Supporting freshwater science and building eco-tourism opportunities in Northwestern Ontario

Government of Canada investment helps with the development of a new world-class science and tourism centre

June 24, 2019 – Kenora, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA) is developing a unique knowledge-based, eco-tourism opportunity in the Kenora region thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $40,500. This FedNor funding has enabled the world-renowned IISD-ELA to retain professional architectural services to prepare detailed designs, cost estimates and a work plan to guide the eventual construction of its proposed Water Science Education and Training Centre.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The Centre’s design will adopt principles of clean energy and green technology, helping to eliminate the IISD-ELA’s diesel footprint, and will reflect Indigenous teachings, culture and values. The building will be a model of leading edge environmental innovation and will be IISD-ELA’s central welcoming facility for its diverse community of researchers, students and guests from across the planet.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in strategic initiatives that fuel the economy and accelerate growth in Northern Ontario.  Today’s investment will help support freshwater science and research, promote clean energy and green technology, and help grow Canada’s tourism sector by driving more international visitation to Northwestern Ontario.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor

“Innovation is the driving force behind a modern economy and the Government of Canada is proud to encourage Canadian researchers and help them capitalize on opportunities that lead to business growth and the creation of well-paying middle-class jobs. Projects such as this will help unleash the potential of new technologies for the benefit of all Canadians.”

– The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora

“IISD Experimental Lakes Area is the world’s premier freshwater laboratory and the only place where scientists can conduct research on whole lakes to determine the impact of human activities and pollutants. The Government of Canada’s support will help maintain our position as a global leader in freshwater science and lake health issues.”

– Jane McDonald, President-CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development

“In a time of increasing population and climate changes, the unique and ground-breaking research at IISD-ELA is more critical than ever. The construction of our Water Science Education and Training Centre will help us further our research and advance our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, while welcoming and educating local communities on the health of fresh water.”

– Matt McCandless, Executive Director, IISD Experimental Lake

Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, and enhance business development and growth throughout the region.
  • The Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to ensure the region can fully benefit from the national Innovation and Skills Plan. It is focused on three key economic development areas: supporting innovation; growing companies; and building stronger communities.
  • IISD Experimental Lakes Area, located east of Kenora, is a natural laboratory comprised of 58 lakes and their watersheds. IISD-ELA is the only place in the world where scientists can research on and manipulate real lakes to build a more accurate and complete picture of the impact of human activity on freshwater lakes.
  • Since November 2015, FedNor approved $9,729,677 towards 53 projects in the region of Kenora which leveraged an additional $14,798,947 from other sources.

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Contacts

Paul Denis
Communications Officer
FedNor
705-507-0539
paul.denis@canada.ca

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OCAD U launches Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

June 21, 2019

As part of its National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, OCAD University is launching the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. OCAD University positions decolonization as the first of six key principles of its Academic Plan on a path toward transformative education. In light of its commitment to expanding Indigenous knowledge, OCAD University is thrilled to further facilitate the collaborative work of researchers and artists by providing a dynamic platform for creativity.

This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate Wapatah’s current and upcoming projects as we foster the vision of global Indigeneity and sustainable scholarship of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Under the innovative supervision of Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice (Tier 1), Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Through creative and critical collaborations, Wapatah builds and maintains relationships between artists, scholars and practitioners across disciplines and in ever-widening circles.

The Wapatah Centre launch is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our research milestones and initiatives:

  • Arctic / Amazon Symposium: Part of a multi-year project, the Arctic/Amazon Symposium will take shape from September 19 to -20,2019. The symposium will centralize Indigenous research and artistic production to develop interconnections between Amazonian Indigenous and Inuit thinkers, artists and activists whose works address climate change amidst shifting political times. The purpose of this gathering is to foster and facilitate a collaborative framework in which participants from Inuit and Amazonian communities can share their knowledge and consider future work together.
  • The Entangled Gaze: Knowledge Exchange Workshop: This workshop took place over two days in February 2019 at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Linagaay, and convened an interdisciplinary group of scholars, curators, Elders, and student participants from across Canada, the United States and Europe. As part of the workshop participants helped to collaboratively develop a set of protocols for research accessibility, preservation, as well as respectful and meaningful engagement with the Indigenous knowledge online.
  • Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art: Building on the success of the 2017 Entangled Gaze conference in Toronto, Wapatah Centre is working on a series of digital archive and database projects and knowledge mobilization initiatives, including the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art set for public release in 2020. The Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art is a digital platform for Indigenous communities, researchers, students, curators, and collecting institutions. This project aims to provide a digital gathering place for data on historical and contemporary Indigenous art, connecting Indigenous communities with researchers and museums.
  • Launch of a special issue of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures. This issue brings together an exciting selection of peer-reviewed papers from The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other conference as an indispensable educational resource for both scholars and knowledge-holders.
  • Launch of the Wapatah website. This new website will enable Wapatah to reach new audiences to communicate its research projects, progress and partnerships. The website can be accessed at www.wapatah.com.

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Pride Toronto apologizes for land acknowledgment failing to mention Indigenous communities – CTV Toronto News

June 25, 2019

TORONTO – The group that organizes Toronto’s annual Pride parade has apologized for displaying a land acknowledgment that failed to mention any of Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Pride Toronto faced sharp criticism online over the sign, which encouraged attendees to connect with the land they were on.

But many pointed out that the land acknowledgment — which is supposed to recognize the Indigenous communities who were displaced by European settlers — did not mention that Toronto is located on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

The only reference to First Nations, Metis and Indigenous communities in the acknowledgment was the inclusion of the Ojibwe phrase “chi miigwetch,” meaning “thank you.”

Read More: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/pride-toronto-apologizes-for-land-acknowledgment-failing-to-mention-indigenous-communities-1.4481293

Government of Canada announces investment in women’s and Indigenous organizations in Northern Ontario

June 24, 2019 – Sudbury, Ontario – Department for Women and Gender Equality

Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to be financially secure, free from violence, and able to fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society. Yet for far too long they have been chronically underfunded, underestimated and undermined. The Government of Canada recognizes that women’s organizations are the lifeblood of the women’s movement, and that maintaining and growing the ability of these organizations to do this important work is the most effective way to advance gender equality.

That’s why today, Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced that the Government of Canada will invest up to $2.7 million in seven women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women in Northern Ontario.

MP Lefebvre highlighted the following organizations that will receive funding (please see the Backgrounder for more information):

  • Aboriginal Peoples Alliance Northern Ontario;
  • Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l’Ontario;
  • Chapleau, Hornepayne, Algoma District Women in Crisis;
  • Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres;
  • Sudbury Women’s Centre;
  • Sudbury Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); and,
  • UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service.

Funding for these projects stems from historic Budget 2018 investments in both the Capacity-building Fund to support a sustainable women’s movement, and the Gender-Based Violence Program to address gaps in support for underserved groups in Canada that experience gender-based violence.

Quotes

“In making these historic investments, we recognize the women and women’s organizations that have long been breaking through barriers, and we express our gratitude to them for what has often been decades of important work, on little more than a shoestring budget. The women’s movement across Canada has been asking for too long for a reliable, predictable and accessible source of funds to ensure the sustainability of their work: our government listened. I am proud now, that with stable and flexible funding, we are helping organizations in Northern Ontario grow and endure, because we know that investing in women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women is the most effective way to advance gender equality. By supporting a movement that has achieved amazing results, we are growing the middle class, strengthening families and communities and creating lasting change that benefits everyone.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development andMinister for Women and Gender Equality

“I am proud of the fact that our government has made women’s rights and gender equality a priority. Every Canadian should enjoy the rights and privileges of living in a modern, successful society where each person is treated equally and with respect. We will continue to work with women’s organizations in Ontario to ensure the vital services they provide are supported and maintained, for now and for the future.”

Paul Lefebvre
Member of Parliament for Sudbury

Quick facts

  • Budget 2018 announced $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across Canada. Adding to this historic investment, Budget 2019 invests a further $160 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, in the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Women’s Program. This means that by 2023–24, the Women’s Program, which supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance gender equality by addressing systemic barriers, will total $100 million annually.
  • This funding will enable women’s organizations and Indigenous organizations serving women to tackle systemic barriers impeding women’s progress, while recognizing and addressing the diverse experiences of gender and inequality across the country.
  • To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $200 million to prevent gender-based violence, support survivors and their families, and create more responsive legal and justice systems.
  • Gender-based violence can have lifelong impacts on an individual’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. Additionally, the effects can be serious and costly. Annually, the economic impact of intimate partner violence and sexual assault is estimated to be over $12 billion.

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Contacts

Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
343-549-8825

Valérie Haché
Senior Communications Advisor
Department for Women and Gender Equality
819-420-8684

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Health Canada unveils Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot in nine Indigenous languages

June 24, 2019 – Brampton, Ontario – Health Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes that food has significant nutritional, social, cultural and spiritual value for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The Government of Canada also recognizes the importance of preserving, revitalizing and promoting Indigenous languages.

To make Canada’s Food Guide more accessible to Indigenous Peoples, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, today announced the translation of Canada’s new Food Guide Snapshot (the new image of the Guide) into nine Indigenous languages: Dene, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut (Baffin), Inuktitut (Nunatsiavut), Inuktitut (Nunavik), Michif, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Plains Cree.

The languages reflect those most commonly spoken by Indigenous Peoples across Canada, the official languages of the Government of Nunavut, as well as recommendations from National Representatives of Indigenous Peoples and Nations.

Canada’s Food Guide was developed to be relevant to all Canadians and inclusive of the 1.6 million Indigenous Peoples living across Canada. Providing the Snapshot in Indigenous languages will help bring healthy eating messages to many Indigenous communities.

As part of reconciliation, the Government of Canada acknowledges that program and policy-making must support self-determination, as well as recognize the distinct nature and lived experience of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation. Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are committed to working with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation to support the development of healthy eating tools that meet their distinct needs.

Canada’s Food Guide highlights healthy recipes and cooking methods from diverse cultural backgrounds. The various Food Guide tools and resources offer opportunities to communicate culturally relevant examples of healthy meals.

Canada’s Food Guide is an integral part of the Healthy Eating Strategy, which aims to make the healthier choice the easier choice for all Canadians. The Guide recognizes that nutritious foods can reflect cultural preference and food traditions.

Quotes

“Canada’s new Food Guide was developed to be relevant to all Canadians. Today, I am pleased to announce the translation of Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot into nine Indigenous languages. These translations make the Guide and its principles accessible to more people.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Minister of Health

“In 2019, the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, I am pleased to support the launch of Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot in nine Indigenous languages. This will contribute to the availability of healthy eating tools for Indigenous Peoples while recognizing the importance of language and culture to overall health.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan

Minister of Indigenous Services

“ITK is pleased that Canada’s new Food Guide is now available in Inuktut. Availability of the Food Guide in four Inuktut dialects is a key means of ensuring access to this guidance across Inuit Nunangat. We look forward to continuing our work with Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada to develop Inuit-specific healthy eating tools to complement the new Food Guide.”

Natan Obed

President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

“Language and culture are at the heart of the Métis Nation. Along with the Indigenous Language legislation, having Canada’s Food Guide now available in Michif is another welcome step forward in recognizing our unique Michif language and culture in Canada, and in its revitalization.”

Clément Chartier

President, Métis National Council

Quick facts

  • In addition to Canada’s two official languages, Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot is now available in 26 other languages (9 Indigenous and 17 multicultural).
    • Indigenous: Dene, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut (Baffin), Inuktitut (Nunatsiavut), Inuktitut (Nunavik), Michif, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Plains Cree.
    • Multicultural: Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Urdu and Vietnamese.
  • Since the launch in January 2019, there have been more than 220,000 downloads of the Snapshot, and almost 3 million visits to the healthy eating tips and resources.
  • Recognizing the benefits of cultural preferences and food traditions, Canada’s Food Guide provides a suite of healthy eating resources, including diverse recipes.

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Contacts

Thierry Bélair
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Health Canada
613-957-2983
hc.media.sc@canada.ca

Public Inquiries:
613-957-2991
1-866-225-0709

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Mandryk: Mckenzie frustrated over Metis Nation representation – London Free Press

Fights for Metis rights have also been internal battles that have seen Metis people pitted against each for the last century and a half.

June 25, 2019

The battle Wayne Mckenzie is fighting to ensure Metis people have the same health care rights as First Nations isn’t just with the provincial and federal governments … although both have been longtime political adversaries.

Mckenzie, president of the First Indigenous Riel Metis Local 33 — which lays claim to representing Metis people in Regina — offers a compelling argument that Metis people have as much constitutional claim to added health care services like dental and ambulance fees as First Nations people. Unfortunately, Metis rights has become an issue where the buck gets passed between the two levels of government — with the province claiming this is a federal funding matter because Indigenous people are a federal responsibility, and the feds claiming Metis rights fall under provincial jurisdiction.

Read More: https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/mandryk-mckenzie-frustrated-over-metis-nation-representation/wcm/c224cae8-d365-4bbc-ac6c-01bf8726a468

McKenna drops by downtown Ottawa park to reveal new plan for carbon tax revenue – iPolitics.ca

Jun 25, 2019

With the countdown to the July 1 long weekend well underway in the capital, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna drops by an urban micropark in the heart of her downtown Ottawa riding to reveal how her government intends to, as the advisory puts it, “allocate a portion of the proceeds collected as a result of carbon pollution pricing.”

Given the looming election, however, expect her to devote just as much time and energy during the ensuing media availability to emphasizing one of the key messages in her government’s ongoing campaign to promote that same pricing system, which is now in place across Ontario and much of Canada: namely, that a sizeable chunk of the cash will be refunded to Canadians via newly implemented tax refunds, with most families projected to get back as much, if not more, than they’re now expected to pay at the pumps.

Read More: https://ipolitics.ca/2019/06/25/mckenna-drops-by-downtown-ottawa-park-to-reveal-new-plan-for-carbon-tax-revenue/

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Wholesale sales increased 1.7% to $65.3 billion in April, the fifth consecutive monthly increase. Higher sales were recorded in five of seven subsectors, accounting for 86% of total wholesale sales.

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Canadian Community Health Survey, 2018

Cigarette smoking rates have declined from 2015 to 2018, while adult obesity rates have remained stable over the same period.

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Canadian Community Health Survey: Rapid response on gambling, 2018

New data on gambling are now available for custom requests from the rapid response component of the Canadian Community Health Survey – Annual Component.

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Municipal wastewater systems in Canada, 2013 to 2017

Just over 5 900 million cubic metres of sewage flowed through municipal wastewater systems in Canada that processed 100 cubic metres per day or more of sewage in 2017, equivalent to the volume of water that flows over Niagara Falls over a 24-day period. These systems receive sewage discharged from residential, industrial, commercial and institutional sources. The volume also includes storm water that enters the collection pipes which convey the wastewater to treatment plants before discharge to surface water sources such as lakes, rivers or oceans.

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Study: Foreign-owned Affiliates in Canada: Trends across Major Sectors

Foreign majority-owned affiliates contribute substantially to the Canadian economy. In 2016, foreign affiliates accounted for 14% of Canada’s gross domestic product and employed 12% of workers. That year, foreign-owned affiliates also accounted for over half of Canada’s total merchandise trade, and over two-thirds of Canada’s cross-border trade in technological services.

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Dairy statistics, April 2019

The total amount of milk sold off farms totalled 773 453 kilolitres in April. Meanwhile, milk sold off farms for fluid purposes increased 3.3% to 230 542 kilolitres. Milk sold off farms for industrial purposes decreased 1.4% to 542 911 kilolitres.

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Mushroom Growers’ Survey, 2018

Canadian mushroom growers produced 138,412 short tons of mushrooms, up 4.4% compared with 2017, marking the third year-over-year increase. Production was at its highest level since 2012, due in part to improvements in growing mediums and nutrient-rich spawn.

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FNTI Receives Generous Computer Donation

On Monday June 17, FNTI received a generous donationof48 laptop computers from Rotary HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)! HIP Executive Director, John Currie, donated the computers so that students in need can have access to this technology in order to further their education.

HIP was created by Rotarians in Southern Ontario in partnership and consultation with a number of Indigenous people, and aims to honour Indigenous people by supporting them in learning. They acquired the laptops through an agreement with Siemens, and they will be distributed to students in need. FNTI President, Suzanne Brant, also sits on the HIP board, and says she is very thankful for the donation.

“As a founding member of the HIP Board of Directors, I can say that the philosophy of HIP is about honouring Indigenous People’s by supporting their educational aspirations. HIP Executive Director John Currie is well aware of the value added to ones educational experience for those First Nation learners that have computers. He provides leadership to a program that ensures every First Nation learner who requires a laptop receives a laptop. Siemens Canada donates their decommissioned and reprogrammed laptops for distribution to learners via the HIP network. As President of FNTI, I am keenly aware that most of our learners lack access to reliable computers. We are deeply grateful to John and HIP for this initiative and thank everyone involved for the recent donation of computers for our learners.”

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Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Ontario

From: Department of Justice Canada

News release

June 24, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process introduced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Mahmud Jamal, Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, is appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mr. Justice Jamal replaces Madam Justice G. Pardu, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2019.

The Honourable Vanessa V. Christie, a Judge of the Provincial Court of Ontario, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Madam Justice Christie replaces Mr. Justice G.P. Di Tomaso, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 30, 2018.

Biographies

Justice Jamal was born in Kenya, raised in England, and completed high school in Edmonton. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto, LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. He served as law clerk to Justice Melvin Rothman of the Quebec Court of Appeal and Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Jamal, who is bilingual, practised with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in the fields of appellate litigation, constitutional and public law, class actions, and commercial litigation. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in 35 appeals addressing a wide range of civil, constitutional, criminal, and regulatory issues. He also appeared before various provincial courts, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Tax Court of Canada, and federal and provincial administrative tribunals.

Justice Jamal was a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. He was a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and a trustee of the Canadian Business Law Journal. He has taught constitutional law at McGill, administrative law at Osgoode Hall, and published widely in his areas of practice. He was also chair of Osler’s pro bono program and a member of its Partnership Board.

He and his wife, Goleta, are the proud parents of two teenagers.

Justice Christie was born and raised in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She attended the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1998, remaining on the Dean’s List every year, with a double major in sociology and law and society. She attended York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, from 1998 to 2001, and was called to the bar in October 2002.

In January 2000, Justice Christie began a student placement with Greenspan, Henein and White (now Greenspan Partners LLP). She remained at the firm throughout her career as a lawyer, ultimately becoming partner in January 2013. She appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario (including multiple jury trials), the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also appeared as counsel in many other provinces. In her career as a lawyer, Justice Christie was very active in the Ontario Bar Association, sitting on council and the audit and governance committees. She also volunteered regularly with Our Place Community of Hope in Toronto.

Justice Christie was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island in September 2017. She presided in three locations every week, including Gore Bay, Wikwemikong, and Espanola. She was involved in the implementation of the first Indigenous court for the Ontario Court of Justice in the Northeast region, which had its first sitting in January 2019, with Justice Christie presiding.

Quick facts

  • At the Superior Court level, more than 300 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional jurists represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and appointments reflect an increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S and those who self-identify as having a disability.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 will provide funding of $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In addition, Budget 2018 provided funding for a further seven judicial positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario, at a cost of $17.1 million over five years.
  • The funding outlined in Budget 2018 comes on top of resources allocated under Budget 2017, which created 28 new judicial positions across the country.
  • In addition, the Government will invest $6 million over two years, beginning in 2018-2019, to support the judicial discipline process through which allegations of judicial misconduct are investigated. In this way, the Government will ensure that a robust process remains in place to allow Canadians to voice their concerns and submit complaints about judicial conduct to the Canadian Judicial Council and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. Sixteen Judicial Advisory Committees have been reconstituted to date.

Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-6568
rachel.rappaport@justice.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada
613-957-4207
media@justice.gc.ca

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