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Mac Harb

The Hon. Mac  Harb, B.Eng., M.Eng. Appointed to the Senate September 9, 2003, by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Mac Harb represents the province of Ontario.

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Most Recent News

Stop the hurt: Young people deserve a coordinated anti-cyberbullying strategy says Senate report

12 Dec, 2012 | By | The hurt caused by cyberbullying is known all too well by young Canadians and it’s time for the federal government to coordinate an anti-bullying strategy with provincial and territorial counterparts says a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights. Cyberbullying Hurts: Respect for Rights in the Digital Age, calls for Canada to meet its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, by taking necessary actions to protect children from all forms of physical and mental violence, including cyberbullying.

Senate Committee Tables its Report on Iran

12 Dec, 2012 | By | The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade tabled its report today entitled Iran in Focus: Current Issues for Canadian Foreign Policy.

Senator Pierrette Ringuette tables bill to limit credit card acceptance fees to help Canada’s merchants and consumers

12 Dec, 2012 | By | Yesterday, Senator Pierrette Ringuette tabled Senate Public Bill S-215 An Act To Amend The Credit Card Payments Act (Credit Card acceptance Fees) to set limits on the fees that VISA and MasterCard payment networks charge to merchants for accepting their credit cards, fees that are can reach over 3% of the final transaction value, including taxes.

Liberal senators taking action in support of missing and murdered Aboriginal women

5 Dec, 2012 | By | In the face of mounting concerns about the inaction displayed by the government in dealing with the tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, Liberal senators launched an inquiry yesterday into the ongoing issue.

Senate Committee Studies Safety of Canadian Energy Pipelines

4 Dec, 2012 | By | Today, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources launches its study on the safety of hydrocarbon transportation in Canada. The study will examine and compare domestic and international regulatory regimes, standards, and best practices relating to the safe transport of hydrocarbons by transmission pipelines, marine tanker vessels and railcars.

Bill S-211: Manitoba Community Tour

20 Nov, 2012 | By | Senator Maria Chaput took advantage of the parliamentary recess week (November 9 to 16) to discuss the potential impact of Bill S-211 with Manitoba’s francophone community.

Conservative senators deny MS/CCSVI patients the right to testify before Senate committee

9 Nov, 2012 | By | Following yesterday’s defeat of her motion to allow Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis to appear as witnesses before the Senate committee examining Bill S-204, an Act to establish a national strategy for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI), Liberal Senator Jane Cordy expressed her disappointment with the Conservative senators who voted unanimously to defeat the motion.

Senator Writes Prime Minister Harper to Appoint Senior Public Servant to Lead Revenue Agency

8 Nov, 2012 | By | Charlottetown Senator Percy Downe has written Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to appoint an experienced public servant with outstanding leadership skills who will use their expertise to clean up the obvious problems at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with regard to its handling of overseas tax evasion.

Child-rearing Violence:Senator Hervieux-Payette Reintroduces a Bill to Modify the Criminal Code and Protect Children

7 Nov, 2012 | By | The countdown to eliminate the violent education of children in Canada has started again and is now in the hands of parliamentarians. Today, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children), was re-introduced.

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology Tables its Report on Clinical Trials

1 Nov, 2012 | By | The absence of a standardized approach to research ethics review significantly impacts the time required to start up clinical trials in Canada and restricts the reporting of data in an open and transparent process.

Internet, New Media and Social Media: Respect for Language Rights!

25 Oct, 2012 | By | The Government of Canada must make a clear commitment to respect Canadians’ language rights on the Internet and in new media and social media, regardless of their status or where they live, according to a report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.

Senator asks Parliamentary Budget Officer to Investigate Canada Revenue Agency’s Failure to Apply Resources to Address Overseas Tax Evasion

24 Oct, 2012 | By | Charlottetown Senator Percy Downe has written the Parliamentary Budget Officer to request that he investigate the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) failure to apply sufficient resources to fight overseas tax evasion.

World Autism Awareness Day bill fast-tracked and passed by Commons

23 Oct, 2012 | By | Today, one week after being passed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day, was fast-tracked and passed by members of the House of Commons.

Grey Seals: The Liberals Call for the Development of a Sustainable Industry

23 Oct, 2012 | By | The Liberal Senate members of the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans almost unanimously supports the recommendations of the Committee on the management of the grey seal population to assist in the recovery of groundfish stocks - Atlantic cod, American plaice, winter skate, white hake - provided, however, that the government supports the development of an industry of seal products such as omega 3, fur, meat, etc.

Senate Fisheries and Oceans Committee calls for targeted removal program of grey seals in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to preserve groundfish stocks

23 Oct, 2012 | By | fter several months of public hearings, the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled its report in the Senate today entitled: The sustainable management of grey seal populations: A path toward the recovery of cod and other groundfish stocks.
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