June 12, 2017 - Ottawa – Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, announced an investment of $2.3 million to Algonquin College as part of NSERC's (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) College and Community Innovation program. Over the course of five years NSERC will fund a new, cutting edge Data Analytics Centre.
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Anita joined Minister for Status of Women, Maryam Monsef, to announce $285,000 for Planned Parenthood Ottawa for programs to end reproductive coercion. Anita stated: "We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Government of Canada to improve support for those experiencing violence, including coercion, around sexual and reproductive health and rights. We will be collaborating with local stakeholders to better recognize this form of gender-based violence, and to make sure there is a full range of options available to reduce its lifelong impact on survivors."
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Anita joined Minister of Health Jane Philpott at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to announce $2.9 Million in funding to heart research. This investment will allow researchers to advance diagnostic tools and treatment for heart disease. Anita Stated: “Everybody in our community, in our city, our country knows the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is world class and the cutting edge research that is done here impacts so many people”
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Anita Vandenbeld was pleased to announce a federal government contribution of $22 million for a new Centre for Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship and Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship. The federal contribution is part of a $43 renovation of the Algonquin College library to establish a 21st century "collaborator" where ideas intersect, where students, community members and business can come together to create the jobs of the future.
Read Anita's Opinion Piece in the Ottawa Citizen on How to Attract More Women to Politics
With the election of more women to Parliament than ever, and the appointment of a gender-equal cabinet, there has been a lot of discussion about why women are still under-represented in Canadian electoral politics. Despite the gains, women still comprise only 26 per cent of MPs. We went from 50th in the world to 48th. Canada still ranks behind such countries as Sudan, Iraq and Rwanda.
Christine Spencer interviews Anita Vandenbeld for a Q&A on Making Parliament More Representative
Anita Vandenbeld, rookie MP for Ottawa West-Nepean, is an expert on democracy and human rights with extensive United Nations experience, a former chief of staff to a Liberal senator, and a former director of parliamentary affairs for a government House leader. She spoke to the Citizen’s Christina Spencer.
Anita celebrated her birthday on the first sitting day of the new Parliament after being elected. CBC followed her on her first day as a rookie MP. Watch the video here.