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Jul 30, 2014 at 11:18 PM

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


Announcing the Rick Dykstra Community BBQ
Jul 22, 2014 at 09:24 AM

Date: Thursday August 7, 2014

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Rain or Shine

Location: Armenian Community Centre
156 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines

Come out and meet Rick, and enjoy a complimentary BBQ, Local Entertainment and Family Activities!

Featuring food by the Kilt & Clover and Entertainment by PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra!

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Seafarers’ International Union of Canada Supports Veterans as They Transition to Civilian Life
Jul 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

S.I.U. and the Government of Canada join forces and focus on a Priority Veteran Hiring Initiative

Thorold, Ontario, Canada- July 23, 2014- Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (S.I.U), the most important sailors’ union in Canada, representing the majority of unlicensed and licensed sailors working aboard vessels across Canada, today announced that it has launched a new initiative that will focus on priority training and hiring for members of the Canadian Armed Forces as they transition from military to civilian life.

The Priority Veteran Hiring Initiative will create synergy and opportunities for both the shipping industry and Veterans Affairs Canada.  By matching the skill sets, training and experience of the Canadian Armed Forces within the shipping industry, the S.I.U. is further investing in Canada’s future by providing opportunities in the seafaring industry.  “All of our partner companies, from coast to coast, support the initiative to recruit and train tomorrow’s seafarers,” said James Given, President, S.I.U.  “With the valuable skill sets, ambition and dedication to the Canadian Flag that veterans bring to our industry, it is welcomed on all fronts”.

“I am pleased that Seafarers’ International Union of Canada is committed to helping our Veterans find opportunities that will utilize their skills and experience at sea. By doing this, Seafarers are affirming what we already know: Canada’s men and women in uniform are skilled individuals, with the experience to be top notch employees,” said The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

“Canadian Veterans are hardworking and dedicated individuals who can contribute immensely to our country’s economic growth and prosperity.  I’m confident this new partnership will lead to good things for both Veterans and the Seafarers’,” said Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

“Our Government is committed to supporting Veterans and their families as they leave military service and become productive members of the civilian workforce. I applaud the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada for having the insight to tap into this highly-skilled pool of talented individuals,” said Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The S.I.U. looks forward to continuing its work with its partner companies and the Government of Canada in promoting this important initiative and providing opportunities for the men and women who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces.


About the Seafarers' International Union of Canada: A Sailors' Union by Sailors for the benefit of Sailors.  The Seafarers' International Union of Canada has been serving unlicensed seafarers since 1938 and is affiliated with the Seafarers' International Union of North America, presently representing 60,000 unlicensed seafarers across the continent. The most important sailors' union in Canada, the Seafarers' International Union, better known as the S.I.U., represents the majority of unlicensed sailors working aboard vessels on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, on the East Coast and the West Coast and in the Arctic.  In addition to vessels operated in Canadian waters, S.I.U. members also have the opportunity to work aboard vessels delivering cargoes in the United States, Europe and South America.
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UPDATED July 30: Canada Promotes Territorial Integrity and National Unity in Ukraine
Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM


  • July 30, 2014: Minister Paradis Announces New Support to Strengthen Democracy in Ukraine
  • July 29, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing the intent to impose additional sanctions on Russia
  • July 25, 2014: STEPHEN HARPER - Our duty is to stand firm in the face of Russian aggression
  • July 24, 2014: Expanded Sanctions List
  • July 11, 2014: Expanded Sanctions List
  • June 21, 2014: Expanded Sactions List
  • June 04, 2014: PM concludes visit to Poland
  • June 03, 2014: PM to attend swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine
  • May 27, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the results of the Ukrainian elections
  • May 25, 3014: Baird issues congratulations to the citizens of Ukraine who peacefully exercised their sovereign right to vote
  • May 24, 2014: Canada Commends Resilience of Ukrainians on Eve of Presidential Poll
  • May 20, 2014: PM announces leadership of the Canadian bilateral election observation mission to Ukraine
  • May 18, 2014: Baird Issues Statement on 70th Anniversary of Deportation of Crimean Tatars
  • May 14, 2014: Minister Fast Discourages Business Executives from Travelling to Russia
  • May 12, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing additional sanctions
  • May 07, 2014: Canada Will Not Support Russia’s Accession to OECD
  • May 04, 2014: Expanded sanctions list
  • May 03, 2014: Canada Gravely Concerned by Deaths in Ukraine, Calls on Russia to Stop Inciting Violence
  • May 02, 2014: Canadian soldiers participate in Exercise ORZEL ALERT
  • April 30, 2014: HMCS Regina redeploying to NATO Standing Maritime Forces, as part of NATO’s reassurance package
  • April 29, 2014: Defence Minister Rob Nicholson to Send Off CF-18s Departing Bagotville
  • April 28, 2014: Minister Nicholson Announces Canada is Sending Fighter Aircraft to Romania
  • April 28, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing additional sanctions
  • April 26, 2014: Baird Wraps Up Successful Trip to Latvia, Promotes Coordinated Response to Crisis in Ukraine
  • April 25, 2014: Canada and Poland Stand Together
  • April 24, 2014: Canada and Poland Strengthen Coordinated Engagement in Ukraine
  • April 23, 2014:  PM announces new measures to promote democracy in Ukraine
  • April 23, 2014: Baird Visits Slovakia, Promotes International Response to Ukraine Crisis
  • April 22, 2014: Baird Promotes International Response to Ukraine Crisis in Czech Republic
  • April 17, 2014: PM announces further measures to enhance security in Central and Eastern Europe
  • April 15, 2014: Canada Takes Principled Stand on Arctic Council Meetings
  • April 14, 2014: Baird to Travel to Central and Eastern Europe for Talks on Supporting Ukraine Amid Crisis
  • April 13, 2014: Canada Gravely Concerned by Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ukraine
  • April 12, 2014: Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions in Response to Crisis in Ukraine
  • April 07, 2014: Baird Condemns Provocateurs in Eastern Ukraine
  • April 01, 2014 : Canada Joins NATO Allies in Condemning Russia’s Actions
  • March 28, 2014: Baird to Travel to Europe to Show Support for Eastern European Partners
  • March 24, 2014: The Hague Declaration
  • March 22, 2014: PM concludes visit to Ukraine
  • March 22, 2014: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe special monitoring mission in Ukraine
  • March 21, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing additional sanctions
  • March 18, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing additional sanctions
  • March 17, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada announcing additional sanctions
  • March 16, 2014: Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the results of the Crimean “referendum”
  • March 13, 2014: PM announces support for economic stabilization and development In Ukraine
  • March 11, 2014: Canada Cautions Russia on Proposed Crimea Legislation
  • March 9, 2014: Canada and Turkey Concerned about Minority Groups in Crimea
  • March 2, 2014: Standing With the People of Ukraine

Feb 28, 2014: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today wrapped up a successful mission to Ukraine, where he and the Canadian delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of the Ukrainian community met with key members of the new government.

Baird met with acting president Oleksander Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, acting foreign minister Andriy Deschytsya, Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform leader Vitali Klitschko, All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok, Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Volodymyr Polochaninov, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as other opposition and civil society members.

He also met with the major organizers of Maidan civil society, representatives from Ukraine’s religious communities including Crimean Tatars, and visited the medical centre at St. Michael’s Monastery, where he announced increased financial support for providing medical care to injured protesters.

Members of the Canadian delegation walked through the Maidan and paid their respects to the fallen protesters who died for the cause of democracy. “Their sacrifice in the defence of their democracy and freedom has brought change to this country,” said Baird. “They will not be forgotten.”

Baird congratulated the new government and emphasized the need to honour the 1994 Budapest Declaration’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and national unity at this critical time. He also reiterated Canada’s support for Ukraine and its efforts to rebuild the country, including through the International Monetary Fund, following the instability and violence of the last 100 days. Many of his meetings featured discussions on ways to reduce corruption, combat money laundering and manage the financial transition.

“Canada remains committed to working in concert with our allies to develop a plan to assist Ukraine’s economic and democratic future,” said Baird.

The Canadian delegation consisted of Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre; James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk—Interlake; Senator Raynell Andreychuk; Victor Hetmanczuk, President and CEO, Canada-Ukraine Foundation; Paul Grod, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC); Taras Zalusky, Executive Director, UCC; and Krystina Waler, board member, Ukrainian Canadian Professionals and Business Association.

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