7 months down, 3 to go!
March came in like a lion and out like a lion for the interns, with few moments of calm as we continued with our second placements and exciting meetings with sponsors, alumni, political influencers, and interns from other legislatures!
March was a month of interviews… interns continued interviewing MPPs, Legislative Staff, Independent Officers, and others to write our academic papers for the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) conference at the end of May. We also interviewed OLIP candidates… and picked next year’s incredible interns!
These future interns will be joining an incredible network of alumni, many of whom we met this month, including Lisa Clements (Chief, Public Affairs and Communications at the Art Gallery of Ontario), Chris Morley (Former McGuinty Chief of Staff and current OMERS Government Relations VP), Aaron Denhartong (Public Affairs Advisor at the Law Society of Upper Canada). We also met alumni Sydney Oakes, Senior Policy Advisor at Chiefs of Ontario, who visited with Ontario Regional Chief Day and Chiefs of Ontario Chief Operating Officer Nathan Wright.
They will also be joining a network of legislative interns across Canada, and in March we had the pleasure of hosting Manitoba’s Legislative Interns. Their whirlwind tour brought them throughout the Leg, to City Hall for a visit with 6ix Dad Norm Kelly, and to George Stroumboulopoulos’ house, which also serves as the HQ for The Strombo Show.
This month we wrapped up our meetings with party leaders by spending some time with Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown who previously served as an MP in Ottawa. We also met with former MP Jean Augustine — the first African-Canadian female to serve in Parliament— and a former PC Chief of Staff, Senator, and Basic Income Champion Hugh Segal.
We learned more about Human Rights with Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane, discussed identities and race with journalist Denise Balkissoon, and talked with Jennifer Richardson about her work as Ontario’s new Anti-Human Trafficking Director Jennifer Richardson.
We rounded out the month at Maple Leaf Gardens for a tour with Alain Brandon and Jesse Dhaliwal (from our sponsor Loblaws), a visit to the BellLightbox Theatre to chat with Garrett Rodman (TIFF’s Manager of Government Relations), and a trip to the Mexican Consulate to meet with Consul General Thierry Muñoz Ledo and Deputy Consul General Dolores Repetto.
After a long 31-day March, the interns have no plans of slowing down in April! Be sure to follow us on our social media pages (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) to keep up with our journey.