Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,
The Premier did a Cabinet shuffle on Monday. The two ministers with whom we work the most closely, Sudbury MPP and Laurentian alumnus Rick Bartolucci and John Milloy (Training, Colleges and Universities & Research and Innovation), were confirmed in their positions. Minister Milloy spoke to the Canadian Club in Toronto on the day of the cabinet shuffle on “Report Card on Reaching Higher”. You can view the webcast of his 30-minute speech. Several Laurentian University representatives were in attendance, including Michael Atkins (member of our Board of Governors and Fundraising Cabinet, Laurentian Media founder and president), Scott McDonald (Chair of our Next 50 Fundraising Campaign) and Lou Pagnutti (Laurentian alumnus, CEO of Ernst & Young in Canada and Treasurer of our Next 50 Fundraising Campaign). Minister Milloy also delivered a similar speech to the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce this morning. We were delighted to host Ministers Milloy and Bartolucci on campus today for funding announcements http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/ORF012110.asp
related to research and Aboriginal learning - http://www.laurentian.ca/NR/rdonlyres/634FC514-A412-4C5D-B5E4-7ED043AD7D0B/39310/Aboriginalfunds21jan10.pdf
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In the past few days, we have seen images of great suffering resulting from the earthquake that has devastated Haiti. On behalf of the entire Laurentian community, I want to extend our sincere sympathy to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones.
The Laurentian community is profoundly affected by this event: we have a number of students from Haiti, and many students, staff and faculty have close ties to Haiti; our thoughts are with you.
As a bilingual university, we have a special affinity to Haiti, another country that belongs to La Francophonie.
For students, faculty and staff who have been personally affected and who require assistance from the University, including access to counselling may contact the Counselling and Support Programs at extension 6506 or off campus at 673-6506.
Even those without some personal connection are moved by an immediate urge to act in some way.
The Government of Canada will match the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, up to a total of $50 million. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will allocate these funds to Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations.
Donations made by individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations over the period of January 12 to February 12, 2010 will be matched by the Government of Canada through the CIDA-managed Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. The Fund will support Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations with significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian, early recovery and reconstruction assistance in Haiti.
For a list of registered charities, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Listings at www.cra-arc.gc.ca Refine your search by choosing “Disaster Funds” in the Category section.
More information on donating to disaster relief organizations can be found on Canada Revenue’s Giving to charity: Information for donors Web pages, or by calling the Client Service Section at 1-800-267-2384.