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Soldier appearing on Royal Canadian Mint silver dollar honouring 75th Anniversary D-Day is identified

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The Royal Canadian Mint's 2019 Proof Silver Dollar - 75th Anniversary of D-Day (Royal Canadian Mint)
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Working with local historians and officers of the Bathurst, New Brunswick-headquartered North Shore Regiment, the Royal Canadian Mint has solved the mystery of the identity of the soldier whose face is dramatically portrayed on its 2019 Proof Silver Dollar commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. That soldier has been identified as Private George Herman Baker, a member of No. 3 Platoon, A Company, of the North Shore Regiment who landed with his comrades at Juno Beach, between Courseulles and St-Aubin-sur-Mer, France on June 6, 1944.

Private Baker lived through the Second World War and returned home to Liverpool, Nova Scotia where he raised a family in peace time. He is survived by his daughter Karen McLeod, to whom the Mint was honoured to present this coin in honour of her late father. Like so many other brave Canadians on D-Day, Private Baker risked everything to help restore an Allied foothold on the Western Front and eventually win the Second World War for Canada and its allies.

Private Baker’s image was adapted from several frames of archival film footage loaned to the Mint by the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy France. The 75-year-old film provides a rare and unique perspective of the North Shore Regiment landing at the Nan Red sector of Juno Beach. In consulting a number of experts to ensure the accuracy of its coin design, the Mint learned of Private Baker’s identity thanks to the invaluable assistance of Mr. Brandon Savage, historian and teacher at Miramichi Valley High School, Dr. Marc Milner, military historian at the University of New Brunswick, amateur historian Mr. Bruce Morton of Barrie, Ontario, and North Shore Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Renald Dufour.

George Baker was born in Nova Scotia on August 31,1923 and passed away in South Brookfield, N.S., on July 23, 2003. He was only 20 years old when he made history at Juno Beach.

“The North Shore men fought valiantly securing their landing objectives at the end of D-Day but suffered heavy losses which totaled 120 casualties of which 33 were fatal,” said North Shore Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Renald Dufour. “The D-Day landing was one of the most significant events in Canadian military history and our regiment was at the centre of it, with three other assaulting units. Honouring and recognizing nationally our soldiers’ legacy and their families’ sacrifices on the eve of the 75th anniversary with a commemorative coin is a remarkable and world-class act.”

“Helping to solve a 75-year-old mystery has been an exciting and humbling experience. As the grandson of a soldier of the North Shore Regiment who braved that fateful day, I am truly honoured that the Mint decided to pay homage not only to the regiment, but to the families who lost loved ones and those who supported the ones who came home,” said Miramichi Valley High School teacher Brandon Savage. “We now know that Private George Baker is the person behind the iconic D-Day footage. Private Baker represents the many men who defied their fears to make that heroic leap onto Juno Beach 75 years ago. We owe these courageous men our gratitude and I feel this coin represents that.”

Designed by Simcoe-area artist Tony Bianco, the 2019 Proof Silver Dollar vividly depicts Canadians coming ashore under enemy fire. It is a poignant testament to the brave soldiers who risked all to help Canada and its allies win the Second World War. Multiple engravings of the letter “V” for victory in Morse Code further illustrate the magnitude of an incredible moment in the life of Private George Baker and of all those who fought alongside him at Juno Beach.

The mintage, pricing and full background information on this coin can be found on the “Shop” tab of www.mint.ca. Coin images are available here.

This product can be ordered directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada,
1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Mint’s web site. The coin is also available at the Royal Canadian Mint’s boutiques in Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as through our global network of dealers and distributors, including participating Canada Post outlets.

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Minister Tassi meets with seniors in Edmonton to promote healthy aging and active participation in their communities

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Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and work places. They helped build Canada and continue to contribute to its success. This is why the Government of Canada is committed to providing Canadian seniors with greater security and a better quality of life.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, visited Edmonton, Alberta where she met with seniors and other partners to hear about issues important to older Canadians. During her discussions, the Minister encouraged seniors to stay active, engaged and informed, and highlighted a number of measures the Government of Canada has taken to improve their social and economic well-being.

While in Edmonton, Minister Tassi visited the Senior Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) and The Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing, whose projects form part of the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) collective impact plan, funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Pan-Canadian stream. The projects of seven organizations in total make up PEGASIS.

These organizations are working together to measurably reduce the social isolation of seniors in the Edmonton region by providing a variety of social supports, including friendly door-to-door visitor programs and telephone reassurance, information and connections to drop-in events and other community programs and services. Their projects directly support the Government of Canada’s overarching goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the full participation of individuals, including seniors, in all aspects of Canadian society.

Minister Tassi concluded her day meeting with seniors at Rosedale Developments Assisted Living, Millwoods Seniors Multicultural Centre and the South Edmonton Seniors Association, the latter of which is supported by the NHSP community-based project stream. The Association offers a variety of activities and services to the community including opportunities for seniors to become or remain physically active in a safe, supportive and clean environment.

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“The Government of Canada deeply values the contributions seniors make to our country. We know that when seniors can fully participate in society, everybody benefits.That is why the New Horizons for Seniors Program plays an important role in communities across Canada. By supporting projects through this program, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong and active presence, are encouraged to remain involved in their communities and receive the recognition, respect and support that they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

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  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
  • The NHSP fosters social inclusion and the engagement of seniors by encouraging seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others through projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities. The NHSP has two funding streams: community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.
  • Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
  • Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
  • Pan-Canadian project funding supports multi-year projects using collaborative and innovative approaches to increase the social inclusion of seniors.

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

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Celebrating the Grand Reopening of the Art Gallery of St. Albert

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Funding from the Government of Canada supported a full suite of renovation activities at the Art Gallery of St. Albert, allowing the space to become fully accessible

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods), attended the grand reopening of the Art Gallery of St. Albert. Minister Sohi toured the renovated space and delivered remarks on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The Department of Canadian Heritage invested $389,201 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund in support of this project. The project was also supported through the Enabling Accessibility Fund of Employment and Social Development Canada with funding of $34,000.

The renovations have improved building functionality and accessibility, while preserving the historic look and feel of the building. Modifications include a wheelchair ramp and new entrance, an elevator to access all three floors and a barrier-free washroom. In addition to making the space fully accessible, the Gallery has expanded, now totalling over 6,000 square feet.

Accessible and barrier-free cultural spaces enrich our communities by creating secure, inclusive environments where all Canadians, regardless of background, can access, discover and enjoy cultural programs and activities.

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“Building and improving cultural spaces helps make communities more vibrant, and helps our incredible artists showcase their work. It is also more important than ever that these spaces be fully accessible to Canadians to visit and use. I congratulate the Art Gallery of St. Albert on the reopening of their newly improved facility. These enhancements and upgrades will enable the Gallery to continue presenting new exhibitions, programs and events for many years to come.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“Since 2000, the Art Gallery of St. Albert has been providing exceptional visual arts experiences for people of all ages, offering innovative programming, and presenting local artists from Alberta and Canada and exhibitions year-round. I am delighted to celebrate the grand reopening of such an important community amenity, and I commend the Gallery on its commitment to accessibility and inclusivity.”

—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods)

“The barrier-free renovations to our building and the addition of a new exhibition gallery have transformed it into a fabulous contemporary art space that will serve the community for many years to come. Our thanks to the Government of Canada for its support of this important project.”

—Ann Ramsden, Executive Director, Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert

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St. Albert is a community located northwest of Edmonton and is the second largest city in Alberta’s Capital Region.

The Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert, established in 1998, promotes the visual arts and the natural and human heritage of the community and surrounding district. The Foundation delivers programs, exhibitions and research opportunities, and ensures the preservation of local historic buildings and artifacts.

The Foundation manages the Art Gallery of St. Albert, the Musée Héritage Museum and various heritage sites across the municipality. The Gallery provides enriching educational experiences that celebrate visual culture and artistic achievement through research, exhibition and interpretation.

The Art Gallery of St. Albert is a contemporary public art gallery that has been operating out of the historic Banque d’Hochelaga building since 2000. The building was constructed in 1921, with additions in 1955 and 1966. The building received municipal historic resource designation in 2009.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

The Enabling Accessibility Fund provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. The Art Gallery of St. Albert received $34,000 through the Fund in support of its facility renovations.

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Minister Rodriguez Announces an Appointment to the Board of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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The new Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees will help enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada

Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the appointment of Bruce P. Manion as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Bruce P. Manion is a retired public finance executive with over 30 years of experience in the federal public sector. He has been a leader of the federal financial community and has been responsible for driving successful change in a wide range of public organizations both large and small. He is a published author as well as a teacher of public administration. His specialties include financial and management accounting, business process improvement, performance management, audit, and organizational governance and learning. Mr. Manion, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa, is a member of the Society of Management Accountants and a fellow of the Society of Management Accountants.

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“Immigration has played a vital role in building our country. Thanks to his outstanding experience, the new Vice-Chairperson of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will help enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

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The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada. National museums are independent organizations that are part of the Canadian Heritage portfolio.

National museums are governed by the Museums Act, which was passed into law in 1990. Pursuant to the Act, Vice-Chairpersons are appointed by the Minister, with the approval of the Governor in Council.

This appointment was made under the Government of Canada’s new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, to support ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals.

The new approach requires a selection process for both full-time and part-time positions.

As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 17 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor-in-Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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