News
September 21, 2020

Canada Announces Emergency Funding to Support Those Experiencing Homelessness

This week, the Honourable Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Ahmed Hussen announced a new Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI)…
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News
September 18, 2020

Dr. Hedy Fry Hosts Panel on the Overdose Crisis in Vancouver

Panel discussion on the Overdose Crisis in Vancouver Centre. Thank you to our panelists Dr. Perry Kendall, Epidemiologist Dr. Kate Salters, and Crosstown Clinic's Dr. Scott MacDonald for the informative…
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News
September 17, 2020

Federal government invests in food security in Vancouver Centre

Vancouver, BC – September 17th, 2020 Today, the Honourable Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced $161,350 to…
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COVID-19News
September 11, 2020

BC Ferries Update

Last week, Transport Canada started notifying ferry operators across Canada that as of September 30, 2020 they were expected to return to the normal operating procedure which requires passengers to…
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News
September 10, 2020

Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy – Childcare Webinar

https://youtu.be/pAisX73YCpU
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News
September 10, 2020

NHSP 2020-21

The 2020-2021 application process for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is now open. Please apply by October 20, 2020 at 12 PM PST. About the NHSP: The New…
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News
September 10, 2020

Black Entrepreneurship Program

Today, the Government of Canada announced Canada’s first-ever Black Entrepreneurship Program to support Black business owners and entrepreneurs and address longstanding systemic barriers to success. This investment of up to…
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COVID-19
September 9, 2020

Safe Restart Agreement with Provinces

Fighting COVID-19 has always been a Team Canada effort and it continues to be one as we move into the recovery phase. Today, our government announced an agreement with the…
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Hedy in the News
September 9, 2020

News 1130 Interview – MP Chiu Appointed as Diversity, Inclusion & Youth Critic

Steveston-Richmond MP named to Conservative diversity file despite anti-LGBTQ past BY SONIA ASLAM, CORMAC MAC SWEENEY AND KATHRYN TINDALE Posted Sep 8, 2020 5:19 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2020 at 7:41 pm…
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Hedy in the News
September 5, 2020

CBC Power & Politics Interview – Overdose Crisis

Thanks for speaking with me on a complex & multiple factorial issue. A safe supply is crucial to reduce overdose deaths from tainted supply and decriminalizing simple possession will remove…
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News
August 31, 2020

Statement on the Vancouver Aquarium Pause

The Aquarium and Oceanwise are an institution in Vancouver. Like many tourist attractions, COVID-19 has had a major impact on ticket sales, which has caused their revenue to fall by…
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News
August 31, 2020

Canada Summer Jobs 2020: Vancouver Centre

Over $1 million in funding in Vancouver Centre was distributed through Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) this year. This week I will be featuring some of the 240 students who were…
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COVID-19
August 27, 2020

Post-Graduation Work Permit Changes

To help international students who would like to study in Canada this fall as they are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada continues to ensure…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

Safe Return to Class Fund

We know the past few months have been especially hard on students who have been physically separated from their friends and classmates, and on parents who have had to juggle…
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COVID-19
August 26, 2020

#MadeInCanadaProject

An update from the Government of Canada on Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Combat COVID-19: To date, over 6,000 Canadian firms from across the country have offered their expertise…
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COVID-19
August 25, 2020

Support for Mental Health

As part of Canada’s rapid research response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $115 million to support mental health research in relation to COVID-19 through the: Knowledge Synthesis…
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COVID-19
August 20, 2020

New EI Program

Today, the Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits that will better support all Canadians. Our government also announced that in…
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News
August 17, 2020

Vancouver Centre CYC

Vancouver Centre Constituency Youth Council 2020-2021: An opportunity to have your voices heard on policy and issues facing Canada. I am reaching out to you as your local Member of…
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COVID-19
August 14, 2020

Support for International Students

As Canadian Universities usher in a new school year this fall, the Government of Canada is taking action to support international students through new measures, listed below: International students who…
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International
August 13, 2020

Belarus must uphold international obligations and respect fundamental freedoms in wake of disputed election, OSCE PA President says

COPENHAGEN, 13 August 2020 – Disturbed by reports of excessive force following Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus, including the use of rubber bullets, water cannons, stun grenades and mass arrests,…
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News
August 6, 2020

Safe Third Country Agreement

The Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States (U.S.) states that refugee claimants are required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in,…
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International
August 3, 2020

Statement on the 45th Anniversary of the Helsinki Act

COPENHAGEN, 1 August 2020 - On the forty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, Present and former Presidents of the OSCE PA issued the following statement: "Forty-five…
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COVID-19
July 31, 2020

Support for Temporary Foreign Workers

Today, the Government of Canada announced additional action to reduce the incidence and impact of COVID-19 outbreaks on farms. With an investment of $58.6 million, our Government is strengthening the…
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Hedy in the News
July 30, 2020

CBC’s On the Coast Interview

Spoke with Gloria Macarenko about local Conservative MP's petition to "review" the government's ban on the harmful practice of conversion therapy. The petition is based on disinformation. It's clear certain…
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Hedy in the News
July 29, 2020

COVID-19 isn’t going to rain on this year’s virtual Vancouver Pride

It’s Pride Week in Vancouver. Parade and festival organizers wisely decided to go virtual this year due to COVID-19… since it’s impossible to maintain physical distance while surrounded by half…
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COVID-19
July 28, 2020

Remdesivir Granted Health Canada Authorization

Today, Health Canada provided the first authorization for a COVID-19 treatment in Canada, Remdesivir (marketed as Veklury in Canada). The Public Advisory on this drug can be found here. Remdesivir…
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News
July 26, 2020

Census 2021

The 2021 Census content has been made public through the Canada Gazette. During the last mandate, one of our first actions as Government was to restore the mandatory long-form census.…
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International
July 25, 2020

COVID crisis reminds us that we’re only as strong as our weakest link

23 July 2020 George Tsereteli, Member of Parliament from Georgia and President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE/OSCE Parliamentary Assembly) Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen…
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News
July 24, 2020

Feds fund gender-based violence services in Vancouver

July 24, 2020 – Vancouver, BC Hon. Hedy Fry, MP, Vancouver Centre, on behalf of Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announces $250,000 in support of 10…
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COVID-19
July 22, 2020

Essential Services Contingency Reserve

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) remains hard at work, securing the life-saving PPE and medical supplies needed for our frontline healthcare workers, as well as supporting access to supplies…
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International
July 22, 2020

Call to save OSCE human dimension by current and former PA Presidents and human rights leaders

COPENHAGEN, 22 July 2020 – With the OSCE’s leaders’ mandates having expired on 18 July due to a failure to reach agreement among governmental representatives in Vienna, a group of…
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COVID-19
July 21, 2020

Industry Canada Update

Today, Minister Bains announced continued investments of close to $230 million to support national research facilities through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) Fund. This funding…
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News
July 20, 2020

African Descent Youth Engagement Forum

On July 17th, I was invited to listen & give feedback to the African Descent Youth Engagement Forum. I heard a diversity of African youth speak eloquently about the challenges…
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COVID-19
July 17, 2020

Supporting Canadians with Disabilities

Last month, our Government announced a series of measures to help Canadians with disabilities navigate the effects of the outbreak, including a one-time, tax-free, non-reportable payment of $600 to assist…
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COVID-19
July 17, 2020

CEWS Expansion

Today, #GOC announced proposed changes to the CEWS that would broaden the reach of the program, providing better-targeted support and enabling more workers to their jobs quickly as the economy…
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News
July 17, 2020

Strategic Assessment on Climate Change

While we continue to fight COVID-19, we are committed to fighting the other looming threat that is climate change and to build a net-zero economy by 2050 The Strategic Assessment…
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International
July 16, 2020

Violence Along Armenia-Azerbaijan Border

Canada's statement: The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement: “Canada is concerned by the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. “Alongside the Organization for Security…
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International
July 16, 2020

OSCE PA leaders criticize Belarus’s failure to extend timely invitation to observe election and to provide a level playing field for all stakeholders

COPENHAGEN, 16 July 2020 – The leaders of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions expressed concern today that Belarus had failed to extend a…
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International
July 15, 2020

OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Meeting

Hedy Fry, the OSCE PA’s Special Representative on Gender Issues and Head of the Canadian Delegation, addressed the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Group on Monday, speaking on the theme…
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International
July 13, 2020

New OSCE PA report offers comprehensive recommendations stemming from series of Parliamentary Web Dialogues on COVID-19

COPENHAGEN, 13 July 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic, as an unprecedented global crisis that impacts all dimensions of security, has underlined the urgency of addressing long-standing challenges facing the OSCE…
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International
July 12, 2020

OSCE PA human rights leaders urge U.S. government to reconsider decision to resume federal executions

COPENHAGEN, 9 July 2020 – Responding to reports that executions are set to resume on the federal level in the United States for the first time since 2003, the leaders…
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News
July 9, 2020

Updates to Vaping Regulations

On July 1st, Health Canada’s new labelling requirements for vaping products came into force. These requirements are pursuant to the Vaping Product Labelling and Packaging Regulations and are intended to…
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COVID-19
July 8, 2020

Phase 2 of $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Arts, Culture and Sport Organizations

Minister Guilbeault has announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organizations. This final component helps address…
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News
July 8, 2020

Update on Indigenous Child & Family Services

Yesterday, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, together with Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, participated in a signing ceremony for a Protocol…
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International
July 7, 2020

Heads of OSCE parliamentary delegations meet online for discussions on activities during COVID-19, organizational reform and geopolitical challenges

COPENHAGEN, 7 July 2020 – Some 40 members of parliament participated in a virtual meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee today, hearing reports from the PA President, Treasurer,…
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COVID-19
July 6, 2020

Infrastructure Funding

Last week, #GOC announced $170 million in funding for Community, Culture and Recreation infrastructure in BC. These investments will play a key role in strengthening local economies, and helping ensure…
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