In the House

Susan Kathryn Shiner, daughter, lover, partner, mother, friend, grandmother, folklorist, social worker, community builder, unionist, fierce fearless feminist activist, Vagina Warrior.

 

I am delighted to congratulate an organization that has been creating positive community empowerment for the last decade.

The Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir is a place of acceptance where there are no auditions and people sing for the joy of it. The Choir is comprised of Stella’s Circle participants, staff, and volunteers, has 35 plus members, and 100 performances under their belt.

 

This has been a large year for interdisciplinary artist April White. She was named 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year by Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador and just recently named recipient of the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, valued at $5,000.

 

I am happy to rise to congratulate a young constituent who has had recent success in provincial debating.

 

16 years ago, three passionate animal lovers founded Heavenly Creatures, the province’s first no-kill, foster-based animal rescue organization. Jessica Rendell, Elaine Johnson and Thomas Ozon had a dream that together they could build an organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and finding homes for unwanted and abandoned animals in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Choices for Youth recently received a $25,000 Orange Door Award grant to help prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. The grant comes from the Home Depot Canada Foundation.

 

On June 26, a devastating fire destroyed eight homes in the Froude Avenue community, severely damaging an additional 14 homes. It was a night of incredible loss. Families with children, seniors, people with physical disabilities lost everything they owned, escaping with simply the clothes on their backs. Family pets, irreplaceable family heirlooms, photos were gone.

 

Mr. Speaker today I acknowledge the incredible work of a number of organizations and activists in St. John's Centre who came together to create a new program called Blue Door.

 

I am pleased to rise today to recognize Sister Corona Wyse, a constituent who turned one hundred years old on July 15, 2017.

Sister Corona was born in 1917 in Placentia and was a teacher from 1936 to 1960. She taught in Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook, and served as director of religious education with the St. John's and Stephenville Roman Catholic School Boards.

 
NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael

Budget 2016 has once again cut funding for the province's libraries. This time, the Liberals are closing 54 libraries, almost all of them in rural areas.

The closures leave up to 15% of residents more than a 30-minute drive from a library. Thousands of people -- children, seniors, families, people needing Internet access -- will now be unable to acess a library at all.

 

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