Been a part of a multicultural community gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate many different traditions. The western world celebrates January 1st as the new year. The Chinese New Year is celebrated later, based on the lunar calendar. Those of the Bahá'í faith celebrate their new year, Naw-Rúz on the vernal equinox. It is a festive event observed with meetings for prayer and music and dancing. It is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia, and by those of the Bahá'í faith here in London.
January 24th, 2017
Statement on the Canada 150 Medal
I am disappointed that the Liberal government has chosen not to proceed with a Canada 150 Medal. Honoring the service and dedication of Canadians is an important part of celebrating who we are as a nation and the celebration of Canadians should be an integral part of our 150th birthday commemorations.
February 8th, 2016
Canada 150 Infrastructure Program $1.8 Million London Investment
February 1st, 2016
Statement on Black History Month
November 25th, 2015
Canada's Syrian Refugee Program
November 24th, 2015
Community & London Police Service Partnership Working Group
Now accepting applications for the Community/London Police Service Collaboration and Partnership Working Group!
City Councillor Mo Mohamed Salih and London Police Service Chief of Police John Pare will co-facilitate a Working Group that will draw from expertise and experiences of members of the community with the goal of strengthening police relationships with the London Community.
November 19th, 2015
I am extremely grateful and humbled by this opportunity to once again serve London families and our community. I thank you all for your trust in me and I will work hard to bring your voice to Ottawa. I also want to thank all of those who volunteered their time to assist me during this campaign. I am truly honoured by your dedication.
June 11th, 2015
Nominations for Persons Case Awards 2015
OTTAWA, June 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Status of Women Canada is calling for nominations for the 36th Annual Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize five individuals, including two youth, who have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of equality for women and girls in Canada.
June 8th, 2015
Changes to Citizenship Eligibility
Changes to Canadian Citizenship Eligibility
Key changes include (in force June 11, 2015):Adult applicants must now be physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years) during the six years before the date of their application, and they must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of four calendar years within the qualifying period. This is aimed at ensuring that citizenship applicants develop a strong attachment to Canada. Applicants between the ages of 14 and 64 must meet basic knowledge and language requirements. This is aimed at ensuring that more new citizens are better prepared for life in Canada. Citizenship will be automatically extended to additional “Lost Canadians” on June 11th, who were born before 1947, and did not become citizens on January 1, 1947 when the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect. This will also apply to their children born in the first generation outside Canada. Adult applicants must declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for citizenship. To help improve program integrity, there are now stronger penalties for fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison). This is aimed at deterring unscrupulous applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or advise others to do so. The newly-designated Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the new regulatory body for citizenship consultants. Only members of the ICCRC, lawyers or notaries (including paralegals and students at law) can be paid to provide citizenship applicants with representation or advice.
June 2nd, 2015
Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax
April 2nd, 2015
Enabling Accessibility Fund Accepting Applications
June 3rd, 2014
NDP's National Aging Strategy
CONSERVATIVES HAVE FAILED SENIORS, NDP HAS LISTENED
Mathyssen hosts round table to release NDP’s National Strategy on Aging
OTTAWA –Between the 2006 and 2011 the Census for the City of London showed that the population of Canadians aged 65 years and older increased by 11%. Tired by the lack of action from the Conservatives, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats, led by MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) who was named the Seniors Critic by the late Jack Layton in 2011, undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today that strategy was released by Mathyssen to a round table of stakeholders.
February 3rd, 2014
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANADIANS TRAVELLING TO SOCHI OLYMPICS
As the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games draws closer, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has prepared a new, dedicated web page where Canadians travelling to Sochi can register prior to departure and find the latest on relevant topics, such as travel health insurance, travel advice on security conditions, local laws and more. Click the Headed to Sochi button below to visit the site.
January 10th, 2014
Canada Day Challenge 2014
If you're between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you're invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free. You could win some really great prizes, including a VIP invitation to attend Canada Day 2014 events on Parliament Hill!
October 25th, 2013
Statement on Small Business Week
LONDON – Small and independent businesses help sustain local communities, produce local jobs and ensure Canadians’ hard earned dollars remain in their communities. As small business week comes to a close, New Democrats congratulate small and independent businesses for all the valuable contributions they provide to communities across Canada.
July 29th, 2013
PRIDE ORGANIZER RECIEVES GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S AWARD
June 26th, 2013
Information on Direct Deposit of Government Benefits & Payments
Did you know that the Government of Canada issues close to 275 million federal payments every year? While 79 % of these payments are deposited directly into bank accounts, 21 % are still printed as cheques that must be deposit at bank counters or ATMs. That's an astounding 58 million cheques that need to be printed, mailed and processed each year.
June 17th, 2013
PROCESSING DELAY FOR VISITOR & PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS
*PROCESSING DELAYS FOR VISAS*
The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) union is currently taking strike action after going months without a new contract. PAFSO union members responsible for processing visa applications have been conducting rotating walk outs in offices both in Canada and overseas.
June 10th, 2013
Passport Changes July 1st, 2013
An update on recent developments related to Canada’s passport program.
1. Responsibility for passport program shifts departments July 2: On May 8, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley announced that effective July 2, 2013, primary responsibility for Passport Canada will move to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This move is in line with the duties CIC already performs, such as determining Canadian citizenship. Service Canada will assume responsibility for passport operations, including the 34 passport offices across the country and the call centres.
May 6th, 2013
Londoners Honoured with Presentation of Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award
May 5th, 2013
Environment Canada Grant Supports ReForest London Tree Planting
Two London MP’s announced a $55,000 grant from Environment Canada to ReForest London. The grant will allow the non-profit organization to plant 3,000 native tree and shrubs in 10 park projects throughout the city. The grant was announced Saturday at Coronation Park, where 60 volunteers planted over 250 trees and shrubs in this newer park in northwest London.
March 6th, 2013
CANADA DAY YOUTH CHALLENGE 2013!
Canada Day Challenge 2013
Be original. Be creative. Be part of the new Canada Day Challenge!
If you’re between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you’re invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free. You could win some really great prizes, including a VIP invitation to attend Canada Day 2013 events on Parliament Hill!
June 20th, 2012
Canadians invited to share their priorities for the 2013 federal budget
June 4th, 2012
New Horizons for Seniors Program Calls for Proposals
May 15th, 2012
Public Consultation on the Harper Budget
New Democrats announced today that they will take the study of the sweeping Conservative budget implementation bill to the public, holding a series of hearings in Ottawa and across the country. MP Irene Mathyssen will be hosting a hearing for her constituents in London:Tuesday May 22nd 6:30pm-8:00pm Community Meeting Room Constituency Office of Irene Mathyssen 1700-D Dundas St.
April 19th, 2012
My Visit to Vimy Ridge for the 95th Anniversary
From April 6, 2012 to April 10, 2012, our Canadian delegation participated in events at Carriere Wellington in Arras, France, a guided tour of the Vimy monument and the trenches and tunnels of Vimy, private wreath-laying events at the Sanctuary Wood Memorial, Passchendaele and the St. Julien Memorial in Ypres. For the wreath –laying ceremonies, we were privileged to be accompanied by Canadian Forces members, Patricia Varga the Royal Canadian Legion, Neil McKinnon Army Navy and Air Force veterans, Gene Heesaker The National Council of Veterans, Retired Colonel Robert O’Brien and Reno St-Germain Veterans NATO UN Group. The opportunity to honour the young Canadians lost in WWI reminds us how much we owe to the Canadians we remember, our peacekeepers, modern day veterans and the Canadian Forces of the present.
January 11th, 2012
Mathyssen to Electro-Motive: Get Back to the Bargaining Table
LONDON –In an open letter to management, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) calls the claims that massive cuts to the wages of workers in order to remain competitive "hollow" and "not supported by the facts", and calls on the company to return to the bargaining table in good faith to get a new contract in place.
November 12th, 2011
HONOURING VETERANS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
October 1st, 2011
NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY // LE NPD SOULIGNE LA JOURNÉE NATIONALE DES AÎNÉS
August 22nd, 2011
A final letter to Canadians from the Honourable Jack Layton
August 20, 2011 Toronto, Ontario
Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, and my determination.
August 22nd, 2011
In Memory of Jack Layton
Jack Layton's leadership, friendship and strength will be deeply missed, but we will strive to make his legacy live on by building the better Canada that he dedicated his life to. His message of hope will be remembered, as will his years of service to our country. If you are in London on Saturday and you wish to join friends to watch the celebration of Jack's life, people will be gathering at the Aeolian Hall. The doors open at noon and all are welcome. Aeolian Hall is located at 795 Dundas St. E.
August 19th, 2011
Open Letter to Mayor Fontana on London "Jobs Summit"
Dear Mayor Fontana:
I am sorry that I am not able to attend the meeting of August 12, 2011. I want you to know that I am very concerned about the employment challenges facing Londoners and want to work with my colleagues at all levels of government to ease the job crisis in London. My assistant Shawn Lewis will be present on Friday on my behalf.
June 24th, 2011
WHAT YOUR MP CAN DO FOR CONSTITUENTS:
The work I do in Ottawa on your behalf is important. But, it is equally important for an MP to work with and for the constituents of the riding, to ensure fair and timely access to federal government programs and services and to help sort out problems in these areas when they arise. My staff and I make every effort to assist constituents with matters that fall under federal jurisdiction. When possible, we also do what we can to refer constituents to non-governmental organizations that may be able to provide support and assistance with other problems constituents may encounter. My staff and I are not able to extend assistance to constituents experiencing problems with other levels of government, but we would be happy to provide you information and refer you to the appropriate office.