As previewed in the iPolitics weekly lookahead, the SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON CANADA-CHINA RELATIONS will hear from New Brunswick Education Minister Dominic Cardy, who launched a two-step process to remove a Chinese-language and -culture program run by the Confucius Institute and operating in elementary and middle schools across the province, due to concerns it “prevented discussion of topics that cast China in a bad light,” according to CBC News. (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Although there’s little doubt that ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PRIVACY AND ETHICS members will ultimately — and very possibly unanimously — endorse the proposal to have him stay on for at least one more year, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is nevertheless booked in for a one-hour discussion of the one-year extension to his initial seven-year term, as announced by the prime minister last month. (11 AM – 1 PM)
Meanwhile, PUBLIC SAFETY members get updated on the state of Canada’s federal prisons, particularly — although not exclusively — how the institutions have responded to COVID-19, the “implementation and operation of structured intervention units,” and ongoing reports of sexual coercion and violence.
Among the witnesses set to testify today: Union of Canadian Correctional Officers national president Jeff Wilkins, John Howard Society of Canada executive director Catherine Latimer, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies executive director Emilie Coyle and academic experts Anthony Doob and Jane Sprott, as well as Correctional Service of Canada commissioner Anne Kelly, who is booked in for a 45-minute session after the initial panel wraps up. (3:30 – 5 PM)
Over at ENVIRONMENT, meanwhile, MPs are still going over the fine print of Liberal MP Lenore Zann’s backbench bid to develop a “national strategy to redress environmental racism,” which is now under clause-by-clause review. (Monday PM)
- HEALTH committee members hold a special session to discuss a new proposal to investigate long-term care across Canada (11 AM – 1 PM)
- CANADIAN HERITAGE members take a closer look at issues related to educational publishing during back-to-back discussions with representatives from Access Copyright, Association of Canadian Publishers, Writers’ Union of Canada and Universities Canada, as well as children’s fantasy author Bryan Perro. (11 AM – 1 PM)
- CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION members hold another round of hearings on the “economic imperative and long-term importance” of immigrants for “small rural municipalities outside of major cities,” which will include an appearance by Syrian refugee turned chocolatier Tareq Hadhad, CEO of Antigonish-based Peace by Chocolate Inc. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
- Representatives from Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, Women Business Enterprises Canada Council and the Women’s Enterprise Centre offer their perspectives on “businesses owned by under-represented groups” during an afternoon session at GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
Finally, the SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING kicks off the opening round of witness testimony with an appearance by Ontario’s chief coroner, Dirk Huyer, as well as senior officials from Alberta Health Services and other public health experts. (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL.