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Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Toronto, ON - The outstanding young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) are joining forces for the first time for a four-city Canadian tour in November of 2019. This celebration of international musical collaboration and friendship will feature a total of 76 musicians between the two orchestras.

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Today, an estimated 152 million children are victims of child labour worldwide. These 152 million children are being denied their right to have access to education and to a safe living environment. On the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour on 12 June, the European Union, alongside its international partners, reiterates its strong commitment towards guaranteeing the fundamental human rights of every child, as defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development target to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.

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The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is boosting Canada’s trade with the world’s second-largest market and helping to create jobs here in Canada. Signed in October 2016, CETA entered into force in September 2017.

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Tomorrow, Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will begin a two-day visit to Canada to promote the cooperation of business networks – also called clusters – between the EU and Canada.

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The EU High Representative and the Foreign Ministers of Portugal and Uruguay, in representation of the International Contact Group (ICG), met today in New York with the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Peru and Chile, in representation of the Lima group, to discuss the situation in Venezuela. This is part of the ICG’s decision to intensify diplomatic engagement with relevant players in the international community.

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Thousands of visitors shared in the joy of a warm and sunny Europe Day in the National Capital at Lansdowne Park on 26 May. The day-long celebration marking the 69th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration was hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the Embassies of EU Member States.

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The Delegation of the European Union to Canada is hosting a series of activities throughout the month of May to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration – Europe Day. On 8 May 2019, EU Ambassador Peteris Ustubs and Ms. Anna Ustuba hosted a reception at the National Arts Centre in the presence of guest speaker the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions. The reception was followed by flag-raising ceremonies in Toronto and Halifax on 9 May. The European Union flag will also be raised at Ottawa City Hall.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we pay tribute to the essential role of cultural diversity in Europe and around the world for fostering dialogue, respect, and contributing to sustainable development and growth. Europe is a continent of cultural diversity. Our societies, institutions and laws are the outcome of centuries of exchanges of ideas, values, traditions and memories.

1. Overview of the human rights and democracy situation: Canada's human rights protection framework remains among the most robust worldwide, with solid legal, political and social bases. Overarching laws protecting human rights exist at federal, provincial and territorial levels and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is entrenched in the Canadian Constitution. The Charter applies to governments while a different legislation, the Canadian Human Rights Act of 1977 provides protection from discrimination by the federal government or private companies.

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