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Remarks by Hon. Ralph Goodale, PC, MP (Regina-Wascana) Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness at the Canadian police and peace officers 39th Annual Memorial Service

Posted  September 26, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Notes for remarks by
Hon. Ralph goodale, pc, mp (regina-wascana)
Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
At the
Canadian police and peace officers
39th annual memorial service

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Minister Chagger to See Technology Making a Splash

Posted  November 7, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, will visit the University of Waterloo to see technology making a splash.

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The Government of Canada invests to encourage Indigenous participation in developing Northern Quebec

Posted  September 15, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations and Inuit Peoples in Quebec to support their participation in mining development in the Labrador Trough.

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Better public transit for the Cowichan Valley thanks to federal and provincial funding

Posted  July 29, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Safe, modern and efficient public infrastructure provides the residents of British Columbia communities with better access to cost-efficient and reliable transportation options, get them to work on time and safely back home so they can spend more time …

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Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

Posted  November 23, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of 22 Deputy Judges to the Nunavut Court of Justice, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories and the Supreme Court of…

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Mont-Louis Wharf riprap project

Posted  August 10, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Transport Canada is pleased to announce a project to transform the East Mont-Louis Wharf, which the Department owns

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Joint Personnel Support Unit restructures under a new Commanding Officer

Posted  August 5, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Brigadier-General Dave Corbould assumed command today of the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU), a national unit in support of ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

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Government of Canada invests in post-secondary infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted  September 6, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $14.4-million inves…

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Government of Canada helps advance G7 global health commitments

Posted  September 13, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Now, more than ever, countries need resilient, sustainable and equitable health systems in order to protect the health of not only their citizens, but people around the world

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Environment and Climate Change Minister and the Premier of Nova Scotia will make an important announcement with the President of the Treasury Board of Canada

Posted  November 21, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Media representatives are advised that Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna and the Premier of Nova Scotia, the Honorable Stephen McNeil, will make an important announcement regarding Nova Scotia’s progress on climate change with …

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Parliamentary Secretary McKay to host Defence Policy Review roundtable and hold media availability in Halifax

Posted  June 27, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

As part of Canada’s ongoing Defence Policy Review, the Honourable John McKay, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, will host a roundtable meeting in Halifax with key defence stakeholders.

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Media availability with the Minister of National Defence

Posted  August 12, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will hold a teleconference on Monday, August 15th 2016 to provide an update on his trip to Africa.

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How is it possible in the vastness of space that our Sun ever had the density of gasses needed to form a star?

Posted  November 24, 2017  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Gravity played a big role in bringing enough matter together to form the Sun.

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Government of Canada Invests in Local Infrastructure to Support Economic Development and Business Growth in the Town of Cochrane

Posted  October 13, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced an infrastructure investment of $500,000 in the T…

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Minister McKenna wraps up visit to Nova Scotia

Posted  August 10, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Climate change is a major challenge and governments must work towards solution together. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna travelled to Nova Scotia this week to meet with Atlantic Canada’s four Environment Ministers.

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The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments launches new application intake and publishes its report

Posted  December 21, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Advisory Board) is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for Senate appointments.

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Celebrate the Group of Seven at artESCAPE

Posted  July 21, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Celebrate the Group of Seven at artESCAPE

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Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations 2016

Posted  July 4, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations 2016

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Pipeline Safety Act provides important and relevant changes to the NEB Act

Posted  June 20, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

On the 19th of June the Pipeline Safety Act came into force, making important changes to the National Energy Board Act, and to some extent the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act.

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It’s not easy being green. Businesses must back up their words.

Posted  January 23, 2017  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The green wave is gaining momentum. Consumers want to do what’s right and they are increasingly conscious of the dramatic environmental consequences of their lifestyle. They are seeking greener, cleaner products and services, even if it means paying more.

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Backgrounder – Canada’s support for peace implementation in Colombia

Posted  July 5, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Canada announced a total of $57.4 million in development funding for five initiatives that will support Colombia’s peace implementation efforts, protect the rights of children and youth affected by armed conflict and empower women as agents of peace.

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Development of Official-Language Communities Program

Posted  July 6, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

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Government of Canada Invests in Calgary’s Community Infrastructure

Posted  January 17, 2017  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Thirteen recreational and cultural facilities in Calgary will be upgraded with the Government of Canada’s CIP 150 investment of $2,738,214. The improvements made with the funding will help upgrade the facilities and support Calgary’s community spirit.

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More Creek Hydroelectric Project – Public Comments Invited

Posted  September 26, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed More Creek Hydroelectric Project, located approximately 130 kilometres north of Stewart, British Columbia.

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Canada announces plan to replace fighter jet fleet

Posted  November 22, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Government of Canada has announced that it will launch, within its current mandate, an open and transparent competition to replace the legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. This competition will ensure that the Government gets the right aircraft for our women and men in uniform – at the right price – while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians.

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I Remember Martin

Posted  March 14, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning


This was an essay I wrote many years ago, about a patient who stayed with me throughout my career.  


I remember Martin. I was 20 years old, barely a nurse. He was 53 and about to die.

While I was studying nursing in the late 1970s and early 80s, there wasn’t much emphasis placed on dying. We were focused on saving patients, teaching them how live with chronic diseases, or helping them heal from various medical procedures. Patients did die of course, but that was when we failed to keep them alive. Palliative and hospice care had been introduced, but were not yet mainstream. We were taught that nurses helped save people, and this is what I believed. Until the day I met Martin.

Martin was admitted to our medical unit to die – to 514, a private room across from the nurses’ station. He had been living with cancer for a few years now and had come to the point that his chemotherapy was no longer providing him with a good quality of life. He had stopped all treatment, including kidney dialysis. On his admission papers, we were told that he would likely die within three days – four days at the most.

I was next in line for admissions that day, so Martin became my patient. I watched as he came out from the elevator. He walked slowly, deliberately towards the unit. I noticed that he wasn’t much taller than I was. He had piercing blue eyes in a round, creased face, and fading blond hair. He was so polite, so nice, so alive. I was told to complete the admission like all others – take a nursing history, ask the questions, fill out the forms. In other words, I was to act as if he was like every other patient on our floor. But he wasn’t. At least he wasn’t to me.

Other than a few patients who had died while I was on duty, and grandparents who I barely knew and who had died in country on another continent, I had little experience with death. But I knew that Martin wasn’t just another patient.

For the first few hours, I didn’t know what to say to him. I went in and out of his room more than I normally would have. I was looking for a way to connect with him. But I didn’t know how. What to say? What to do? I had no guidance, no map.

His daughters came. They were my age, another thing to think about. Martin wasn’t just a patient. He wasn’t just a dying patient. He was a father of two young women who would soon be losing their father. His wife came. She quietly cried in the hall for a few minutes before composing herself. She would be a widow in a few days.

I had been warned that Martin would start to lose mental function as toxins built up in his blood – he would become confused, disoriented. I wanted to connect with him before this happened. But I had no idea how. What I didn’t know was that Martin did.

During one of my visits in his room, he said, “Can I talk to you? Do you have a moment?” I had more than a few. I had cleared away all my other work so I could have time for him. He asked me to sit. I did.

I don’t recall all that Martin talked about, but I do remember him saying how he was afraid that he might start not making sense. How he might say one thing but mean another. He told me that certain things just didn’t matter any more. He explained it by comparing shapes and colors – triangles and circles, red and green. He said, does it really matter that the shapes or colors aren’t the same? Does it really matter that we aren’t all the same?

For the rest of that afternoon, I took care of Martin’s physical needs as he talked about his life, what he had done, and his love for his wife and his daughters. He talked about his regrets and the things he wouldn’t get to do. And he talked about dying. How he was afraid, but he knew it was time.

I went off shift at 4 pm. I didn’t want to go to work the next day. I didn’t want to witness Martin’s decline. I didn’t want to see him die. But I did, because that is what nurses do.

The next morning, I listened to our change-of-shift report and the nurse described Martin’s night. It hadn’t been an easy one. The team leader had thoughtfully given me a lighter patient load so I could spend time caring for Martin. As I entered his room that morning, it was obvious that the man I knew the day before was already gone. He barely opened his eyes, barely responded to my questions.

I tended to him, talking to him every step of the way. I talked about some of the things he had mentioned just the day before. And sometimes there was just silence.

The rest of the day, there was always a family member in Martin’s room and I didn’t want to intrude. I popped in to do what needed to be done, and then left the family to themselves. I left at 4 pm again, after saying my good-byes to the family. I wasn’t scheduled to work the next day. I would likely never see them again. I had no idea what to say.

I thought a lot about Martin that night and all the next day. When I returned to work for my next shift, there was a new patient in 514 – someone with hopes of recovering and going home. Martin was gone.

Twenty-five years later, I began working in hospice The time, the place, and the situations were all very different from that first experience with an expected death. I knew what to do. But I never forgot Martin. When I think about him from time to time, I don’t see him as he lay dying, but as the 53-year-old man who walked onto our floor. And those piercing blue eyes.

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Statement by Minister Dion on evolving situation in Turkey

Posted  July 16, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding recent events in Turkey

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I’m so old, I remember when Elvis Costello was a ‘racist’

Posted  August 5, 2016  by  Kathy Shaidle

From behind a paywall… (Background.)

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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What happens to oil spills after dispersant is used?

Posted  May 24, 2019  by  Anonymous

Dispersant breaks oil down into droplets, where bacteria break them down further,

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Driverless: Intelligent Cars And The Road Ahead

Posted  December 23, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

We have the technology to make driverless cars, but there are risks that come with the benefits.

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Coach Darcy

Posted  April 3, 2016  by  Polar Bear

My granddaughter Darcy is the coach of an elite midget hockey team in Guelph. This weekend her team won the gold in a tournament representing her large area. It is the Lower Lakes division and it is an excellent division for future elite women hockey p…

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Saskatchewan Lentils May Combat Arsenic Poisoning – 2016/09/10 – Pt. 1

Posted  September 9, 2016  by  podcasting@cbc.ca

Lentils from Saskatchewan help delete the body of arsenic that is poisoning many in Bangladesh.

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NFB receives 74th Academy Award nomination. Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha is headed to the Oscars with a nomination for Best Animated Short Film

Posted  January 24, 2017  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Theodore Ushev’s multi-award-winning Blind Vaysha (NFB) has been honoured with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

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Canadian Rangers Train with Counterparts in Northern Australia

Posted  August 16, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Ten members of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group are presently cross-training with their Australian counterparts in Darwin, Australia, during the third iteration of Exercise SOUTHERN CROSS.

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4 tips for talking to your partner about money

Posted  June 10, 2016  by  Anonymous

We asked Gail Vaz-Oxlade how to talk about differing financial values without starting an argument.

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Algonquin College and La Cité collégiale female students encouraged to enter careers in sciences, technology, engineering and math

Posted  October 28, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workplace Development and Labour, at a panel discussion at Algonquin College’s Student Commons, today invited female students to take advantage of careers in high-demand occupations in which they…

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Canada and Ontario invest in post-secondary infrastructure at Centennial College

Posted  November 21, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $44.2-million inves…

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National Energy Board Modernization

Posted  June 20, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

The Minister of Natural Resources has been mandated by the Prime Minister to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB) and to ensure its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in such fields as environmental science, community…

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Minister Bennett to deliver remarks at Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chief Assembly

Posted  December 6, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

Gatineau – Please be advised that the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, will deliver a keynote address at the occasion of the Assembly of First Nations’ Special Chief Assembly.

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Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations 2016

Posted  September 15, 2016  by  Canada News Centre - National News

SUDBURY – On behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Randy Boissonnault…

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