• Mary Coyle
    A long-time champion for women’s leadership, gender equality, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mary Coyle has forged a distinguished career in the post-secondary education and non-profit sectors, with a focus on international and local development.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - December 4, 2017
  • Mary Jane McCallum
    Dr. Mary Jane McCallum is a First Nations woman of Cree heritage and an advocate for social justice who, over the course of her distinguished career, has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba. She received a Dental Nursing Diploma at the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1977 and a Dental Therapy Diploma at the School of Dental Therapy in 1979, before earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1990.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - December 4, 2017
  • Nancy Bélanger
    Nancy Bélanger holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Ottawa, and is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.Ms. Bélanger joined the federal Public Service in 1993 as a Law Clerk with the Federal Court of Canada.Throughout her career, she has distinguished herself by taking on increasing responsibilities in progressively more senior positions.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 30, 2017
  • Raymond Théberge
    Raymond Théberge holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from McGill University. His distinguished career as an educator and academic spans more than 35 years and encompasses a number of important roles with universities, associations, and governments.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 30, 2017
  • Frequently asked questions on the Supreme Court of Canada appointment process
    A. APPLICANTSHow many applicants were there?There were a total of 14 applicants.
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    Ottawa, Ontario - November 29, 2017
  • 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