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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.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the European Union reiterates its unswerving commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

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