Building an inclusive and innovative Canada

from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Innovation Minister to focus on six action areas

June 14, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Canada is at its most prosperous when all Canadians have a fair chance at success. That is why Canada must focus on innovation to deliver real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today put forward a vision to build Canada as a global centre of innovation—one that focuses on strengthening the middle class by creating jobs, driving growth across all industries and improving the lives of all Canadians.

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Liberal gov't restores mandatory long-form census

from CTV News

The new Liberal government will restore the mandatory long-form census, but it’s unclear whether penalties will be enforced for those who refuse to complete it.

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains made the announcement in Ottawa Thursday morning.

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Max Keeping memories: Give back and embrace life

By Peggy Taillon in Ottawa Citizen

Re: Senators’ rink ‘right size’ for Max Keeping memorial, Oct. 9.

peggy taillon her son devlin and max keeping at the ctv ama

Whether you knew Max Keeping personally or not, you most certainly felt that you did. He was everyone’s champion, he lived with great empathy and he felt honoured to tell our stories every evening at 6 p.m., which is why he became such a strong advocate, a voice for those in need. He couldn’t tell the stories and not be moved to action.

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Letter: The truth about reconciliation

by Peggy Taillon, The Ottawa Citizen

Re: Beatings, rapes a reality for children at residential schools, June 2.

Justice Murray Sinclair
Commission chairman Justice Murray Sinclair speaks at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Ottawa.
Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

Imagine living in a small, remote village in the Far North of our vast country. You live off the land, work and share with your neighbours and families.

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Peggy Taillon – A Woman Of Her Word

By: Sam Lehman, WINGD

Peggy Taillon

Who would have guessed that a young girl from South Porcupine, Ontario would grow up to change the world? Well, to be fair Peggy Taillon hasn’t saved the entire world yet, but she’s doing her best to help out Asembo Bay, a village in western Kenya close to Lake Victoria. She is also working to inspire everyone around her to see the world as a place of opportunity for improvement rather than sticking to the status quo. “We don’t have to be apathetic or accepting of the injustice in this world. We actually can change [the world],” said Peggy whose quest to fight against injustice began at a young age.

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3rd Annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities


We all have a responsibility to prevent mass atrocity crimes."

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, in cooperation with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, will be organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocity crimes in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 17 June 2015. This program is tailored to mid- to senior-level professionals interested in the prevention and interdiction of mass atrocity crimes.

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Peggy Taillon announced as part of the live speaker line-up at TEDxTheGlebeWomen

from TEDxTheGlebeWomen

With just under a month until the big day, the organizing team behind TEDxTheGlebeWomen is excited to announce the lineup of their live speakers. Ranging from community activist to student, from well established to new to the community this group of five women promises to bring a unique perspective to the TEDxTheGlebeWomen stage.

“We are incredibly proud, grateful, and passionate about this group of speakers. We are so honoured to have them join us on this journey,” shares Director of Marketing and Communications, Alyssa Comstock. Comstock continues, “This lineup is such a representation of this community and Nation. Both well-known and relatively new to the scene, both young and old, and from all kinds of life experiences.”

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Mother’s Day Reception Welcoming Sarah Onyango Obama to Ottawa

Sarah Onyango Obama

Come and meet a wonderful African leader, celebrate her warmth and generosity and show her Canada and Kenya are two communities connected by the spirit of giving back.

Sunday May 10, 2015 4PM to 6 PM

Rideau Park United Church (
2203 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa

Tickets: 25.00 per person, children admitted at no charge
Proceeds will support Grandma Obama’s Charity work in her village

Hosted by HERA Mission, Kenyan Community in Ottawa and East African Students' Association of Carleton University

About the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation

The Mama Sarah Obama Foundation is the realization of a long-term dream. The foundation was founded after years of hard work helping orphans and poverty-stricken families feed and educate their children.

With the AIDS epidemic ravaging Sub-Saharan Africa in the last three decades and leaving many children without parents, Mama Sarah turned her attention to addressing the educational and welfare needs of orphans in Kogelo village, Mama Sarah used her own resources and relentlessly worked with community leaders to meet the dire needs of these orphans. With the election of her grandson to the presidency of the United States of America, her phenomenal work has come to light well beyond the boundaries of Kogelo village. In 2009, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) was formed.

Metcalf Foundation releases 2015 report on Working Poverty

The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to release a new report The Working Poor in the Toronto Region: Mapping working poverty in Canada's richest city. Written by Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton, the report examines the years 2006 to 2012 using tax-filing data collected by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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CCSD's Peggy Taillon to receive Leading Women Building Communities Award

We here at CCSD are proud to share that our own Peggy Taillon will be a recipient of the Leading Women Building Communities Award in recognition of her tremendous contributions to the community. The awards presentation will be hosted by Yasir Naqvi, MPP on Saturday morning, 10:00am EST April 25th, 2015 at Tom Brown Arena, Ottawa where he'll be showcasing Peggy's amazing achievements  as well as other award recipients.

The Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award acknowledges and celebrates women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities, such as:

  • Breaking down barriers and encouraging women and girls to get involved in non-traditional careers
  • Championing or actively promoting issues such as equality, diversity, healthy equal relationships
  • Preventing violence against women and girls
  • Reducing racism and discrimination
  • Encouraging women and girls to participate in any part of public service
  • Acting as a positive role model by mentoring, coaching, leading events or organizations
  • Providing a positive example to women and girls in their communities

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