Day: December 2, 2017

‘Historic agreement’: Canada signs High Arctic commercial fishing ban

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the agreement marks the ‘first time an international agreement of this magnitude has been reached before any commercial fishing takes place on a region of the high seas.’ (CBC) An international deal has been reached to prevent commercial fishing in the High Arctic for at least the next 16 years. "Canada has reached an historic agreement in principle today in Washington, D.C. to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean," Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc said in a statement Thursday. "It’s the first time an international agreement...

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Alleged sexual assault victims can sue N.W.T. gov’t anonymously, judge rules

The two men, both known only as John Doe, are launching a lawsuit against the government for harm the say they suffered while in its care. (Walter Strong/CBC) A Yellowknife judge has ruled two Northwest Territories men can sue the Northwest Territories government anonymously. The two men, both known only as John Doe, are launching a lawsuit against the government for harm the say they suffered while in its care. They claim they were repeatedly sexually abused three decades ago at a child welfare centre in Inuvik. The men want their names to be kept out of court records...

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Quebec Asks Store Clerks To Only Greet Customers In French

A taxi with Bonjour on the side is seen Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Montreal. The National Assembly is formally asking Quebec’s merchants to "warmly" greet their clients with the word "Bonjour," and drop the old standard "Bonjour-hi." QUEBEC — Mariya Sadat greets customers in various languages at the Old Montreal souvenir shop where she works. She’ll use "bonjour," "hi," or, if it seems appropriate, she’ll try a few words of Spanish, Urdu, or German to make them feel welcome. "I want to keep my customers happy and leave them with good memories of when they come to Canada,"...

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Ecole Polytechnique presents $30,000 scholarship in honour of Montreal massacre victims

Order of the White Rose recipient Ella Thomson, pictured Dec. 1, said learning about the massacre was a powerful reminder of the violence women in non-traditional fields have faced. The Winnipeg native is now studying for a PhD at Stanford University. MONTREAL—Ecole Polytechnique has honoured a young female engineering student from Manitoba just days before the 28th anniversary of the 1989 massacre that claimed 14 lives. University of Manitoba graduate Ella Thomson received the Order of the White Rose in a ceremony in Montreal Friday. She received a $30,000 scholarship as well as a necklace and 14 white roses...

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More courageous policy needed to stem AIDS/HIV: Opinion

Virus still disproportionately affects marginalized communities despite some progress on policy, academics say On World AIDS Day, we are seeing red. The red ribbon has long been a potent symbol of HIV/AIDS activism, signifying anger at the bureaucratic red tape that, in the 1980s, delayed release of life-saving treatments to people living with HIV/AIDS. Treatment access and effectiveness have since improved for some living with HIV/AIDS (at least in Canada — the global majority still have unconscionably limited access to HIV/AIDS medications). So why are we still seeing red? Why are we angry today? We are angry because HIV...

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