Canada set to ban assault-style weapons, including AR-15 and the gun used in Polytechnique massacre

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Ottawa is set to ban a number of assault-style firearms and weapons involved in mass shootings in Canada and abroad, including the Ruger Mini-14 that was used during the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, federal officials say… The banning of firearms can be done by a decision of cabinet called an order-in-council and does not require the adoption of new legislation. There is no exact definition of a military-style firearm, which means the government’s decision is based on science as well as political choices.

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End solitary confinement, says Ontario human rights commissioner in wake of Adam Capay case

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Solitary confinement continues to be overused in Ontario correctional facilities and should be phased out entirely, says one of the central figures responsible for drawing attention to the plight of Adam Capay, the 26-year-old Indigenous man who spent more than four years in isolation… [The (OHRC) Commissioner found]… details emerging from the Capay case “extremely troubling” and urging the government to end the practice of isolating prisoners for 22 or more hours a day.

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Premiers urged to get serious about aboriginal education

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Aug. 05, 2010
Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo challenged provincial and territorial premiers to improve education, boost earning power, purge violence against women and enshrine human rights among Canada’s 1.3 million aboriginals during a meeting with the Council of the Federation… “We’ve talked about the economic benefits as well to this country. Our studies show that by 2020, if we close the education and employment gap, it would result in a $71-billion contribution to Canada’s GDP.”

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Human-rights lawyer opposes honour for right-to-vote pioneer Nellie McClung

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Apr. 25, 2010
In a match that pits a modern-day human-rights crusader against a historical women’s-rights pioneer, a prominent Winnipeg lawyer is questioning whether Nellie McClung should be venerated on the grounds where she first fought for her right to vote nearly a century ago… While Mr. Matas doesn’t deny Ms. McClung’s influential role in gaining the vote for Canadian women, he does take umbrage at her prominent support of the eugenics movement… By the mid-1930s, it had formed the intellectual basis for the forced sterilization of mental-health patients…

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