• The Honourable Sheilah L. Martin
    Born and raised in Montréal, Justice Sheilah L. Martin was trained in both civil law and common law before moving to Alberta where her career as an educator, lawyer, and judge has been driven by a commitment to fairness and equal justice for all.Justice Martin earned a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University in 1981. She then received a Master of Laws from the University of Alberta in 1983 and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from the University of Toronto in 1991. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1989.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 29, 2017
  • Expungement of historically unjust convictions
    Historically, Canada unjustly convicted and imposed criminal records on individuals for engaging in consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners that would be lawful today.On November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation – Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act– to put into place an expungement process to permanently destroy the records of these unjust convictions.Convictions under the Criminal Code, as well as convictions under the National Defence Act, will be eligible for permanent destruction.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 28, 2017
  • Government of Canada initiatives to support LGBTQ2 communities and promote diversity and inclusion
    The Government of Canada is working to address issues that impact Canadians, including federal public servants, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2). This work includes new initiatives to support LGBTQ2 communities and to promote greater diversity and inclusion.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 28, 2017
  • LGBTQ2 Agreement-in-Principle
    The Government of Canada acknowledges that historic federal policies and practices – which were not consistent with the values and principles now embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms – led to the discrimination of LGBTQ2 people employed by the federal Public Service, including the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 28, 2017
  • Shelly Bruce
    EducationMaster of Arts, Slavic Languages, University of TorontoBachelor of Arts, Russian Studies, Dalhousie UniversityProfessional ExperienceSince June 2009Deputy Chief, Signals Intelligence, Communications Security Establishment2007 - 2009Director of Operations, Security and Intelligence, Privy Council Office2004 - 2007Director General, Intelligence, Communications Security Establishment
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 24, 2017
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    Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador - November 24, 2017
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    [View as PDF (4.12 MB)]Nete pet utat shashashish katutuakananit innuat nete katshishkutamatsheutshuapit mishta matshinnu kie tshitshue shakuenimutshenitakun ute Kanata. Shuka tshika ui uauitenan kie tshika ui tshishkutamuakananut akaneshaut katutuakanikuenit innuat nete katshishkutamatsheutshuapit, tshetshi eka uaunitshissitakanit eshpish kapiuenimakanikuenit innu auassat.
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    Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador - November 24, 2017
  • Statement of Apology on Behalf of the Government of Canada to Former Students of the Newfoundland and Labrador Residential Schools
    The treatment of Indigenous children in residential schools is a dark and shameful chapter in our country’s history. By acknowledging the past and educating Canadians about the experiences of Indigenous children in these schools, we can ensure that this history is never forgotten.
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    Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador - November 24, 2017
  • Ava G. Yaskiel
    EducationUndergraduate studies, University of TorontoBachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law SchoolBar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper CanadaMaster of Laws, University of CambridgeDirectors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of ManagementCertificate in Mining Law, Osgoode Hall Law SchoolProfessional ExperienceSince 2014Global Head of Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities, Norton Rose FulbrightSince 1998Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 17, 2017
  • Thao Pham
    EducationMaster’s Degree, Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à MontréalBachelor of Science, Biology, McGill UniversityProfessional ExperienceSince March 2016Senior Vice-President, Operations, Parks Canada2014 - 2016Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal Montréal Bridges Branch, Infrastructure Canada2011 - 2013Vice-President, Operations, Canada Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec2008 - 2010Vice-President, Operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 17, 2017