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    Marge Badham + family at start of annual Mike Badham Walk hosted by Regina's Whitmore Park Community Assoc.
    Jun 15, 2014 1:56 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Wonderful to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities. Congrats!
    Jun 14, 2014 5:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Keenan Tholl, valedictorian, addressing the 2014 graduating class at Montmartre School. Well done!
    Jun 14, 2014 2:31 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Huge turnout at the 2014 Graduation Ceremonies at Montmartre School. Congratulations!
    Jun 14, 2014 2:30 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A soggy day in Regina, but the Pride Parade is undeterred. Led off today by Royal Bank. Regina Police Service participating!
    Jun 14, 2014 11:47 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Premier Wynne. A great victory in Ontario for the progressive centre over the hard right wing.
    Jun 12, 2014 9:01 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Having already implemented real MP cost disclosure and a less partisan Senate, Justin Trudeau is now tackling transparency http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2014/06/11/trudeau-bill-would-force-more-transparency-on-government-reform-info-act/#.U5ivC_ldW4J
    Jun 11, 2014 12:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    On Keystone-XL project, Mr Harper's anti-Obama alliance with Australian PM Abbott is described in the House of Commons as "strategically stupid". How does it advance Canada's interests to try blatantly to embarrass the President, making it tougher to get environmental approvals?
    Jun 11, 2014 12:05 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Justin Trudeau says a legitimate competitive process is only way to get right jet-fighter for the RCAF at best price. Mr. Harper refuses to commit himself to any legitimate competitive process to replace CF-18s. No transparency.
    Jun 11, 2014 11:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, the Harper government brags about job creation since the recession, but Canada has 230,000 MORE jobless today + more still have given up. Conservative economic policy celebrates mediocrity. Growth is pathetically weak at 1.2%. BMO says our job market is anemic and lackluster. And the Harper government refuses to cut EI payroll taxes, has no effective trade plan and delays 70% of new Infrastructure funding to after 2019.
    Jun 10, 2014 11:59 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A memorial service for the RCMP officers killed last week in Moncton was held today. Here’s a brief statement that I made in the House of Commons to mark this somber occasion. http://youtu.be/Tg0zsYIvR1A
    Jun 10, 2014 11:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The robocall trial - imagine what might have been different if Elections Canada had effective investigative powers! http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/06/09/crown-sona-wasnt-alone-in-committing-election-fraud/
    Jun 09, 2014 12:03 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period - with growth sputtering at 1.2%, a trade deficit of $640 million and 29,000 full-time jobs lost, Liberals urge a growth agenda. Among other things, Liberals suggest lower EI payroll taxes to promote jobs + larger urgent investments in community infrastructure. A strong substantive growth agenda for Canada's economy was outlined by Justin Trudeau last Friday in major speech to the Regina Chamber of Commerce.
    Jun 09, 2014 11:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    TRUDEAU’S CORE MESSAGE IS ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was in Regina last week with a jam-packed agenda. The key event was a major economic speech before a big audience of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce and Saskatchewan’s Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs. He also attended the Lieutenant-Governor’s ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, paid tribute to the fallen Mounties in New Brunswick, met with Mayor Mike Fougere and University President Vianne Timmons, spoke with representatives of Treaty Four First Nations, hosted a reception for the general public, and spent two energetic evenings at Regina’s “Mosaic” multicultural festival. Justin showed himself to be a knowledgeable, articulate, capable individual with the substance and stamina that leadership demands. He also demonstrated his amazing capacity – unique among all Party leaders – to engage and motivate people to become part of the “change for the better” that most Canadians so desperately want in public life. Like no one else, he can rally people! In his speech about the economy, Justin melded the twin priorities of strong fiscal management and a prosperous middle-class. To have both, Canada needs an agenda for sustained and sustainable economic growth – which is what this country is not getting from the Harper Conservatives who are exclusively fixated on slashing the Government of Canada at the expense of everything else. That’s why veterans are being neglected, public infrastructure is in decline, retirement incomes are inadequate and insecure, a majority of middle-class families worry about the high cost of higher education and fear their kids may not do as well as their parents did. Justin laid out five big economic priorities that a new Government of Canada will need to get right: • Investments in people – meaning better access to post-secondary education (universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeships, on-the-job up-skilling, etc.) and a new relationship around Aboriginal education. He also called for urgent corrections in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program which has run so badly amuck on the Conservatives’ watch, and more emphasis on provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs which offer clear pathways to citizenship. • Foreign Direct Investment and Trade – the Harper government talks a lot about trade agreements, but they still don’t have a single major deal actually done yet, and Canada’s trade balance is mostly in deficit. Export trade is critical to a province like Saskatchewan. At the bottom-line, exporting sectors pay 50% higher wages than those that are not trade intensive. • Natural Resources and the Environment – Canada needs a smart “marriage” between the economy and the environment. Canadians don’t want to be told they have to pick one or the other. They want both. Environmental integrity will be critical to building the consensus necessary for valuable development projects to succeed. Mr. Harper’s total lack of environmental credibility has been a key factor in stalling the Keystone-XL pipeline. • Innovation – the Government of Canada must help build strong scientific platforms across the country, like the Synchrotron “light source” in Saskatchewan and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre in Regina. Such investments in homegrown “brainpower” are crucial to growth, competitiveness and productivity. • Public Infrastructure – Canada needs transformative federal leadership in building the infrastructure necessary to underpin a vibrant, national 21st century economy. It is foolish public policy to cut, stall and convolute federal support systems, like the “Building Canada Fund” which Mr. Harper has chopped this year by 87%. Federal infrastructure investments should be moving up, not down. Justin’s agenda is strong and substantive. So is his commitment to transparency, accountability and value-for-money in all federal operations, and his determination to keep above the slander in Conservative or NDP attack-ads. Canadians are increasingly thirsty for that kind of positive leadership.
    Jun 09, 2014 4:00 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED FROM VICTORIA & FAVOUR? When news flashed around the world a few weeks ago about the vicious kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, my thoughts turned to Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi. They would not likely be directly affected by that terrorist assault in their home country, but the situation reflected the circumstances in life from which they have been trying to emerge. They came to Canada a few years ago on Nigerian government scholarships to study as "foreign students" at the University of Regina. All was going well until they worked off-campus for a few days at a Walmart store. They maintain this violation of their student visa conditions was inadvertent, but it provoked the full wrath of the Canada Border Services Agency. With unrelenting fury from the outset, CBSA was determined that Victoria and Favour would be deported, and ultimately they were driven out -- for the heinous offence of working briefly at rudimentary jobs in the province with the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Yes, there had been a breach of the rules, however minor, for which there had to be consequences, but this punishment seemed totally out of all proportion. That point was made eloquently and repeatedly by University President Vianne Timmons, together with the UofR's administration, faculty and students, plus the entire provincial Legislature (government and opposition) and many members of the general public. I raised it too in the House of Commons. But the Harper government would show no quarter. Despite the fact that senior officials of some maturity and judgment should have been involved in these two cases before deportation became a procedural inevitability, no such common sense case management was applied, and Conservative Ministers refused all flexibility. So last October the women were forced out. Thankfully, they got to come back last night. It's good that Victoria and Favour have been allowed to return. They can now resume their studies at the University of Regina. It will be up to them to make the most of this opportunity. The federal government deserves some credit for finally opening this path to a happier conclusion. It's at least some tacit acknowledgement that the previous flow of events was pretty badly skewed. But the biggest thanks must go to President Timmons and the university community who never lost hope or focus and never gave up on their fight to correct an obvious injustice. For the future, it will be important to have people of real quality and discernment conduct an impartial, review of all the complex details of these two cases. What got so badly crossed-threaded in how they were handled? Was there any other "trigger" than just a few days of work at Walmart? If that offence alone was so serious, why was no remedial action taken against the employer? What were the techniques used by CBSA to investigate and interrogate these two women - were there any threats or inducements? Is there sufficient, high quality supervision of case management at CBSA? When two federal departments are involved, what can be done to keep each Minister from ducking responsibility by just repeatedly deferring to the other? What should be the clearly defined circumstances in which a Minister can be called upon to intervene and exercise some discretion? Should there be a range of penalties for visa violations, beyond just the singular blunt instrument of deportation? Are the obligations of foreign students adequately explained and understood before issues arise? While on a happier course now, Victoria and Favour have already lost about two years of their lives since they took those ill-fated jobs at Walmart. It would be a sad waste if the government now just closes the book on these files and fails to try to learn something of value from this painful experience.
    Jun 08, 2014 3:58 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    "Squeeze of Scotch" warms up the happy crowd in Wascana Park waiting to start Regina's annual JDRF Walk
    Jun 08, 2014 9:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Crowd lining up to register for the annual JDRF Walk in Regina's Wascana Park. Great weather + a great cause.
    Jun 08, 2014 9:11 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    As 2014 Mosaic Festival wraps up, time to thank Regina Multicultural Council+hundreds of volunteers at 21 terrific pavilions!
    Jun 08, 2014 6:39 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Luke Gilmore + senior dancers at the Hungarian pavilion - another popular spot on the Regina multicultural Mosaic tour.
    Jun 07, 2014 8:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's now confirmed that the two University of Regina students from Nigeria, deported last year, are now back in Regina. Welcome Victoria+Favour. Congratulations to UofR President, Vianne Timmons, and the whole university community that never gave up in this fight for justice.
    Jun 07, 2014 6:09 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Big crowd, great entertainment and wonderful food at Mosaic's Italian pavilion in Regina - 3rd + final night!
    Jun 07, 2014 5:50 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Let's hope this ushers in a new + happier chapter in the lives of Victoria + Favour. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/saskatchewan/story/1.2668530
    Jun 07, 2014 4:18 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Let's hope this ushers in a new + happier chapter in the lives of Victoria + Favour. http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/saskatchewan/story/1.2668530
    Jun 07, 2014 4:17 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau gave a strong, substantive speech about the Canadian economy last Friday in Regina. Check it out: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/justin-trudeaus-speech-regina-district-chamber-commerce/
    Jun 07, 2014 3:25 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Sunny morning in Regina brings out a good crowd at the downtown Farmers Market - always good stuff to buy!
    Jun 07, 2014 10:16 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    An interesting take on Justin Trudeau in the West http://www.leaderpost.com/touch/story.html?id=9916616
    Jun 07, 2014 7:37 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau mobbed for photos at the bustling Hellenic pavilion at Regina's Mosaic.
    Jun 06, 2014 8:42 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau + Regina UCC president Orest Gawdyda at Mosaic's Kyiv Ukrainian Pavilion.
    Jun 06, 2014 7:33 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A big crowd as always at the Kyiv Ukrainian pavilion. Mosaic in Regina is terrific this year!
    Jun 06, 2014 7:23 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    What a fantastic reception for Justin Trudeau at the Philippines pavilion at Mosaic in Regina!
    Jun 06, 2014 7:12 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    After wowing the big crowd at India Pavilion, Justin Trudeau now heading for Philippines, then Kyiv Ukrainian. Great Mosaic!
    Jun 06, 2014 6:33 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    2nd busy night of Mosaic Festival with Justin Trudeau - starting at the Orr Centre with both the Russian Pavilion + India!
    Jun 06, 2014 5:31 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Just small portion of large crowd welcoming Justin Trudeau at public reception in Regina - back to Mosaic festival next
    Jun 06, 2014 4:21 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau speaks with a roundtable of Treaty-4 First Nations Chiefs, elders and community leaders at RTSIS in Regina
    Jun 06, 2014 2:07 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau speaking to packed luncheon hosted by Regina Chamber + Sask Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs
    Jun 06, 2014 12:23 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to be with Justin Trudeau as part of Lieutenant-Governor's D-Day ceremony in Regina today
    Jun 06, 2014 10:35 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Ted Hughes is a distinguished jurist originally from Saskatoon —children-in-care issue potentially bigger than Indian Residential Schools! http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-must-tackle-serious-aboriginal-child-welfare-problem-former-judge-1.1855709
    Jun 06, 2014 8:32 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    More evidence Canada needs "growth" agenda: 29,000 full time jobs lost in May, any new jobs are all part-time, jobless rate up again.
    Jun 06, 2014 8:18 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Before your 2nd night of Mosaic Festival tonight, drop by Regina's DoubleTree Hotel — 4pm to 6pm — to "Meet+Greet" Justin Trudeau
    Jun 06, 2014 7:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Got a great start at Mosaic Festival in Regina last night with Justin Trudeau. More tonight! https://www.flickr.com/photos/justintrudeau/sets/72157644627534950/
    Jun 06, 2014 6:04 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    COMMEMORATING D-DAY IN WAYS THAT MATTER Seventy years ago today – on June 6th, 1944 – Allied Forces in World War Two crossed the English Channel to land on the coast of Normandy and begin the liberation of Europe. It was a day that changed the course of history. Canadians played an integral part in the success of D-Day. Our troops faced brutal Nazi resistance at Juno Beach, but made greater progress in meeting their objectives than any other part of the invasion force. And right in the thick of the action was the valiant Regina Rifles Regiment. Because of what they and their Allied comrades accomplished that day, the foundation was laid for victory in Europe and ultimately around the world. Can you imagine what D-Day demanded of those who were there? The strength and skill. The sheer guts and determination. The valour. The tenacity. The selflessness. To be prepared to die, and many did. For freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and decency – in short, for the foundations of a civilized way of life. Whether stated in formal policy or not, once a country sends its military personnel into harm's way to defend its values, that country must be bound by a sacred compact with all those who answered the call. They put themselves on the line. Some lost their lives. Others returned home with serious physical or psychological injuries. Canada must always honour the memory of those who fell. We must be equally prepared to take proper care of those who were damaged. That applies to those WW2 Vets who are now in their 90's. And to all the other members of the Canadian Forces who served in Korea or in subsequent peacekeeping or peace-making operations, or more recently in places like Libya and Afghanistan. Their country is in their debt. Something is seriously wrong in the affairs of a nation when returned soldiers, veterans and their families feel driven to public protests and confrontations with Cabinet ministers – just to be heard and treated with respect. On this solemn anniversary – 70 years from Juno Beach – we must reinvigorate Canada's national resolve to honour-in-full that sacred compact that does, indeed, exist between this country and those who gave their all so others might have freedom and peace. Lest we forget. Lest we fail to honour our obligations.
    Jun 06, 2014 4:28 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Live orchestra performing at the Poltava Ukrainian pavilion at Regina's Mosaic last night. Always a hit.
    Jun 06, 2014 4:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau dancing up a storm at the Caribbean pavilion at Regina's Mosaic
    Jun 05, 2014 7:32 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    With Justin Trudeau at Mosaic Festival in Regina - now en route to the Punjab and then Ukrainian Poltava pavilions
    Jun 05, 2014 6:47 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Justin Trudeau with Sask artist Joe Fafard at the Francophone pavilion at Regina's Mosaic Festival
    Jun 05, 2014 6:37 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Great day in Regina with Justin Trudeau - met Mayor Fougere + University of Regina President Timmons, plus media interviews. At Regina's Mosaic Festival tonight, we'll start at Chinese pavilion + then onto Francophone. More to follow.
    Jun 05, 2014 4:30 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Thinking of A/Commissioner Louise LaFrance + all the young RCMP recruits training at Depot Academy in Regina http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/news-release/liberal-statement-death-rcmp-officers/
    Jun 05, 2014 11:56 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The thoughts + prayers of all Canadians are with the RCMP and the families of the tragedy last night in Moncton. Regina is home of RCMP "Depot" Training Academy. Former Depot CO Asst-Commissioner Roger Brown is now CO for New Brunswick.
    Jun 05, 2014 7:13 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Canadian economic growth is not coming from domestic demand because consumers are overburdened with record high household debt. It not coming from exports with our trade balance in deficit, or from businesses because investor confidence is low. And it is not coming from public sector either because key programs like the Building Canada infrastructure fund has been slashed by 90%.
    Jun 04, 2014 12:27 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, the Conservative government has no answer for its "slow growth" record - the worst since 1930s. Some 140 other countries are doing better!
    Jun 04, 2014 12:06 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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