Terry Duguid

Terry Duguid

Winnipeg South constituency report

Terry Duguid is the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South.

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The importance of Orange Shirt Day

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The importance of Orange Shirt Day

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

On Sept. 30, Canada observed its second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This federal holiday was created to honour the survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and the families and communities who bore unimaginable suffering.

Canadians are encouraged to wear orange shirts on Sept. 30 as a symbol of solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

The story of the orange shirt dates back to the 1973-74 school year, when an Indigenous girl named Phyllis Webstad attended the first day of school in Williams Lake, B.C., in an orange shirt given to her by her grandmother. Staff at the residential school took away her shirt and Phyllis never saw it again. Now it has become a powerful symbol for Indigenous identity being suppressed and stolen by the residential school system.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid, pictured at a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation event.

Canada Summer Jobs provide opportunities

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Canada Summer Jobs provide opportunities

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

For over 30 years, the Canada Summer Jobs Program has been helping young people across Canada find jobs that prepare them with the skills and experience they need to enter the workforce.

Especially during the summer months, when students are on break from high school, college, or university, helping young people find the right jobs that offer real-world experience in their area of interest will help those young people begin their careers, while also growing the local economy.

Since its launch in the 1980s, the Canada Summer Jobs Program has been doing exactly that. This program from the federal government provides wage subsidies to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and public sector departments so they can hire students for short-term contracts during the summer.

The organizations are encouraged to pay students above minimum wage and the contracts are required to have a minimum of six weeks, with 30 hours of work per week guaranteed. Students are then paired with the training and mentorship they will need to succeed in their roles, and to gain the best possible experience for their future careers.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid (centre) recently visited students working at Dakota Community Centre as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Celebrating Canada Day in Winnipeg South

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Celebrating Canada Day in Winnipeg South

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

After two years of virtual celebrations for Canada Day during the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitobans were excited to gather in-person again for neighbourhood parties, backyard barbecues, and fireworks shows.

This July 1 was also a day of reflection, in recognition of some of the dark colonial history of our country, and the hard work ahead for reconciliation with First Nations. Inuit and Métis peoples.

Despite the important conversations we will continue to have about the meaning of Canada Day, it is still a day of celebration for many people who want to express their love of country and enjoy a summer holiday with friends and family.

In my home riding of Winnipeg South, there was a wonderful array of Canada Day events throughout the community. Thousands of our neighbours came out to enjoy a beautiful Manitoba summer day.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Summer market returns to Dakota CC

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Summer market returns to Dakota CC

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Mark your calendars because the family-favourite summer market is returning this year at the Dakota Community Centre.

The success of the summer market over the last two years was overwhelming, so the Dakota Community Centre has decided it will be hosting this summer kick-off event once again. The market features a variety of local vendors, including local arts and crafts businesses, food trucks, and live music.

You can find the market at the fieldhouse lot right beside the Dakota Community Centre on June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11 and 25. Make sure to check the Dakota Community Centre website or Facebook page before attending because these dates are subject to change. Market hours are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This year, look out for vendors selling home-made woodworking, candles, jewelry, glassworks and decorations, bannock pastries, jams, jellies, and more. Local artisans, musicians, and food vendors all come together to create a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Local artisans, musicians, and food vendors all come together to create a fun-filled day for the whole family at the Dakota Community Centre’s summer market.

In praise of St. Norbert Art Centre

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In praise of St. Norbert Art Centre

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

I encourage all Manitobans who are interested in experiencing local arts and culture to visit the St. Norbert Arts Centre this summer.

It is a multi-use space, located on the La Salle River in St. Norbert, that serves as a hub for artists to work and showcase their art through public exhibitions. Its goal is to help local artists reach a broader audience while engaging with the community in meaningful ways. The top two floors of the three-storey building provide housing for artists and other tenants, while the main floor is available to be rented out to the public for weddings, art exhibitions, and more.

After two long years of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAC is beginning to restart its programming, events, and make improvements to its property. This summer, you can head to the SNAC to watch local concerts, take a tour of the grounds, experience local art exhibitions, or take part in its athletic programs and guided meditations.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with the president of SNAC, Deborah Giesbrecht, and board chairperson Naomi Gerrard, as they showed me around. They told me about their upcoming programs and upgrades that they are planning for the summer.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Naomi Gerrard (left) and Deborah Giesbrecht recently gave Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid a tour of St. Norbert Arts Centre.

Local students tackle three-minute-theses

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Local students tackle three-minute-theses

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

Three students from Winnipeg South made it to the finals of the University of Manitoba’s 10th annual Three-Minute-Thesis competition.

The competition gives graduate-level students a chance to present their research for the opportunity to participate in the western regional competition. The catch is that contestants need to condense months, or sometimes years, of research into a short, concise presentation. The students must grab the attention of the panel of judges and communicate their complex ideas effectively — not an easy task in three minutes.

This year I was excited to see that three of the 12 finalists in the U of M’s competition are from my home riding.

Chitra Sivakumar is a PhD student in the biosystems engineering program at the U of M. Her presentation looked at how we can incorporate pulse flour into our diets. This flour is made from legumes such as peas, lentils, and beans, and it is more eco-friendly, nutritious, and less expensive than all-purpose flour. Chitra’s research will improve the milling process to make pulse flour accessible for every pantry.

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

Shayna Giesbrecht finished second in the University of Manitoba’s Three-Minute-Thesis competition, which earned a prize of $1,250.

Celebrating women and girls in STEM

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Celebrating women and girls in STEM

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

The world needs more women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of listening to a wide diversity of perspectives in scientific research. We have seen women in Winnipeg and around the world stepping up as leaders in health-care fields and in research into COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

In my home riding of Winnipeg South, I am proud to see that women and girls are being encouraged to enter STEM fields. The faculties of science and engineering at the University of Manitoba have traditionally been male-dominated but young women are increasingly filling these classrooms each year.

We should celebrate trailblazing women and organizations in Winnipeg that pave the way for more woman and girls to enter STEM fields from a young age.

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

Nusraat Masrood is the founder of WISE Kid-Netic Energy.

Local community centres offer plenty of activity

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Local community centres offer plenty of activity

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

The winter months can often be a difficult time for families with young children. The recent wave of cold temperatures in Winnipeg, along with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, are making it challenging for families to stay active and engaged.

One great resource we are privileged to have throughout Winnipeg South is our community centres — many of which continue to provide a wide array of activities and events for people of all ages.

On the east side of the Red River, Greendell Park Community Centre and Dakota Community Centre continue to serve the residents of the South St. Vital, Greendell and River Park South neighbourhoods.

Both community centres provide a wide array of sports programs for youth and physical activities for seniors, as well as playing host to tournaments and events. Importantly, they have carefully considered the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and have worked hard to ensure all can enjoy their facilities while remaining safe and distanced.

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

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(From left) MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (Seine River);Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid; Coun. Markus Chambers (Seine River - St. Norbert, third from right) and MLA Rochelle Squires (Riel, second from right) came together to support Dakota Community Centre at its annual general meeting in November 2021.

Local community centres offer plenty of activity

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Local community centres offer plenty of activity

Terry Duguid - Winnipeg South MP Constituency Report 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

The winter months can often be difficult time for families with young children. The recent wave of cold temperatures in Winnipeg, along with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, are making it challenging for families to stay active and engaged. One great resource we are privileged to have throughout Winnipeg South is our community centres — many of which continue to provide a wide array of activities and events for people of all ages. On the east side of the Red River, Greendell Park Community Centre and Dakota Community Centre continue to serve the residents of the South St. Vital, Greendell and River Park South neighbourhoods. Both community centres provide a wide array of sports programs for youth and physical activities for seniors, as well as  playing host to tournaments and events. Importantly, they have carefully considered the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and have worked hard to ensure all can enjoy their facilities while remaining safe and distanced. On the west side of the Red River, the Whyte Ridge Community Centre, South Winnipeg Community Centre and St. Norbert Community Centre provide services for residents in the growing neighbourhoods of Fort Richmond, Richmond West, University Heights, St. Norbert, Bridgwater, Whyte Ridge and South Pointe. Similarly, they offer sports programming and activities for families, with certain restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my excitement about the establishment of the new South Winnipeg Recreation Campus. Through collaboration and support from all three levels of government, we announced that we were moving forward with this greatly needed recreation complex which will provide many services and programs to the fastest growing part of our city. Our community centres serve as an excellent resource and hub for families to enjoy physical activity and get to know their neighbours.  Just last month, I had the privilege of attending a wonderful cultural diversity event hosted by the Whyte Ridge Community Centre and Pembina Active Living 55-plus. It was incredible to see the wide array of cultural performances and food on display, and to experience all the different traditions that exist within in our community. We are so privileged in Winnipeg South to be able to live together with neighbours from different walks of life and backgrounds, and to learn about cultures from around the world. This winter, I hope you’ll take advantage of all that our community centres in Winnipeg South have to offer. 

The winter months can often be difficult time for families with young children. The recent wave of cold temperatures in Winnipeg, along with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, are making it challenging for families to stay active and engaged. 

One great resource we are privileged to have throughout Winnipeg South is our community centres — many of which continue to provide a wide array of activities and events for people of all ages. 

On the east side of the Red River, Greendell Park Community Centre and Dakota Community Centre continue to serve the residents of the South St. Vital, Greendell and River Park South neighbourhoods. 

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

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(From left) MLA Janice Morley-Lecomte (Seine River);Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid; Coun. Markus Chambers (Seine River - St. Norbert, third from right) and MLA Rochelle Squires (Riel, second from right) came together to support Dakota Community Centre at its annual general meeting in November 2021.

Passionate climate leaders at Fort Richmond

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Passionate climate leaders at Fort Richmond

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

A few weeks ago, I visited Fort Richmond Collegiate, where students and teachers involved with the school’s Earth Club organized a climate rally, focused on raising awareness and encouraging everyone to get serious about tackling climate change. 

I was blown away by the number of students who gave up their lunch hours to join the rally. They held up posters, chanted and spoke to me and other elected officials about what we need to do to protect our environment. They asked nuanced and thought-provoking questions about climate change — leaving me both impressed and hopeful about our future. 

Climate change is the most significant long-term threat to our planet. It affects everything from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, to the water and land that we live on. The droughts in Manitoba this past summer should be proof enough that we need climate action now to prevent the devastating harm that will continue to occur.

Strong action must come from all three levels of government. At the federal level, we’ve adopted a price on pollution, invested over $25 billion in making public transit more accessible, advanced a ban on single-use plastics, and introduced legislation that will enshrine Canadians’ right to a healthy environment.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

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Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid recently attend a climate rally organized by students at Fort Richmond Collegiate.

Passionate climate leaders at Fort Richmond

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Passionate climate leaders at Fort Richmond

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

A few weeks ago, I visited Fort Richmond Collegiate, where students and teachers involved with the school’s Earth Club organized a climate rally, focused on raising awareness and encouraging everyone to get serious about tackling climate change.  

I was blown away by the number of students who gave up their lunch hours to join the rally. They held up posters, chanted and spoke to me and other elected officials about what we need to do to protect our environment. They asked nuanced and thought-provoking questions about climate change — leaving me both impressed and hopeful about our future.  

Climate change is the most significant long-term threat to our planet. It affects everything from the air we breathe, to the food we eat, to the water and land that we live on. The droughts in Manitoba this past summer should be proof enough that we need climate action now to prevent the devastating harm that will continue to occur.

Strong action must come from all three levels of government. At the federal level, we’ve adopted a price on pollution, invested over $25 billion in making public transit more accessible, advanced a ban on single-use plastics, and introduced legislation that will enshrine Canadians’ right to a healthy environment.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

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Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid recently attended a climate rally organized by students at Fort Richmond Collegiate.

Thanks for your support – let’s move forward

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Thanks for your support – let’s move forward

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

With the election campaign now behind us, I want to express my sincere thanks to the residents of Winnipeg South for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is truly an honour to represent this growing and dynamic community.

Over the last several weeks, my team and I have had the privilege of speaking with thousands of constituents. Whether it was at your doorstep or over the phone, I appreciated the frank conversations we had about the issues that matter to you. 

For many Winnipeg South residents, finishing the fight against COVID-19 and protecting our health care system continues to be a top priority.

Our government has committed to do this by procuring enough vaccines to provide boosters to vulnerable groups, and by moving forward with mandatory vaccinations for travel.

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

With the election campaign now behind us, I want to express my sincere thanks to the residents of Winnipeg South for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is truly an honour to represent this growing and dynamic community.

Over the last several weeks, my team and I have had the privilege of speaking with thousands of constituents. Whether it was at your doorstep or over the phone, I appreciated the frank conversations we had about the issues that matter to you. 

For many Winnipeg South residents, finishing the fight against COVID-19 and protecting our health care system continues to be a top priority.

Our government has committed to do this by procuring enough vaccines to provide boosters to vulnerable groups, and by moving forward with mandatory vaccinations for travel.

Thanks for your support – let’s move forward

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Thanks for your support – let’s move forward

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

With the election campaign now behind us, I want to express my sincere thanks to the residents of Winnipeg South for re-electing me as your member of Parliament. It is truly an honour to represent this growing and dynamic community.

Over the last several weeks, my team and I have had the privilege of speaking with thousands of constituents. Whether it was at your doorstep or over the phone, I appreciated the frank conversations we had about the issues that matter to you.  

For many Winnipeg South residents, finishing the fight against COVID-19 and protecting our health care system continues to be a top priority.

Our government has committed to do this by procuring enough vaccines to provide boosters to vulnerable groups, and by moving forward with mandatory vaccinations for travel.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

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Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid writes that he heard from many constituents during the recent election, and pledges to act on their concerns.

Congratulations to all 2021 graduates

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Congratulations to all 2021 graduates

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021

The month of June marks a special time for many families in our community.

Each year, I typically get to see students walk across the stage in their caps and gowns to accept their diplomas, surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, and teachers.

This year, as students graduate from high school, college, and university, I know that our current circumstances prevent them from having the traditional graduation ceremonies we have had in the past.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many different reasons, and not being able to be together for these important milestones is certainly one of them.

Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021

The month of June marks a special time for many families in our community.

Each year, I typically get to see students walk across the stage in their caps and gowns to accept their diplomas, surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, and teachers.

This year, as students graduate from high school, college, and university, I know that our current circumstances prevent them from having the traditional graduation ceremonies we have had in the past.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many different reasons, and not being able to be together for these important milestones is certainly one of them.

We’ll build back better with Budget 2021

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We’ll build back better with Budget 2021

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

Over the past year, our community has struggled in ways it never has before. Whether you’re a small business owner trying to survive, or you’ve been working on the frontlines in our hospitals, I know that the pandemic has been exhausting in so many ways. Like you, I can’t wait to leave the difficulties of the past year behind us.

Our government has said from the very beginning that we would do whatever it takes to get us to the other side of this pandemic, and that remains true today. Each day, we are doing everything in our power to protect the health of Canadians and get them through this challenging time.

It is in this spirit that we released Budget 2021, which outlines our plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and put Canada on the path to strong recovery.  

Our budget first and foremost deals with the immediate crisis, with continued support through extended EI and caregiving benefits, as well as paid sick leave. Supports for our small businesses also remain available, and new incentives have been introduced to help spur more employment. These measures have not only protected Canadians from the virus but have stabilized our economy - averting economic collapse and helping to heal the wounds of the COVID-19 recession. 

Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

Over the past year, our community has struggled in ways it never has before. Whether you’re a small business owner trying to survive, or you’ve been working on the frontlines in our hospitals, I know that the pandemic has been exhausting in so many ways. Like you, I can’t wait to leave the difficulties of the past year behind us.

Our government has said from the very beginning that we would do whatever it takes to get us to the other side of this pandemic, and that remains true today. Each day, we are doing everything in our power to protect the health of Canadians and get them through this challenging time.

It is in this spirit that we released Budget 2021, which outlines our plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and put Canada on the path to strong recovery.  

Our budget first and foremost deals with the immediate crisis, with continued support through extended EI and caregiving benefits, as well as paid sick leave. Supports for our small businesses also remain available, and new incentives have been introduced to help spur more employment. These measures have not only protected Canadians from the virus but have stabilized our economy - averting economic collapse and helping to heal the wounds of the COVID-19 recession. 

PM thanks nurses at Victoria Hospital

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PM thanks nurses at Victoria Hospital

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

Over the past year, health-care workers have been the true heroes of our community. They have worked long hours, under tremendously difficult conditions, and have borne the brunt of an unforgiving COVID-19 pandemic.

On top of dealing with the struggles and losses of the pandemic at hospitals and clinics, they have had to worry about the health and safety of their own families at home.

Last month, the prime minister and I met with some of the nurses working at Victoria General Hospital. They shared their personal experiences of being on the front lines and managing the worst hospital outbreak in Manitoba. Some described harrowing experiences of holding a dying patient’s hand, when grieving families were unable to be there during their last moments. Others had to console elderly patients who were frightened by health-care workers dressed in gowns, masks and face shields. Some nurses became infected with COVID-19 themselves.  

Their stories were incredibly moving as they described the uncertainties of the early days of the pandemic - as hospitals attempted to rapidly acquire personal protective gear, set up testing and manage the large inflow of patients.

Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Winnipeg South MP on a video call with Victoria Hospital nurses to thank them for their courageous efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring is a time of optimism

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Spring is a time of optimism

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

As the days begin to get warmer and brighter, I see the arrival of spring as a time of renewal, optimism and hope. We know that the harshest winter days are behind us. For me, this means getting outdoors more frequently to enjoy nature.

This winter has been unlike any other, as we have had to stay apart from loved ones. I know that we have all grown tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and are eager to put this challenging time behind us. While we may not be fully out of the woods just yet, I am confident that we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Safe and effective vaccines are critical in our fight against COVID-19. Our federal government has been working around the clock to secure doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians. We are working closely with provinces and territories, who are responsible for vaccine rollout and administration. By the end of June, Canada will have received 23 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with a total of 84 million doses arriving by the end of September. Every Canadian who wants a vaccine will have access to one by September 2021. 

As we look forward to better days ahead, let’s remember that we must continue to do everything we can to keep one another safe. By keeping apart, wearing a mask and washing our hands, we will get through this health and economic crisis. It will take us all doing our part to keep our families and community safe. Every single one of our efforts matters in the fight against COVID-19.

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

As the days begin to get warmer and brighter, I see the arrival of spring as a time of renewal, optimism and hope. We know that the harshest winter days are behind us. For me, this means getting outdoors more frequently to enjoy nature.

This winter has been unlike any other, as we have had to stay apart from loved ones. I know that we have all grown tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and are eager to put this challenging time behind us. While we may not be fully out of the woods just yet, I am confident that we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Safe and effective vaccines are critical in our fight against COVID-19. Our federal government has been working around the clock to secure doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians. We are working closely with provinces and territories, who are responsible for vaccine rollout and administration. By the end of June, Canada will have received 23 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with a total of 84 million doses arriving by the end of September. Every Canadian who wants a vaccine will have access to one by September 2021. 

As we look forward to better days ahead, let’s remember that we must continue to do everything we can to keep one another safe. By keeping apart, wearing a mask and washing our hands, we will get through this health and economic crisis. It will take us all doing our part to keep our families and community safe. Every single one of our efforts matters in the fight against COVID-19.

Hope on the horizon

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Hope on the horizon

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

The holiday season marks a time of joy, festivities and being together with loved ones. As has been the case with many occasions this year, our holidays will look a bit different from what we are used to.

As we near the end of 2020, I know it can be hard to look back and reflect on a year that has been filled with challenges of every kind. Still, I hope that you are still able to embrace the spirit of the holidays and feel grateful for family, friends and the amazing community we live in. If there is a lesson we can take away from the past year, it is to be appreciative of those around us.

The weeks ahead will continue to be difficult, but I am confident that as we head into the new year, there are better and brighter days ahead. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved  by Health Canada and is now being distributed to combat COVID-19. Our federal government has worked hard to secure millions of doses of this and other vaccines, so that we will be ready to distribute them once they are approved.

Despite hope on the horizon for an end to the pandemic, we must remember that now is not the time to be complacent about COVID-19. We still must do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus. Remember that the actions we take today will impact those around us. What you do right now could mean the difference between life or death for someone in your community. I know that it is not easy, but we must remain vigilant at this very critical time.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

The holiday season marks a time of joy, festivities and being together with loved ones. As has been the case with many occasions this year, our holidays will look a bit different from what we are used to.

As we near the end of 2020, I know it can be hard to look back and reflect on a year that has been filled with challenges of every kind. Still, I hope that you are still able to embrace the spirit of the holidays and feel grateful for family, friends and the amazing community we live in. If there is a lesson we can take away from the past year, it is to be appreciative of those around us.

The weeks ahead will continue to be difficult, but I am confident that as we head into the new year, there are better and brighter days ahead. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved  by Health Canada and is now being distributed to combat COVID-19. Our federal government has worked hard to secure millions of doses of this and other vaccines, so that we will be ready to distribute them once they are approved.

Despite hope on the horizon for an end to the pandemic, we must remember that now is not the time to be complacent about COVID-19. We still must do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus. Remember that the actions we take today will impact those around us. What you do right now could mean the difference between life or death for someone in your community. I know that it is not easy, but we must remain vigilant at this very critical time.

Support local businesses in holiday season

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Support local businesses in holiday season

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

The hardship that small businesses have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly now as Manitoba struggles with a second wave, has been challenging for many in our community.

For the last eight months, small business owners have been incredibly resilient in the face of great adversity. Many within our community are employed by small businesses and rely on them to provide for their families. Small businesses are a critical part of the fabric of our communities, and when small businesses suffer, our entire community does. Simply put, Canada will not see an economic recovery without a real recovery for our small businesses.

Business owners need immediate and significant support from all levels of government. At the federal level of government, we continue to update our assistance measures to ensure that we help hard-hit businesses.

We have extended the wage subsidy until June 2021 to protect jobs across the country. We are providing a new emergency rent subsidy, to ensure businesses and organizations receive direct rent relief, with a generous top-up for those who are required to close due to a public health order. Our CEBA loan program is being expanded to provide more interest-free, partially forgivable loans.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

The hardship that small businesses have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly now as Manitoba struggles with a second wave, has been challenging for many in our community.

For the last eight months, small business owners have been incredibly resilient in the face of great adversity. Many within our community are employed by small businesses and rely on them to provide for their families. Small businesses are a critical part of the fabric of our communities, and when small businesses suffer, our entire community does. Simply put, Canada will not see an economic recovery without a real recovery for our small businesses.

Business owners need immediate and significant support from all levels of government. At the federal level of government, we continue to update our assistance measures to ensure that we help hard-hit businesses.

We have extended the wage subsidy until June 2021 to protect jobs across the country. We are providing a new emergency rent subsidy, to ensure businesses and organizations receive direct rent relief, with a generous top-up for those who are required to close due to a public health order. Our CEBA loan program is being expanded to provide more interest-free, partially forgivable loans.

Supporting families, small business

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Supporting families, small business

Terry Duguid 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

The last several months have been very challenging for many Manitobans, as we continue to fight against the most serious public health and economic crisis of our lifetime.

We are in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now more than ever, we need to protect ourselves and the health of our loved ones.

As a member of Parliament, I know our federal government has an important role to play in protecting the health and safety of Canadians. This includes the procurement of personal protective equipment for front-line workers, improving our health care system and supporting the provinces as they increase COVID-19 testing capacity. We have made significant progress on these issues, with the recent procurement of almost eight million rapid testing kits, as well as increasing domestic supplies of protective equipment.

We know that overcoming this pandemic and building a strong economic recovery requires support for Canadian families and small businesses. Those who remain out of work will continue to receive financial support through a robust, accessible EI system. Additional benefits are available for workers who must take a sick leave or who need to take time off work to care for a child due to facility closures. These benefits will continue to provide stable financial support so that Canadians can pay their bills, put food on the table and support their families.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

The last several months have been very challenging for many Manitobans, as we continue to fight against the most serious public health and economic crisis of our lifetime.

We are in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now more than ever, we need to protect ourselves and the health of our loved ones.

As a member of Parliament, I know our federal government has an important role to play in protecting the health and safety of Canadians. This includes the procurement of personal protective equipment for front-line workers, improving our health care system and supporting the provinces as they increase COVID-19 testing capacity. We have made significant progress on these issues, with the recent procurement of almost eight million rapid testing kits, as well as increasing domestic supplies of protective equipment.

We know that overcoming this pandemic and building a strong economic recovery requires support for Canadian families and small businesses. Those who remain out of work will continue to receive financial support through a robust, accessible EI system. Additional benefits are available for workers who must take a sick leave or who need to take time off work to care for a child due to facility closures. These benefits will continue to provide stable financial support so that Canadians can pay their bills, put food on the table and support their families.

Supporting the new school reality

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Supporting the new school reality

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

Each year, the month of September is filled with excitement as students head back for another school year. This year, the back to school season has been undoubtedly different, filled with mixed emotions from parents, children and teachers alike, as we move through our new reality.

As parents and grandparents, I know that we have all spent the past several months worrying about the health and well-being of our children, grandchildren and loved ones. For many children, being isolated and away from friends at school has been a challenge. For many working parents, school closures have resulted in the insurmountable task of balancing both work and childcare duties. In so many different ways, the pandemic has highlighted the need for a safe return to school.

Balancing the need for children to return to school amidst a pandemic is no simple task. Our teachers, support staff and school administrators have been working tirelessly to navigate this uncharted path. They deserve our utmost respect and appreciation for all they have done.

As a government, we know that the uncertainty of the new school year has caused stress and anxiety for many parents. To support families in our community and the schools in our neighbourhood, our government has created the Safe Return to Class fund. Manitoba schools will be receiving $85.41 million through this fund, to be used for the purchasing of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, adapted learning spaces, better air ventilation, and hand sanitizing stations.

Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

Each year, the month of September is filled with excitement as students head back for another school year. This year, the back to school season has been undoubtedly different, filled with mixed emotions from parents, children and teachers alike, as we move through our new reality.

As parents and grandparents, I know that we have all spent the past several months worrying about the health and well-being of our children, grandchildren and loved ones. For many children, being isolated and away from friends at school has been a challenge. For many working parents, school closures have resulted in the insurmountable task of balancing both work and childcare duties. In so many different ways, the pandemic has highlighted the need for a safe return to school.

Balancing the need for children to return to school amidst a pandemic is no simple task. Our teachers, support staff and school administrators have been working tirelessly to navigate this uncharted path. They deserve our utmost respect and appreciation for all they have done.

As a government, we know that the uncertainty of the new school year has caused stress and anxiety for many parents. To support families in our community and the schools in our neighbourhood, our government has created the Safe Return to Class fund. Manitoba schools will be receiving $85.41 million through this fund, to be used for the purchasing of personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, adapted learning spaces, better air ventilation, and hand sanitizing stations.

Restoring the health of Lake Winnipeg

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Restoring the health of Lake Winnipeg

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

Lake Winnipeg is Canada’s sixth-largest lake, the world’s 11th-largest freshwater lake, and its watershed is the second largest in our country.

The lake is a vital source of livelihoods to the many commercial fishers that operate on its waters, the majority of whom are Indigenous. Tourism in the watershed generates millions to the Manitoba economy and employs thousands of Manitobans.

Like many of you, I’m passionate about taking strong action to protect Lake Winnipeg. Recently, concerns have grown over its health as climate instability and other challenges such as algae blooms and the excessive flow of nutrients, like phosphorus, have deteriorated its water quality.

The management of freshwater issues is an important and shared responsibility for all levels of government. Significant efforts, investments and collaboration are required to solve the most pressing issues we face with this incredibly important resource.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

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Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid last month announced the investment of $25.7 million over the next five yearrs in the Lake Winnipeg Basin program.

Henteleff Park a jewel of our area

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Henteleff Park a jewel of our area

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

Henteleff Park is a natural greenspace in our community that runs along the eastern bank of the Red River in St. Vital and is home to over 150 different species of songbirds, plants, fish and wildlife.

The park was originally homesteaded by the Henteleff family, who immigrated to Canada in 1924 and bought the 40 acres, where they established a market garden.

The family began selling their produce from a small stand on St. Mary’s Road and became the first Jewish market gardeners in Western Canada.

Their years spent building their garden operation were filled with challenges overcome by hard work, and dedication to building a better life for their family. The Henteleff family’s rich history reflects the openness, diversity and promise of Canada, and resonates with the many families who have immigrated to Winnipeg and chosen our community as their home.

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid, centre, is pictured at the Henteleff Park interpretive centre with Henteleff Foundation staff, including four students hired for the summer as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The celebration may change, the reasons don’t

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The celebration may change, the reasons don’t

Terry Duguid 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 3, 2020

On Canada Day, the absence of large public gatherings will change how we celebrate, but it will not change why we celebrate.

Every year on July 1, Canadians across the nation come together to mark Canada Day. Typically, folks in our community join in outdoor festivities large and small as we celebrate the country we call home.

This year, Canada Day is special for a number of reasons. It’s the 40th anniversary of O Canada as our official national anthem and it’s been 55 years since the maple leaf became our flag. In Manitoba, it’s the 150th year since Louis Riel led our province in joining confederation.

Canada Day 2020 will stand apart as a unique time in our lives because of what we are doing as individuals and as governments, as we strive to manage our response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Friday, Jul. 3, 2020

On Canada Day, the absence of large public gatherings will change how we celebrate, but it will not change why we celebrate.

Every year on July 1, Canadians across the nation come together to mark Canada Day. Typically, folks in our community join in outdoor festivities large and small as we celebrate the country we call home.

This year, Canada Day is special for a number of reasons. It’s the 40th anniversary of O Canada as our official national anthem and it’s been 55 years since the maple leaf became our flag. In Manitoba, it’s the 150th year since Louis Riel led our province in joining confederation.

Canada Day 2020 will stand apart as a unique time in our lives because of what we are doing as individuals and as governments, as we strive to manage our response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.