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World Autism Awareness Day

Statement by the Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer on Senator Munson’s efforts to ensure that each and every World Autism Awareness Day is officially recognized by Canada. Honourable senators, on April 2 landmarks around the were lit up in blue: the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Empire State Building in New York […]

The Toronto Star

How Canada is starting to tackle the autism crisis Senator Jim Munson It’s almost 10 years since my eyes were first opened to autism and its daunting human and social implications. As I walked up to Parliament Hill one morning, I ran into a man peacefully protesting in front of the Centennial Flame. He and […]

The New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal

City Rotarians celebrate club’s 85th anniversary Tim Jaques CAMPBELLTON – Campbellton’s Rotarians celebrated their 85th anniversary with a gala dinner on last weekend at the Campbellton Regional Memorial Civic Centre at which the keynote address was given by Senator Jim Munson. At the same time, two well-known local volunteers were awarded prestigious Paul Harris Fellowships. […]

The Guardian

Senator suggests UPEI as site for autism treatment/research centre Shannon A. MacLeod Imagine the world coming to Prince Edward Island, rather than Islanders going to the world for autism treatment. Senator Jim Munson has been working in Ottawa for the last seven years to get more recognition for autism across Canada, something he said the […]

The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

Senator critical of prime minister’s handling of media Tim Jaques CAMPBELLTON – Is the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper being too tight in the control of information it releases to the media and ultimately to the public? Senator Jim Munson definitely thinks so. Munson, 64, was in his hometown of Campbellton on the weekend […]

The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Senator to make public presentation on Senate autism report The Autism Society of Prince Edward Island has announced it will be hosting a public presentation today featuring Ontario Senator Jim Munsona member of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. This will be the second presentation for the Autism Society of P.E.I. […]

The Montreal Gazette

Other jobs for Senate no-shows Althia Raj Conservative Sen. Jacques Demers tops the list of senators with the worst attendance in 2009, a trend that continues this year as the former hockey coach spends time on the road with the Montreal Canadiens. Demers and his leader in the Senate, Sen. Marjory Le-Breton, said the Conservativegovernment […]

The Ottawa Sun

Second-generation “cut-off” for foreign-born Canadians unfair: Advocates Laura Stone Laura Chatburn was born in England and lives in Toronto. She came to Canada when she was three, the daughter of a British father and a Canadian mother, and spent time in both countries as she was growing up. “We were always taught to go travel […]

The Ottawa Citizen

Honoured home, too The Honourable Jim Munson Re: Passing the torch of remembrance, April 10. Watching the fighter jets fly over Ottawa on Friday, I reflected on Jack Wilcox’s inspiring words in his Citizen opinion article (“Honour our dead at home,” April 9). I was thinking of former Senator Norman Atkins whose father fought at […]

The London Free Press

Grit MP slams Conservatives over Paralympic ‘priorities’ Elizabeth Thompson Stephen Harper says MPs must be in Ottawa for March break week, which falls during the Paralympics Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is sending a message that the Paralympics aren’t important by forcing MPs to be in Ottawa during the Games, says Liberal MP Michelle Simson. […]

The Ottawa Citizen

After 40 years, No. 885 still draws the regulars Dave Brown Unless one was cued to it, you wouldn’t notice there was a quiet sense of celebration happening on Bank Street, the main drag through the Glebe, on the stretch just north of Lansdowne Park. The bright sun Friday seemed to bring out higher numbers, […]

The Ottawa Citizen

Canal skaters open hearts to help Haiti Senator’s 100km skate-a-thon could raise $10,000 Joanne Laucius When Senator Jim Munson first considered skating 100 kilometres on the Rideau Canal skateway to raise money for Haitian relief, he thought he might be able to raise $3,000. Saturday afternoon, about two-thirds of the way through his weekend-long skate-a-thon, […]

Ottawa Sun

Human chain reaches out for Haiti Doug Hempstead Mitten-in-mitten they stood for the people of Haiti. A line of skaters 2-km long formed a “human chain” intended to show Ottawa’s support for the millions affected by the earthquakes in the Caribbean island nation. Saturday afternoon’s event was the brainchild of Sen. Jim Munson of Ottawa, […]

The Ottawa Citizen

Miracles on ice For 40 years now, ‘the rink’ has been Ottawa’s salvation — 7.8 kilometres of sanity in the deepest days of winter. As Winterlude kicks off, Bruce Ward makes for the canal to meditate on an annual marvel Bruce Ward Senator Jim Munson’s voice rises in glee when he talks about skating on […]

The Ottawa Citizen

Tireless champion of language rights Maverick rankled friends and foes over commitment to his cause Don Butler When you consider the life of Jean-Robert Gauthier, three things strike you — his contradictions, his courage and his rock-ribbed convictions. Gauthier, who died Friday at age 80, was one of the most successful politicians Ottawa has known. […]

The Toronto Star

So … what do you do exactly? The Senate can be boring, riveting and at times silly. It’s also seen by many as vital to our democracy. Joanna Smith drops by to soak up the wisdom Joanna Smith A blond woman in a dark suit reads carefully from a sheet of paper about a group […]

The Ottawa Citizen

Shooting from the hip Jim Munson takes 18 questions from author Brian Doyle on hockey, fires back a couple of metaphors and passes on explaining the Dildos. Brian Doyle  Bruce Deachman is on vacation. In his absence, we asked author Brian Doyle to pick an Ottawa personality he’d most like to subject to a grilling. […]

The Current

Senator Munson recalled his experiences during the October Crisis of 1970 on CBC Radio’sThe Current, hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti. To listen, click here.

The Current

Senator Munson discussed “Youth & Politics” on CBC Radio’s The Current, hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti. He was joined by New Democrat Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament for Churchill, Manitoba, and Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister and Member of Parliament. To […]

The Hill Times

Government should come up with plan for media cuts, shutdowns, say MPs Parliament Hill feels weight of recession in cuts. These aren’t normal times. Harris MacLeod As the CanWest media empire teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, NDP MP Charlie Angus says if the company is broken up and sold off in pieces the government […]

Campbellton Tribune

Campbellton, New Brunswick: Hockeyville Forever Senator Jim Munson Imagine 50 years ago. Imagine being 12 years old. Imagine a small town where everybody knew your name. That town was my town — Campbellton. I think it’s fact, and not nostalgia, that 50 years ago bubble gum never tasted so good, Kik Cola never more refreshing, […]

New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

Selling Poetry, pond hockey Benjamin Shingler Selling poetry, pond hockey In a weekend festival to celebrate the nation’s capital, New Brunswick managed to take centre stage. Pond hockey, poetry readings and Acadian hip-hop were among the cultural and sporting events organized by the province as part of Winterlude, Ottawa’s annual winter festival. It’s the first […]

The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Families dealing with autism are in crisis: Senator Munson leading charge to get more help from Government to improve services for families of children diagnosed with autism. Wayne Thibodeau Michelle Pineau had her suspicions but she was hoping it was something else. Her two-year-old son’s speech was not developing normally. But educators and health care […]

The Toronto Star

Autism Fighting for funding Susan Sherring Autism Fighting for funding ——————————————————————————– Sen. Jim Munson knows all too well about the feelings of alienation when your child doesn’t fit the mold. As the father of a boy born with Down syndrome, Munson says he understands the frustration felt by parents of children diagnosed with autism. Munson’s […]