Jan 04

The UnCanadian Citizenship Act Changes

I spoke a lot over the past 6 months about my deep concerns about, and rejection of, the changes to the Citizenship Act made by the Conservative government in June, 2014.  The changes allow the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to revoke Canadian Citizenship for Canadians convicted of serious crimes.  I’ve objected to this on numerous levels: the politicization of what should be a legal process; the fact that we have a legal system set up to deal appropriately with crime and most importantly, I object to the fact that the changes create two classes of Canadian Citizens.   Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

It’s A Giving Time of Year: Give of Your Time

Give of Your Time:  I know many of us volunteer hours and hours of our time already, ed but make 2015 the year when you give of your time to something new.

Of course, I think volunteering on the Kanata Carleton 2015 election is a great way to spend your time, but if you are looking for other options check out the Volunteer Ottawa website – some amazing opportunities to give of your time!

The Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston even used his New Years message this year to talk about the importance of volunteering:

Govenor General New Year Address

Dec 31

It’s A Giving Time of Year – Give Politically

Give Politically:  It wouldn’t be December 31 without one last plea for a donation to the Liberal Party of Canada!  Donation limits are annual, so if you are able to make a donation in the waning hours of 2014, please do so.

2013 Canada Party Funds RaisedHere is a frightening chart – it shows just how much the Conservatives outpace progressive voters with their fundraising.  This matters SO much, because it allows the Conservatives to spread their skewed message through all mediums: Hockey Night In Canada, the radio airwaves, newspapers, prime time.  I’m often asked what we, as the Liberal Party, are doing to fight this – we all need to contribute to help respond, it’s that simple.

Contribute to the Party or at our Local riding level!

Dec 03

It’s A Giving Time Of Year – Give Charitably

Every year at this time I post a list of my 5 suggestions for local organizations to support. This year you will see United Way Ottawa, Youth Services Bureau, Hospice Ottawa (West) Campaign, Kanata Food Cupboard and CHEO Foundation.  There are of course thousands of other organizations which are equally deserving of support – both local and across the world, and I encourage you in the spirit of the season to post the organization you want to give a shout out to in the comments! Read the rest of this entry »