Minister Goodale issues statement on Government Response to SECU Report

Ottawa, February 1, 2017 – The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement on the Fifth Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, entitled Healthy Minds, Safe Communities: Supporting our Public Safety Officers through a National Strategy for Operational Stress Injuries.
“I welcome the findings of the report and accept the Committee’s recommendations. We will work closely with national partners to explore ways to implement them.
We know that post-traumatic stress injuries, and other operational stress injuries, disproportionately affect public safety officers – people who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and secure.
I was pleased to find that the outcomes of the report align closely with the issues Public Safety Canada, and partners across the Government, are already working to address. As outlined in my mandate letter, the Government of Canada is committed to developing a coordinated action plan in support of public safety officers.
The report includes diverse views that will help inform this ongoing work. Feedback from stakeholders has been consistent with the Committee’s observations and recommendations, including increasing support for prevention and early intervention; research and public awareness; reduction of stigma; and support for diagnosis, care and treatment. Further, we agree with the report’s recommendations that opportunities to coordinate and build on existing initiatives, such as peer support, training and return-to-work programming, can be leveraged.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security for its comprehensive report. It will be a valuable resource as we move forward with our commitment to support the well-being and resilience of Canada’s public safety officers.
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Scott BardsleyOffice of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness613-998-5681
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Minister Carr to Hold a Call-Back to Discuss Mission to Mexico

February 1, 2017
MEXICO CITY – Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, will hold a call-back with Canadian media to discuss the outcomes of his mission to Mexico.
Canadian Media Call-back:
DateThursday, February 2, 2017
Time5:30 p.m. EST
Phone613-960-7526 / 877-413-4814
Passcode5441589
Media may contact:
Media RelationsNatural Resources CanadaOttawa1-855-862-1809NRCan Media Relations
Alexandre DeslongchampsPress SecretaryOffice of the Minister of Natural Resources343-292-6837
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Minister Carr to Hold a Call-Back to Discuss Mission to Mexico

February 1, 2017
MEXICO CITY – Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, will hold a call-back with Canadian media to discuss the outcomes of his mission to Mexico.
Canadian Media Call-back:
DateThursday, February 2, 2017
Time5:30 p.m. EST
Phone613-960-7526 / 877-413-4814
Passcode5441589
Media may contact:
Media RelationsNatural Resources CanadaOttawa1-855-862-1809NRCan Media Relations
Alexandre DeslongchampsPress SecretaryOffice of the Minister of Natural Resources343-292-6837
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Minister Joly to Address Prime Time in Ottawa Conference

OTTAWA – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will share her first impressions of the consultations on Canadian content in a digital world at the Prime Time in Ottawa conference on Thursday.
Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.
The details are as follows:
DATE:Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME:4:30 p.m.
PLACE:The Westin Ottawa11 Colonel By DriveOttawa, Ontario
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Minister Joly to Address Prime Time in Ottawa Conference

OTTAWA – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will share her first impressions of the consultations on Canadian content in a digital world at the Prime Time in Ottawa conference on Thursday.
Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.
The details are as follows:
DATE:Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME:4:30 p.m.
PLACE:The Westin Ottawa11 Colonel By DriveOttawa, Ontario
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Media Registration is Open for Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Media can now register for the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17), which will take place in Montreal, March 7 to 9, 2017. While every effort will be made to accommodate all media onsite, space is limited and priority will be given to media who register in advance. Registered and accredited media will have the opportunity to engage delegates throughout the event.
The RP17, hosted by the Government of Canada in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will bring together some 1,000 delegates from 35 countries and 20 territories in the Americas. Public officials, governmental and non-governmental, private sector, Ministers, academics and Indigenous representatives will discuss opportunities to reduce disaster risks in the region and to meet commitments set in the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).
Media are invited to attend RP17 to know more about Canada and the Americas’ regional priorities, including commitments made to improve national, hemispheric and international resilience. The RP17 will focus on identifying how governments, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and media can work together toward building capacity in the region and to meet the targets of the Sendai Framework.
Plenary sessions, side events on disaster risk reduction, a Photographic exhibit, and a Marketplace will all be held during the RP17, and are open to accredited media (some exceptions apply). A Press Conference area and Media Centre will be available onsite.  
A detailed media itinerary will be shared with registered media closer to the event.
To know more about the RP17, please visit: http://eird.org/rp17/media.html.
To attend the RP17, please register before February 17, 2017 here: http://eird.org/rp17/media-form.html. The organizing committee will review all applications. In the days following the application, media representatives will be informed via email on the status of their request.
DateFifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas: Tuesday, March 7 – Thursday, March 9, 2017
LocationPalais des congrès de Montréal201 Viger Street West, H2Z 1X7 Montréal, Québec
Media RelationsPublic Safety and Emergency Preparedness CanadaTel.: 1-613-991-0657Email: media@ps-sp.gc.ca
Global Affairs CanadaSummits and Official Events, Office of ProtocolTel.: 1-343-203-2398Email: Patricia.Skinner@international.gc.ca
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)Humberto JaimeCommunications Manager, UNISDR – The AmericasEmail: Jaime@un.org
Follow on social media: @UNISDR_Americas (available mostly in Spanish) and @Safety_Canada by using the hashtag #SendaiAmericas. You can also follow the discussion on Facebook.

Media Registration is Open for Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Media can now register for the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17), which will take place in Montreal, March 7 to 9, 2017. While every effort will be made to accommodate all media onsite, space is limited and priority will be given to media who register in advance. Registered and accredited media will have the opportunity to engage delegates throughout the event.
The RP17, hosted by the Government of Canada in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will bring together some 1,000 delegates from 35 countries and 20 territories in the Americas. Public officials, governmental and non-governmental, private sector, Ministers, academics and Indigenous representatives will discuss opportunities to reduce disaster risks in the region and to meet commitments set in the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).
Media are invited to attend RP17 to know more about Canada and the Americas’ regional priorities, including commitments made to improve national, hemispheric and international resilience. The RP17 will focus on identifying how governments, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and media can work together toward building capacity in the region and to meet the targets of the Sendai Framework.
Plenary sessions, side events on disaster risk reduction, a Photographic exhibit, and a Marketplace will all be held during the RP17, and are open to accredited media (some exceptions apply). A Press Conference area and Media Centre will be available onsite.  
A detailed media itinerary will be shared with registered media closer to the event.
To know more about the RP17, please visit: http://eird.org/rp17/media.html.
To attend the RP17, please register before February 17, 2017 here: http://eird.org/rp17/media-form.html. The organizing committee will review all applications. In the days following the application, media representatives will be informed via email on the status of their request.
DateFifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas: Tuesday, March 7 – Thursday, March 9, 2017
LocationPalais des congrès de Montréal201 Viger Street West, H2Z 1X7 Montréal, Québec
Media RelationsPublic Safety and Emergency Preparedness CanadaTel.: 1-613-991-0657Email: media@ps-sp.gc.ca
Global Affairs CanadaSummits and Official Events, Office of ProtocolTel.: 1-343-203-2398Email: Patricia.Skinner@international.gc.ca
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)Humberto JaimeCommunications Manager, UNISDR – The AmericasEmail: Jaime@un.org
Follow on social media: @UNISDR_Americas (available mostly in Spanish) and @Safety_Canada by using the hashtag #SendaiAmericas. You can also follow the discussion on Facebook.

Minister Gould to Make Statement

Ottawa, Ontario – February 1, 2017 – Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Karina Gould, accompanied by her Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, will make a statement in the Foyer of the House of Commons.
Press ConferenceDate: February 1, 2017Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: FoyerHouse of CommonsOttawa, Ontario
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Minister Gould to Make Statement

Ottawa, Ontario – February 1, 2017 – Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Karina Gould, accompanied by her Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, will make a statement in the Foyer of the House of Commons.
Press ConferenceDate: February 1, 2017Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: FoyerHouse of CommonsOttawa, Ontario
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Backgrounder – Havana International Book Fair

The Havana International Book Fair is considered Cuba’s premier cultural event at this time of year, with more than 600,000 attendees. The primary business at the fair is selling books directly to Cuban consumers at accessible prices in an outdoor festival atmosphere, which includes literary and cultural presentations. The event began in 1982, and was held every other year until 2000, when it became an annual event. As the guest country of honour this year, Canadian cultural performers will be showcased in a nationally televised opening ceremony.
Cuba provides a gateway to the Latin American and Caribbean cultural market. Publishing houses and writers from around the region and the Hispanosphere will be present.
The 1.39 million Canadian tourists who visit Cuba annually represent 40 percent of the Cuban tourist population. The book fair will take place at a time of the year when Canadians are present in great numbers in Cuba.
Cubans and Canadian and international visitors to the book fair will enjoy a variety of activities that demonstrate Canada’s literary excellence and cultural diversity:
A pavilion will display Canadian authors (more than 30) and publishers (18), as well as cultural programming, including films, documentaries and children’s activities (complete with a visit from preschool literary character Caillou!)

Canadian speakers will participate in panels at various events promoting Canadian culture. Some of the themes are the digital world and its impact on books, editing and translation, ethics and youth literature, etc.

A photo exhibit, Images from Canada-Cuba Cooperation over the Years, will highlight the unique way in which Canada and Cuba have engaged in international cooperation projects over the years.

There will be exposure on national television in Cuba to present Canadian content provided by the National Film Board of Canada.

Canadian films will be screened in Havana theatres.

A Canadian Studies seminar will be held on Canadian literature.

There will be a presentation on Canadians in Havana and Caribbeans in Canada.