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Enactus Lakehead runner-up in their league at the national exposition

May 17, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

From May 7 to 9, Enactus Lakehead competed at the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver along with 68 other Canadian universities and colleges.

Enactus Lakehead presented two projects (Making Cents! and Getting Financially Lit!) in a dynamic 17 minute presentation and won runner-up in their league in the opening round.

Enactus is a global non-profit organization where students, communities and business leaders utilize entrepreneurship to address economic, social, and environmental needs. Through Enactus, student leaders around the world create social enterprises that address the United Nations 19 Sustainable Development Goals.

In March, Enactus Lakehead also won runner up in the CWB Financial Education Challenge in their league at the regional competition in Toronto. This is their second year of competing and the first time they have placed at the National Exposition.

Enactus Lakehead presented two projects:

  • Making Cents!, which addresses the closing of brick-and-mortar banks in Northwestern Ontario by running online banking workshops in senior centres in Northern Ontario communities such as Terrace Bay and Schreiber. Enactus Lakehead has entered a working relationship with the national credit union Alterna Savings to expand this project.
  • Getting Financially Lit!, which addresses knowledge gaps in budgeting and long-term savings for Indigenous youth who fly in from northern communities to attend Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, a private First Nations high school in Thunder Bay.

Enactus Lakehead is proud to say that the team has completed and surpassed all three of its strategic goals for the 2018/2019 year. These goals were to (1) increase the number of dedicated Enactus members from 3 to 10, (2) partner with a community organization, and (3) create an award-winning project. They met and exceeded all three goals.

Following Enactus Lakehead’s incredible growth, the team will continue to work on improving Making Cents! and Getting Financially Lit! next year in order to make them sustainable.

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or


Canada Eliminates Countermeasures as the United States Lifts Tariffs on Canadian Steel and Aluminum

May 20, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When the United States imposed unjustified tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Government of Canada stood up for our country’s steel and aluminum workers, industries, and communities – imposing reciprocal, dollar-for-dollar countermeasures against imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., to encourage the full removal of the U.S. tariffs.

Canada stood firm and did not back down until this outcome was achieved on Friday, May 17, when the U.S. announced that it would eliminate tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum within two days. Canada also agreed to eliminate its countermeasures against the U.S.

Consequently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that effective today, Canada is lifting its retaliatory countermeasures against the U.S.

These recent actions taken by Canada and the U.S. will allow our closely linked economies to be more competitive around the world, creating good, well-paying jobs for our citizens, and improving our combined security.

The Government of Canada will continue to ensure that Canada’s steel and aluminum industry and workers have the support they need to be competitive and to succeed, building on the more than $2 billion in program support already in place.


“With these developments, Canadian and American businesses can now get back to what they do best: working together constructively and supporting good, well-paying middle class jobs on both sides of the border. The removal of tariffs and countermeasures is a true win-win for everyone involved, and great news for Canadian and American workers, for our communities, and our economies.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

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Media may contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
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DLSPH Students Among Recipients of the 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

May 17/2019

Nine DLSPH students from public health and health systems research received Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellows this year.

“Our strong showing is a testament to the rigour and strength of our academic program,” says Dean Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, “On behalf of our community, I congratulate our award recipients and wish them success.”

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. This year, 166 students from across the country were awarded Vanier scholarships and 70 received Banting fellowships.

Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

See the list of recipients below.


Two new forest fires being battled in Ontario’s Northwest –

Half-hectare blazes break out near Mishkeegogamang First Nation and northeast of Atikkan

THUNDER BAY — Two new forest fires were confirmed in Ontario’s Northwest Region on Sunday.

The half-hectare Sioux Lookout No. 5 is listed as not under control near Doghole Lake in Mishkeegogamang First Nation. For Frances No. 3 is also not under control and about half a hectare, located near Rawn Reservoir, about six kilometres northeast of Atikokan.

A third forest fire, a 0.1-hectar blaze known as Kenora Fire No. 21, has been declared out at Gun Club Island on Lake of the Woods.

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Brock endorses new equity, diversity and inclusion charter

Brock University has reaffirmed its commitment to foster a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization through its endorsement of a new nationwide charter.

The Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada pilot program and charter was announced last week by Federal Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan. Inspired by the United Kingdom’s Athena SWAN program, Dimensions EDI is focused on addressing barriers in post-secondary research particularly faced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups such as women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority or racialized groups and members of LGBTQ2+ communities.

On Thursday, May 16, Brock University President Gervan Fearon, along with Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon and Leela MadhavaRau, Director of Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity, signed the Dimensions charter, committing the University to following the EDI principles and implementing actions to achieve the program’s goals.

“The commitment to follow the principles of increased equity, diversity and inclusion aligns directly with a key pillar of our Institutional Strategic Plan,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “The Dimensions program is an important guide for the future of post-secondary education and speaks to the outstanding society we are all building together as Canadians.”

MadhavaRau agreed, saying that Brock has already laid the EDI groundwork through its Strategic Plan.

“I don’t think this will be as difficult as if we were coming from point zero,” she said. “Brock is already moving along this trajectory, which is a positive thing.

“But for me it’s exciting. Having a national framework means we can look to our peers who are doing work in a similar vein and exchange best practices, and it makes for greater accountability because we have university presidents in alignment with the national strategy.”

Brock’s commitment to following the EDI principles is detailed in the Brock University EDI Action Plan, which can be found on the Research at Brock website.

The plan was initially developed in 2017 through engagement and discussions with stakeholders across the University around the existing processes and policies, as well as best practices in ensuring equity in the workplace.

The Action Plan is co-ordinated through the Vice-President, Research and is updated each year. Brock’s strategy consists of a combination of broad and targeted communications, engagement with key stakeholders and ongoing training.

Kenyon said EDI is important “for reasons of natural justice, because access to opportunities in academic careers have historically been reduced for Indigenous people, women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups.”

“However, EDI is also essential to core academic values,” he said. “Supporting the strongest science, scholarship and creative activity at universities means drawing on the gifts and insights of all Canadians. By identifying and mitigating systemic, institutional or unconscious biases against full participation in academic inquiry, we ensure the largest and most diverse pool of talent and ideas.”

Duncan also announced an upcoming Dimensions awards pilot program for post-secondary institutions wishing to attain greater recognition for their EDI work. Kenyon said Brock is looking forward to getting more information on the program to see if it would be eligible to take part.


Loyalist College to offer CPA’S Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance and AFOA Canada’s Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager Designation

Belleville, Ontario, May 15, 2019 – Loyalist College has received accreditation from Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA) under the CPA National Accreditation Standards to deliver the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program and applied courses.

Effective Fall 2019, Loyalist Business Administration – Accounting advanced diploma students had the opportunity to develop additional technical proficiencies in financial accounting, taxation and information technology required to write the ACAF National Examination.

In addition, Métis, Inuit and First Nations students are now able to pursue AFOA Canada’s Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation, which will help them prepare for senior financial management positions within their communities. To support successful self-determination and create a better life and future for Canada’s Indigenous people, AFOA Canada aims to improve the management skills of those responsible for the stewardship of Indigenous resources.

“Collaborating with CPA and AFOA Canada gives our students – and the College – a competitive advantage,” said Ann Drennan, Loyalist College Senior Vice-President Academic & Chief Learning Officer. “Loyalist is the only fully accredited Ontario college outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Our Business Administration – Accounting students can enhance their career prospects by earning nationally recognized credentials while they are studying, saving them time and money.”

To fulfill the requirements of the credentials, students complete some ACAF and CAFM courses online. The four-hour ACAF National Examination can be written twice a year, in May and September, and contains objective-format and constructed-response questions, which probe students’ knowledge and understanding of business applications. For more information, visit

About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, empowering students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. The College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. When it comes to Ontario college graduates getting jobs, Loyalist is the top College in the province, according to KPI results, released November 2018. Of 2016-17 Loyalist graduates, 90.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through; including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses; and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536


Ontario Invests $850,000 in Invasive Species Centre

Funding to support management and advance scientific research in the fight against invasive species

May 17, 2019

The Ontario government is protecting what matters most by investing $850,000 in the Invasive Species Centre to support ongoing research and management of invasive species across the province.

The Invasive Species Centre, based out of Sault Ste. Marie, brings together government, academic, industry and Indigenous communities and organizations to conduct invasive species research, response planning, management and habitat restoration.

“We recognize the importance of prevention, early detection, response, and eradication of invasive species for our natural environment and the people of Ontario,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

“With this investment we are prioritizing research and response strategies to prevent long-term impacts to our land, lakes, rivers, and economy,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

The ministry will continue to work with conservation partners to coordinate prevention, management, and research activities to help address this serious threat while promoting public education on the negative impacts of invasive species.

“The Invasive Species Centre is committed to working together to find efficiencies in the fight against invasive species and thanks the Government of Ontario for its support and commitment to protecting our natural spaces and economy,” said Bob Lambe, President, Invasive Species Centre Board of Directors. “The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan recognized that preventing invasive species is the single most effective and least costly method to manage invasive species. In fact, for every dollar spent on coordinated multi-jurisdictional prevention activities, $3 in mitigation, regulatory and depletion costs can be avoided if only one such pest is prevented from establishing.”

Quick Facts

    • The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commits to protecting our natural environment from invasive species by working with partners like the Invasive Species Centre and using tools to prevent, detect and respond to invasions.
    • Since 2008, Ontario has invested over $15 million in the Invasive Species Centre.
    • This year, the Ontario government is investing over $2 million in invasive species programs and education.
    • Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that has standalone invasive species legislation. The Invasive Species Act provides legislative tools to prohibit and restrict certain invasive species and carriers that facilitate the movement of invasive species.

Media Contacts

Justine Lewkowicz
Minister’s Office

Jolanta Kowalski
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


PPSC Deskbook updated with Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations

Ottawa – May 17, 2019 – The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) announced changes today to the “Decision to Prosecute” chapter of the PPSC Deskbook in response to recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The PPSC Deskbook sets standards of conduct for federal prosecutors to ensure the objectivity, fairness, transparency, and consistency of prosecutions through a compilation of directives and guidelines.

The PPSC’s National Committee on the Interaction of Indigenous Peoples with the Criminal Justice System is reviewing the PPSC Deskbook to incorporate Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations. This is the first chapter to be updated.

The changes include the importance of considering:

  • whether a prosecution is in the public interest and whether an alternative, such as a restorative justice program, would be more appropriate;
  • the nature of the offence, especially when the accused is a member of an overrepresented population, such as Inuit, Métis, or First Nations;
  • what the sentence will likely be and its relationship to the ongoing trauma of those affected by the residential school system and other historical factors; and
  • significant circumstances affecting the accused, including those identified in R. v. Gladue and R. v. Ipeelee.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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ON Government: Forty-Seven New Correctional Officers Graduate

New Frontline Workers will Help Keep Correctional Facilities Safe

May 17, 2019

HAMILTON – Ontario is making the province’s adult correctional system safer by hiring 47 new correctional officer graduates.

Graduates have successfully completed the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program – a comprehensive eight-week program that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.

“Few things matter more than the security of the people. I would like to congratulate every person graduating this week for their hard work and commitment,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General.  “Correctional officers are essential partners in Ontario’s justice system and perform a great service that contributes to community safety across the province.”

The officers will be assigned across Ontario to 15 different institutions. Of the 47 new correctional officers, three will go to institutions in the Northern region, 15 will go to the Western region, 13 to the Eastern region and 16 to the Central region. The new officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions to offer a local perspective on the unique challenges facing each facility.

“We will continue to work directly with all of our frontline staff to ensure they have the resources needed to keep themselves safe, while supporting the rehabilitation of those in our correctional system,” said Jones.

Recent government action to support correctional officers includes:

  • Better health and wellness supports for correctional officers
  • Committing to build a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay
  • Expanding the female unit at Monteith Correctional Complex
  • Having a dedicated canine unit at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre
  • Increasing safety at the Kenora Jail by upgrading infrastructure and strengthening partnerships between corrections staff and police services.

Media Contacts

Marion Isabeau-Ringuette
Office of the Solicitor General

Andrew Morrison
Communications Branch


Youth recognized at 2019 Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards – Wawatay News Online

A group of Lac La Croix youth were presented with one of three Group Achievement awards at the 15th annual Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards, held May 1 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay.

Photo by Rick Garrick

A group of Lac La Croix youth were recognized for their N’we Jinan Artists – Firemakers video at the 15th annual Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards.

“It’s been pretty cool — the support is quite amazing out here,” says Reo Walton, one of 10 Lac La Croix youth who were recognized with one of three Group Achievement awards during the May 1 awards ceremony at the Italian

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