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Trudeau to be first PM to march in Pride Parade

Toronto's Pride organizers say Justin Trudeau will become the first prime minister to participate in the festivities.

Trudeau is expected to march in the parade on July 3.

The city's first-ever Pride Month launches June 1 with a theme of belonging and inclusion.

Along with Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory are also slated to take part in the festivities.

CBC News : Human rights tribunal to rule whether Canada discriminated against First Nations children on reserves

Nine emotional years after she first challenged the federal government, First Nations child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock is awaiting a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that will determine if Canada has discriminated against children on reserves.  Read More

There are 1000 toques out there - do you have one yet?

On Saturday, the Unit Human Rights Committee Members came together for a training session at the CUSW Leadership Academy in Oshawa, ON. Not only did they learn lots but each one left with a Bag ‘o Toques to distribute to Members. These snazzy green toques are the latest initiative of the National Values and Beliefs Committee - we want every Member to embrace Human Rights and Equity and now you can do so while keeping your head warm at the same time!
Find your Unit’s Human Rights Committee Members and ask for a green toque!

Northern Unit: Jean-Noel Villeneuve, Chris Godda and Cory Meier
Bruce Unit: Christine Cover
Southwestern Unit: Jason Baptista and Zack Muxworthy
Niagara-Hamilton Unit: Gary Savoie and Rudy Burger
Central Unit: Dale Harrison and Joel Mohan
Greater Durham Region Unit: Grant Henderson, Angie Kelly and Chris Goring
Ottawa Unit: Andrew Vallencourt and Denis Vallencourt


Unit Human Rights Committee training sessions at the NEW CUSW Leadership Academy

Members from across Ontario will be gathering at the new CUSW Leadership Academy in January and February to complete the Unit Human Rights Committee training sessions. They will spend two days together and with the help of co-facilitators Ian Fellows and Janet Stewart, will learn about the History of Human Rights around the world, the importance and evolution of the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and how these and more, support the CUSW Human Rights Policy. Check back on January 24th for an update!

It's time to put women on banknotes: Morneau

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he is open to adding a famous woman or women to Canadian banknotes.

There are no Canadian women on the current series of polymer bank notes, but the Liberal government's finance minister says he supports adding a female face to the currency.

"The Bank of Canada regularly does consultations on the people and the pictures that are on our banknotes," Morneau said Wednesday while speaking to reporters in Toronto. Read more

Logo contest

We're pleased to announce the winner of the Values and Beliefs Committee Logo Contest. And the winner is ... drum roll please ... Curtis Meneray!

Thanks for participating

Thank you to everyone who participated and sent in their logo ideas. Your submissions were much appreciated!

Here are all the great logo designs that were submitted: