• GENDER EQUALITY Who is minding the gap?

    Canada is higher than the OECD average in its gender pay gap, ranking as the seventh most unequal of 34 industrialized countries… Despite higher levels of education and more access to the work force, “ women’s efforts to build a better life are hampered by the unequal distribution of unpaid work, the gender barriers to many fields of work, the undervaluing of jobs held predominantly by women, and the often unspoken social norms that offer men higher wages and rates of promotion from the moment they enter the work force”… pay gaps are even greater for racialized and Indigenous women.

  • Black health needs to become a priority

    Black communities are disproportionately affected by health-related issues such as mental health, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, sickle cell, stroke and hypertension. But they have yet to be adequately addressed effectively within the Canadian health-care system… policy-makers need to recognize that racism and violence along with the social determinants of health play a role in the health outcomes of black communities in Canada.

  • Victims of abuse in residential schools may never be identified

    … [Indigenous Affairs Minister] Dr. Bennett said Thursday that… “Our government is committed to fixing the impact of the administrative split argument… We will be communicating before February 27 with the legal representatives of those who were affected by this issue and that deadline will not affect efforts to find a remedy for those whose claims were rejected or reduced because of the administrative split argument.‎”

  • Unfounded sexual assault cases: A human-rights issue

    The OHRC has made enforcing human rights in the criminal-justice system one of its key priorities for the next three to five years. We are also committed to promoting a human-rights culture through education – to address and eliminate, at the source, the kinds of stereotypes that may be behind some of these statistics. This is about our humanity and the true meaning of equal justice for all. Sexual-assault survivors must be taken seriously.

  • Hysteria from Conservatives over harmless motion on Islamophobia

    We live in a time both of much more widespread and open expressions of racism — thanks, internet — and of acute hypersensitivity to rude or even frank speech of all kinds. Each feeds off the other. But the alternative to “political correctness” is not bigotry and intolerance, and the answer to racism is not censorship. Indeed, we have too much of that already… The burden of proof is always on those who wish to restrict freedom to show why they must.

  • Sixties Scoop survivors win a just victory

    Like the residential schools, the “Sixties Scoop” was an attempt to forcibly assimilate indigenous children. The strategy was the same: dislocate them from their family, community and language – and watch the culture atrophy… “The issue is what was known in the 1960s about the existential importance to the First Nations peoples of protecting and preserving their distinctive cultures and traditions, including their concept of the extended family…”

  • Liberals revive funding for groups that take government to court

    The new program will offer a minimum of $1.5-million a year for the defence of minority-language rights. The remaining funding will go the defence of equality rights, democratic rights, freedom of religion, expression and association, and the right to life, liberty and security of the person… the new program will be administered by an independent body, with two panels of experts determining the funding that will go toward official-language rights and toward human rights.

  • Trudeau government must end foot-dragging on promises to indigenous people

    The department [of Indigenous and Northern Affairs] has the long-standing and unfortunate reputation of being incapable of creating improvements, either within its own ranks or for the indigenous people it is supposed to serve… “Until a problem-solving mindset is brought to these issues to develop solutions built around people instead of defaulting to litigation, arguments about money, and process roadblocks, this country will continue to squander the potential and lives of much of its Indigenous population,”

  • Ladies, check your privilege

    For all the barriers that women face, we have abundant freedoms and privileges that are not available to men… the myth that women only make 78 per cent of what men make is an alternative fact that does not stand up to reality. Besides, who does the dirty work? Not us… The vast majority of workplace fatalities are male. So are the vast majority of workers in policing, firefighting, war and other lethal professions… As for violence, men are the chief victims.

  • Quebec judge gives Ottawa more time to fix part of Indian Act declared discriminatory

    Recognizing that many sections of the Indian Act are discriminatory… the government said it would make changes in two phases. The first phase would focus on gender-based discrimination and the second phase would look at the rest of the act. Bill S-3… was introduced in the Senate rather than the House because… the government believed it could be expedited. But the Senate aboriginal peoples committee was not prepared to give it a rubber stamp… But all of the senators on the committee… agreed that the legislation was flawed.