Day: November 2, 2017

Domestic violence campaigners warn that Government could be about to ‘dismantle’ life-saving refuges

Domestic violence campaigners have warned that an overhaul of supported housing funding will “dismantle” life-saving refuges and undermine Theresa May’s pledge to do more to help women fleeing violent partners. The Prime Minister recently announced a U-turn on controversial plans for all social housing tenants to have their housing benefit capped in line with the private rented sector, which would include thousands of vulnerable people living in supported accommodation. Under the proposals, councils would take charge of ring-fenced funding for short-term and emergency accommodation such as refuges and homeless shelters, prompting concern over a "postcode lottery" of funding for...

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Politics Briefing newsletter: First report comes today for missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry

Open this photo in gallery: Chief commissioner Marion Buller listens before the start of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Smithers, B.C., on Tuesday September 26, 2017. Good morning. We start with a report from Gloria Galloway: The commission looking into the tragedy of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women will provide a glimpse today of what it has learned during its first problem-plagued year of operation. Two commissioners, including Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, will be in Ottawa to present an interim report of their findings. The report will be a...

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B.C. premier says Site C could end up in Supreme Court over Indigenous rights

The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Premier John Horgan says British Columbia’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project could face lengthy legal battles over Indigenous rights and may eventually end up in the Supreme Court of Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan says British Columbia’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project could face ongoing legal battles over Indigenous rights and may eventually end up in the Supreme Court of Canada. Horgan made the comments Tuesday on the eve of the release of...

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Who is Métis? Statistics Canada numbers open window on debate

David Chartrand, president of the Manitoba Metis Federation, middle, carries the Métis flag as he and other leaders and delegates march to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on April 14, 2016, before the ruling in the Daniels vs. Canada case. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) The president of the Manitoba Metis Federation says the 2016 census numbers for Métis in Canada are wrong — but his objections point to a larger debate about who in fact is Métis. "People just think that because you have potentially First Nation blood in you that you can quantify yourself as Métis,"...

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Winnipegger’s picture book about residential school legacy wins Governor General’s Award

David Alexander Robertson, winner of the Governor General’s Award for young people’s illustrated books, says it was important for him ‘to try and educate kids about residential school history.’ (Provided by David Robertson) David Alexander Robertson says hearing he had won the Governor General’s Award for young people’s literature, illustrated books, was "surreal." "Even this morning, just seeing it online, I was kind of questioning whether I was awake or not," he said after the news came out Tuesday morning. "It’s been a surreal kind of few weeks for sure." The Winnipeg writer found out a few weeks ago...

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