Out and About
Remembrance Day 2018
Senator Boyer and Marv Fletcher attended the Aboriginal Veterans Day Ceremony at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in Ottawa on November 11th, 2018. They are pictured with the Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council and the Canadian Rangers.
Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans AGA
Senator Boyer was invited to attend the Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Annual General Assembly on November 10th, 2018. During the assembly, Senator Boyer met with the council to discuss her initiative to increase Métis voices in the Senate and how they could be involved. The Veterans gifted the Senator with a replica of the Métis monument in Penetanguishene in recognition of their ongoing relationship.
Tour of the Heart Institute's new Cardiac Care Tower
The Heart Institute opened their doors on November 9th to Senator Yvonne Boyer, Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie, Senator Mary Jane McCallum, and Senator Colin Deacon, to showcase their new Cardiac Care Tower. Construction for the tower began in 2014 and completed in April of this year. The expansion doubled the size of the current Heart Institute, adding 145,895 square feet of new space. The tower includes five state-of-the-art operating rooms, nine catheterization and electrophysiology labs and an additional surgical critical unit for 27 beds. Also in the photo Dr. Thierry Mesana, President & CEO University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Jim Orban President & CEO University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation.
Welcoming Lieutenant (Navy) Alex Metaxas-Mariatos to the Senate
The Usher of the Black Rod and Senator Boyer had the privilege of welcoming Lieutenant (Navy) Alex Metaxas-Mariatos to the Senate on November 7th 2018. Lieutenant Metaxas-Mariatos has served 12 years with the Canadian Armed Forces as a Naval Logistics Officer. He has completed two tours with HMCS OTTAWA, including deployments as part of WESTPLOY and OPERATION CARIBBE. In addition, he was also deployed to Iraq in 2016 as part of OPERATION IMPACT. I have the deepest respect and gratitude for our Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.
Glebe/Fort Providence SENgage program
On October 22nd, 2018, Senator Boyer met up with the Glebe Collegiate students in Ottawa and students from Fort Providence, Northwest Territories to work on a reconciliation project. The students pitched their reconciliation proposals to Senator Boyer who gave her feedback and engaged in dialogue with the students.
Meeting with Fertility advisors
On October 16th, 2018, Senator Boyer pictured with Lorraine Brown, Jennifer Worsdale, Stephanie White and Vanessa Gruben at a meeting regarding the hot topic of payment for surrogacy. According to the Government of Canada (2013) - 16% of Canadians experience infertility. This number does not take into account the members of the LGBTQ2SI community who also look to surrogacy for starting a family. Outside of relevant reimbursements, paying a surrogate in Canada can result in breaking federal law and huge consequences. The government states that the laws regarding surrogacy exist to avoid the exploitation of women and children. However, the Canadian Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) contains vague language and outdated laws. Quite often the AHRA works against the surrogate’s best interest by denying the surrogate the right to fair compensation.
Meeting with Minwaashin Lodge
On August 29th, 2018, Senator Boyer and Senator Pate met with the Minwaashin Lodge executive director and board member to discuss the unique experiences and challenges they face in delivering services to Indigenous women in Ottawa.
Canadian Youth Ambassador Program
On May 28th, 2018, students from across the country met with Senator Boyer and presented their individual proposals to advance reconciliation. Senator Boyer provided feedback on their proposals and spent time discussing her role as a Senator.