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Nov 23rd

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    Marc SpoonerLooking for a worthy local cause to support as we approach the holidays? Shawna Semaganis works at Carmichael Outreach. She is a community-minded person, who gives tirelessly of herself to help others. She lives with her 5 children and her grand daughter. Last Saturday night, they had a house fire. The good news is that everyone is safe and it looks like they have found a new place to rent. The bad news is they didn't have insurance and they lost almost everything. They have to make a damage deposit, repair their vehicle, and replace almost everything in their home. Shawna and her family are not used to accepting help, they are more used to giving it. It's been a really exhausting week for them (trying to find a new place to live), dealing with the aftermath of the fire, going through their home trying to salvage anything they can, trying to find more clothes than just what they were wearing when they left their house). Please consider making a cash donation in support of Shawna and her family. Carmichael Outreach can accept donations on her behalf during their office hours. I can also accept the donations. Contact me if you would like to contribute. Our goal is to collect $1000 for Shawna's family to pay for their rent and damage deposit. Related CTV-Regina new story can be found here: http://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=496744#496079 Sincerely, Marc
    2 hours ago | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    4 hours ago | Quebec, Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
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    Marc LaferriereI worked on the local housing stability plan and know first hand as someone who was raised in social housing how big the need is. It is an investment and a help - one of the few kinds of government expenditures where we get to keep an asset too. Sign on to support social housing.
    5 hours ago | Ontario, Brant
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    Olivia ChowTunisia polling stations on election day.
    5 hours ago | Ontario, Trinity—Spadina
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    Brian MasseWade crushed me at X versus O, this is the battle map! http://t.co/HqaImRZA61
    7 hours ago | Ontario, Option Nationale
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    7 hours ago | Ontario, Option Nationale
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    Chris CharltonMarauders got the job done yesterday. Your turn, Ticats. Eat 'em raw!!!
    8 hours ago | Ontario, Hamilton Mountain

Nov 22nd

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    Nathan CullenI'm at an event in Victoria where folks are showing solidarity with those battling Enbridge in the courts. "Pull Together" is about coming together to stand up for our home.
    15 hours ago | British Columbia, Skeena—Bulkley Valley
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    18 hours ago | Quebec, Manicouagan
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    Brian MasseCatching the spirit of the #WindsorExpress. Borrowed the ring,would have had my own if not 4, 20 yrs 2 late+talent http://t.co/NGGkGTOuRl
    19 hours ago | Ontario, Option Nationale
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    Élaine MichaudVisite de Luc Plamondon à St-Raymond pour la Fondation Plamondon.
    19 hours ago | Quebec, Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier
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    Marc LaferriereNow that's constituency work! NDPers @CharlieAngusMP & @ClaudeGravelle work to get Habs games on the cable packages of their ridings! #CanadaPolitics
    20 hours ago | Ontario, Brant
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    Malcolm AllenOur veterans deserve better.
    20 hours ago | Ontario, Welland
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    NPD Pierrefonds—DollardMaria Mourani choisit le NPD et voici pourquoi:
    20 hours ago | Quebec, Pierrefonds—Dollard
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    Robert ChisholmThanks so much to Gillian, Mansure, and Bobbi-Lynn for bringing their passion and expertise to the discussion at my town hall on Affordable Childcare today in Cole Harbour. Participants engaged in a positive and stimulating conversation. There was a lot of frustration with the status quo, and a lot of optimism that things could finally change. Besides the economic benefit for families and the economy, people really wanted to emphasize how this is also about providing a great start for more of our kids. I couldn't agree more. Thanks to everyone who came out, let's keep the conversation going.
    21 hours ago | Nova Scotia, Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
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    Randall GarrisonPacked hall today for Take Back Our Coast meeting with MP Nathan Cullen in support of his bill C-628 which would legislate a tanker ban on the North Coast, improve consultation on development projects, and promote sustainable jobs.
    22 hours ago | British Columbia, Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca
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    Jeunes néo-démocrates du QuébecFaites connaissance avec votre vice-président aux communications, Mathieu Dario Mireault. Son occupation : Conseiller en innovation chez Desjardins et étudiant à la maîtrise en marketing Ses préoccupations au NPD : L'environnement et la justice sociale Pourquoi Thomas Mulcair est génial selon lui : J'ai tombé en amour avec Tom lorsqu'il a démissionner du PLQ. Ça l'a démontré l'intégrité de l'homme et son souci de l'environnement. Quel super pouvoir aimerait-il posséder : J'aimerais pouvoir convaincre tous les habitants des milieux urbains que le vélo est le meilleur moyen pour se transporter en ville.
    22 hours ago | Quebec,
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    Pierre Dionne LabelleGala bénéfice de la Fondation André Boudreau 2014 100 300$ de ramassé! Bravo aux organisateurs! Quelle soirée!!!!!
    23 hours ago | Quebec, Rivière-du-Nord
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    François PilonUn grand merci à tous les lavallois qui ont participé et aidé lors de ma levée de fonds organisée par l'Association NPD Laval--Les îles, merci aux bénévoles et mon équipe! Belle dîner spaghetti!
    23 hours ago | Quebec, Laval—Les Îles
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    Élaine MichaudPour vous procurer des cadeaux des fêtes, aujourd'hui et demain, visitez le salon de Noël de Neuville. De 10h à 16h au presbytère et la sacristie.
    Sat 12:01 pm | Quebec, Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier
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    Megan LeslieJust had an amazing run along Martinique beach. My soundtrack was a Quirks and Quarks podcast about how we domesticated cats. Science and salt air are a great combination.
    Sat 10:33 am | Nova Scotia, Halifax
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    Nathan CullenHaving an amazing bfast at Mol`e in Victoria getting ready for our Take Back Our Coast event (11 am at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre). If you're in town come on out. If not take a second and sign our petition (www.takebackourcoast.ca).
    Sat 9:50 am | British Columbia, Skeena—Bulkley Valley
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    Sat 9:47 am | Quebec, Saint
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    Russ ChristiansonReminder: Northumberland-Peterborough South Nomination Meeting http://conta.cc/1xDjzQf
    Sat 9:17 am | Ontario, Northumberland—Quinte West
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    Rosane Doré LefebvreUne belle victoire. On continue!
    Sat 8:28 am | Quebec, Alfred-Pellan
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    Matthew KellwayNovember 21, 2014 Matthew's Speech on Bill C-26 Matthew delivered a speech yesterday during Second Reading Debate on Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, recounting the experience of two of his childhood friends who were victims of a predator in their community. His suggestion is to support this bill through to committee so we can hear from experts on this subject. We ought to be having a discussion at committee about other types of resources to counter the sexual abuse of children, other methods of prevention, other precautions to take, other forms or opportunities for education for both parents and kids. http://bit.ly/1y1nJRC
    Sat 8:24 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Matthew KellwayFriday November 21, 2014 Questions re: Bill C-26 Matthew Kellway Beaches—East York, ON Mr. Speaker, parents know that at some point, actually at many points, they have to give their kids over to the care of other people, whether it is for sports, education, just plain care, whatever the case may be. It becomes obvious that prevention is an important part of all of this. I appreciated that in my colleague's speech, she referenced concern with the issue of prevention. I also appreciated what she talked about as the specific social circumstances in which sexual abuse crimes occur against children, and it is often by people they trust, being friends, neighbours, et cetera. Is there anything in this bill that addresses those circumstances? The minister cited the 6% increase in sexual crimes against children, and yet I did not read anything in the bill that addresses the specific social circumstances in which these crimes often take place. ------------------------------------------------------------- Matthew Kellway Beaches—East York, ON Mr. Speaker, that is a great question. While I support this bill moving forward to committee for review and study, I am happy that I managed to convey in my speech that this bill is clearly missing an entire response to the issue of child sexual abuse. Clearly, prevention is the critical piece in all of this. It is what one would hope for and think of as any response to criminal activity. First and foremost, this fundamentally has to be be about preventing these things from happening and harming and hurting people. The story I told is a story about irrecoverable loss, not just for the boy and young man who ended up committing suicide, but for all of the victims, and there were many in this set of circumstances. These are things that people have to live with for the rest of their lives. They have to live with the pain and hurt. To the extent that we, as members of Parliament, can focus our attention on ensuring that young people in this country never have to experience these things and that kind of pain and hurt, and not have to live with that for the rest of the lives, surely we must put our minds to doing just that.
    Sat 8:12 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Matthew KellwayFriday November 20th, 2014 Matthew's Speech on Bill C-26 "Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act
    Sat 8:10 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Manon PerreaultDe toute beauté, il faut prendre quelques instants pour profiter de ces paysages. http://buzzly.fr/22-lieux-exceptionnels-qui-nous-prouvent-que-la-nature-peut-etre-tres-coloree-45.html
    Sat 7:01 am | Quebec, Montcalm
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    Marc LaferriereFrom a recent interview with Tom Mulcair called Beard in Toryland: Q: You’ve been the strongest performer of the leaders in the House of Commons, but polls still have the NDP in third. Is this frustrating? A: Not a bit. We’ve never been in a better position heading into an election. We’ve never had numbers like this a year out from a general and federal election. We’re really obviously aware of the challenges that are involved in facing a celebrity leader, but the question is, who is going to be able to govern Canada? And that’s the real question people are going to be asking themselves. People want change. I know what I hear when I go from coast to coast to coast: they want change. And this time around they’re going to be able to vote for the change they want, and actually get it by voting NDP.
    Sat 7:00 am | Ontario, Brant
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    Alexandre BoulericeJ’adore mon travail de député pour plusieurs raisons, une d’entre elles est que j’ai la chance de rencontrer des gens extraordinaires dans ma circonscription à #RosePatrie! Voici quelques rencontres que j’ai faites durant ma dernière semaine en circonscription: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexboulerice/sets/72157649338984675/
    Sat 7:00 am | Quebec, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
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    Matthew KellwayThursday November 20th This fall session marks Matthew's return to the Standing Committee on Health. Today the Minister appeared at Committee as part of the budgetary process. And Matthew had some questions regarding mental health issues and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Chair: Mr. Kellway, go ahead, sir, for five minutes. Mr. Matthew Kellway (Beaches—East York, NDP): Thank you, Mr. Chair and, through you, thank you to the Minister for coming today and spending some time with us and answering questions. I have two questions for you today. Let me set them both out and leave you to determine how to judge your response times. The first has to do with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and mental health as an issue that we need to deal with. Of course, Minister, our job in the Opposition is always to be critical but when asked whether I can say something good about the government I always happily refer to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It's accomplished a great deal in a very short period of time. It's put in place a national strategy as you know and has moved beyond that to do a lot more in terms of policy and best practices and training and so on. But the issue, Minister, as you know, is not going away. One in five Canadians is living with mental illness and it's costing our economy $50 billion a year and it's anticipated that those costs are going to rise significantly as we move forward. So, it's time and the Mental Health Commission of Canada has asked to put in place a renewed mandate to turn their strategy into an action plan and extend the funding, of course, to support a new mandate for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. So, my first question is will your government do that, extend the mandate of the commission and, of course, provide funding to support that mandate? The second question has to do with food labelling. We know that chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in Canada and among the most costly but, also, preventable diseases. We know that part of that equation are unhealthy diets that they are in fact a public health risk to Canadians with 60% of adults suffering from obesity and nearly a third of kids and we know that Canadian diets do not meet national recommendations. We also know that your department has put forward some recommendations or proposals with respect to food labelling, but those proposals seem to have some glaring omissions to us. - One is that they continue to give the front of food packaging priority to the marketing claims of the producer as opposed to nutritional information. - Two, the labelling doesn't deal with added sugars and we know that research is showing that excess sugar from added sugars can triple the risk of dying from heart disease. - Lastly, we ought to have, I think, on those labels standardized serving sizes that actually reflect consumption so that we don't have to reach for calculators to figure out what it is we're actually taking in. So, have your proposed changes to food labelling gone through, been approved or are they outstanding? Depending on your answer to that, will you make some further changes to those proposals or why didn't you include these three issues in your proposals? Hon. Rona Ambrose: Sure. Maybe I can get more specifics from you offline, but standardized serving sizes was one of the things that we're looking at and we went out to consult with Canadians at large and then also consulting with health groups. In industry we've done focus groups. The consultation is just wrapping up. But by all means, if you have some ideas you want to share with us we're happy to take them. But standardized serving size was something we heard loud and clear from by people. I use the example of one of my staffers who said when she buys two different brands of perogies, one serving size is six and one serving size is two. Trying to figure out the calorie content—and who eats two perogies, nobody does—it's very confusing. When you're buying bread it's by one slice. Normally people eat two. People want consistent, realistic relevant serving sizes to what they actually eat. So, we've been looking at that and I hope we can make progress on it. Sugars is a big one. We heard that loud and clear from, I say moms, because moms apparently do almost all the shopping, we found out through a lot of questions and they said loud and clear they want to know about added sugar and how much sugar is in the food. So, that was one of the things we had on our proposed label change. In terms of front of package labelling, I might ask Bruce to speak a bit to that. If a company or a manufacturer does make a health claim they do have to come through Health Canada. They have to show evidence of that health claim if that's what you mean. If it's just marketing, different kinds of marketing—do you want to be more specific, maybe? ……………………………………………………………………………… Ms. Libby Davies: Okay. I'll turn it over to Mr. Kellway. Mr. Matthew Kellway: Thank you, Ms. Davies. I was concerned about the non-response by the minister to my question about the mental health commission and then the response to Ms. Davies question. There has been a lot of dancing, if I can call it that. They are emerging issues on mental health issues and they're set out by the commission. They are serious issues in many different ways including economically. If not the mental health commission can you tell us what plans then the department has because 2017 is just around the corner to tackle these emerging issues? I'll say editorially. I look at the estimates and this is a department that is dropping FTEs. So what are you going to do about mental health issues in Canada? The Chair: Very briefly. Mr. George Da Pont: On that, as I said, and as the minister said the mental health commission has done very, very good work. Their mandate runs for a little bit of time yet. They put in a proposal for an early renewal and funding. We are working with them and we are looking at the proposals. So I think it just wouldn't be appropriate to speculate much further. But I think there is a broad sense that the mental health commission has been very effective and has done very good work. It's not the only avenue of investment. Dr. Beaudet may want to talk about that a bit more. But through CIHR there is a considerable amount of money that's being invested in research around mental health. There are other expenditures even in Health Canada for example we have significant components of our first nations programs that try and address mental health and addiction issue. So there is a very concerted effort on things like around the Indian residential school program to help people that went through the residential schools. So there is a very concerted effort on mental health on a wide variety of fronts including the mental health commission. The Chair: Thank you very much.
    Sat 6:57 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Trish McAuliffeThe start of private care has been launched with full support from the Province. This will be at the expense of seniors and the poorest citizens who cannot fight for support needed. Shame!http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/ccac-head-could-be-eligible-for-bonus?fb_comment_id=fbc_612531645542743_612532825542625_612532825542625#f13662aadc
    Sat 6:52 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Marjolaine Boutin-SweetEn ce 22 novembre, Journée nationale de l'habitation, j’ai émis la déclaration suivante, pour rappeler que de plus en plus de ménages canadiens ont de la difficulté à trouver un logement abordable et que le désengagement du gouvernement conservateur dans le financement du logement social est inquiétant, injuste et lourd de conséquences pour de nombreuses familles à faible revenu. Je vous invite également à participer à ma campagne #UnToitUnDroit, parce que l'élimination de la pauvreté commence par s'assurer que tout le monde ait un toit sur la tête : http://petition.npd.ca/logement-social.
    Sat 6:52 am | Quebec, Hochelaga
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    Sat 6:39 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Matthew KellwayFriday November 21, 2014 Matthew presents petitions supporting Local Farmers & Food TEXT from Presentation: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition today with respect to local food, which is signed by constituents in and around my riding of Beaches—East York. The petitioners point out that buying local food cuts down on transportation and greenhouse gas emissions, that buying local foods gives Canadians access to fresh and nutritious food and that federal departments and agencies should lead by example and support Canadian farmers by buying local food. The petitioners therefore call upon the Government of Canada to require the Department of Public Works to develop a policy to purchase locally-grown food for all federal institutions.
    Sat 6:02 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Matthew KellwayFriday November 21, 2014 Matthew presents petitions supporting Local Farmers & Food The Leslieville Farmers' Market + Fairmount Park Farmers' Market + East Lynn Park Farmers' Market + Food and Water First http://bit.ly/1y19lZI
    Sat 5:58 am | Ontario, Beaches—East York
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    Sat 5:52 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Marc LaferriereToday at 55 Tom St in Eagle Place - the Arts After School Kids program is having it's breakfast with Santa. I'm unable to attend this year as I have been called into work - however please go if you can. This is a great program - I've worked with kids attending the program as a social worker, worked with young adults who have done student placements there, served a term on their board and MC'd a few of their performances. What happens when you bring opportunities like this to kids is they flourish, they're more likely to stay out of negative situations and they develop skills and self-confidence. They also become a lot more resilient. AASK is a vital program - and you might need breakfast anyway, right? :)
    Sat 5:49 am | Ontario, Brant
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    Trish McAuliffeSave Hospital Services against privatisation.
    Sat 5:20 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Trish McAuliffeProtest proud!
    Sat 5:12 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Trish McAuliffeA good Health Care Rally @ Queens Park to fill the soul on the heels of the #fedbyelxn
    Sat 4:44 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Trish McAuliffeHow about a "living wage"!
    Sat 4:20 am | Ontario, Whitby—Oshawa
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    Sat 3:44 am | Ontario, Essex
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