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View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, everybody.
Mr. Charters, first and foremost, I want to acknowledge the great work that you do and that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada do right across the country. Certainly, in my riding, Saint John—Rothesay, the Boys and Girls Club has an excellent executive director in Amy Appleby-Shanks and her team. They continue to do fantastic work. They opened up their gym throughout this pandemic for Outflow, our men's shelter. They just do wonderful, wonderful work.
Isaac, I want to thank you. Hello from Saint John, New Brunswick, your neighbour. I want to thank you for sharing the youth perspective. Your presentation, your words were very profound and meaningful, so thank you for that.
Mr. Charters, I just want to also throw in that I wholeheartedly support your advocacy for the transformation of the Canada summer jobs program into a Canada youth jobs program. Last Parliament, last committee, I was proud to be part of the committee when we recommended—as part of the report “Experiential Learning and Pathways to Employment for Canadian Youth”—that ESDC explore transforming the jobs program into a broadly based youth jobs program for Canadian youth. I just wanted to throw in that you certainly have my support in that.
Mr. Charters, my question to you is this: Our government announced a $350-million emergency community support fund to support charities and non-profits delivering services to help communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Has the Boys and Girls Clubs, the local branches, applied for or received any of this funding? If so, what has been the impact of this funding on the ground?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's okay. I just want to get a few of these things in.
You just acknowledged that the fund may not support some of the financial needs of the clubs, and I've heard that from other non-profits too. How would you like to see funding roll out that would impact you more effectively?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I'll just ask a few questions since we have a bit of extra time.
I think, first and foremost, we would all recognize or agree that Canadians have taken the public health warnings very seriously when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. We certainly have seen a huge economic impact as a result of COVID-19 and the loss of life has been substantive in this country, but when we look at the overall measures that Canada has taken, we have a lot to be proud of.
I'm hearing a lot of talk about the investments that we could possibly be making with respect to developing an app. If we look at all businesses within the country right now, I think we are all looking at making sure that we have a continuity plan in the event that we have a second wave.
My first question would be for Monsieur Aubé.
On the cost of developing an app, would you be able to provide us with a bit of an estimate? No one is asking that direct question, but I'm wondering what the costs would be for developing an app that we could use for the continuity of Parliament.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you so much. I may not be using all of my time, so if other committee members want to get ready, that would be fine.
I also want to take a moment to thank once again the witnesses for appearing today. You always shed a lot of light on the many questions we have, so thanks to each and every one of you for being here today.
I want to follow up on my questions to Monsieur Aubé. During my question, when talking about the issue of cost, you indicated that it's a “sunk cost”. What did you mean by that?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great. I just wanted to confirm that there's no additional cost being incurred as a result of working on the development of an app.
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great.
I think we can all recognize as well, with respect to businesses across the country as I've indicated, that many of them are working to make sure they are prepared to deal with a second wave of COVID-19. All Canadians would expect that we, as parliamentarians, will do all we can to ensure that we can continue to do the important work that Canadians have sent us to do. I think it's very responsible on our part to ensure that we have the tools that we need to use if necessary and that we all stress that we want to be back in Ottawa as soon as possible to be that strong voice for our constituents.
I have another question for Monsieur Aubé. I feel as though I'm picking on you, so my apologies about that. During one of the lines of questioning, perhaps by Madame Blaney but I'm not sure, we talked about the issue of a hybrid system and the possibility that people would vote in person but also electronically, and how we would ensure that that would not take place. Maybe it was Madame Normandin.
You indicated at one point that there would have to be some types of controls put in place in order to ensure that that did not happen. Have you thought about those types of controls? If so, what would they look like?
View Ginette Petitpas Taylor Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's great.
I wonder if Mr. Gagnon has anything to add to that, because we often see him around the table making sure that we are voting appropriately.
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to apologize in advance. The audio and video of what's happening around me aren't really good right now, but I think if you can hear me I'm going to move forward.
I want to thank our presenters for doing a great job in their presentations. I have some questions.
As Mr. Beaudoin rightly pointed out in his opening remarks, our federal government entrenched our commitment to undertaking a human rights-based approach to housing policy in Canadian law, so the National Housing Strategy Act was introduced and passed in the last Parliament.
I'll start with you, Mr. Pawson, and then I'll go to Mr. Beaudoin. In your view, how has the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for a human rights-based federal housing strategy?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Pawson, my office in Saint John, New Brunswick, does a lot of work with the two shelters here. We work with Jayme Hall at Outflow and with Mary Saulnier-Taylor at Coverdale.
I certainly remember getting home from Ottawa when the pandemic was becoming more and more serious in all ridings across the country. We were extremely concerned about the men and women at shelters. We serve breakfast there pretty much every weekend and have a great relationship with them. Our minds and hearts went out to the men in the shelters.
Obviously, I was thrilled that we came out with the Reaching Home homelessness strategy, which has provided more money to the shelters through the Human Development Council, with Randy Hatfield and his wonderful group. Given what has happened with COVID-19, what are the most significant risks that people experiencing homelessness have faced? What was their biggest risk?
View Wayne Long Profile
Lib. (NB)
Let me just jump in. Do you feel we need to move away from a congregate model? I was lucky enough to be in HUMA last session. We went across the country looking at shelters, and almost every one of them has that style.
View Jenica Atwin Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Jenica Atwin Profile
2020-06-18 14:01
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The cruel impact of systemic racism is not only felt through law enforcement; research, data and lived experiences have made it unequivocal. Racial discrimination immensely impacts the health of racialized and indigenous peoples. In some cases, it's an issue of life or death. Morever, the intersection of gender and racism amplifies the consequences—for instance, the documented practice of forced sterilization of indigenous women; undiagnosed endometriosis, where symptoms were dismissed or ignored for years far more often for women of colour; and the persistence of transphobia in how the hospitals are caring for our 2SLGBTQ+ community.
The government made a commitment last fall to work to support studies that take diversity, race and gender factors into account to improve women's health care.
My question is for the Minister of Health. When will we see action on this commitment in an effort to eliminate racism and systemic barriers in the health care system?
View Jenica Atwin Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Jenica Atwin Profile
2020-06-18 14:03
Mr. Chair, Fredericton is a riding crossed by a river. On an official map, I will read that its name is the Saint John, but for the Wolastoqiyik people, it's name is Wolastoq, meaning the beautiful and bountiful river. It is indeed beautiful.
For centuries, the river has been a source of friendship, trade and identity. We are witnessing here and around the world a movement to reclaim spaces. Colonial stories have been imposed on mountains, statues, streets and rivers across Canada in an effort to erase and rewrite.
If we want a culture to not only survive but thrive, it must be an integral part of our environment. Indigenous names of spaces are a powerful way to inscribe the landscape with meaning and show reverence.
My question is to the heritage minister. By working with first nation communities and respecting their jurisdiction and priorities, will his government lead initiatives to create public policies in recognition of indigenous place names?
View Jenica Atwin Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Jenica Atwin Profile
2020-06-18 14:05
Mr. Chair, there are approximately six million people living with a disability in Canada. Before the pandemic, they were already struggling with inclusion, accessibility and poverty, and those issues have only been exacerbated.
This government prides itself on growing the middle class, but we must not forget that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.
Can the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion share exactly how the government plans to support people living with a disability in the following months?
View Jenica Atwin Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Jenica Atwin Profile
2020-06-18 14:06
Will there be a new bill tabled in the near future that people can count on?
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