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Photos for June 2016

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trudeau2Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is well positioned to weather the global uncertainty over the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. “The UK and the EU are important strategic partners for Canada with whom we enjoy deep historical ties and common values,” said Trudeau in a statement June 24. “We will continue to build relations with both parties as they forge a new relationship.” The PM also thanked British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning by the fall, “for being such a close ally and good friend to our country.”

 

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lepineThe Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lépine says priests and other pastoral workers in Montreal parishes will no longer be permitted to spend time alone with children. Lépine says the purpose of the order is to “preserve the integrity, security, and good reputation” of churchgoers as well as paid and unpaid workers within the church, including priests, Global News reported June 23. The new policy is in response to continued allegations of sexual and psychological abuse of children in the Catholic Church and is to begin later this year with a pilot project among selected parishes.

coderre2The head of Montreal’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hopes to persuade Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre that his recent “knee jerk” decision to ban pit bulls won’t work to reduce dangerous dog attacks, reported the Montreal Gazette June 18. “If we are trying to find a way to reduce the number of animal bites in a community by starting with how the animal may look, we are starting down the wrong path,” said SPCA executive director Nicholas Gilman. He said banning pit bulls is “a rabbit hole that doesn’t lead to effective results.” The focus should be on how animals become aggressive in the first place and work from there, he added. On June 8, a 55-year old Montreal woman was mauled to death in her backyard by a neighbour’s pit bull.

 

IMG_7082-2One of Ottawa’s most recognized military traditions – the changing of the guard – opens its 2016 season on Parliament Hill June 26. The summer attraction by the Ceremonial Guard has welcomed thousands of visitors to the Hill for 57 years. Members also perform sentry duties at Rideau Hall every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

zimmers-nov 2011Maygan Sensenberger with her husband, former Liberal senator Rod Zimmer, in November 2011. The Manitoba senator died June 7, 2016 at the age of 73.  Sensberger, now 27, could collect millions from his pension, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). The CTF says if Sensenberger lives to the age of 90, and taking into account a cost of living adjustment of two per cent each year, she would collect $2.4 million in survivor benefits.

IMG_4644Opponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide held a rally on Parliament Hill June 1st as the Senate begins debate on Bill C-41 the doctor-assisted dying bill. The demonstration was organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the Living with Dignity Network and the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia and came

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IMG_4718Opponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide stage a ‘die-in’ following a rally on Parliament Hill June 1st. The demonstration was organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the Living with Dignity Network and the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia and came as the Senate begins debate on the bill.

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IMG_4421Hundreds of people including Anglican and Roman Catholic chaplains attended the episcopal ordination of Bishop Scott McCaig May 31 as bishop ordinary of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada. The event was  held in Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa.

IMG_4518Archbishop Terrence Prendergast presided over the episcopal ordination of Bishop Scott McCaig May 31 as bishop  ordinary of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada. The event was held in Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa.

IMG_4550Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, embraces Bishop Scott McCaig following his ordination as bishop ordinary of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada. McCaig was General Superior of the Ottawa-based Companions of the Cross.

IMG_4522Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, prays over Bishop Scott McCaig following his ordination as bishop ordinary of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada. McCaig was General Superior of the Ottawa-based Companions of the Cross.

IMG_4547Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, left, and Bishop Emeritus Donald Thériault, right, lead the congregation in congratulating Bishop Scott McCaig following his ordination as bishop ordinary of the Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada.

IMG_4365Sr. Anne Taylor and Sr. Marlene Kelly of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception take part in the smudging at a KAIROS (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives) blanket exercise on Parliament Hill May 31. The exercise is teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

IMG_4566Yoga on Parliament Hill June 1. Hundreds of participants, novices and the experienced, turn out for the event every Wednesday at noon during the summer.