Statement by Industry Minister James Moore on our Governments’s Plan to End Paper Billing Practices
Ottawa, August 29, 2014- The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, made the following statement on pay-to-pay billing:
“Today, the Harper Government is announcing that it will introduce legislation to end pay-to-pay billing practices in the telecommunications sector. Canadian consumers have been clear that they expect lower prices and better services from telecommunications providers. That is why our government committed to ending this unfair practice and putting the interests of Canadian consumers first.
“More and more Canadians are finding a new charge appearing on their monthly bills, including their wireless bill. This fee is charged to those who receive their bill in the mail. Increasingly, many Canadians are being charged this new fee by companies from whom they have been receiving service for decades. We do not believe that Canadians should pay more to receive a paper copy of their telephone or wireless bill.
“That is why, in the 2013 Speech from the Throne, our government committed to end this unfair practice once and for all. We will continue to promote policies that support Canadian consumers and put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Canadian families.”
Community Town Hall Meeting
Hosted by Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, on crime and justice issues in Canada with special guest Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Vic Johnston Community Centre
335 Church Street, Streetsville
Please join us for topics ranging from cyberbullying, crime & public safety, Victim’s Bill of Rights, prostitution & community standards, and other legislation in the House of Commons this fall.
For more information and to RSVP, please call 905-812-1811 or email email@example.com.
Canada’s leadership in maternal, newborn and child health will help improve health and nutrition in Guatemala
August 21, 2014 – Mississauga, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Streetsville, co-hosted a round table with stakeholders to discuss Canada’s leadership role in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), as well as the concrete actions Canada can take going forward to continue to improve the lives of mothers and their children in the developing world. This meeting was part of the consultations announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at theSaving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit, which took place in Toronto on May 28–30, 2014.
PS Brown is holding a series of MNCH round tables in Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the month of August. During today’s round table in Mississauga, Ontario, PS Brown took the opportunity to announce support to help improve MNCH in Guatemala.
“I am proud to announce Canada’s contribution to the National Survey on Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala supported by UNICEF,” said PS Brown. “This important initiative will contribute to improved health and nutrition programming based on reliable national statistics on MNCH and on food security in Guatemala.”
“Peel Region is home to people from all over the world,” added MP Butt. “They want Canada to support women and children with their health needs, and that is why the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health initiative is so important.”
The consultation focused on how to ensure that global commitments deliver tangible results while remaining accountable to those in need as well as to Canadian taxpayers. Canada is committed to scaling up interventions that will have the greatest impact, including in the areas of nutrition, vaccination and newborn health.
“The initiative announced today will provide critical updated analyses that will help orient government, civil society and donor interventions in the health and nutrition sectors,” said Minister Paradis. This project, supported by UNICEF, is fully aligned with Canada’s engagement strategy in the Americas as well as our development priorities on food security and MCNH in Guatemala.”
In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the Muskoka Initiative, which put MNCH at the forefront of global development efforts. Thanks to Canadian leadership and subsequent global action, maternal mortality rates are declining and millions more children are celebrating their fifth birthday. Recognizing there is much more work to be done, Prime Minister Harper hosted the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach summit in Toronto in 2014. At the summit, Canada committed an additional $3.5 billion in support and, through the Toronto Statement, laid the groundwork to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children under the age of five within a generation.
- On May 28–30, 2014, in Toronto, the Prime Minister hosted Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. At the summit, Canada committed $3.5 billion in support for the period of 2015–2020 and renewed global momentum to advance MNCH as a global priority beyond 2015.
- Canada’s contribution will continue to target the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child deaths by prioritizing three programming areas: strengthening health systems, improving nutrition, and reducing the burden of leading diseases.
- Solid international progress is being made to address MNCH. The number of women who die each year during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped substantially: from 523,000 deaths in 1990 to 289,000 in 2013.
- The global number of deaths of children under the age of five has dropped significantly as well: from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
August 19, 2014 —Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that Canada has welcomed its 150,000th new citizen of 2014. This is double the number of new citizens compared to the same period in 2013 and thanks to the action taken by the government to reduce backlogs and improve processing times. Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony in Scarborough and welcomed the country’s newest Canadians. At the event, Alexander highlighted the government’s recent changes to the citizenship system, which have led to improved processing times and an eight percent reduction to the citizenship backlog.
Recent changes to the Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, will allow for further improvements to the efficiency of the Citizenship program. The new streamlined decision-making process and other changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to bring the processing time for citizenship applications down to under one year, reduce the citizenship application backlog by more than 80 percent and achieve a working inventory of applications in fiscal year 2015-2016.
- Since 2006, Canada has enjoyed the highest sustained levels of immigration in its history ¾ an average of one quarter-million newcomers each year.
- For new Canadians, the citizenship ceremonymarks their formal entry into the Canadian family. A citizenship ceremony is a unique part of Canadian civic life. It is one of the formal occasions when we reflect on the rights, responsibilities and exceptional privilege of being a Canadian citizen.
- Since 2006, Canada has welcomed over 1,300,000 proud new Canadians.
- Newcomers can learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and more, in the Discover Canada guide.
On behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, today invited organizations across Canada to propose new projects that will promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada, and position them for greater economic success.
The Government of Canada will be supporting projects selected through this new Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada entitled Increasing Economic Prosperity for Women. These projects will engage women and others in addressing the unique challenges facing women in today’s economy, and remove barriers that prevent them from contributing fully to the growth of the economy in their communities.
The deadline for applications to be submitted is noon (12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on October 17, 2014. Apply Now!
This Call for Proposals by Status of Women Canada aligns with the Government of Canada’s number one priority which is to support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.
- Projects under this Call for Proposals will engage key stakeholders – institutions, employers, sector and professional organizations and local communities – to promote the economic prosperity of women in Canada. They will also address institutional barriers and other factors that limit economic opportunities for women.
- Through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada, the Government of Canada has invested more than $54 million in projects that promote women’s economic security and prosperity throughout the economy.
- On June 26, 2014, the report of the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards was released. It outlines a roadmap for improving the representation of women on public and private boards that will also build a stronger economy. One of the report’s main recommendations is that public and private sectors in Canada aspire to seeing women attain 30% of all board positions over the next five years.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 outlined the Government’s commitment to increasing mentorship for women looking to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs.