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Incorporation of Belleoram (Seventieth Anniversary)

Honourable senators, I rise today to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Belleoram in Newfoundland and Labrador. The beautiful community of Belleoram, located on the south coast of Newfoundland, is nestled between the sea and the steep hills behind it. Settlement at Belleoram dates back to the early years of the 18th century; the French used the harbour extensively and referred to it as "Bande de Laurier" or "Belorme's Place." However, the Treaty of Utrecht…
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Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

Honourable senators, on July 17, the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO designated the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland and Labrador as a World Heritage site. Located on the southeastern point of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mistaken Point is a 17-kilometre-long strip of rugged coastal cliffs of deep marine origin. This reserve is significant because it protects a series of sedimentary rocks containing the world's oldest known accumulation of large fos…
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Paralympic Games 2016 (Congratulations to Katarina Roxon)

Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize Canadian swimmer and proud Newfoundlander Katarina Roxon, who at the early age of 23 exemplified the spirit of Paralympic competition in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games 2016. Katarina was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, on April 5, 1993, and she has made Kippens, Newfoundland, her place of residence. She won the gold medal in the 100-metre breaststroke earlier this month at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil by taking nearly t…
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Thomas Nangle

Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nangle, Chaplain to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, in light of his recent designation by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, responsible for Parks Canada, as a person of national significance in defining Canada's history. Thomas Nangle was born in St. John's in 1889 and was ordained by the Archbishop of Newfoundland in 1913. When the Great War broke out in 1914, his request to enlist was denied. H…
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The Honourable Yonah Martin (Congratulations on 2016 King Clancy Award)

Honourable senators, please join me in recognizing our colleague Senator Yonah Martin as one of three Canadians receiving the 2016 King Clancy Awards, presented annually in recognition of outstanding personal achievement and important contributions in support of Canadians living with disabilities. In addition to Luke Anderson and Warren Jestin, Senator Martin received this important award last week, on February 6, from the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. These annual awards…
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Florence and George Klein

Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize an outstanding Canadian couple, George and Florence Klein, long-time residents of Ottawa, and to congratulate Florence on reaching her one hundredth birthday on January 20. Florence Elizabeth Klein was born in 1916 in Pembroke, Ontario. She moved to Ottawa in 1935 to work with the federal government — quite an accomplishment for a young woman in those days. In 1940, Florence married George Klein, and since a married woman could not hold a position…
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