Work on Parliament Hill this summer with the Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship

Posted February 13th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary InternshipThe Jaimie Anderson Parliamentary Internship provides three young Canadians with a four-month (May-August) paid internship in the office of a federal Member of Parliament.

Each intern will be provided with a stipend of $2,000 per month, paid by the Internship program.  Continue Reading »

Statement in the Senate – The Alberta Winter Games

Posted February 6th, 2014 in blog, Statement by Doug Black

AWG logoOn February 5, I delivered a statement in the Senate about the upcoming Alberta Winter Games, which takes place this week in Banff and Canmore.

If you’re in the area, I highly encourage you to make the trip out and catch some of Canada’s future elite athletes in action. You can read and listen to my statement below.

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Explore our nation’s history with Encounters with Canada

Posted February 5th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Encounters with CanadaFor over 30 years, Encounters with Canada (EWC) has brought together youth from across the country to discover and experience Canada’s rich democratic history and traditions.

Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens make the trip to Ottawa, where they discover their country and learn about Canada’s important institutions, explore career options and develop civic leadership skills. So far, over 95,000 youth have lived the EWC experience.

The largest youth forum in the nation, EWC is a wonderful organization that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I believe very strongly that every Canadian should have the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital, explore its historic buildings, and learn more about this great country.

If you know of someone (14-17 years of age) who would benefit from such an experience, I encourage you to visit the EWC website and learn more about this outstanding opportunity.

Young Albertan wins prestigious Gramophone Award

Posted September 19th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black

Jan LisieckiGramophone, the acclaimed classical magazine, recently announced young Calgarian Jan Lisiecki as the winner of its prestigious 2013 Young Artist of the Year Award. Lisiecki is the first North American to win the award.

“In presenting this superb young player with our Young Artist of the Year Award, we’re turning the spotlight on a musician with a golden future ahead of him,” says James Jolly, Editor for the Gramophone. “He’s not in need of a record contract but we hope that his talent is allowed to unfold naturally and true to his musical instincts; his is a gift too rare to be squandered.”

Now studying at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto, 18-year-old Lisiecki had his orchestral debut at the age of 9 and has since performed with orchestras in Canada and from around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier this year he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for 2013 and nominated for a Juno.

Lisiecki represents the very best that Alberta and Canada have to offer on the cultural stage, and I can only imagine the successes and achievements that lie in front of him. Congratulations, Jan.