Day: November 6, 2017

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Qalipu First Nation building friendship bridge

Two communities living in Grand Falls-Windsor came together on Saturday, Nov. 4 to build a friendship bridge. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Qalipu First Nation Band came together to celebrate both cultures with prayers and passages from the Quran, as well as the Qalipu’s honouring song, drumming circle and travelling song. The event was hosted by Dr. Mohamed Boodhun at the request of Lal Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Community, who was travelling across Canada to meet with Indigenous people. “We are a persecuted community and whenever we come to know of another community that is facing...

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‘High hopes’ for MMIWG national inquiry in Edmonton

Gareth Hampshire Every day for the past 18 years, Stephanie Harpe has carried an unrelenting anguish from the death of her mother. Ruby Anne McDonald was found dead in an Edmonton apartment building in 1999. Harpe, now 40, has since dedicated herself to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and is set to speak in Edmonton on Tuesday with a team from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. “I am brave. I am strong. I am a healed woman,” Harpe said. Harpe said she will be the first of 58 witnesses who...

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‘I’ll never give up’: Mother of man last seen 3 years ago marks anniversary with plea for information

The family of a man who has been missing for three years is marking the anniversary of his disappearance with a community feast and a plea for information. “We want people to bring forward tips or leads … search their minds, and search their hearts for anything that they might possibly know about the disappearance of my son,” said Lydia Daniels, whose son Colten Pratt disappeared Nov. 6, 2014. Pratt was 26 years old when he was last seen leaving the Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg around 9:30 p.m. He was also possibly spotted at a bus shelter on...

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Climate and Caribou: Canadian Boreal Protection Helps Both

This post was written by Courtenay Lewis, Canada Project Consultant Two Problems, Joint Solution Last week, two new reports shed light on the dangerous consequences of clearcutting Canada’s boreal forest. On Tuesday, Canada’s federal government released a report showing that Canada’s provinces are failing to prevent boreal caribou habitat loss, and that consequently caribou populations are declining. The next day, NRDC published a new report illustrating that boreal forest clearcutting is undermining Canada’s efforts to combat climate change, by adding annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 5.5 million vehicles to the country’s already accounted-for emissions. Rather than...

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A Victory for Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples: Canada Court Rejects Toxic-Spilling Chevron’s Case

Ecuador’s Indigenous groups will no longer have to cough up US$1 million on legal fees that Chevron, the oil giant, had earlier claimed from the groups, Ontario’s top court has ruled. The court dismissed Chevron’s claim to legal fees, saying it was a recourse to block the case. “An order for security for costs should only be made where the justness of the case demands it,” the Appeal Court said. “Courts must be vigilant to ensure an order that is designed to be protective in nature is not used as a litigation tactic to prevent a case from being...

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