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LU Selects Top Talent to Fill Two Vice-President Roles

Laurentian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Marie-Josée Berger has been appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academics and that Dr. Tammy Eger has been appointed Vice-President, Research.

“We found two ideal candidates and I am very much looking forward to seeing their contributions at Laurentian over the years to come.” said Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University as he announced who would fill the University’s two vacant vice-president positions.

Dr. Berger has been in various leadership positions throughout academia for over 20 years. Most recently, she held the title of Dean, School of Education as well as Associate Vice-President of Continuing Education at Bishop’s University. Previously, she served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. A former professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, she also served the Ontario Ministry of Education in supporting the development of curriculum for elementary and secondary schools. She holds degrees from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Ottawa. She will begin her five-year renewable term on August 1, 2020.

Dr. Eger is one of Laurentian’s most prolific researchers, having served as Interim Vice-President, Research at Laurentian during the last six months, this exciting appointment will allow Dr. Eger to continue to successfully lead the vibrant research and innovation community at Laurentian University. A Full Professor at Laurentian in the School of Human Kinetics, Dr. Eger was the inaugural Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (2015-2019). She is the co-founder of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health and co-developer of the first mobile occupational safety and health research lab in Ontario. She is also the author of more than 50 journal papers and 100 conferences abstracts. She began her five-year renewable term on July 1, 2020.

The two appointments conclude international search processes which took place over the last year. The university would also like to thank Dr. Serge Demers who has served admirably as Interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost, since July 2017. Dr. Demers will return to continue his mandate as Registrar and Secretary of Senate.”

“Dr. Berger brings a wealth of experience to our institution, and we are fortunate to have her lead our academic mission. Her leadership and vision both exceeded our expectations throughout the search process and we will greatly benefit from her appointment to this role. She is the ideal candidate and we are looking forward to having her join us in Sudbury.” – Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University

“Dr. Marie-Josée Berger is the ideal candidate for the position of Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Laurentian University. Dr. Berger has an extensive history of leadership in academia and a history of success helping institutions navigate through difficult decisions and fostering a collegial environment. Dr. Berger is a strong advocate for students and has worked to increase opportunities for Indigenous students and international students. Laurentian University is fortunate to have the opportunity to have Dr. Berger as part of our administrative team.” – Dr. Amanda Schweinbenz, Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics.

“Dr Berger’s depth of leadership experience both in theory and practice is what impressed me the most. I am excited about the perspectives she will bring in relation to our Tri-Cultural Mandate and am looking forward to working with her to advance Indigenous education at Laurentian University.” Shelly Moore-Frappier, Interim Associate Vice-President Academic and Indigenous Programs

“Dr. Eger’s leadership and collaboration throughout her tenure has been exemplary, even as our community has faced great challenges. Throughout the search process, we reviewed candidates from all over the world and in the end, the most qualified person was right here, in Sudbury. As a former VP Research myself, I have every confidence that she will help our research portfolio reach new heights.” – Dr. Robert Haché, President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University

“The research community at Laurentian will be very well served by the appointment of Dr. Eger to Vice President Research. She has the passion, drive and vision to help us make the transition to a research-intensive comprehensive university where our research will have truly global impact.” – Dr. John Gunn, Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems, Director, Vale Living with Lakes Centre.


Government Proposes Made-in-Ontario Plan for Growth, Renewal and Economic Recovery

Measures Would Help Deliver Critical Infrastructure Projects Faster

July 6, 2020

TORONTO — The Government of Ontario has developed a made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. This plan includes measures that would make it easier and faster to build provincial highways, major transit infrastructure projects and quality, affordable housing, while ensuring there are meaningful opportunities for community consultation and input.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA).

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant hardship for individuals, families, and businesses throughout the province. We’re going to need everyone’s help to rebuild the province and get people back to work,” said Premier Ford. “Through these proposed initiatives, we will start Ontario down the road to recovery by getting critical infrastructure projects built faster, creating jobs in communities across the province.”

As part of the government’s plan, the province is proposing to accelerate key provincial highway construction and priority transit projects by establishing an exemption from the Hearing of Necessity process. Provincial Hearings of Necessity occur approximately 5-10 times per year on average for provincial highway projects. Each hearing adds months of red tape and construction delays for critical provincial infrastructure, costing up to five months for transit projects and up to 12 months for provincial highway projects.

“Communities need reliable transit, transportation and housing as a strong foundation for future economic growth,” said Minister Mulroney. “These initiatives would create tens of thousands of new well-paying jobs, make our roads safer, reduce gridlock, and put home ownership within reach of many people across the province.”

As part of this plan, the government would also enter into new commercial agreements with partners to build transit-oriented communities. This would allow for the development of more housing around transit in an integrated manner and put more job opportunities within the reach of more people. The measures would also save taxpayers money by having the development industry make direct, significant contributions to the cost of building transit for the benefit of communities, all transit riders, and Ontario taxpayers.

“Instead of building stations in isolation, we will build fully integrated communities,” said Associate Minister Surma. “Transit-oriented communities will benefit the Greater Toronto Area by increasing ridership, reducing congestion, providing a mix of housing ― including affordable housing ― and providing critical local services and amenities like daycares and recreational spaces.”

These measures would allow the province to more quickly undertake important technical investigations and prepare construction sites, while ensuring meaningful consultation with landowners.

Quick Facts

  • The province is investing $2.6 billion to expand and repair Ontario’s highways and bridges.
  • Ontario will continue to collaborate with the City of Toronto and York Region under the historic joint transit partnership agreements and Transit-Oriented Communities Memorandums of Understanding.
Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Ivana Yelich
Premier’s Office

Communications Branch
Ministry of Transportation
416 327-1158

Christina Salituro
Minister Mulroney’s Office


National Indigenous Day: We are more than feathers and drums –

Canadians need to learn more about our shared history, Wendy Sturgeon writes

We encourage all Canadians to research into our shared history to recognize and acknowledge the part all ancestors played — beginning with original contact, which was welcoming, friendly and helpful. The fact that Indigenous people nursed ancestors of newcomers back to health upon arrival, recognizing they were near death; seeking a place of safety; fleeing discrimination, oppression and mass murder in Europe; seeking health; leaving behind famine and poverty; seeking freedom to practise their own religions and so much more, in what was termed the new world (research Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery).

However, descendants of those newcomers who benefitted greatly through the generations have, unfortunately, lost their memories of how their great lives have come to be — basically due to their government keeping the truth from them, lying to them about Indigenous people, and ultimately benefitting at the expense and demise of the Indigenous populations under the false belief of the Doctrine of Discovery.

The waking up process is difficult for some, yet there is now no reason not to take up the responsibility of not just correcting the wrongs (action), but also ensuring history is rewritten in truth. This is happening all over Canada as First Peoples are given First Priority. All legislation, policies and regulations must be scrutinized and addressed with this view in mind, and there can no longer be anything done without our consent, knowledge and involvement; nothing about us, without us.

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CMHA: Statement on police and wellness checks

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is deeply concerned by the recent deaths of individuals experiencing a mental health crisis across Canada stemming from interactions with the police. Each of these deaths is an unacceptable tragedy. We extend our condolences to the families, loved ones and communities mourning these deaths, and call on decision-makers to heed the urgent calls for truth, accountability and change.

These deaths are the most recent in what has been a terrible history of fatalities involving people in mental health crisis situations. Systemic racism, including anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, has gravely increased the risks associated with experiencing a mental health crisis.

These tragic deaths also have a history rooted in Canada’s long-standing inadequate investment in mental health. Care providers, service users and other advocates have long been united in calling attention to this. The absence of effective crisis care, and the default reliance on police officers in responding to a mental health or addictions related crisis, is the result of decades of systemic underfunding of mental health and substance use services across Canada.

Many persons with lived experience of mental illness or a mental health issue tell us they have experienced positive, life-saving care from well-trained and compassionate police officers in Canada. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Moreover, stigma and discrimination can keep those who have had a negative experience with police while in crisis from coming forward, or from being believed if they do lodge a complaint.

A properly funded mental health care system would not only allow us to better respond to mental health crises, but allow for earlier intervention and treatment to help prevent mental health crises in the first place. Experiencing a mental health crisis is not a crime, and the response must be a health-care response, not a law-enforcement response. A successful model may involve peer support specialists or rapid-response teams of mental health professionals either working alongside, embedded within—or instead of—the police. Whatever the model, the primary concern of first responders to emergencies involving a mental health crisis must be de-escalation and well-being.

Branches, regions and divisions of the CMHA federation and our community partners across Canada have on-the-ground experience with improving emergency first response to mental health crises, as well as deep policy expertise on solutions appropriate to their region, province or territory. We urge governments to:

  • reach out to the leading voices of mental health advocacy and care in their jurisdiction;
  • fully incorporate the voices of people with lived experience of mental health issues and illnesses in their decision-making for change;
  • invest in community-level mental health care solutions to mental health crises; and
  • acknowledge the role of colonialism and racism, particularly anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, in our systemic failure to deal safely with mental health crises.

Health emergencies require a health care response.  We must all commit to doing more.


Deb Wise Harris
National Manager, Communications
Canadian Mental Health Association, National


Canada’s country statement for the 64th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

July 1, 2020

Advancing gender equality is more important than ever

2020 marks many anniversaries and important milestones on the road to gender equality, both internationally and in Canada.

In Canada, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the report from the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, which included recommendations on updating the legislative system and addressing such critical issues for women as poverty, family law, the Indian Act and the need for a federal representative for women.

It is also the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 25th anniversary of Canada’s commitment to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), 40 years since Canada signed the United Nations’ convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and five years since the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

While we continue to make progress on a number of fronts, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Much remains to be done and everyone has a role to play. No one can do this alone. We need to work together, all of us.

This is especially true in the current, difficult context in which we find ourselves. We are collectively facing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected each and every one of us. The pandemic is revealing and amplifying many existing inequalities, a sobering reminder that our work is more important than ever.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are gendered, and these impacts are even more devastating on the most vulnerable groups among us, particularly women and girls, in all their diversity, and including racialized women and girls, Indigenous women and girls, newcomer women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, LGBTQ2 individuals, older women, women and girls living in rural and remote communities, and those living on low income, as well as their children.

The disproportionate impacts are evident: women make up 70% of the world’s health care workers and are on the front line of infection risk. Women are shouldering the vast burden of unpaid care, providing care for sick relatives and looking after children at home. Women are over-represented in service industries that have been shut down in response to COVID-19, further jeopardizing their economic precariousness. Social distancing measures that are intended to minimize the spread of the pandemic are also impacting access to sexual and reproductive health services, including for new mothers facing postpartum depression, or those women seeking abortion services. Furthermore, COVID-19 has created a shadow pandemic by exacerbating the issue of gender-based violence, as women and girls are unable to seek help or flee from violence as a result of isolation measures.

In Canada, our federal emergency response measures have been informed by GBA+ to ensure our approach focuses on providing support to those who need it most, including by supporting those with care responsibilities, those providing essential services, and those who face job and income losses due to the pandemic, as well as women and children experiencing and fleeing violence.

As the UN Secretary General and many others have pointed out, we are at a critical time when the rights of many women and girls are threatened around the globe. This is especially true in times of crisis or conflict, and the current COVID-19 situation is no exception.

These concerns stress the critical importance of implementing a rights-based and intersectional approach in our policy-making efforts, including preparedness, mitigation and response efforts. They also stress the importance of ensuring women’s inclusion in decision making to improve the effectiveness of health interventions and promote gender and health equity goals and plan for economic recovery efforts.

Considering the gendered impacts of this pandemic and incorporating the voices of women and girls into our response to the COVID-19 crisis will not only make our response more inclusive, but also stronger and more effective.

Building on Canada’s progress towards gender equality

Canada has been a strong supporter of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action since its adoption 25 years ago. In the current context, we are even more determined to reinforce that commitment this year to advance gender equality for all women and girls both in Canada and internationally.

Canada continues to build on progress made to advance gender equality.

That includes advancing human rights and gender equality for Indigenous women and girls, members of the LGBTQ2 community, women and girls with disabilities, and women and girls internationally. We must build a healthy and inclusive society to leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.

As part of this work, Canada will develop a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence to ensure that anyone facing gender-based violence has reliable and timely access to services no matter where they live in Canada.

We also understand the critical role that women’s and equality-seeking organizations play in building a fairer and more equal Canada. That’s why Canada will continue to deliver investments to strengthen the women’s movement by supporting organizations that are removing barriers to women’s full and equal participation in all aspects of Canadian life.

In addition to working domestically, we are continuously striving to engage on and contribute to advancing human rights, gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls through our international assistance and multilateralism. Canada is committed to a truly feminist approach to foreign policy, including a Feminist International Assistance Policy, that supports the economic, political and social empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity, and makes gender equality a priority.


2020 also brings a number of opportunities to mobilize our efforts to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

In this respect, Canada is proud to be playing a leadership role in the Generation Equality Forum, as co-lead of the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership. We are delighted to be working alongside the Netherlands, Ethiopia and the broader leadership, including civil society, philanthropic and international organizations, to make important progress in this area. Through this innovative partnership, we want to deliver concrete and bold results that will serve as a stepping stone to achieve gender equality before the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals deadline and make a real difference in the lives of women and girls in Canada and around the world.

Despite the unprecedented reformatting of this year’s 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, we remain committed, now more than ever, to work with our partners to overcome the challenges that the global community faces. Current and common challenges do not diminish our resolve to advance gender equality, nor our resolve to do so in a way that is inclusive, both in this forum and elsewhere. We look forward to continuing to work closely with UN Women, alongside our international and domestic partners, on our shared goal to advance gender equality here at home and around the world.

Thank you.


One third of Indigenous workers in Canada in jobs facing automation, says report – The Star

July 6, 2020

TORONTO – One-third of Canada’s Indigenous workers are in jobs facing a high risk of automation, a new report has found.

Researchers at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute and the Future Skills Centre spent roughly a year studying 33 sectors and how advances in automation will affect Indigenous workers in those industries.

About 250,000 jobs — or 33.8 per cent of roles held by Indigenous workers across Canada — are currently concentrated in industries with a high risk of automation, says the report released on Monday.

“There’s a lot of research that goes into the economy, but very rarely is there an Indigenous lens put on it,” said Tabatha Bull, chief executive at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and a member of the Nipissing First Nation.

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How Indigenous people are coping with COVID-19 – CMAJ

July 06, 2020

The camping area is near a stand of tall birch along the shores of the McKenzie River in the Northwest Territories. Dene land-based arts educator Melaw Nakehk’o has set up her canvas tent right next to her mom and dad’s wooden framed tent. In front is a common area where they cook over an open fire. By the cooking area, Nakehk’o has cleared a workspace where she will skin her hides: five caribou and three moose. Her mom and children will help.

Like many Indigenous peoples across the country, Nakehk’o has drawn on cultural strengths to weather the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Communities are finding ways to take care of each other, despite limited infrastructure for pandemic response in some places. Some Indigenous Canadians are staying connected using technology. Others have returned to the land as their ancestors did during plague outbreaks in the 1800s.

“We were told to go out to the land, stay away from town, and camp in family groups,” Nakehk’o explains.

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Nipissing FN: Measures to Address Criminal Activities

July 3, 2020 – We have been working closely with the Anishinabek Police Service (APS) to address multiple issues in our communities, especially in Garden Village.  The APS is spending the majority of their time patrolling Nipissing, and has stressed the need for community members to report suspicious or criminal activities to police immediately for follow up.  In the words of one APS Constable, police are only as good as the information they receive.

We need members to do their part and call 911 when suspicious behaviour is occurring.  Call 911 if someone’s health, safety or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress. To report incidents/concerns, contact APS at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

If you feel threatened or see something suspicious, please make the call to APS right away.  There is little is to be done hours or days after the event, and nothing can be done if it isn’t reported. If your report to APS is not responded to within a reasonable timeframe, please contact the Administration office at 705-753-2050 and we will follow up.

Our Approach

We are mindful that there are people in our community who are suffering from mental health and addiction issues.  We need to support people, not marginalize them.

We are supporting every effort of Giyak Moseng (The Right Path) Counselling Services to help people who want to be well.  We are also embracing the 4 pillars strategy to address drug addiction in our approach to these issues: 1) Harm Reduction  2) Prevention  3) Treatment  4) Enforcement

That said, we will not tolerate anti-social behaviours that harm or lack consideration for the well-being of our community members and disrupt their quality of life.

Actions Being Taken

  • If a person is not Debendaagzid – a registered member from NFN – and are doing illegal things, we will make every effort to permanently ban them from NFN.
  • Individuals who have been issued trespass notices are being actively pursued by police.  On July 2nd alone, one person was charged with trespassing under the NFN land code, a second person received a trespass notice and a third was fined for trespassing.
  • We are pursuing prosecutions under the Land Code and Indian Act for trespassing but again, it needs to be reported to police when people who have been issued these notices are back in the community.
  • Our Housing department is reaching out to renters in problem areas and action is being taken on a daily basis. Renters are reminded about their obligations to keep out people who are not welcome on NFN and to keep the apartments clean and orderly.
  • We are willing to work with renters, but everyone needs to be accountable for their actions.
  • If people are dealing drugs or opening their band owned apartment to allow illegal activities, then NFN will proceed with progressive responses including evictions when all else fails.
  • We have pressed APS for more resources and action on anti-social and illegal activities locally and at headquarters.
  • We have been very active in dealing with issues with the APS Chief Marc Lesage, and other APS senior staff as well as the local detachment.
  • We are developing a residency law and landlord/tenant law to enhance protections for membership.
  • We are working on a Community Outreach Program that will see a team of professionals deployed to work with members to take a more proactive role on these issues.

Protecting the safety and quality of life of our community members is our top priority.  These measures will help address the anti-social behaviours and criminal activities that are putting our members at risk and preventing them from enjoying their homes and neighbourhoods.

Next Steps

We plan to hold an online forum for community members to share their concerns with our leadership, and to work together towards developing a plan to address these issues.  Details of this online meeting will be posted on our website ( and on our official Facebook page (Nipissing First Nation Administration) as soon as they are confirmed.

We remind you that we have resources in place if you need support with mental health or addictions issues.  The Right Path Counselling Services can be reached by calling 705-753-1375.

Again, we need community members to do their part by reporting suspicious behaviour when it is occurring.  Call 911, APS at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  You can also anonymously provide information through the Crime Stoppers website at:

If you have any questions or require more information about these measures, please contact:

Dwayne Nashkawa, Chief Executive Officer
Nipissing First Nation
Phone:  705-753-2050

Click here to download this Community Notice.


A look at COVID 19 travel restrictions in each province and territory – MSN

If you’re looking to explore Canada this summer, you’ll first have to navigate the fluctuating patchwork of travel restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus throughout the country.

Here’s a look at some of the rules for each province and territory:

Newfoundland and Labrador

On July 3, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. will ease inter-provincial travel restrictions within the region, creating a so-called “Atlantic bubble.”

The move comes as COVID-19 cases on the East Coast have dipped in recent weeks.

Atlantic Canadians will be allowed to travel within the region without having to self-isolate when arriving in another province.

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Indigenous Screen Office Announces $3 million in Emergency Relief Funding and Launches $300k Solidarity Fund

TORONTO, ON — The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) is pleased to announce that it will disburse $3.3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funding to support Indigenous-led production companies affected by the pandemic, as well as new opportunities for individual creators and a new fund for racialized creators.

The $3 million in relief funding will support COVID-19-related business continuity and expenses such as health and safety measures, fees and additional insurance costs for Indigenous-led production companies. Training and skills development, and development grants for Indigenous individual creators and companies will also be supported.

“While initial relief funding has been largely successful in maintaining the Canadian screen sector, it did not completely address the needs of historically marginalized communities within the sector and those working outside the established funding system,” said Jesse Wente, Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. “ISO is committed to filling this gap by offering relief funding that is responsive to the needs and realities of Indigenous creators working in all screen-based platforms across the country.”

The Solidarity Fund will be created in partnership with the Racial Equity Media Collective (REMC) and will provide $300K in funding to support racialized creators with development grants, with a focus on reaching Black creators. ISO and REMC are in dialogue with other community partners and welcome additional financial contributions to grow the fund.  The Solidarity Fund was created as a meaningful response to the global movement opposing anti-Black racism that is also shining a light on anti-Indigenous racism and systemic racism in Canada.

“As an Indigenous organization, we believe it is our responsibility to leverage the capacity and networks we have built to support racialized creators who are also fighting for an equitable screen sector in Canada,” said Kerry Swanson, Managing Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. “We hope this initiative will support larger long-term investment strategies and we look forward to working and learning with our partners at REMC.”

“The Solidarity Fund is an example of why Indigenous leadership is vital to the future of the media sector,” said Amar Wala, on behalf of REMC. “The fact that the ISO is using its own resources to open doors for other racialized communities is incredible. This fund signals a new era of BIPOC communities coming together to move the industry towards equity.  REMC looks forward to this and many future collaborations with the ISO.”

The ISO intends to release program guidelines and application forms within the next four weeks, and a more detailed announcement will follow.

Funding for these programs comes from the Canada Media Fund’s 15 per cent allocation of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations that will be invested through targeted initiatives to ensure equity, including by region, language and for underrepresented groups. The total of this allocation will be $13.3M in emergency funding.

The ISO and its partners would like to thank the Canada Media Fund (CMF) for the funding support which is part of their long-term effort to ensure that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) creators have equal access to opportunities.



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