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A primer on Indigenous issues and the pledges in this election

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Indigeneity is intrinsically linked to the environment, and vice versa… One of the issues at the forefront of Indigenous health and wellness and the all-too-frequent inequities in care is the lack of clean, safe drinking water in many communities… Mental health is also a major issue: the suicide rate among Indigenous youth is five to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth… Indigenous children are still falling through jurisdictional cracks, and… equitable care should involve [Jordan’s] principle being expanded to family services, education and even the justice system.

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Prison breaking-point: Canada’s jail system is in crisis, and that affects all of us

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Prison conditions have become abject… and fixing that will cost money. But investment now, as well as work to reduce the prison population – namely, by eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and expanding supervised community programs – will vastly reduce prison costs, keep people in their communities and save Ottawa from costly legal challenges in the future.

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Liberals prove they don’t value Indigenous kids as much as other children

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Government spokespersons say they simply want more time to discuss how best to deal with compensation to victims and restorative justice for discrimination against First Nations children and families… But they didn’t ask. Instead, they went into court and filed arguments that said no compensation whatsoever should be paid.

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The Ford government needs to protect temporary workers

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

… it reversed… equal pay provisions, along with getting rid of two paid sick days for all workers and a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour… The Ford government should bring back the Liberal labour law updates it so thoughtlessly repealed and pass the necessary regulations to ensure companies who hire temp workers have an incentive to keep them safe… before tragedy strikes again.

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Blackface and an about-face: How Canada’s promise of reconciliation went wrong

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

While the tribunal’s initial nine orders focused on trying to stop Canada’s discrimination, the September 2019 order was intended to compensate the children and families who were harmed by the discrimination and would not benefit from new reforms. It was a small measure of justice for lost childhoods.

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Justice at last for Caledonia man arrested for carrying a Canadian flag

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Among a police officer’s many tasks are preserving the peace, preventing crime and protecting life and liberty, the judge said. But while the execution of these duties sometimes means police have to interfere with the liberty of individuals, “…a free and democratic society cannot tolerate interference with the rights of law-abiding people as a measure of first resort.

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A Brief History of Canada’s Failure to Fund Indigenous Kids Equitably

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bill C-92, which cedes Indigenous child welfare control back to Indigenous communities, is now law, which should change Indigenous child apprehension rates. But so far there’s no federal funding for implementation… While government after government pays lip service to doing better, millions on legal fees to avoid fulfilling obligations tell another story.

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Canada shouldn’t welcome birth tourists

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Birth tourism rankles the public because it feels like cheating… The way to do that is to adopt visa restrictions – denying visas to women who are coming to Canada expressly to give birth, and to crack down on both brokers and birth houses… Canada should remain a welcoming country but not one whose citizenship is for sale.

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There’s something more threatening than Trudeau’s blackface

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Bill 21 in Quebec… restricts what job you can have based on your faith… There are those who say that this is about religious neutrality. Make no mistake. It is not. This is a law that targets three groups of people: Muslim women who cover their heads, baptized Sikhs and Jewish men who wear a yarmulke… What this ban says is that people of certain faiths, and only these faiths, can’t be trusted to do their jobs.

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Ottawa willfully discriminated against First Nations children. Silence is no longer an option

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Greater numbers of Canadians are beginning to see the overwhelming evidence of federal government discrimination against First Nations children and are demanding action… Enough is enough… Now is the time for a comprehensive plan.

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