UPDATED - Canada Summer Jobs 2014 Applications Due at the end of January
5 December 2013
THUNDER BAY – Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program will be accepted from December 2, 2013 with a closing date of January 30, 2014. Independent MP Bruce Hyer is reminding organizations and businesses in his riding of Thunder Bay – Superior North to consider their plans for hiring summer students. The 2014 deadline is earlier than in previous years, and is fast approaching.
Once a year, the Canada Summer Jobs program provides not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with funding to create summer job opportunities for students, while supporting local economies across Canada. The program recognizes that hiring priorities vary from community to community and emphasizes localized planning and decision making.
Hyer encourages those organizations who have never submitted an application to consider the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2014.
“Small businesses and not for profit organizations often have to work within tight budgetary constraints and the Canada Summer Jobs program provides a mutually beneficial incentive for employers and young people,” Hyer said. “I want to ensure businesses in Thunder Bay-Superior North are aware of the new timelines.”
For more information, contact Bruce Hyer’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org and 1-888-266-8004 or visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/csj.
Members of Parliament Stand Up for Their Rights
29 October 2013
OTTAWA – Members of Parliament of all political stripes are standing together to defend their rights. Green Party MP and Leader Elizabeth May, and Independent Members of Parliament Bruce Hyer, Brent Rathgeber, and Maria Mourani, have signed an open letter to Committee Chairs and members asking them to seriously consider the implications of shutting down minority rights in the House of Commons.
Motions currently before the Procedure and House Affairs and Finance Committees, and expected soon before other Standing Committees, would eliminate the rights of individual MPs to move, vote on, or defend their proposed amendments to any legislation before the House of Commons.
The effective use of rights to submit amendments at Report Stage has driven the Conservatives to come up with a bogus "opportunity" to submit amendments at committee. Once defeated at committee, these Members of Parliament are very unlikely to have amendments accepted in Report Stage.
“This is yet another example of a decades-long campaign to shut down the rights of MPs and exercise a dangerous level of control over speech in the House of Commons. It started when Pierre Trudeau changed the Canada Elections Act in 1970 to give party leaders the final say over election candidates, and it continues here today with the Conservatives trying to silence independent members and members of small parties. It is extremely unsettling that Harper would try to limit the ability of MPs to represent their constituents in this way,” said Bruce Hyer, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Brent Rathgeber, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, said, “Independent Members attempt to participate to the fullest extent possible, but the proposed changes significantly reduce our ability to do so.”
"It is shocking that even my limited rights as the sole representative of the Green Party of Canada so bothers the Prime Minister’s Office that multiple committees are now embroiled in shutting down my rights,” said Elizabeth May. “This impacts all Canadians."
Devil is in the details of European trade deal
Hyer cautiously optimistic but concerned about impacts on drug costs, municipalities
18 October 2013
OTTAWA – Independent MP Bruce Hyer says increased trade with the 28-country European Union should generally be beneficial as long as it’s fair. The Thunder Bay-Superior North MP wants to see the details of the secretive trade deal and is particularly looking for how it will potentially impact costs for municipalities and prices of prescription drugs, amongst other concerns.
“I have long felt we should seek closer ties with Europe,” said Hyer. “I’m cautiously optimistic about a trade agreement with the EU. Right now, all our eggs are in one basket: three-quarters of Canada’s trade is with the US, so when they get an economic cold we often get pneumonia. We badly need to diversify our international trade.”
“However, the devil is in the details,” Hyer cautioned. “We don’t know yet what the government has agreed to. It’s troublesome that Canadians have been kept in the dark about negotiations that should have been more open and transparent. In particular, rumours are that our prescription drug costs will go up, municipalities may have their hands tied when awarding contracts, and investor-state provisions could further limit our sovereignty and leave Canadians on the hook for billions in liabilities. The deal should come to Parliament for scrutiny and debate.”
The Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association says that the EU has demanded changes to Canadian patent laws that could increase annual drug costs by $2.8 billion. And there are indications that investor-state provisions may be included in the Canada-European Trade Agreement (CETA).
"Investor-state provisions like those in NAFTA would allow EU corporations to take our governments to court if laws are passed that hurt their bottom line," said Hyer. "We could lose our ability to determine our own environment, health, workplace safety and compensation rules. I'm very concerned that Harper may have agreed to such clauses that will leave the Canadian taxpayers with considerable financial liability."
In 2010, the federal government settled with AbitibiBowater over investor-state provisions in NAFTA’s Chapter 11 after the Newfoundland government took back timber rights when the company closed its facilities in the province. The settlement cost taxpayers $130 million. US pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is currently demanding $500 million from the government under the same NAFTA provision.
“Another key issue is whether municipalities will be forced to award contracts to European firms instead of local contractors and suppliers under CETA,” said Hyer. “This could have drastic effects on future Toronto rail car contracts with Bombardier, for example.”
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Support The Cell Phone Freedom Act
Got a cell phone? If you're like most Canadians, you didn't know you're locked into using only your carrier's network - you can't just switch your phone to another company, even if you're not on a contract. That's because your phone is "network locked" to work only on the cell network of the company you bought it from. This limits your choices as a consumer and restricts competition, resulting in higher prices and worse service.
We can change that with the Cell Phone Freedom Act, which mandates that phones must be unlocked - free of charge - outside of contract whenever a customer requests it.
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Success! Thousands of Canadians wrote, called, and sent in petitions which Bruce Hyer tabled in Parliament. Even though the Harper Government wasn't listening, the CRTC was. In May 2013 a new Mandatory Code of Conduct was announced, to take effect Deceber 2nd, 2013. Finally, after years of campaigning, Canadian cell phones are to be unlocked.
Passenger Rail for the Northwest
Thirty years ago, a world-famous passenger rail route passed through Thunder Bay on its way across the spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior. It was an important component of the local economy and a vital transport link for thousands of tourists and residents. Unfortunately, it was cut in 1990, despite being one of VIA’s busiest train routes at the time.
At a time of cutbacks to passenger bus service, rising fuel costs in the region, and when local towns are trying to diversify their economies, a passenger rail transport option for people and businesses just makes sense. Join the campaign to Revive Superior Rail
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The Diamond Jubilee Medal
Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North accepted nominations for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal until August 30, 2012. There are many deserving local heroes who have contributed to building a better community, region and country.
Recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges, and received their awards at a special ceremony on November 30, 2012. To be eligible for the award, nominees had to have been a resident of Thunder Bay-Superior North, must have been alive on February 2, 2012 and must have made a significant contribution to their community, to Northwestern Ontario, or to Canada. The public was invited to submit all nomination forms to Bruce’s constituency office no later than midnight on August 30, 2012.Click here for more information and the nomination form
(nominations now closed)
Please join Bruce in honouring exceptional local heroes who have selflessly dedicated their time and effort over the years to make their community, Thunder Bay-Superior North, and Canada a better place for us all.
Stand up for Northern Ontario
The government is redrawing Canada's ridings, and Northern Ontarians may lose their voice in Parliament
Electoral districts (ridings) across Canada are being redistributed, changing district boundaries and increasing the number of seats in the House of Commons. This new redistribution process may give big-city Ontario as many as 15 additional MPs, while threatening to take a seat away from the North. In the last seat redistribution in 2004, Northern Ontario’s representation was cut from 11 to 10 MPs. We can't afford to let them silence the voices of Northern Ontario voters again.
Success! Thanks in part to so many Northern Ontarians participating in the campaign, the new Federal Electoral District Redistribution Map for Northern Ontario has been kept at 10 seats!
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