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National Child Day

Honourable senators, November 20 was Universal Children’s Day, National Child Day in Canada, a recognition of the 1989 unanimous adoption by the United Nations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an invaluable framework for enabling children to live and grow and flourish. Eliminating social inequities and respecting children’s rights begins with making the choice to do so. While Canada made this choice when it ratified the conventi…
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Autism Support and Funding

Hon. Jim Munson: I am glad Senator Harder brought up Ready, Willing and Able because in that Pay Now or Pay Later report part of the emphasis was on jobs — jobs for those on the spectrum who need to be employed. In fact, one of the persons in that report did say if you pay now, look at the return on the investment. You have people who are in the workforce. The previous government followed up on our report with Ready, Willing and Able. As you may know, Ready, Willing and Able is a government fun…
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable Senators, anyone who has had a loved one or a family member diagnosed with ALS knows how devastating this disease is. Today, I would like to bring your attention to this disease in honour of ALS Awareness Month. This June, we can all do our part to spread awareness and support the work being done to find effective treatments for ALS. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects approximately 3,000 Canadians. It is debilitating and is the most common cause of neur…
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All-Party Press Freedom and Media Caucus

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, May 3 was World Press Freedom Day, a day which gave us an occasion to reflect upon press freedom and the current state of the media, both in Canada and abroad. A day later, we held the inaugural meeting of an All-Party Press Freedom and Media Caucus. This caucus gives us the opportunity to discuss issues like cuts to the funding of media organizations, surveillance of the media by the police, freedom of access to information, and fake news. The freedom of…
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2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I will be speaking about autism tomorrow. There's an autism summit going on in Ottawa, and I hope honourable senators can come tonight to room 160-S where we have a reception planned after the deferred vote tonight between five and seven. Some break weeks are better than other break weeks, and I found that out during the Special Olympic World Winter Games in Austria from March 16 to 23. Imagine 3,000 athletes from 105 countries, and as soon as it was time t…
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The Late Bernard (Ben) Tierney

Honourable senators, in the news business, you really get to know a person when you share the journey together. In my case, the road trips were many, and getting to know this person helped shape my life as a reporter. His name, Ben Tierney, or as the headline in his obituary stated: "Legendary Canadian journalist Ben Tierney Dies in Victoria at age 81." That was just a few weeks ago, and my, oh my, how I miss him. But the spirit of Ben Tierney will never die. A Scot by birth, it seems Ben was…
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National Anthem Act (Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Adjourned)

On debate, Senator Munson. Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, first I want to thank Senator Lankin for taking all the tough questions. An Hon. Senator: We have more. Senator Munson: I am sure you do, but I don't have to say yes. I was thinking about Senator Lankin saying that she was in elementary school in 1967. I was at Expo. I was 21 years old and full of national pride at that particular time. I was thinking that two years before that, we had a new flag, a brand new flag. Talk about p…
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