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June 6th is National Health and Fitness Day

On December 10, 2014, Members of Parliament from all parties voted unanimously to pass Bill S-211, an Act to establish the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day.

With this initiative, the Government of Canada is giving a blank canvass to all municipalities and citizens to mark the day with events that promote the use of local health, recreational, sports and fitness facilities. The objective is to inspire Canadians to become fitter and more active; reducing growing health care costs attributed to preventable diseases due to inactivity.

This initiative is crucial for everyone – and children above all, since in our childhood years we set the pattern for the future. Children who develop healthy habits at an early age often continue to lead a healthy lifestyle into adulthood. However, today, most of them miss the mark.

According to Active Healthy Kids Canada’s annual report for 2014, (activehealthykids.ca), “Children and youth get an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes of screen time per day.” This summer most children will choose to spend their days inside, parked in front of one of many different kinds of screens. This is almost as much time as their parents spend at work.

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Royal Canadian Mint invites Canadians to design circulation coins for 2017

ICanadians handle coins less often than they once did, thanks to the convenience of debit cards. But you’ll likely want to own some of the special coins that will soon be minted in honour of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary in 2017.

A few Yorkton-Melville constituents may even wish to propose a design for one or more of these coins. As the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is inviting Canadians to design Canada’s 150th anniversary coins. The 5-cent, 10-cent, 25-cent, one-dollar and two-dollar coins will circulate in 2017.

The contest provides the opportunity for Canadians to show their justifiable pride in our country. It will also demonstrate the kind of unique Canadian creativity shown by Yorkton-Melville constituent, Rita Swanson, in 1992. The artist from Churchbridge proposed a one-dollar coin design for the Mint’s similar contest in honour of Canada's 125th birthday. Her design won. Today, a six-foot bronze-cast monument of the coin stands just outside the Town of Churchbridge.

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS - February 23, 2015

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, MP Yorkton-Melville:

Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta.

Members will recall that both the Canadian military and the RCMP were called upon to undertake a search and rescue operation in response to the devastating flood situation there.

However, long after the town was secured those efforts by the RCMP changed into forcibly entering homes and seizing legally owned firearms and ammunition. The report confirms that hundreds of those firearms were taken without the legal authority to do so.

Back in June of 2013, our government raised the alarm after hearing reports that firearms were being seized by the RCMP. Law-abiding Canadians should never face unlawful search and seizure of their personal property.

The RCMP clearly has a long road ahead of it in restoring the reputation with law-abiding gun owners. Some accountability in light of the report's finding would be a good start.

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Parliamentary Items of Interest
  • Statement: Feb. 23, 2015 - Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the civilian review and complaints commissioner for the RCMP finally released his report into the RCMP's handling of the June 2013 flood in High River, Alberta . . . click here
  • Statement: Dec. 8, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, in speaking of Canada, parliamentarians increasingly include the caveat “from coast to coast to coast”. That was not always the case. Prior to the 1950s, Canadians knew very little about our Arctic coastlines. What we did know was derived from sketched maps and journals created by explorers.
  • Statement: April 7, 2014 - Mr. Speaker, it is with mixed emotions today that I rise in this House to officially announce that I will not be seeking re-election in 2015 . . . click here

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