The International Yiddish festival was in Tel Aviv this month. In honour of that, here’s a compilation of a couple of my favourite Yiddish proverbs.
The government has posted their official response to organ donation e-petition 642. A huge thanks to Shauna Rivait, the initiator of the petition, and the thousands of you who took the time to sign the petition and urge the government to support this life-saving legislation!
Following is their response:
"The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) extends its thanks to the petitioners for expressing their views with respect to organ and tissue donation.
Bill C-316 is a Private Members’ bill which seeks to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act to authorize the CRA to enter into an agreement with a province or a territory regarding the collection and disclosure of information required for establishing or maintaining an organ donor registry in the province or territory.
Parliament’s consideration of a Private Members’ bill is determined by a specific process that follows the rules of Parliament. At the present time, Parliament has not yet scheduled Bill C-316 for consideration.
Should Bill C-316 be scheduled for consideration through the specific process mentioned above, the Government of Canada will review and respond to the bill. To respect the Parliamentary process, it would be premature for the Government of Canada to provide a position on Bill C-316 at this time. The petitioners may be assured that the CRA has taken note of the considerations they have presented and thanks them again for sharing their concerns."
Thank you to all the residents of Erinwood who came to the community association meeting and for the meet and greet afterwards.
Two awards created by conservatives. Two awards the Liberals chose to ignore.
The John Diefenbaker human rights and freedom award, and the Paul Yuzyk multiculturalism award honoured two great Canadians who made immense contributions to Canadian nationhood.
This erase-the-legacy game the Liberal government is playing is unbecoming of a government. They were elected to implement an agenda, not wipe out the legacy of the previous government.
This is my letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage:
The Liberal government keeps talking about rewarding Iran with an embassy, but instead Canada should hold Iran accountable and stand in solidarity with our allies, the Kurds of eastern Kurdistan, against the persecution they continue to endure.
After requesting emergency debate 8 times and getting shut down 8 times, we were finally able to debate the jobs crisis last night in parliament. Even with months to prepare, they still have no excuse for the way they consistently ignore Alberta. You can find the text of my speech here.
I welcome this decision by the Liberal government to share the details of the weapons and equipment being sent to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Last September I encouraged the Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan to make public the specifics of the supplies and assistance being sent to Kurdish forces fighting Daesh. Our allies in the United Kingdom had done the same and I believe we should have been doing the same.
Yesterday’s announcement detailed that among other items, sniper rifles, anti-tank systems, scopes, and medical supplies would be provided. This represents a valuable contribution to supporting our reliable and courageous Kurdish allies who have been fighting Daesh for years.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has been a valued partner and an island of stability in the Middle East. I look forward to future opportunities whereby the government can again demonstrate its support for our Kurdish allies who are proving invaluable in degrading and destroying Daesh forces.