I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the 12th meeting of the House of Commons Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This will be the first hybrid meeting of the committee. Some members will be participating via videoconference and some will be participating in person. This follows the order made by the House on May 26, 2020.
Members who have already participated in a virtual meeting of the special committee may actually not notice any change, except for the fact that some members are also participating from the floor of the House.
An additional rubric, that of statements by members, was also added to the proceedings of the committee.
In order to ensure that those joining the meeting via video conference can be seen and heard by those in the chamber, two screens have been set up in the chamber on either side of the Speaker’s chair. Sound amplification for virtual interventions will be available, and members in the chamber can listen to the floor sound or interpretation using the earpieces on their desks.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. Please also direct your remarks through the Chair. Thank you.
For those of you joining via video conference, I would like to remind you to leave your mike on mute when you are not speaking. Also, please note that if you want to speak in English, you should be on the English channel. If you want to speak French, you should be on the French channel. Should you wish to alternate between the two languages, you should change the channel to the language that you are speaking each time you switch languages.
Should members participating by videoconference need to request the floor outside their designated speaking times, they should activate their microphone and state that they have a point of order. Those in the chamber can simply rise in the usual way. Please note that today's proceedings will be televised in the same way as a typical sitting of the House.
Next we'll move on to ministerial announcements.
I understand that there are no ministerial announcements today, so we'll move on to petitions.
We'll be presenting petitions for a period not exceeding 15 minutes.
I would like to remind members that any petition presented during a meeting of the special committee must have already been certified by the clerk of petitions.
For members participating in person, we ask that they please come and drop the signed certificates off at the table once the petitions are presented.
First on our list for presenting petitions is Ms. May, who is joining us virtually.