Canada celebrates museum opening


WINNIPEG – After more than a decade in the planning and more than five years of construction, Canadians will celebrate the opening of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) on September 20 and 21 with a diverse program featuring everything from skateboarding to opera to Aboriginal dance.

Canada accredits new Philippine Ambassador

Governor General David Johnston welcomes new Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Petronila P. Garcia. Photo by Sgt. Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall

OTTAWA –   Governor General, David Johnston, received the credentials of six newly arrived ambassadors to Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on September 3. Among them was the new Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Petronila P. Garcia who takes over the post from Leslie B. Gatan.

Since 2011, Garcia served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Middle East and African Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Between 2008 and 2011 she was the Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Israel. Prior to that, she was the Philippine Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt with concurrent jurisdiction over Sudan from 2004 to 2008). She was the Philippines’ first woman ambassador to an Arab country. She has also served in various government posts in Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Pretoria and Seoul.