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Ontario Seniors Receive More Support with Publicly-Funded Dental Care

April 23, 2019

TORONTO —Senior citizens in Ontario deserve to be respected and live in dignity. Often obstacles and finances have prohibited some seniors from being able to receive the dental care they require. Ontario is protecting what matters most by providing low-income seniors access to quality dental care through a new publicly-funded dental care program that will begin in late summer 2019.

Today, Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, were at Taibu Community Health Centre in Toronto to announce an annual investment of $90 million for publicly-funded dental care for seniors, when fully implemented.

“No senior in Ontario should go without quality dental care,” said Minister Elliott. “Our government continues to put patients at the centre of care by providing seniors with the support they need to access high-quality and affordable dental care. We are taking another step in creating a sustainable and connected public health care system that is built for the people and for the future.”

Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The services will be accessed through public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres across the province.

“The health and well-being of seniors across the province is one of our government’s top priorities,” said Minister Cho. “For many lower income seniors, it is hard for them to access affordable dental care. This program is putting seniors first by providing the essential services they need and deserve.”

Untreated oral health issues can lead to chronic diseases and a reduced quality of life, while also creating a reliance on emergency departments already under increased capacity pressures.

“This is another example of how our government is engaging and listening to patients, caregivers and frontline health care providers on ways to help end hallway health care,” said Minister Elliott. “Dental care for seniors will provide them with the right care and avoid preventable emergency department visits.”

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, there were almost 61,000 hospital emergency visits for dental problems, at a cost to Ontario’s health care system of approximately $31 million.
  • Two-thirds of low-income seniors do not have access to dental insurance.
  • Once the program is launched, seniors will be able to get an application form from the ministry’s website or public health unit. Applications will be assessed, and eligible clients will be enrolled in the program.
  • By winter 2019, the program will expand to include new dental services in underserviced areas, including through mobile dental buses and an increased number of dental suites in public health units.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Pooja Parekh
Minister’s Office

Hayley Chazan
Deputy Premier & Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s Office

Aleks Dhefto
Communications Branch

David Jensen
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


Unicef Canada: Two-thirds of children and youth in Canada feel like they don’t belong

TORONTO, 23 April 2019 – A sense of belonging is a core human need yet the vast majority of Canadian children and youth feel isolated and unsupported by family, friends and teachers, according to data collected by UNICEF Canada’s One Youth.

Recognizing that young people have important perspectives about the issues affecting them and ideas for solutions, UNICEF Canada’s One Youth is working with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, and YMCA Canada to launch a series of Change Summits in cities across the country.

“The data is overwhelming — Canada’s young people are telling us they feel emotionally isolated, even in their closest relationships,” says Alli Truesdell, UNICEF Canada’s Youth Participation Lead. “Our Change Summits will empower children and youth by letting their voices be heard. They are the experts on understanding the problems they face and the possible solutions to improve their well-being.”

“We want, and need, to really listen to what young people are saying about their own experiences. We are thrilled to play a role in developing spaces where young people lead important conversations and, together, work to create a future where everyone feels they belong,” says Jennifer Holmes Weier, Senior Vice President, YMCA Canada.

According to UNICEF Canada’s Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being, only 31 per cent of 11- to 15-year-olds feel emotionally supported by their friends, 32 per cent by family and 35 per cent by teachers. Belonging is strongly related to these relationships, but is also affected by poverty, cultural identity and other factors. Widening income inequality has contributed to more difficult and disconnected relationships.

A weak sense of belonging can harm a young person’s development, for some contributing to mental health issues, teen suicide, poor grades, trouble with the law and homelessness.

To address this declining sense of belonging, UNICEF Canada’s One Youth, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and YMCA Canada are hosting a series of Change Summits across Canada. These events will bring young people and their supporters together to better understand the challenges and design solutions and policy recommendations from a young person’s perspective.

“At Boys and Girls Clubs, one of our core values is Belonging: providing safe, supportive places where young people can build positive relationships with peers and caring adults,” says Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “Supporting and elevating young people means giving them opportunities to speak up on issues that matter to them, which is why we are excited to partner with UNICEF Canada’s One Youth and YMCA Canada to bring Change Summits to communities across the country.”

The 2019 Change Summits will be held in:

· MONCTON – April 24 and 25, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the YMCA of Greater Moncton (30 War Veterans Avenue)

· WHITEHORSE – May 6 and 7, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at La Société des Immeubles Franco-yukonnais, Community Hall (302 Strickland Street)

· MONTREAL – May 27 and 28, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Dawson Boys & Girls Club (666 Rue Woodland)

· OTTAWA – June 15 and 16, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region (180 Argyle Ave)

· CALGARY – Coming Fall 2019

UNICEF Canada’s One Youth, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and YMCA Canada are proud to announce that their partnership extends beyond the Change Summits, with a shared commitment to collaborate more closely on issues affecting children and youth across the country.

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About UNICEF Canada’s One Youth
From 25th to 1st place, UNICEF Canada’s One Youth is working to make Canada the best place in the world to grow up in. As the global UN agency for kids, UNICEF has worked to improve conditions for every child around the world for more than 70 years, and has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF Canada’s One Youth brings that work to Canada, by building the new gold standard for measuring child well-being, and developing and testing innovative solutions to the challenges they face. We are calling on Canadians to take action and do better for children and youth.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations. For more information about UNICEF Canada’s One Youth, please visit For updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About YMCA Canada

The YMCA is a powerful association of people joined together by a shared passion to foster a sense of belonging for all. In an age of complex social challenges, the YMCA is steadfastly dedicated to building healthy communities by inviting and encouraging Canadians to join in, to give back, and to gain the connections, skills, and confidence they need to thrive.

YMCA Canada is a charity, and the national office of the Canadian YMCA Federation, providing support to 45 YMCA Member Associations. For more than a century we’ve been at the heart of communities across the country, serving evolving needs and providing vital community services. For more information please visit

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Community-based services. Positive relationships. Life-changing programs. As Canada’s largest child- and youth-serving organization, Boys and Girls Clubs provide vital programs and services to over 200,000 young people in 700 communities across Canada. During critical out-of-school hours, our Clubs help young people discover who they are, what they can do, and how they can get there. Our trained staff and volunteers give them the tools to realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, mental health, leadership, and more. Since 1900, Boys and Girls Clubs have opened their doors to children, youth, and families in small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities. If a young person needs it, our Clubs provide it. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @BGCCAN.

To arrange interviews or for more information please contact:

Emily O’Connor

Communications Manager, UNICEF Canada
Tel./Tél.: +1 416 482 4444 ext/poste 8866 | +1 647 500 4230


UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

For further information:

Marie-Hélène Bachand, Communications Manager, 416 482-6552 x8425 / 514-232-4510,


Colten Boushie documentary examines history of racism, oppression on the Prairies – CTV

April 23, 2019

TORONTO — Documentary filmmaker Tasha Hubbard didn’t know Colten Boushie, but when she heard about the killing of the young Indigenous man, it was all she could think about.

Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a gunshot to the back of his head after the vehicle he was in with friends drove onto a rural farm property near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.

Last year a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off young people who were on his property.

The case sparked racial tensions, rallies and hateful online comments, and Saskatchewan-raised Hubbard, who is Cree, recalls being stunned by news of his death while driving with her son and nephew, who were both nine at the time.

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Investing in Northern Ontario’s creative economy to spur business growth and create jobs

Government of Canada funding to help attract cultural industries private sector investment

April 23, 2019 – Sudbury, ON — Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario — FedNor

Local residents and businesses will benefit from improved opportunities and a stronger economy thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $850,000. This FedNor funding will enable Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) to advance the development and promotion of the region’s digital and film media, TV and music industries.

The announcement was made today by Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, and Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Specifically, the funding will support CION’s ongoing operations for a three-year period and help to attract private sector investment in film and television projects, creating new revenue opportunities for communities, artists and production professionals living and working in the region.


“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in Cultural Industries Ontario North is building on our competitive advantages by strengthening the music and film industries to boost economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”

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

“Investing in Northern Ontario’s creative economy will help to level the economic playing field and create new opportunities for the region’s digital and film media, TV and music industries. I am proud that our government is investing in CION to create good middle-class jobs and accelerate the growth of these emerging sectors.”

– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

“The Government of Canada recognizes the unique needs of Northern Ontario and is investing to support businesses and organizations that help improve the social and economic well-being of our region. This strategic investment in CION will further position our region as a leader in the creative economy and improve the quality of life for families who live and work in the North.”

– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

“We are experiencing a dramatic increase in the film, television, media arts production and music sectors in Northern Ontario.  FedNor and the Government of Canada’s investment in CION ensures the continued growth of good jobs in our region, while building a sustainable media arts industry that will enhance and benefit the economy and encourage a healthy production culture across Northern Ontario.”

– Tammy Frick, Associate Executive Director, Cultural Industries Ontario North
Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor, which supports projects in Northern Ontario that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business growth and facilitate innovation.
  • Since December 2015, FedNor approved more than $180 million in support of 553 projects in Northern Ontario, which leveraged an additional $311 million from other sources.
  • Since 2016 and through successive budgets, the Government of Canada has earmarked an additional $62 million for FedNor in support of various initiatives to enable the organization to further strengthen Northern Ontario’s economy and create even more middle-class jobs for Canadians.
  • 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.

Associated links


Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer


Award-winning Canadian and U.S. journalists mark World News Day on May 2 in Toronto

Event celebrates the importance of fact-based journalism and why news matters

TORONTO, April 23, 2019 – Grammy award-winner Lucinda Williams and a host of top Canadian and U.S. journalists will mark the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) second World News Day on May 2 in Toronto. Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and host of Reliable Sources, will emcee.

World News Day celebrates the stories, the people, the reporting and the professional news organizations that are dedicated to changing lives, challenging the status quo, holding those in power to account and supporting freedom and democracy. This annual event takes place this year on the anniversary eve of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“We’re delighted to feature so many journalists, along with sources, who can speak to the impact and value of journalism,” said Natalie Turvey, president and executive director of the CJF. “It is more important than ever to highlight journalism’s contribution to our society and democracy. With the media facing so many existential challenges, World News Day serves as a reminder that as goes journalism goes, so goes democracy.”

The show will kick off at 7 p.m. on May 2 with a number from the musical Newsies by Toronto’s Mainstage Theatre Company. Williams, and other musicians, will perform at the event at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the CNE grounds. Tickets are available for purchase for $30, with a portion of the event proceeds supporting the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, which encourages Indigenous issues and voices in the media.

World News Day featured speakers include:

  • Susanne Craig, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with The New York Times, on the challenge of getting to the truth of Trump and his finances;
  • Sam FeistWashington bureau chief and senior vice-president for CNN, and Lisa LaFlamme, chief news anchor and senior editor with CTV National News, on covering elections in the U.S. and Canada;
  • Robert FifeOttawa bureau chief with The Globe and Mail who helped break the SNC-Lavalin story, in conversation with Jayme Poisson, host of CBC’s Front Burner podcast;
  • Connie Walker, host of CBC News podcast Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo, and Julian Brave NoiseCat, policy analyst and freelance journalist, on telling Indigenous stories;
  • Craig Silverman, media editor with BuzzFeed News, on the spread of misinformation;
  • Scott and Laurie Thomas, parents of Evan Thomas, who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, in conversation with Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent for CBC News;
  • Enrique Acevedo, anchor and correspondent for Univision Network News, on providing news to the Hispanic community in today’s charged political atmosphere, in conversation with Stephanie NolenLatin America bureau chief for The Globe and Mail;
  • Terri McGregor, a North Bay, Ont., woman who developed a little-known breast implant-associated cancer due to a broken reporting system for medical device issues, in conversation with Robert Cribb, investigative reporter with the Toronto Star;
  • Richard Gingras, vice-president of news for Google, on the role of platforms in the media ecosystem;
  • Manisha Krishnan, senior writer and host with VICE; and
  • Hannah Alper, teenage social activist, blogger and author.

The CJF thanks the generosity of sponsors The Globe and Mail, Google News Initiative and Facebook Journalism Project, CBC News, along with in-kind supporter CISION.

#WorldNewsDay #NewsMatters
Twitter: @WND2019
Facebook: @WorldNewsDay2019

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers’ series, the CJF facilitates dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

For further information: For inquiries, visit or contact: Natalie Turvey, President and Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation,, 416-955-0396; Allison Daisley, Daisley PR,, 416-986-4602


Media Advisory: Governor General Honours Remarkable Canadians

April 23, 2019

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present honours to 39 recipients during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.

Recipients will be recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service with one of the following honours: a Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division), a Decoration for Bravery or the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

A schedule of the ceremony, the recipients’ citations and background information on the types of honours being presented are attached.


Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the
Rideau Hall Press Office and to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than
10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)


10 a.m.:
Media start to arrive at Rideau Hall

10:30 a.m.:
Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the honours

11:45 a.m.:
Interviews with recipients



Lieutenant Colonel Henry Chaim Gourdji, M.S.C., C.D. (Retired)
Beaconsfield, Quebec

Henry Gourdji has had a sweeping impact on air navigation safety as a senior official with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. His creative approach to expanding the organization’s oversight program and his ability to forge partnerships among ICAO’s member states have augmented safety procedures around the world and have enhanced Canada’s reputation as an international leader in the field of civil aviation.

Michael Paterson, M.S.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Scientist Michael Paterson played the lead role in saving the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a unique research facility composed of 58 lakes and their ecosystems, from closure due to government budget cuts. Thanks to his resourcefulness, the ELA joined the not-for-profit International Institute for Sustainable Development, thereby safeguarding valuable experiments already in progress and continuing its search for sustainable solutions to the world’s water challenges.


Katelyn Bateman, M.S.M.
Kirkland, Quebec

Katelyn Bateman founded Collège Amélioration Jeunesse, a primary school for Haitian youth residing in the Dominican Republic. Since its inception, she has shared her time between raising funds in Canada and working as the school’s director. Today, Collège Amélioration Jeunesse provides schooling to 140 children from the poorest households of Puerto Plata, changing their lives through quality education.

Diana Christina Beaupré, M.S.M.
Adrian Watkinson, M.S.M.
Canterbury, United Kingdom

Britons Diana Beaupré and Adrian Watkinson created Far From Home, a project that preserves the memory of Canadian Armed Forces members who perished during the First World War and are buried in the United Kingdom. Over the past 10 years, the couple has travelled the country to identify, photograph and record lost or forgotten tombstones of nearly 3 900 servicemen and women. Their meticulous research has inscribed those names onto previously incomplete pages of Canadian military history.

Richard Bennett, M.S.M.
Dieppe, New Brunswick
John Raymond Dallaire, M.S.M.
Robert E. LeBlanc, M.S.M.
Patrick J. O’Brien, M.S.M.
Moncton, New Brunswick

Inspired by a friend who lost a family member to depression, Richard Bennett, John Dallaire, Robert LeBlanc and Pat O’Brien founded Relais trois montagnes, an organization that holds non-competitive relay events in the Moncton area to raise awareness of and funds for mental health programs. Since its inception, the relay has raised over $300,000, contributing to the delivery of much-needed services for youth living with mental illness, their caregivers and the broader community.

M. David Guttman, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Jack A. Moon, M.S.M.
Georgetown, Ontario

Bladder cancer patients David Guttman and Jack Moon founded Bladder Cancer Canada to provide information about diagnoses, share treatment options and offer resources to patients, caregivers and physicians. Their successful early intervention campaign If You See Red has raised the profile of the disease while their annual awareness walk raises funds for research and the Canadian Bladder Cancer Information System. Their grassroots organization has since become a national network that has been replicated internationally.

The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Mr. Moon was presented to him at a previous ceremony.

Michelle Sullivan, M.S.M.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Michelle Sullivan’s enthusiasm for preserving a scenic corner of Newfoundland is inspirational. As a leading figure in the Brigus Historical and Conservation Society, she has been instrumental in raising funds for the relocation and restoration of a working forge, as well as several other projects that evoke the village’s past and its seafaring heritage. Thanks to partnerships she has built locally and provincially, Brigus continues to charm locals and tourists alike.


Constable Dru Michael Abernethy, M.B.
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Constable Leah Russell, M.B.
Fort Vermilion, Alberta

On July 29, 2013, RCMP constables Dru Abernethy and Leah Russell saved several people from a burning retirement home in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. As Constable Russell escorted the first victim out, Constable Abernethy crawled into a blazing unit on the first floor, but was forced back by the extreme heat. Constable Russell re-entered the building, located a woman with mobility issues and carried her outside. Both constables then met up on the second floor, where they each entered separate, smoked-filled units to rescue additional victims. They were able to evacuate half of the residents from the home before the fire department arrived on scene. Sadly, one of the victims did not survive.

Michel Denis Bourbonniere, M.B., M.S.M.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

On December 4, 2016, Mitch Bourbonniere rescued a distressed teenaged girl from the Assiniboine River, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Arriving on scene, he saw the victim in the middle of the river, drifting downstream with the current. With several bystanders holding onto one end of a rope, he grabbed the other end and started making his way out to the woman. As he felt his body go numb from the freezing water, he urgently called to the victim to swim towards him. The sound of his voice caught her attention and she began swimming towards him. Mr. Bourbonniere grabbed the hood of her sweater with one hand while holding onto the rope with the other. They were then pulled safely to shore by bystanders.

Daniel Desrochers, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

On February 18, 2017, Daniel Desrochers rescued a man from a burning apartment in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Woken up by the sound of the fire alarm, Mr. Desrochers realized his neighbour’s apartment was on fire. He kicked the door three times, screaming out for his neighbour, who had limited mobility and was trapped in the unit. On the third attempt, the door flew open, but Mr. Desrochers quickly had to retreat from the heavy, black smoke. Hearing a faint moan, he crawled towards the sound and found his neighbour lying on the floor. He then successfully pulled the man to safety.

Brian Dittmar, M.B.
Steve Prior, M.B.
Gore Bay, Ontario

On April 1, 2017, Brian Dittmar and Steve Prior rescued a man whose all-terrain vehicle had fallen through the ice in Julia Bay-Lake Huron, Ontario. Messrs. Dittmar and Prior grabbed a rope and a roof rake and made their way to the scene of the accident. The men each tied an end of the rope around their waists before they started walking across the ice towards the victim, some 150 metres from shore. Mr. Dittmar tried to lift the victim out of the water with the rake, but fell through the ice himself. He grabbed the victim by the hood and, with the help of Mr. Prior, was able to get himself and the man back out onto the ice. They then dragged the victim towards the shore, where a bystander helped them load the man onto another ATV. Mr. Dittmar then drove the victim to an awaiting ambulance.

Don McNeice, M.B.
Richard Pick, M.B.
Sandspit, British Columbia

On July 15, 2014, Don McNeice and Richard Pick’s float plane crashed on Cheney Point in the Seaforth Channel, in British Columbia. As fire broke out on the aircraft, Mr. Pick quickly unfastened one injured passenger and pulled him out. Realizing the pilot was still trapped in his harness, Mr. Pick and Mr. McNeice hurried to remove him from the wreckage before the plane was completely engulfed in flames. Mr. Pick and Mr. McNeice provided first aid to the victims while nearby boaters contacted first responders.

Juergen Baetzel, M.B.
Gray Creek, British Columbia
Brant Hannah, M.B.
Calgary, Alberta
Paul Hindson, M.B.
Crawford Bay, British Columbia
Tobias MacDonald, M.B.
Delta, British Columbia
Carol VanRuymbeke, M.B.
Crawford Bay, British Columbia

On August 20, 2014, Juergen Baetzel, Paul Hindson, Tobias MacDonald, Carol VanRuymbeke and firefighter Brant Hannah pulled two individuals from a burning plane that had crashed in Crawford Bay, British Columbia. The small aircraft burst into flames on impact. Despite the rapidly escalating fire, the rescuers worked together to successfully free the victims from the wreckage, minutes before an explosion occurred. Sadly, one of the victims did not survive.

The decorations awarded to Mr. Baetzel, Mr. Hannah, Mr. Hindson and Mr. MacDonald were presented to them at an earlier ceremony.

Kaden Clouston, M.B.
Mackenzie Terrance Vatter-Martineau, M.B.
Calgary, Alberta

On March 25, 2017, Kaden Clouston and Mackie Vatter-Martineau helped people escape a burning strip mall in Calgary, Alberta. Spotting smoke from across the street, Mr. Vatter-Martineau entered the three-storey strip mall and started knocking on windows and doors to alert the occupants to the fire. As he was evacuating a woman, they became trapped on a balcony by the fire. He held onto the railing with one hand and lowered the woman down so she could safely drop to the ground below. At that point, Mr. Clouston entered the building, warning tenants on the second level on his way to the third storey. He found two people in a unit and convinced them to evacuate. On his way out, he had to run through smoke and flames to reach the ground level.

The decoration awarded to Mr. Clouston will be presented at a later date.


Chief Warrant Officer Honore Paul Elias Aucoin, M.M.M., C.D. (Retired)
Cheticamp, Nova Scotia

Dedicated to preserving Canada’s military history, Honore Paul Elias Aucoin assisted his Royal Canadian Legion branch in Cheticamp to establish the Veteran’s Heritage Museum Society. He also helped to refurbish the Canadian Military Police Heritage Hall at Canadian Forces Base Borden, and has volunteered since 2006 with the Warriors’ Day Parade Council.

Suzanne de Courville Nicol
Calgary, Alberta

Suzanne de Courville Nicol is a pillar of the Calgary Francophone community, promoting linguistic duality and working collaboratively since 1990 with the Alberta 3 Region Métis Nation. For the past 50 years, she has promoted French culture in Canada, volunteering with organizations such as the Association canadienne française de l’Alberta, the Société franco-canadienne de Calgary, the Bureau de visibilité de Calgary and the Réseau en immigration francophone de l’Alberta.

Bethany R. Downer
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

In 2014, Bethany Downer founded One Step Shoe Recycling, which collects thousands of pairs of footwear from across Canada and redistributes them around the world. Combining community involvement, sustainability and social justice, she has encouraged environmental engagement while helping those in need.

Katie Heggtveit
Toronto, Ontario

Katie Heggtveit is passionate about health and fitness. Through her program Bootcamps for Change, she encourages disadvantaged youth to use fitness as a path to wellness, empowerment and success. She has also volunteered with the Trek for Teens Foundation and Reaching Up.

Master Corporal Richard Le Sueur, C.D. (Retired)
Edmonton, Alberta

An active member of the Kiwanis Club, Richard Le Sueur has served on its executive at the local, provincial and national levels. He has also been involved in the Edmonton Heritage Festival for the past 15 years, serving in various executive roles on the board, mentoring others and leading by example.

Lieutenant(N) Pierre Lefebvre, C.D.
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec

Pierre Lefebvre is dedicated to causes related to youth and veterans. He volunteers with several not-for-profit organizations in the community, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Knights of Columbus.

Devon Liscum
Jeremy Liscum
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Brothers Devon and Jeremy Liscum started the Mission to Mexico project following a family trip to Mexico in 2006. With the help of their classmates and teachers, they have collected school supplies and raised funds to support educational programs in the poorest communities surrounding Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Johnny May
Kuujjuaq, Quebec

Every Christmas morning, for over 50 years, Johnny May has flown his airplane over his hometown, dropping candies and gifts along the way. Year after year, he inspires a sense of hope and happiness among those in his community, who see him as a hero.

Maya Maria Mikhael
Windsor, Ontario

At the age of six, Maya Mikhael created Maya’s Friends to coordinate youth-run events to feed the hungry and homeless in the Windsor-Essex region. Since 2012, her annual lemonade stand has amassed canned goods and thousands of dollars for local food banks. Through other initiatives like charity walks, she has raised awareness of and financial support for the sick, the elderly and the poor.

Daniel Ouellet
Lac Baker, New Brunswick

Daniel Ouellet is passionate about judo and has been a volunteer instructor with the Bushido de Clair Judo Club since he founded it in 1991. He has trained more than 500 youth in judo, with his club serving as both a centre for physical exercise and a social gathering point for teens living in rural New Brunswick.

Réginald Pierre
Montréal, Quebec

For nearly 15 years, Réginald Pierre has been volunteering with the St. Michel Soccer Association as a coach and referee of youth from lower-income neighbourhoods, many of them new Canadians. He also spends time with seniors, and frequently takes them shopping and drives them to appointments.

Ravy Por
Montréal, Quebec

Ravy Por is proud of her Cambodian heritage and volunteers with several organizations such as the Festival Cambodgien, Centre Khemara and the École d’Art Cambodgien to promote Cambodian culture, art and dance. She has also volunteered with several not-for-profit organizations in Quebec, such as Projet Arc-en-ciel, where she organizes fundraising events and sits on the board of directors.

René Rheault
Mirabel, Quebec

René Rheault joined the Canadian Executive Service Organization in 2004, and has positively impacted the lives of partners in Haiti, Senegal, Algeria and Burkina Faso, as well as in Indigenous communities across Canada. He has worked with these partners to develop standardized practices and strengthen institutional capacity, in addition to leading in-house volunteer recruitment efforts in Quebec.

Kenny Shaw
Comox, British Columbia

For more than 40 years, country music singer and comedian Kenny Shaw has raised funds through his performances to support Canadian troops and international disaster victims. He volunteers as a master of ceremonies and performer with the Comox Valley Child Development Association’s annual telethon, which supports children with special needs.

Norene Smiley
Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Norene Smiley is well known for her creativity, innovation and love for new projects. She has been a member of Communities in Bloom since 2007, raising funds to support many local initiatives. She also nurtures young writers through the Writing on Fire Society, which she co-founded in 2013.

David Taylor
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

David Taylor has been the driving force behind the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) for more than 25 years. As the Yellowknife zone commander and the Northwest Territories deputy director, he has recruited, trained and led volunteers in countless search and rescue missions, and has ensured the continuity of CASARA’s operations at the highest possible level.

Sierra van der Meer
Whitehorse, Yukon

As a dedicated leader of the Contagious Mountain Bike Club, Sierra van der Meer has helped people of all ages and abilities enjoy the outdoors through Whitehorse’s trail network. With visionary talent, she has won grants, designed new trails, organized events and created positive community connections through the club.


About the Meritorious Service Decorations

The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit

About the Decorations for Bravery

Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger. The three levels of the Decorations for Bravery reflect the degree to which the recipients put themselves at risk: the Cross of Valour recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit


National Access Cannabis Corp. Continues Growth with License for 25th Canadian Retail Location

  • With the new license to open a retail store at 130, 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary, the Company has assembled a portfolio of 15 stores in Alberta, and 25 stores in total.
  • With 25 stores in AlbertaManitoba and Saskatchewan, NAC has the largest footprint of any private or public cannabis retailer in Canada, according to provincial licensing statistics.
  • The Company continues to execute on its business plan to have 40 stores operating by the end of calendar 2019, and 110 by the end of calendar 2020.

TORONTO, April 23, 2019  – National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or the “Company”) (TSXV: META), Canada’slargest private cannabis retailer, today announced it has received approval from the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (“AGLC”) to open a new store at 130, 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary Alberta.

“The Crowchild Trail store marks the 25th store in our portfolio,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “We’re encouraged by increases in available inventory in Alberta where we have an additional 18 licenses submitted and awaiting approval.  We have the largest footprint of retail cannabis stores in the province of Alberta, and Canada as a whole, and we expect to maintain this position by continuing to aggressively pursue expansion opportunities in the early stage, and extremely high growth, cannabis industry.”

NAC is the national leader in retail cannabis.  Currently operating in 3 provinces, NAC plans to open stores in British Columbia within 2019, and in Ontario within 2020.  NAC’s experienced team of retail industry professionals is focussed on achieving its business plan of having 40 operating stores by the end of calendar 2019, and 110 operating stores by the end of calendar 2020.

Previous announcements regarding NAC’s retail store expansion may be found through the following links:

April 18, 2019, National Access Cannabis Corp. Enters Saskatchewan and Continues National Retail Expansion with Acquisition of 24th Retail Location

April 16, 2019, National Access Cannabis Generates $16.2 million in Revenue in Q2 2019. Retail Cannabis Stores Generate $15.9 million in Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA[1] of $1.8 million

November 21, 2018, National Access Cannabis becomes Canada’s largest private recreational cannabis retailer by store count, leading the country with 17 stores

About National Access Cannabis Corp.

NAC is Canada’s largest recreational cannabis retailer. With 25 retail locations nationwide, NAC is the leader in secure, safe and responsible access to legal recreational cannabis in Canada. Through its Canada-wide network of Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ and NewLeaf Cannabis™ recreational cannabis retail stores and NAC Medical’s cannabis clinics and pharmacy partnerships, NAC enables the public and registered patients to gain knowledgeable access to Canada’snetwork of authorized Licensed Producers of cannabis. NAC is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: META).

For more information, visit:

For further information: National Access Cannabis: Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer, National Access Cannabis, Tel: 647-689-6382,; Investor Relations: Emily Gibbs, LodeRock Advisors Inc., Tel: 416-546-8775,; Media Inquiries: Jessica Patriquin, Tel: 416-640-5525 x 230, Cell: 416-995-8496,

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Improving Health Outcomes in Indigenous Communities – Net Newsledger

April 23, 2019

THUNDER BAY – HEALTH – The field of immunology is an ever-evolving landscape. For example, several studies have found that the incidence rates of allergies in the Indigenous population of Canada report lower than the average of the non-Indigenous population; yet allergies and asthma are considered to be the second-highest health concern within the Indigenous population. Why is this the case? To answer this question, we will begin by exploring the current landscape for allergies in Canada followed by an analysis of how social determinants impact health outcomes, specifically allergy rates, in Canada’s Indigenous population.

A 2015 study conducted by AllerGen found that one in 13 Canadians are impacted by allergies, amounting to 7.5 per cent of the population. An allergy is defined as an adverse immune system response to the exposure of a food protein or environmental antigens. Despite its prevalence in the population, Asthma Canada states that it “is often underestimated, under-diagnosed, and under-treated.”

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Brock welcomes its inaugural Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement – Brock News

Brock University is taking a major step in its institutional growth and development by announcing that Amos Key, Jr. will become the University’s first-ever Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement.

The newly-created senior position will be dedicated to supporting Brock’s Indigenous education as well as its community engagement and partnership initiatives.

Key, who is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Studies, begins his position at Brock on July 1.

Following a year-long international search, Key was unanimously recommended by the search committee, which included students, faculty and staff from across the University and Indigenous communities.

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Media advisory: Marc Serré to announce FedNor support for First Nation business park in the Sudbury region

SUDBURY, Ontario, April 23, 2019 — Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, will be in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 to announce FedNor funding in support of community economic development.

The announcement will be made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

MP Serré will participate in a photo opportunity and will be available to answer questions from the media following the announcement.

Date:               Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time:              10:30 a.m.

Location:        Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Band Office
25 Reserve Road
Naughton, ON


Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer


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