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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How do you say ‘leash your dog’ in Mohawk? Kahnawake woman hopes signs will help save language

Callie Karihwiióstha Montour worked with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake to put 20 new signs up around the town. (Simon Nakonechny/CBC) A new crop of road signs has popped up in Kahnawake, the Mohawk territory on Montreal’s South Shore, advising people to keep their pets on a leash, pick up their trash and watch out for crossing turtles. But these aren’t ordinary signs — the notices are written in Kanien’kéha, the Mohawk language, and are accompanied by pictograms. The multilingual signs are placed around the town in an effort to help residents pick up Kanien’kéha words and phrases in...

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Missing and murdered inquiry wants a new task force to review cold cases

Amid tight timelines and delays, commissioners with the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry are recommending the creation of a national police task force that could review cold cases and reopen investigations. While the chief commissioner, Marion Buller, has vowed to study police conduct, and "investigate the investigators," the commissioners are now calling on the federal government and provinces work together to establish a new, separate body to which families can be referred if they feel they got short shrift from police in the first place. The inquiry has long warned family members not to expect a...

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Tory, Hoskins urge rapid approval for winter-friendly injection site in Moss Park

A tent containing naloxone kits and injection implements is seen in Moss Park on Aug. 12, 2017. (CP24) Government officials are joining the call for an expedited approval of an indoor facility in Moss Park ahead of the winter season. The site – which currently consists of two white tents – was established on Aug. 12 by a group of volunteer harm reduction workers who felt the city was moving too slowly on approving three permanent ones. In the first 12 weeks, volunteers with the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance reportedly witnessed 1,976 injections and actively stopped or reversed 85...

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Sudbury architects participating in prestigious architecture exhibition

Canadian Presenter Douglas Cardinal (left) with co-curators David Fortin (centre) and Gerald McMaster. (Photo courtesy of Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc.) Faculty from the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury will be part of a team of architects representing Canada at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale . Held biennially in Venice, Italy, the Venice Architecture Biennale is the most prestigious exhibition in contemporary architecture. Founded in 1980, the initiative welcomes countries from around the globe to showcase their designs in locations around the city. More than 300,000 visitors are expected to participate in the 2018 edition, to be held May...

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Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry calls for police to reopen cold cases

National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Chief Commissioner, Marion Buller, and her fellow commissioners plan to ask the government for more time and money to complete their work, but would not say how much they need. OTTAWA—The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is calling for a special police task force to reopen cold cases dug up during its hearings across the country. The recommendation comes as part of the inquiry’s interim report published Wednesday. The inquiry is calling on Ottawa to create a commemoration fund for victims of violence, and...

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‘What does this mean?’: Indigenous sculptor brings ‘monumental’ works to U of A quad

The Hunter is one of three Stewart Steinhauer sculptures on the University of Alberta Quad until June 2018. (University of Alberta/Supplied) When Stewart Steinhauer was young, conversations about what it means to be Indigenous never happened. Now the 65-year-old sculptor from Saddle Lake Cree Nation might be part of why such conversations are taking place on the University of Alberta campus. Three of his sculptures are on display in the university’s quad until June. The Eagle Child , The Hunter and The Big Bear is Right are Steinhauer’s way of reaching out to those unfamiliar with Indigenous stories. This...

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Ottawa pledges $10 million to alleviate overincarceration of Indigenous

The federal government is spending $10 million over the next five years to to help previously incarcerated Indigenous people heal, rehabilitate and find good jobs. Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary for the minister of Public Safety The program, known as the Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative (ICCI), is just one of the steps Ottawa is taking to reduce the number of Indigenous people behind bars. “We know that Indigenous people are incredibly over-represented in our correctional system. On a global basis, even though Indigenous people only make up about four per cent of the Canadian population, they make up 27 per...

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...sale” of cannabis in the city. (Richmond has outlawed any form of retail cannabis.) The issue of ... School Board and the Gitxsan First Nation. Sakata said his interest is helping Richmond residents...

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