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Photos for May 2016

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IMG_4228Catholic Bishop Scott McCaig, who was General Superior of the Ottawa-based Companions of the Cross, is to be ordained as Bishop of the Military Ordinariate May 31. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast is to preside at the ceremony at Notre-Dame Cathedral-Basilica in Ottawa. McCaig succeeds Bishop Donald Thériault who held the position for the past 18 years.

wallin4Independent Senator Pamela Wallin is back at work after the RCMP decided not to lay criminal charges against her for irregularities in her Senate expenses.  The Saskatchewan senator told reporters she is “relieved that the nightmare is over.” The Crown also dropped charges against retired senator Mac Harb for similar alleged offenses. The decisions were made after Senator Mike Duffy was cleared of criminal charges based on the senate’s residency and travel rules a month earlier.

bobby cameron fsinThe Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is changing its name to reflect the organization’s mandate, according to FSIN chief Bobby Cameron. First Nations chiefs voted for the name change of the organization in North Battleford May 25, the CBC reported. It said the federation will keep the same acronym but be known as the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. “It’s a message and a reaffirmation … to our provincial and federal government that our 74 First Nation communities on our treaty territories do practice their sovereignty, they do have and exercise their own jurisdiction and laws and this work is going to continue,” Cameron said.

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre isn’t planning to appeal a court ruling against the City of Montreal’s year-long ban on horse-drawn carriages (calèches). Coderre announced a year-long moratorium on the popular carriages May 18 to take effect the following week. But after a Quebec Superior Court justice granted drivers a temporary injunction until June 3, Coderre told reporters he was canceling the moratorium so drivers would not request a permanent injunction to keep working, the Montreal Gazette reported May 25. However, Coderre also said the city would still proceed with new regulations and study the horses, their stables and public safety.

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Thousands of people turned out for the annual National March for Life through downtown Ottawa May 12 after gathering on Parliament Hill to hear from several speakers.  RCMP beefed up security this year after topless protesters disrupted the last two rallies. As well, the annual pro-life vigil at the Canadian Human Rights Monument the previous evening was disrupted by pro-choice activists. Two people were arrested. (Photos from the event below)

IMG_2998Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada’s apostolic nuncio, waves to the crowd of several thousand.

IMG_3047Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada’s apostolic nuncio

IMG_3006Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

IMG_3167Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa

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philpott2The federal government is contributing almost $5 million to global fight against Zika virus. Health Minister Jane Philpott made the announcement of the $4.95 million contribution May 11. “In the countries that have been hardest hit by the Zika virus, in Latin America and the Caribbean, thousands of cases of microcephaly have left parents distraught and pregnant women fearful,” said Philpott. “The funding announced today will allow Canadian researchers to work together with their counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean to better understand this virus and its complications, while the funding for the Pan-American Health Organization and other agencies will help address this significant widespread outbreak.”

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Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett has announced that Canada is now a full supporter, without qualification, of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement is “an important step in the vital work of reconciliation,” Bennett said in a statement May 10. “Adopting and implementing the Declaration means that we will be breathing life into Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution, which provides a full box of rights for Indigenous peoples.”

chretienFormer prime minister Jean Chrétien says it’s time to legalize the use of marijuana. “It is the modern thing to do,” he said in Halifax May 9. “You have to adjust to the new life.” He made the comment after being asked about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to legalize the sale of marijuana. “What is completely unacceptable, in my judgment, is a young man smoking marijuana will have a criminal record for the rest of his life, (and) he can’t cross the border — come on,” said Chretien.

metwallySeveral congregations at mosques in the National Capital Region held special prayers May 6 for those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. They also pledged financial support for relief efforts. Imam Samy Metwally of the Ottawa Mosque said his congregation hopes to send about $40,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, the CBC reported May 6. “I really hope from our community, and all other communities, to unite together to show their support and their prayer to our fellow Canadian citizens.” The 12 member organizations of the United Muslims Organizations of Ottawa-Gatineau said funds collected will be channelled through the Canadian Red Cross.

IMG_8552Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government has no intention of meeting the international goal of spending .70 per cent of gross domestic product on foreign aid anytime soon. “I think it’s too ambitious for this year and probably for next year as well,” Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with the Toronto Star. In its May 10 article, the newspaper noted that only hours before the interview the PM “pledged a new unbudgeted $785 million boost to Canada’s contribution to the global fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.”

harper-obama2U.S. President Barack Obama, shown with former prime minister Stephen Harper in Feb. 2009 is to return to Ottawa June 29 to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, for the North American Leaders’ Summit. This marks the first time since 2007 that Canada will host the Summit.

IMG_0214Hundreds of people gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate U.S. President Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president of the United States when he came to Ottawa for a visit Feb. 2, 2007.  Obama, whose term of office expires January 2017, is to return to Ottawa June 29 to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, for the North American Leaders’ Summit.

IMG_0161Hundreds of people gathered on Parliament Hill to celebrate U.S. President Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president of the United States when he came to Ottawa for a visit Feb. 2, 2007.  Obama, whose term of office expires in January 2017, is to return to Ottawa June 29 to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, for the North American Leaders’ Summit.