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    Fri 4:44 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Thu 11:07 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Here is the report of my April 4th meeting, further down this page. Thank you to Fred Larsen who checked this report over to see that it relfects "what was presented" at our meeting, and, of course, to each of the people who attended. This report has been submitted to the Minister of State for Democratic Reform. Notes from Meeting April 4, 2014 Office of Bruce Stanton, M.P., Simcoe North Attending: Ken Szijarto – Simcoe North NDP Association Fred Larsen - Simcoe North Liberal Association Doug Hogg – Simcoe North Liberal Association Ian McRae – Lakehead University Alec Adams - Simcoe North - Green Party of Canada Peter Kizoff – Fair Vote Canada – Simcoe North Chapter Subject: Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act (FEA) Follow up Items: 1. Fair Vote Canada Meeting – May 2014 – potentially during constituent week – May 19 to 22, 2014 – Peter Kizoff to arrange a time via Judy Fulsom (Stanton’s Orillia Office). 2. Submit report of meeting to Minister of State, Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre. Report of Meeting: Mr. Adams started the meeting after introductions. - Alec described the provisions of the FEA that would discontinue vouching, as a solution in search of a problem - He opposes the government’s seeming lack of interest in broader consulting on the issue, and he is critical of its refusal to accept amendments to this point. - He strongly believes legislation that seeks to amend something as critical as our election process demands a higher degree of consent from Parliament, citing the UK example where 75% is required in the HoC. - He proposes the mandate of Elections Canada (EC) should continue toward promoting voter participation. Mr. McRae (Lakehead U): - Ian described the reality that most students do not so much line up with particular parties, but rather, are interested in participating in the process to learn and broaden their understanding of issues and politics in general. - He objects to removing EC’s mandate to facilitate, promote voter participation, feeling that the Government’s suggestion that the parties and candidates be responsible for that (motivating voter participation), would not serve student voters as well. Mr. Szijarto: - Sections 75 to 77 of the FEA in respect to robo-calls o The Bill should include an obligation for the person or organization registering their auto-dial event (with the regulator – CRTC) to include the database of that set of calls, and that the database be made available to the public for research purposes. On this second point, making it quasi-public, I noted there may be difficulty with privacy protection since the database was collected by the respective parties and may represent “prospective” electors vs. actual supporters. o The scripts and information pertaining to the autodial event should be kept for 10 years; not one year – so that post-election investigations and/or legal proceedings could be assured of having access to that information. - Regarding financial expense and donation limits being raised under the FEA, he believes the limits should remain the same as they are now, subject to inflationary increases going forward; that this measure favours the larger vs. smaller parties. It gives the Liberal and Conservative parties an unfair advantage. - Mr. Szijarto believes the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the Commissioner of Elections should have the ability to compel testimony and documents. - Moreover, all parties should do more to increase voter participation. He feels strongly that when more people vote, electoral results will better reflect the hopes and beliefs of Canadians. (On this point, I wholeheartedly agree). Mr. Hogg: - Regarding the change in duties and reports of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Doug expressed concern that reporting through the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), instead of the CEO, his reports of investigations will flow to the government (via the Minister of Justice) rather than to Parliament. The CEO is an officer of Parliament and does not report to a Minister. They report directly to Parliament. - Doug also expressed concern that, within the office of the DPP, the Commissioner would not have the ability to access documents from the parties, or compel testimony. - Finally, he disagrees with the fact Bill C-23 does not expressly invite more study into internet or e-voting, something that would surely attract more participation, especially among younger voters. (Note: In Question Period on Monday, April 7, 2014, the Minister of State addressed questions on the topic of the DPP’s independence. Here is his response on a question from the Member for Louis St. Laurent: Ms. Alexandrine Latendresse (Louis-Saint-Laurent, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it turns out that the Director of Public Prosecutions was not even consulted about the Conservatives' electoral reform. Had he been, the minister would have realized that, by placing the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections under the authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions, he is violating another fundamental principle of justice: the one investigating must not be in the same office as the one deciding whether to prosecute. Did the minister consult any credible experts at all before introducing his reform, or did he just talk to people on his party executive and in his caucus? [English] [Expand] Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Minister of State (Democratic Reform), CPC): Mr. Speaker, the member has succeeded in enunciating a precise factual error in her question. She says that there is an ancient principle separating investigative functions from prosecutorial functions within elections law. In fact, prior to 2005, not only were these two functions found in the same office; they were found in the same person. The Commissioner of Canada Elections, prior to 2006, was responsible for both investigations and prosecutions; so there is no necessity, with respect to elections law, to keep them separate. That being said, the Director of Public Prosecutions is independent and so, too, will be the commissioner. Mr. Larsen - Mr. Larsen summarized the broad-reaching criticisms the Bill has received from numerous, credible voices – academics and elections officials. He strongly believes the government should be heeding these comments because they are knowledgeable in the business of running elections and protecting and upholding citizen rights. Why does the government believe its opinion is the only valid one? - He asked me to imagine a scenario where the tables were turned – and the CPC were in Opposition against a Liberal Majority trying to implement the same Bill. Would they not be raising the same arguments as today’s Opposition parties? - Ultimately, this Bill had not been properly vetted with election officials before drafting; the Government is ignoring inputs from credible voices on the question, and further, it is proceeding through the legislative process with no interest in amendments (improvements) to the Bill, only to use its majority in the House to ram it through. - He believes the Bill should be scrapped and a new process for electoral reform begun using a broader, collaborative approach between parties and informed commentators. Mr. Kizoff: - Mr. Kizoff leveled some strong criticisms of the process being followed to usher this Bill through Parliament, seemingly without heeding the advice of witnesses and commentators who have relevant opinions to lend. - He sought a situation where enough CPC MP’s could oppose the Bill at 3rd Reading to defeat it. - He questioned me, as to what I would do on that vote; that I had the chance to respond to their concerns by voting against the Bill. - Mr. Kizoff outlined the work of Fair Vote Canada in our riding and left me with binder of documents that supported the issues presented at this morning’s meeting. My Remarks – and Conclusion: - I thanked the delegation for taking the time to prepare and present their arguments in such a precise and thorough fashion. They, obviously, showed their strong opposition to the government’s proposal, as expressed in Bill C-23. - I told the group that I will be supporting the Bill. While I recognize there are many voices of opposition on this Bill, I do not share the view that it will undermine our democratic process. I believe it will strengthen it by making the investigation component of EC more independent, focus EC’s communications efforts toward the mechanics of elections and leave “motivating” participation to the parties and candidates (all of whom benefit from increased participation), more strictly regulating auto-dial calls and closing loopholes for expense/donation limits by limiting political loans. - On the vouching question, Harry Neufeld’s own report indicated 42% of the 120,000 cases of vouching in the 2011 federal election had serious irregularities, of the sort that, if questioned in court, could be considered questionable and possibly overturn an election (as it initially did in the riding of Etobicoke North in 2011). The special voting procedures at polling locations are administratively complex and therefore, are not followed consistently, leading to irregularities and potential for doubt in an election result. - Taking the vouching option away, and replacing it with greater efforts to educate electors about the “how”, “when” and “where” of elections, will increase participation and confidence in election results. There are numerous ways an elector can support their identity at the polling location and it is not unreasonable to ask electors to bring documentation with them, in order to support their right to vote. - Most all agree, the potential for doubt or question in an election result undermines confidence in EC’s stewardship of the election process.
    Thu 7:44 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Pleased to put my Private Members Motion, M-502, on the Notice Paper yesterday. I expect the Motion will come up for debate either just before the summer recess, or soon after. Here it is: M-502 — April 7, 2014 — Mr. Stanton (Simcoe North) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of measures to deepen and straighten the vessel navigation channel which provides access between Georgian Bay and the westerly limit of the Trent-Severn Waterway, at Port Severn. Ici, la motion: M-502 — 7 avril 2014 — M. Stanton (Simcoe-Nord) — Que, de l’avis de la Chambre, le gouvernement devrait examiner l’opportunité de prendre des mesures pour approfondir et redresser la voie navigable qui relie la baie Georgienne et la limite ouest de la Voie navigable Trent Severn, à Port Severn.
    Apr 08, 2014 7:43 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Great meeting with constituents on Saturday, April 5th, in Orillia, regarding the Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23. Pictured here (L to R); Fred Larsen (Liberal Party), Peter Kizoff (Fair Vote Canada), Ken Szijarto (Ramara Resident), Doug ____, Alec Adams (Green Party), and Ian MacRae (Lakehead University - Orillia, student). They made strong and reasoned arguments. We agreed to disagree on the way forward, but it gratifying to see the genuine spirit of enagement from these gentlemen on such an important issue. My report on the meeting will go to the Minister of State for Democratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre.
    Apr 07, 2014 12:36 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Apr 05, 2014 10:25 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Had a great meeting this morning with COPE Service Dogs - Jane Boake, Maureen Watt, and Dave Blevins - www.copedogs.org. It is a fascinating program - Service Dogs are trained up by secondary school students for two years or so; then they go on to a home with a life partner - a person with mobility limitations or living with other disabilities or exceptionalities. These dogs, and the non-judgmental companionship they bring their human friend, are life-changing in many ways. Kudo's to Thor Motors (Orillia) www.thormotors.com for being the first in our area to sponsor a Service Dog. In the coming months COPE will be garnering supporters, volunteers and donors in the Orillia area. If you need more information, contact the great people at COPE in Barrie, or my office.
    Apr 05, 2014 10:23 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

March

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    Parks Canada Making Record Investments to Trent Severn Waterway Committing to the future of our waterways and its communities March 14, 2014 Parks Canada is supporting communities and businesses along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) by investing $58 million over the next two years in major capital projects and ongoing preventative maintenance. Dr. Colin Carrie – the Parliamentary Secretary to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, joined by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward Hastings – made the announcement today on the Minister’s behalf at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre on the TSW. "Our government has made record investments to the canals to ensure that this national treasure will continue to be enjoyed by local residents and tourists for generations to come. We will continue to work with our partners to preserve these national treasures" said MP Stanton. The major capital projects include: • Thompson Bay Dam Reconstruction – $1.5M • Otonabee Dam Deck Rehabilitation - $7.6M • Bolsolver Dam Reconstruction - $24.1M • Kennesis Dam - $3.5M • Healy Falls Concrete Rehabilitation – $0.7M • Hastings Swing Bridge - $4M • Brighton Swing Bridge - $4.6M The funding announced today also includes $11.5 million over the next two years across the TSW for dam safety and in preventative maintenance projects for bridges, dams, lock gates and retaining walls as well as the management of navigation markers, and visitor facilities. Quick Facts: • The funding announced today is in addition to the 2014 Economic Action Plan to invest $391.5 million in funding for highways, bridges and dams in national parks and along historic canals. Details on this funding will come later. • The Government of Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help canals be a premier tourism destination, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families. • Parks Canada is gearing up for a new summer season along its historic canals by offering boaters early bird special rates for their permits, which they can buy on-line until March 31, 2014 at www.parkscanada.gc.ca. Related products • BACKGROUNDER – The Government of Canada is investing record amounts in our Historic Canals Additional links: • Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada
    Mar 18, 2014 11:03 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Mar 06, 2014 11:15 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

February

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    The Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act adds to our Government's strong record protecting young victims of crime - http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2014/doc_33047.html
    Feb 26, 2014 1:19 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) warns all Canadians to beware of telephone calls, mail, or email (see example below) that claim to be from the CRA but are not. These are phishing scams that could result in identity thefts. Email scams may also contain embedded malware, or malicious software, that can harm your computer and put your personal information at risk. The CRA does not email Canadians to request personal information! Canadians should especially beware of phishing scams asking for their personal information, such as social insurance, credit card, bank account, and passport numbers. Some of these scams ask for this personal information directly, and others refer the taxpayer to a Web site resembling the CRA's where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. Examples of recent email scams that have been circulating include notifications to taxpayers that they are entitled to a refund of a specific amount such as $521.51 or $671.08; or informing taxpayers that their tax assessment has been verified and they are eligible to receive a tax refund. These emails are not from the CRA. To better equip taxpayers to identify possible scams, the following guidelines should be used: The CRA does not do the following: • The CRA never requests, by email, personal information of any kind from a taxpayer. • The CRA will never request information from a taxpayer pertaining to a passport, health card, or driver’s license. • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer. • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine. When in doubt, ask yourself the following: • Am I expecting additional money from the CRA? • Does this sound too good to be true? • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return? • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me? • How did the requester get my email address? • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information? The CRA has well-established practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system. For more information about security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security. Anyone who receives a suspicious communication should immediately report it to info@antifraudcentre.ca or to the institution that the communication appears to be from. For information on scams, to report deceptive telemarketing, and if personal or financial information has been unwittingly provided, go to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Web page at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/phishing-eng.htm.
    Feb 24, 2014 9:39 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Yesterday, our Government launched an online consultation with respect to Canada’s prostitution laws and the Supreme Court decision in the matter of Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada. Further information regarding this process can be found at: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/news-nouv/nr-cp/2014/doc_33042.html http://www.justice.gc.ca/fra/nouv-news/cp-nr/2014/doc_33042.html As you know, our Government is concerned about the significant harms that flow from prostitution to communities, those engaged in prostitution and other vulnerable persons. We believe that doing nothing is not an option. We look forward to hearing from Canadians on the best way forward.
    Feb 18, 2014 7:14 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014 MP Stanton proud of Government’s commitment to jobs and opportunities in Budget 2014 Bruce Stanton is enthusiastic about the federal budget, Economic Action Plan 2014, and its focus on job creation, economic growth, and keeping taxes low – along with its plan to get back to balance by 2015 – as a positive for Simcoe North. “While Canada has the strongest job creation record among all G-7 countries, with more than 1 million net new jobs created since the depth of the global recession, too many Canadians are still looking for work,” said MP Stanton. “That’s why Economic Action Plan 2014 will continue our Conservative Government’s focus on creating more jobs and growing the economy in Simcoe North and across the country.” Economic Action Plan 2014 contains no new taxes on families and businesses, and also continues to ensure government spending is as efficient and effective as possible. “As we’ve seen in places like Greece and Detroit, not having one’s fiscal house in order can lead to incredible economic instability, dramatic cuts to government programs and higher taxes,” said MP Stanton. Economic Action Plan 2014 includes key measures to support Ontario families and strengthen our economy, while keeping taxes low and returning to balanced budgets in 2015, including: • Launching the Canada Job Grant: so that Canadians can get the skills training they need to get in-demand jobs. • Creating the Canada Apprentice Loan: which will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year. • Launching a Job Matching Service: this new service will automatically match Canadians looking for work with employers looking to hire them. • Increasing Paid Internships for Young Canadians: investing $55 million to create paid internships for recent graduates in small and medium-sized businesses and in high-demand fields. • Helping Older Workers Get Back to Work: investing $75 million in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to support older workers who want to participate in the job market. • Cutting Red Tape for Small Business: cutting 800,000 payroll remittances for 50,000 small businesses. • Making Landmark Investments in Research & Innovation: $1.5 billion over the next decade for research at universities through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. • Conserving Canada’s Natural Heritage: $391.5 million towards Canada’s national parks and historic canals, conserving recreational fisheries, expanding tax relief for the environmental conservation of lands, encouraging clean energy generation with tax relief to new green technologies, and more. • Supporting Families: enhancing tax relief for families adopting a child, expanding tax relief for health-related services, capping wholesale wireless rates to make service more affordable, cracking down on cross-border price discrimination, and more. • Strengthening Communities: improving broadband in rural and remote communities, establishing a $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program to help communities prepare for natural disasters, introducing a Search and Rescue Volunteers Tax Credit, and more. • Standing Up for Victims of Crime: implementing the Victim’s Bill of Rights and proving funding for a DNA-based Missing Persons Index. The Conservative Government has continued to grow provincial transfers to record levels. For Ontario, the federal budget confirmed that transfers will total $19.2 in 2014-15 – a whopping 76% increase from under the previous Liberal government. “Budget 2014 is a strong budget for Canadian families, communities, youth, businesses and Veterans, “said MP Stanton. “I look forward to Canada’s continued prosperity under our Government’s leadership.” For more information please contact: Ashley Brown Office of Bruce Stanton, MP (613) 992-6582
    Feb 12, 2014 5:47 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Feb 11, 2014 2:55 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    RE: Changes to Veterans Affairs Canada Service Points Recently, there have been reports of changes to administrative offices of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). This has caused a great deal of concern within the Veterans’ community, and I would like to take this opportunity to provide more information in regards to what these changes will mean for Veterans here and across Canada. VAC is constantly looking for ways to improve the provision of services by providing programs and resources in a way that reflects the needs of Veterans. This means locating staff and offices where they are closer and easier to access and leading to better service overall. On January 31, 2014, VAC closed eight offices in Kelowna, Brandon, Saskatoon, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Corner Brook, Sydney and Charlottetown. In place of these offices, there is at least one full-time VAC Client Service Agent in the eight Service Canada offices closest to the eight VAC regional offices that closed. In five of the eight, these offices are located in the same building. In the offices closing, workload had fallen to fewer than 160 case-managed veterans. In Sydney, for example, actual visits to the district office had fallen to seven visits a day, with several of these being only to drop off paperwork. Veterans who require case workers will continue to receive services at their home. In addition to this, the Government has made changes to all Service Canada locations, to ensure that Veterans are always able to receive help when they need it. Prior to July 2012, Service Canada did not provide any Veteran specific services. Beginning July 2012, all Service Canada locations began providing services to Veterans that were previously not available at these locations. These services include providing Veterans with general information on VAC programs and services, printing off forms and applications, helping Veterans with application forms for VAC disability benefit and the Veterans Independence Program (VIP), and accepting completed applications, supporting documentation, and sending them securely to VAC for processing. Today, Veterans have more than 650 points of service across Canada where they can access basic information on Veterans services, where previously there were 60. From there, the capable team at VAC connect with Veterans and arrange the services they need. We've increased funding of Veterans’ benefits by nearly $5 billion in since 2006. This new funding included expanding the eligibility for the Permanent Impairment Allowance so that 3,000 more veterans would be eligible, as well as creating the $1,000 per month Permanent Impairment Allowance Supplement. We’ve also set a minimum monthly income for veterans in rehabilitation, at the higher of $42,426 per year or 75% of their pre-release salary. And we’ve doubled the maximum amount a veteran’s family is eligible for under the Funeral and Burial Program from $3,600 to $7,363. We can never do enough to repay the gratitude we hold for our Veterans. We owe them everything. We also know that any government service or program must have rules to ensure fairness and accountability. We’re serving Canada’s veterans and will continue to solve any service issues as they arise. I hope that this information is helpful. I welcome any Veteran who may have concerns about the provision of service to contact my office for assistance.
    Feb 11, 2014 9:21 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Feb 07, 2014 11:08 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    February 5, 2014 CANADA AND U.S. REACH AGREEMENT ON FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay today announced that, after lengthy negotiations, Canada and the United States have signed an intergovernmental agreement under the longstanding Canada-U.S. Tax Convention. In March 2010, the U.S. enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA would require non-U.S. financial institutions to report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accounts held by U.S. taxpayers. Failure to comply with FATCA could subject a financial institution or its account holders to certain sanctions including special U.S. withholding taxes on payments to them from the U.S. FATCA has raised a number of concerns in Canada—among both dual Canada-U.S. citizens and Canadian financial institutions. One key concern was that the reporting obligations in respect of accounts in Canada would compel Canadian financial institutions to report information on account holders who are U.S. residents and U.S. citizens (including U.S. citizens who are residents or citizens of Canada) directly to the IRS, thus potentially violating Canadian privacy laws. Without an agreement in place, obligations to comply with FATCA would have been unilaterally and automatically imposed on Canadian financial institutions and their clients as of July 1, 2014. Today’s agreement addresses these concerns, as well as others. http://www.fin.gc.ca/treaties-conventions/pdf/FATCA-eng.pdf http://www.fin.gc.ca/n14/data/14-018_1-eng.asp http://www.fin.gc.ca/afc/faq/fatca-eng.asp
    Feb 05, 2014 11:32 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Unveiling the Sarah Burke Memorial Stamp at the Midland Post Office on Monday February 3, 2014.
    Feb 04, 2014 6:51 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

January

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    Dec 19, 2013 10:14 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Dec 18, 2013 12:21 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Employers can now apply for Canada Summer Jobs 2014 funding, which will create thousands of job opportunities for students across the country. 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. The employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs has changed. Applications are now available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and must be submitted by January 31, 2014. These new timelines mean successful employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students. Funding will be available to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses. Young people aged 15 to 30, who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the fall, can qualify for these job opportunities.
    Dec 18, 2013 7:26 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Be safe this holiday! Don't drink and drive! Https://soundcloud.com/kimmitchell/dont-drink-drive-Kim-Mitchell
    Dec 18, 2013 7:24 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Please visit my website to watch my Christmas greeting to constituents in Simcoe North! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! http://brucestanton.ca/
    Dec 16, 2013 9:24 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Celebrate Canada is an eleven-day celebration that takes place from June 21 to July 1, and the deadline to apply is January 15, 2014. Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities organized during the Celebrate Canada period. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1. Eligible recipients for funding include Canadian not-for-profit organizations, unincorporated associations, Canadian businesses organizing projects of a non-commercial nature, Canadian educational institutions and municipal governments, and other municipal, provincial or territorial institutions. The funding application form and detailed information about application requirements and eligible expenses are available on the Celebrate Canada website. http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1292265603193
    Dec 10, 2013 6:20 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    This holiday season donate wisely and claim the new first-time donor’s super credit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fdsc/
    Dec 09, 2013 10:09 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    It takes only minutes to register as an organ and tissue donor. Sign up and help save 8 lives. http://bit.ly/1iwFVNE
    Dec 04, 2013 12:11 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Heather and I at the Midland Santa Claus Parade!
    Dec 02, 2013 8:54 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

November

October

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    Oct 23, 2013 12:39 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    CANADA SUMMER JOBS DEADLINE CHANGE! Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative that 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. It also helps employers create much needed summer job opportunities for students, while strengthening local economies and communities across Canada. The deadline for CSJ has changed and is earlier than in previous years. This year, applications will be available online beginning December 2 and must be submitted before January 10, 2014. These new timelines mean that successful employers will be notified sooner and have more time to recruit students. More information about CSJ is also available on the Service Canada website.
    Oct 17, 2013 6:42 am | Ontario, Simcoe North
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    Watch our interview with Conservative MP Bruce Stanton this Sunday at 4 PM ET. He's been trying to find ways to satisfy frustrated residents who experience less service from Parks Canada due to the government's 2011 deficit reduction plan. “Any way we cut it, we either have to raise revenue, or we have to cut expenses in other areas." Have you noticed service reductions in national parks during the last two years? Are you happy with the level of service?
    Oct 08, 2013 9:28 am | Ontario, Simcoe North

September

July

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    Celebrating 10,000 meals served since November 2012, with Out of the Cold on July 17th, 2013. I would like to thank the volunteers and sponsors of Out of the Cold. They are truly the people who put in the time and resources that make it possible for the less fortunate in our community to enjoy hot meals when they need them the most. Thank you for all of your hard work!
    Jul 25, 2013 1:55 pm | Ontario, Simcoe North

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