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Photos for June 2015

meredithSenator Don Meredith, who is also an ordained Pentecostal minister, has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus following an allegation from a woman that she had a sexual relationship with Meredith that started when she was 16. Senate Speaker Leo Housakos also confirmed to media outlets that a “workplace assessment” investigation is underway. Meredith, 50, has not commented on the allegations made by the woman in the Toronto Star article published June 17. Meredith is a pastor with the Praise Centre in Toronto.

queen-14x11The bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth II is silhouetted at sunset June 13 against the backdrop of Regina’s skyline. The statue stands in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building at the head of the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens. Regina is often called “The Queen City.”

lawson5Canada’s top soldier has apologized for suggesting men are “biologically wired in a certain way” for behaviour such as sexual misconduct. Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson made the comment in a CBC interview June 16, drawing calls for his resignation. “My reference to biological attraction being a factor in sexual misconduct was by no means intended to excuse anyone from responsibility from their actions,” he said in his apology. It was an “awkward characterization,” Lawson added.

IMG_6483The RCMP performed its popular musical ride June 19 to help celebrate the return of world-class show jumping to Ottawa June 17-21. Ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, a member of the organizing committee for the Ottawa International Horse Show was on the reviewing stand. The Ottawa horse show was last held in 2011 but underwent a multi-million dollar upgrade with the help of Ottawa hi-tech billionaire Terry Matthews to bring the event up to international standards.

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IMG_6941Elizabeth Bates of Toronto on Wildfire won the $35,000 Brookstreet Grand Prix June 20, at the inaugural Ottawa International Horse Show June 20 in Ottawa. The Ottawa International Horse Show was last held in 2011 but underwent a multi-million dollar upgrade with the help of Ottawa hi-tech billionaire Terry Matthews to bring the event up to international standards.

lindhoutFreelance Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout says she wept with relief for about five minutes after hearing from RCMP that her alleged kidnapper is in custody in Canada. Somali national Ali Omar Ader was arrested June 11, almost seven years after Lindhout was held hostage for 15 months in Somalia where she was repeatedly starved, beaten and sexually abused. She and Nigel Brennan, a freelance Australian photojournalist kidnapped with her, were released after a ransom payment was made by their families. In 2013, Lindhout released the New York Times bestseller, A House in the Sky: A Memoir

Arars wife-mazighThe International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) has announced the appointment of Dr. Monia Mazigh as its new National Coordinator. Mazigh is a well known academic, author and human rights advocate best known for her efforts to free her husband Maher Arar from a Syrian prison in 2003. The ICLMG is a national coalition that brings together some 43 NGOs, unions, professional associations, faith groups, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada.