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Seafarers’ International Union of Canada Supports Veterans as They Transition to Civilian Life Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
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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Announcing the Rick Dykstra Community BBQ Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
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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Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Attacks Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Jul 15, 2014 at 09:11 AM

Canada Rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Criticism of Israel’s Response to Rocket Attacks from Gaza

July 12, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada rejects UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s uncalled-for criticism of Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Gaza. Focusing her comments on Israel is neither helpful nor reflective of the reality of this crisis.

“There must be no moral equivalence between Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, and its blatant disregard for human life, and the liberal democratic State of Israel’s duty and obligation to defend its people from cowardly and indiscriminate attacks.

“Canada mourns the death and suffering of innocent civilians in Gaza. Responsibility rests solely with Hamas and its allies, who launched and continue to feed this crisis.

“The Israel Defense Forces have taken extraordinary steps to reduce civilian casualties in very difficult and trying conditions. Israel should be commended—not criticized—for these efforts in the face of an enemy clearly determined to put civilians, from both sides, in mortal danger to suit its own purposes.

“Canada calls on Hamas and other militant groups to end the rocket attacks on Israel and bring an end to the ongoing violence that threatens the lives of innocent Israelis and Palestinians. The path chosen by Hamas and its allies does not lead to peace.”

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada in response to the situation in Israel Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Jul 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to the situation in Israel:

“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.

“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.

“Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.

“Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

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MPs Meet With Local Ukrainian Community Members Print E-mail Share to FacebookTweet This!
Jun 24, 2014 at 04:52 PM

Rick Dykstra and James Bezan get input on situation in Ukraine

St. Catharines – Members of Parliament Rick Dykstra and James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake, MB) met with more than a dozen members of the local Ukrainian community today to update them on the federal government’s response to the escalating situation between Ukraine and Russia, as well as listen to their concerns.

Bezan, a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, has been outspoken in his condemnation of the Russian invasion of Crimea, so much so, that he was one of several Canadians recently sanctioned by the Russian government. He was also part of the Canadian delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that recently travelled to Ukraine to meet with the leaders of the newly elected transitional government. 

“This was a highly informative meeting”, said Dykstra.  “What is happening in Ukraine is extremely distressing to local Ukrainian-Canadians  and James and I were very appreciative of the opportunity to hear their ongoing concerns and describe what our government is doing to support the people of Ukraine.”

Many issues were raised during the nearly two hour meeting, including the possibility of further sanctions against Russia, what Ukrainian-Canadians can do to support the government’s efforts and how to ensure local Ukrainians are kept up-to-date on developments.

“I was very pleased at the turnout and the response from the Ukrainian community in St. Catharines”, said Bezan. “They are obviously very engaged in what is going on between Russia and Ukraine and it is imperative that as a government, we keep their views in mind as this situation develops.”

Today’s roundtable meeting was the first of several Bezan will attend as he travels across Canada meeting with Ukrainian-Canadians.

  • Keep up to date - Canada Promotes Territorial Integrity and National Unity in Ukraine

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