reappointment of Serge Riendeau as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) for a one year-term, effective May 14, 2021.
  41. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is conducting an impact assessment for the proposed Value Chain Solutions - Heartland Complex Expansion Project. The project would expand the approved Heartland Project, a bitumen upgrader and refinery, located in Alberta's Industrial Heartland, about 18 kilometres northeast of Fort Saskatchewan.
  42. Serge Riendeau has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian dairy industry. He has been the co-owner of Riendeau et Gendron Inc., a 1000 acre farm with about 500 dairy cattle, since 1976.
  43. Today, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; The Honourable John Yakabuski, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Don Eady, Mayor of the Town of Renfrew, announced joint funding to expand and improve the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre in Renfrew.
  44. The importance of accessible, affordable and high-quality child care has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia worked together during a challenging year to ensure families continued to have access to the affordable, high-quality and safe early learning and child care opportunities their children need to succeed.
  45. Plant health is essential to both human and animal health, as well as our environment and our economy.
  46. Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced almost $8.4 million for nine community-led clean energy projects across British Columbia that will build capacity and support rural and remote communities reducing their reliance on fossil fuel for heat and power.
  47. The Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program supports projects across Canada to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power. This program also supports community-level capacity building to increase clean energy opportunities, including renewables and energy efficiency, and contribute to reducing diesel reliance in rural and/or remote communities.
  48. Parks Canada partnership with Project Learning Tree Canada employing youth across Canada to help protect more nature.
  49. Hog producers in Prince Edward Island (PEI) have been impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks and disease control measures at processing plants, and many producers are being forced to keep hogs on-farm beyond their standard lifecycle. This has resulted in extraordinary feed and maintenance costs which have put a financial strain on their operations.
  50. The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their deep concern with the continued efforts by Myanmar’s military and police to crack down on media freedom.