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Canada 150 Logo Design Contest

December 16, 2014 Comments off

Students in Mississauga-Streetsville Invited to Submit Design for Canada 150 Logo

Students in Mississauga-Streetsville will have a chance to be part of history in the making. MP Brad Butt is encouraging all Canadian post-secondary students over the age of 18 to take part in the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest. Students will have the opportunity to submit a design for the logo that will be a key element in the multi-year effort to bring Canadians together for our country’s ongoing celebration of 150 years of Confederation.

Quick Facts

  • Submissions for the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest will be accepted from December 5, 2014, to January 23, 2015.
  • The logo should evoke feelings of pride, unity and celebration, and it should reflect Canada as a diverse nation with a rich past and a promising future.
  • A judging committee made up of community leaders and representatives from the arts, heritage and educational sectors will develop a shortlist of qualified entries for final consideration.
  • In addition to the prestige and recognition of having his or her logo used as the Government of Canada’s brand for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the winner will receive $5,000 and a display in one of Canada’s national institutions.
  • For more details and information on how to apply, see Canada.ca/150.

“I invite all Canadian post-secondary students in Mississauga-Streetsville-especially our up-and-coming graphic designers—to take part in the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest. What does Canada mean to you? Be part of history in the making! As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, creating a national, recognizable brand that Canadians can identify will encourage participation in this significant milestone,” said MP Butt.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Canadian Tire employees from store #169 following a pre-budget consultation with members of the Retail Council of Canada.

December 11, 2014 Comments off

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11 December 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a pre-budget consultation in Mississauga, Ontario, with members of the Retail Council of Canada. He was joined by Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, and Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Streetsville.

The Prime Minister’s pre-budget consultation complements consultations hosted across the country by Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), and Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, on the next federal budget. In addition, Canadians are invited to submit their views online regarding how the Government can continue to build on the Economic Action Plan to further support families, encourage job creation, and secure a strong economy for today and the future.

Quick Facts

  • Pre-budget consultations are part of the annual federal budget cycle. They use innovative techniques, including telepresence and online consultations, to gather the views of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
  • The Retail Council of Canada is the voice of retail. Founded in 1963, it is a not-for-profit association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional and national specialty chains, and online merchants.

“Our Government’s top priority continues to be the creation of jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity. In the year ahead, we look forward to balancing our budget. Through our pre-budget consultations, participants from across the country, including the Retail Council of Canada, will help us identify key priorities for the next phase of our Economic Action Plan to ensure the lasting prosperity of Canadian families and our economy.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Canada Summer Jobs Applications

December 10, 2014 Comments off

Employers can now apply for funding under Canada Summer Jobs 2015, today announced Brad Butt, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville. The funding will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country

Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to hire qualified young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall. It is estimated that up to 35,000 young Canadians will benefit from summer employment while helping employers address skills shortages.

Since 2006, the Government has helped over six million young Canadians receive experience, training, and skills needed for better jobs. Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

Quick facts

  • Employers may submit applications at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj by January 30, 2015.
  • Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more than 611,000 young people develop skills.
  • The Canada Summer Jobs program delivers $107.5 million annually across the country.

Putting Canadian Consumers First

December 9, 2014 Comments off

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December 9, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada

 The unexplained and often significant price gap between Canadian and U.S. prices for the same products is a frustrating and all too familiar reality for any Canadian who has ever shopped online or travelled to the United States.

Today, Industry Minister James Moore announced new legislation to help ensure Canadians are not charged higher prices than Americans simply because of where they live.

The Price Transparency Act will help tackle the practice of geographic price discrimination, one of the key contributors to the Canada-U.S. Price Gap. Today’s announcement provides the Competition Commissioner with the tools necessary to investigate alleged cases of price discrimination and publicly report to Canadians situations where consumers are unfairly targeted with higher prices. The Commissioner will be authorized to seek court orders to compel the production of evidence to expose discriminatory pricing practices that are not justified by higher costs in Canada, and to publicly report to consumers on the findings.

Quick facts

  • Studies have shown that prices of goods in Canada are, on average, 10 to 25 percent higher than they are in the United States.
  • In 2013 the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance found country pricing by manufacturers as one the key causes of the Canada-U.S. Price Gap.
  • A recent study published by the American Economic Review, which reviewed 4,000 separate products, concluded that distributors or wholesalers are practising country pricing strategies.

Mississauga jet engine plant benefits from $300M in federal investment

December 8, 2014 Comments off

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Mississauga News

By Joseph Chin

MISSISSAUGA – Pratt & Whitney Canada plans to invest over $1-billion in R&D over the next five years to develop the company’s next generation of environmentally conscious jet engines, with a $300-million contribution from Ottawa.

The funds will support 1,500 jobs – mainly at its Mississauga plant and another in Longueuil, Que. – over the next five years. It will also help another 1,200 other companies along the supply chain.

The announcement was made this morning in Mississauga by Industry Minister James Moore and P&WC president John Saabas.

The federal loan is granted under the government’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Inititative.

“We are proud to support the aerospace industry and will continue to create the right economic conditions for Canadian companies to succeed globally,” said Moore, noting that last year Canada’s aerospace industry was responsible for more than 170,000 jobs and contributed $28 billion to the economy.

Pratt & Whitney is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp., a company that provides high-technology products and services to the global aerospace industries.

“The government of Canada’s investment enables P&WC to invest over $1 billion overall to pursue its long-standing legacy of innovation and sustain its engineering and manufacturing Centres of Excellence in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia,” said Saabas.

“The government of Canada’s continued commitment to the aerospace industry will help support high-quality job opportunities for the next generation of skilled workers in Canada and allow P&WC to continue to be an innovative leader in the industry.”

Saabas noted that every second of every day an aircraft lands or takes off across the globe powered by a Pratt & Whitney engine.

Pratt & Whitney has been building jet engines in Canada since 1928 and employs more than 6,000 across the country.

Among the dignitaries on hand for this morning’s announcement were Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt, Bramalea-Gore-Malton MP Bal Gosal, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish and Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University, which offers an aerospace engineering program.

“This important announcement is a testament to the government of Canada’s pledge to support homegrown R&D through effective industry-university collaboration,” Levy said.

Government takes action to end violence against women and girls

November 26, 2014 Comments off

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show support during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

 

November 25, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Status of Women Canada

MP Brad Butt invites Canadians to show their support for victims of gender-based violence by participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, 2014.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence began on November 25th, with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This 16-day event ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10th, and includes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6th.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women was established by Canada’s Parliament in 1991 to ensure Canadians would never forget the tragic deaths of 14 young women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this tragedy.

December 6th is a time for Canadians to remember all the women and girls who have experienced violence and to reflect on why this phenomenon continues to exist in our society. It is also a call to action that urges all Canadians to do something and to speak out to denounce such abhorrent acts. Individuals are invited to observe a moment of silence, to wear a white ribbon, or to attend a candle light vigil in their community. They may also wish to raise awareness by joining the conversation about violence against women and girls on social media. Infobites that highlight facts about violence against women and girls are available on the Status of Women Canada website and can be shared on a variety of social media platforms.

Quick Facts

  • One in three women in Canada will experience sexual assault at some point in their lives. Sexual assault is one of the top five most common violent offences committed against women in Canada.
  • In 2011, police reported rates of violent crime in Canada were 5% higher for women than for men. Women were 11 times more likely than men to be victims of sexual offences and three times more likely to be victims of criminal harassment.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $146 million through Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount, more than $70 million has gone to projects to prevent and end violence against women girls. This includes projects that address violence against Aboriginal women, human trafficking, harmful cultural practices, and cyberviolence.
  • The Government of Canada has taken significant action to better protect Canadians, including women and girls, from crime and to strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system. Most recently, it introduced the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices bill, which reinforces that Canada’s openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced or polygamous marriage or harmful cultural practices.

 

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Welcome Remarks at the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day

November 25, 2014 Comments off

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Thank you Jennifer Hawkes for that wonderful speech.

It is inspiring to see so many Young JDRF Ambassadors here today.

As a member of the House of Commons’ All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus, I welcome you here for a very important day.

From Happy Valley – Goose Bay to Whitehorse to Coquitlam and many places in between, you are here on Parliament Hill to share with Members of Parliament, like myself, what it means to live with type 1 diabetes and show us first-hand how Canadian funded research has made improvements to you lives and health.

The members of the All-Party Juvenile Diabetes Caucus recently met to hear from Dave Prowten and Dr. Bob Goldstein about some of the amazing medical and technological advances that are being made in Canada.

We were reminded of how Canada has led the world in research that helps with the management, care and cure of T1D since the discovery of insulin by Banting and Best and the recent breakthrough in islet transplantation known as the Edmonton Protocol.

Canadian funded research has made big improvements to their lives and health of Canadians living with the disease.

You are all proof of this and we, as MPs, need to be reminded of it.

My colleague, Minister Gary Goodyear, the Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) saw the potential of the Canadian Clinical Trial Network (CCTN) as another step in Canada’s proud history of Canadian federally-funded research.

In 2009, he agreed to invest $20 million in the network as part of our government’s Economic Action Plan.

JDRF Canada provided $13.9 million of its own funding and CCTN was launched.

I am told that some of you here have participated in the nine peer-reviewed clinical trials that are part of CCTN.

You are among a small group of nearly 1,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes who have had access to some of the latest breakthroughs because you were able to participate in CCTN’s clinical trials.

I thank you for participating and advancing our scientific understanding of type 1 diabetes.

Also here with us today is George Canyon, a Canadian Country music star and national spokesperson for JDRF.

His determination and hard work serve as an inspiring reminder of how much we can accomplish when we live our lives with integrity and purpose.

Whether it is his rise to a “Nashville Star” from working as a bylaw officer, or from being told he would have to give up his dream of becoming a Canadian Air Force fighter pilot to obtaining his pilot’s license through diligently managing his type 1 diabetes through diet, lifestyle and insulin pump technology – he is an inspiration to us all.

I would like you all to join me in welcoming George Canyon to the stage.

Remembrance Day

November 11, 2014 Comments off

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Friends,

Every year on Remembrance Day, Canadians are given an opportunity to honour the memory of our brave members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to thank the men and women who continue to wear the uniform with pride today.

This year marks many important world war milestones, including the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War,

and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

These conflicts, as well as more recent missions, including in Afghanistan, will never be forgotten.

And this year in particular our thoughts are with the families of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who both gave their lives recently in service to Canada.

Today, members of the Royal Canadian Air Force are engaged in an important mission in Iraq against the brutality of ISIL.

I encourage everyone in our community to join me in participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony including coming to our new Streetsville Village Square cenotaph this November 11th.

This will be to honour the fallen, commemorate the brave, and thank all members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service.

Lest We Forget.

 

 

Protecting Canadians from Barbaric Cultural Practices

November 5, 2014 Comments off

November 5, 2014 — Ottawa — Today, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the tabling of legislation in the Senate, Bill S-7, that will strengthen Canadian laws to prevent barbaric cultural practices from happening on Canadian soil.

Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act: An Overview

The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act demonstrates that Canada’s openness and generosity does not extend to early and forced marriage, polygamy or other types of barbaric cultural practices. Canada will not tolerate any type of violence against women or girls, including spousal abuse, violence in the name of so-called “honour”, or other, mostly gender-based violence. Those found guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws.

To deliver on the Government’s commitment to standing up for victims of violence and abuse and to send a strong message to those in Canadaand those wishing to come to Canadathat such practices will not be tolerated on Canadian soil, the Government is proposing to amend five federal statutes:

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Address polygamy through the creation of a new polygamy-specific inadmissibility provision in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, meaning:

  • temporary residents and permanent residents who practise polygamy in Canada could be found inadmissible on that basis alone, without the need for a criminal conviction; and
  • if found to be inadmissible, the person could then be subject to removal.

Civil Marriage Act

Make amendments to the Civil Marriage Act to legislate across Canada two existing legal requirements for a valid marriage:

  • the requirement for free and enlightened consent (proposed section 2.1); and
  • the requirement for ending an existing marriage prior to entering another (proposed section 2.3).

These legal requirements currently exist in federal legislation that applies in the Province of Quebec only (sections 5 and 7 of the Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1) and in common law (court decisions) for residents of other provinces and territories.

The bill would also establish a new national minimum age for marriage of 16, below which no marriage could be contracted (proposed section 2.2). This legal requirement currently exists only in federal legislation that applies in the Province of Quebec (section 6 of the Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 1). The common law (court decisions) applying to residents of other provinces and territories is sometimes interpreted as setting a minimum age of 14 for boys and 12 for girls, and historically sometimes as low as age 7. This proposed amendment would provide equal protection to all Canadian children by setting the minimum age to age 16 across Canada.

Additional legal protections for children between the new minimum age for marriage and the age of majority, set by the province or territory of residence at 18 or 19 years of age, are found in provincial and territorial marriage laws. These laws currently require parental consent (and in some instances also the consent of a judge) to ensure that the child fully understands the legal consequences of marriage in those exceptional circumstances where a child would be mature enough to marry. Canada’s Minister of Justice has asked his provincial and territorial counterparts to consider making complementary amendments to their marriage laws to ensure that children are uniformly protected by requiring a judge to make the proper inquiries, in addition to parental consent, in the case of any marriage involving a child between the age of 16 and the age of majority.

Criminal Code

Amend the Criminal Code to provide additional protections building on the proposed amendments to the Civil Marriage Act to prevent forced or underage marriages. The proposed amendments would:

  • amend the existing offence for a legally-authorized officiant who knowingly solemnizes a marriage contrary to provincial law (section 295) to clarify that this also includes a marriage that is contrary to federal law, including a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16this offence will be punishable by up to two years in prison;
  • create a new offence prohibiting the active and knowing participation in a forced marriage ceremony by any person, including parents or other family members of the person being forced to marry, or the performance of a forced marriage ceremony, whether or not the person is legally authorized to solemnize a marriage (proposed section 293.1)this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison;
  • create a new offence prohibiting the active and knowing participation in a marriage ceremony involving a person under the age of 16, by any person, including parents or other family members of the person who is underage, or the performance of an underage marriage ceremony, whether or not the person is legally authorized to solemnize a marriage (proposed section 293.2)this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison;
  • extend the existing offence of removing a child from Canada for the purpose of having certain offences committed abroad to include the removal of a child for the purpose of a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16 outside of Canada (proposed paragraph 273.3(1)(d))this offence will be punishable by a maximum of five years in prison; and
  • introduce a new peace bond that gives the court power to impose conditions on a person where there are reasonable grounds to fear that a forced marriage or a marriage under the age of 16 will otherwise occur (proposed section 810.02).

The Bill would also amend the Criminal Code to address concerns that the defence of provocation (section 232) has been raised in several so-called “honour” killing cases in Canada. These cases involved accused persons who killed their wife, sister or sister’s fiancé and alleged that the killing was motivated by their perception that the victims had brought “dishonour” to them or their family through their conduct or choices, taking into account their culture’s views about appropriate gender roles and behaviour.

The defence of provocation currently allows a person found to have committed murder (which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison and minimum parole ineligibility periods) to seek a conviction of manslaughter instead (with no minimum sentence unless a firearm is used) by arguing that the victim’s conduct provoked them to lose self-control and kill.

Currently, any conduct by the victimincluding insults and other forms of offensive behaviour that are lawfulcan potentially qualify as provocation if it is found to be sufficient to cause an ordinary person to lose self-control, the accused was not expecting it and the killing was sudden. The proposed amendment would limit the defence of provocation so that lawful conduct by the victim that might be perceived by the accused as an insult, or offend that person or their sense of family “honour” or reputation, cannot be used to reduce murder to manslaughter. Only conduct by the victim that amounts to a relatively serious criminal offence (i.e. an offence under the Criminal Code punishably by at least 5 years in prison) could be argued to be “provocation” for the purposes of the defence.

Consequential amendments

Consequential amendments resulting from the above-mentioned changes will also be made to the Prisons and Reformatories Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act to include references to the new peace bond.

Financial Literacy Month 2014

November 4, 2014 Comments off

Financial Literacy Month in Canada

  • November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada; the time for Canadians of all ages to enhance their financial know-how.
  • During Financial Literacy Month, all Canadians and organizations are encouraged to either host or take part in an activity designed to increase financial knowledge.
  • The Financial Literacy Month Calendar of Events provides Canadians with a list of the financial education activities and events taking place in November in their city and province as well as across the country.
  • Organizations are encouraged to submit their financial literacy activities and events slated for November 2014 in the Financial Literacy Month Calendar of Events.
  • Financial Literacy Resource Database: this year’s Financial Literacy Month will see FCAC launch an online database that will provide Canadians with a comprehensive list of financial literacy resources, events, tools and information.
  • Financial Literacy Month ‘selfie’ photo contest: an opportunity for Canadians of all ages to demonstrate how they use their financial savvy and to win prizes.
  • For more information about Financial Literacy Month in Canada, visit gc.ca/flm, like www.facebook.com/FLMcanada, follow @FCACan and join the conversation with #FLM2014 on Twitter.

Youth / Parents / Educators / Teachers

  • It’s never too early, or too late, to start teaching kids about money.
  • Teaching kids about money early in life will help them avoid making financial mistakes in the longer term.
  • By learning the basics of money management early, children and youth will know how to make the right decisions about spending and saving for the future. Good financial habits last a lifetime.
  • Understanding basic concepts such as budgeting and saving, how to manage credit and debt, and financial planning will provide students and youth with the tools they need to navigate the financial realities of adulthood.
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • There are tools available to help youth and families better understand and manage their personal finances. Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database.

Adults

  • Brushing up on the basics of money management, improving your financial habits, and knowing your rights and responsibilities in using financial products and services enables you to be a savvier and more confident financial consumer. It’s never too late!
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database

 

Seniors

  • Whether you are planning your retirement or living it, ensure that your finances are in good shape to help you reach your financial goals.
  • You can keep your money and your financial identity safe by being aware of the risks and taking steps to protect yourself.
  • Budgeting, managing debt and speaking with a financial professional about your investments will ensure that your finances are in order and help you live worry-free while living in retirement.
  • How do your financial knowledge and skills measure up to other Canadians? Take our financial literacy self-asssessment quiz today to find out!
  • Find the tools you need to improve your knowledge and skills to make better financial decisions in the Financial Literacy Resource Database.