News Releases

Senator Munson urges senators to stop Bill C-316 from becoming law

For Immediate Release June 4, 2013 Senator Munson urges senators to stop Bill C-316 from becoming law OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Jim Munson, Senator for Ottawa / Rideau Canal, delivered a passionate address in the Senate Chamber calling on his colleagues to vote against Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act […]

Senator stands up for Rideau Canal

For Immediate Release January 15, 2013 Senator stands up for Rideau Canal OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Jim Munson, Senator for Ottawa / Rideau Canal, rejected the Conservative government’s plan to impose higher fees for boaters on the Rideau Canal. The proposal would dramatically increase the cost for anyone accessing the waterway, if implemented. “It’s […]

Charity Chill: Senator Jim Munson denounces government for its attacks on charities

OTTAWA – Today, the Ontario Liberal senator questioned the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, over comments made last week by Senator Nicole Eaton. The Conservative senator openly accused the United Church of Canada of playing politics instead of doing religious work. Senator Munson expressed his outrage over her remarks: “Senator […]

Senator Jim Munson mourns passing of founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver

OTTAWA, August 11, 2009 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), expressed his sadness at the passing of the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.   Eunice Kennedy Shriver changed the world for people with intellectual disabilities.  Through the Special Olympics movement, she showed us how sport and play can forge a path […]

Tragedy and Triumph: Senator Munson congratulates Bathurst on Phantom’s win

For Immediate Release TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH:  SENATOR JIM MUNSON CONGRATULATES BATHURST ON PHANTOM’S WIN   OTTAWA, February 24, 200 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), originally from Northern New Brunswick, spoke in the Senate of Canada today to express his great pride in the Bathurst High School boys basketball team as they swept to take the […]

Liberal Senators congratulate Jonathon Howard for his cross-country run in support of autism

LIBERAL SENATORS CONGRATULATE JONATHON HOWARD FOR HIS CROSS-COUNTRY RUN IN SUPPORT OF AUTISM   (Ottawa – December 18, 2008) Senators Jim Munson and Art Eggleton congratulated Jonathan Howard today for completing his coast-to-coast run of Canadain support of families with autism.   “With this run, Jonathan has inspired Canadians, raised awareness, and given hope to the more than […]

Senator Jim Munson tables bill to recognize World Autism Awareness Day

For Immediate Release SENATOR JIM MUNSON TABLES BILL TO RECOGNIZE WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY OTTAWA, June 9, 2008 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), today introduced a bill to recognize April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.  By recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, Canada will join 192 other United Nations members who agreed that such a day […]

Senator Jim Munson supports Stefan Marinoiu in his walk for autism

 February 7, 2008 – The Honourable Jim Munson (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) extends his support to Stefan Marinoiu who has embarked on a mission to walk from Toronto to Ottawa to increase awareness about autism and the need for increased funding for its treatment.  Mr. Marinoiu is the father of a son with autism. The Senator has contacted Mr. Marinoiu’s family and […]

Senator Jim Munson joins in mourning the Bathurst crash

For Immediate Release SENATOR JIM MUNSON JOINS IN MOURNING THEBATHURST CRASH   OTTAWA, January 14, 2008 – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), originally from Northern New Brunswick, expressed his deep sorrow at the tragic crash that claimed the lives of many young Bathurst High School students and a teacher.   “My heart breaks at the loss endured by the families, friends, […]

New autism research discovery gives hope

OTTAWA, Ontario:  Senators Jim Munson and Wilbert Keon, with Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard Medical School and Dr. Derrick MacFabe, University of Western Ontario will host a press conference at the Charles Lynch Theatre, Parliament Hill, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2007.   The science community is shifting away from the old model that autism is a genetically determined inborn brain developmental error that […]

Cuts to Canada summers jobs program harm children with autism

Immediate release   While many Canadian children are looking forward to camp this summer, children with autism in Toronto and Nova Scotia are out of luck thanks to $55 million in government cuts to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.   This program, which is said to provide federal grants to not-for-profit and community organizations so they can hire students, […]

Senator Jim Munson applauds autism research breakthrough

For Immediate Release   The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal), who launched the Senate Inquiry into the treatment of autism in Canada was overjoyed to hear that Canadian scientists have located the genes behind autism.   “I think that this is the first step of many needed to alleviate the crisis situation faced by families […]

Senator Munson calls for renewed funding for international social service Canada

Immediate Release       The Honourable Jim Munson criticized the Conservative government’s cuts to International Social Service (ISS) Canada, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families separated by war, civil unrest, and natural disasters.   “Cuts to ISS Canada are just another example of this Conservative government’s determination to axe programs without regard […]

Senator Munson applauds reference of his inquiry into the treatment of autism to a Senate committee

– The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa / Rideau Canal) was elated to hear that his inquiry on autism has been sent to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. “As it stands now autism is not treated equally across the country and is not even really understood,” said Senator Munson.  “I would hope that the committee […]

Senator Munson launches an inquiry into the treatment of autism

For Immediate Release   OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) rose in the Senate today to launch an inquiry on the plight faced by parents of children with autism.   “It is heartbreaking to see what families with autistic children have to deal with,” said Senator Munson.   “Where is […]

Statement by the honourable Jim Munson (Canadian Unity Council)

Immediate Release OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) will speak in the Senate tomorrow, April 6, 2006, on the cutting of federal government funding to the Canadian Unity Council. “The decision by the Harper government to cut funding to the non-partisan Canadian Unity Council will scrap valuable programs such as […]

Statement by the honourable Jim Munson on Mr. Lu Decheng

Immediate Release OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) issued the following statement today upon hearing of the detention of Chinese dissident Mr. Lu Decheng inThailand: “I was saddened to hear of Mr. Lu’s detention in Thailand this week.  I am appalled at the Thai government’s delay in releasing him to begin his new life […]

Children and youth welcomed into the Senate Chamber on National Child Day

– The Senate of Canada will open its doors to over 200 children and youth Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 9:30 a.m. in honour of National Child Day.   Headlining the festivities are internationally renowned recording artists The Barenaked Ladies and up-and-coming Edmonton-based country singer Marlee Scott.  Children will also tell their stories through spoken word, […]

Senator Munson to host youth soccer camp in honour of U.N. international day of peace

: Senator Jim Munson, in co-operation with SOS Children’s Villages Canada and Craig Forrest, Rogers Sportsnet soccer analyst and FIFA for SOS Children’s Villages Ambassador for Canada will host a youth soccer camp on the front lawn of Parliament Hill this Wednesday, September 21st, 2005 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.   The soccer camp, organized as part of the U.N. sponsored Global Peace […]

Statement by Senator Jim Munson: autistic children deserve better

For immediate release Senator Jim Munson calls on Prime Minister Paul Martin to work with the provinces to create a national autism program.   Senator Munson says that Prime Minister Paul Martin’s pledge to shorten waiting lists in five key areas should be expanded to include the early treatment of autism: “The fact is autism […]

Speech by the honourable Jim Munson on the occasion of the visit to Canada of his holiness the Dalai Lama

Immediate Release The Honourable Jim Munson delivered this statement today in the Senate on the occasion of the visit to Canada of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama:   “Honourable Senators, I rise today on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to Canada this week.  I want to praise the Prime Minister for agreeing […]