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Native Women’s Association of Canada Calls on Federal Government to Protect Incarcerated Indigenous Women, Gender-Diverse People from COVID-19

(April 28, 2020, Ottawa, ON): The federal government must act quickly to protect Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people from COVID-19, says the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in federal and provincial correctional institutions, the time to act is now. “Federal and provincial correctional institutions […]

by ahnationtalk on April 29, 202065 Views

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After 4 fatal police shootings in 40 days, Grand Chief wants Manitoba officers to wear body cams – CBC

Confidential Manitoba Justice study advised against them, but civilian investigators say they’re helpful Apr 29, 2020 After a rash of fatal shootings by police, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is calling for body-worn cameras by front-line officers to help restore its confidence in future independent investigations. In a span of 40 days beginning on March […]

by ahnationtalk on April 29, 202065 Views

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Judge finds driver not guilty in fatal hit-and-run of Mi’kmaw man – APTN News

April 28, 2020 A New Brunswick judge has delivered a “not guilty” verdict in the 2018 hit and run that killed Mi’kmaw youth Brady Francis of Elsipogtog. Driver Maurice Johnson said he believed he struck and killed a deer that night outside the N.B. First Nation. Johnson was free to leave the Moncton courtroom Tuesday […]

by ahnationtalk on April 28, 202046 Views

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COVID-19 should steer us away from jails and towards restorative justice – National Observer

April 28th 2020 Trapped in our new realities, we hope that on the other side of this pandemic, we will see fundamental changes to our socio-economic structures and to how we value human life and work. We hope that our governments will implement significant policy changes, lessons of Covid-19. But we also know that, on […]

by ahnationtalk on April 28, 202045 Views

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Manitoba politician spends 20 years fighting for families who are fighting child welfare – APTN News

April 27, 2020 Jon Gerrard is a pediatrician-turned-politician who has spent much of his 20 years at the Manitoba Legislature fighting for families abused by Manitoba’s “out of control” child welfare system. Manitoba has, per capita, the highest number of kids in care — 10,000 to 11,000 in any given year. He said devolution 20 […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202057 Views

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Letter from Amnesty International concerning attack on Tiny House Warriors camp in BC

April 27, 2020 Dear Premier Horgan and Deputy Commissioner Strachan, Amnesty International is writing this Open Letter to share our concerns and urge the provincial government and the RCMP to take effective and decisive action in response to an attack carried out against the Tiny House Warriors camp on April 19, 2020. The Tiny House […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202080 Views

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Young Fond du Lac homicide victim laid to rest – The Battlefords News-Optimist

April 27, 2020 The small northern Saskatchewan Dene First Nation community in Fond du Lac laid a young homicide victim to rest Saturday at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church. Community members honoured 18-year-old Skyler (Smith) Fern – who had a passion for hockey – by hanging jerseys in their windows. And when Fern’s body […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202049 Views

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MKO Offers to Condolences to First Nations Families Impacted by Recent Winnipeg Police Shootings

Apr 25, 2020 Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – On behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc., Grand Chief Garrison Settee is offering condolences to the families of the three First Nation citizens who have recently lost their lives due to Winnipeg Police shootings. “It is important to note that while we send condolences to […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202069 Views

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Ashley Simpson one of four women who went missing from region – Castanet.net

Four years after her disappearance, there is still no sign of Ashley Simpson, one of four women missing from the same region. Simpson had been living in the Yankee Flats area near Silver Creek, but has not been seen or heard from since April 28, 2016. Police investigated her disappearance and several searches of the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202029 Views

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Tsuut’ina Nation institutes fines for breaking curfew, a safeguard as Calgary COVID-19 cases rise – CBC

No cases have been reported on the First Nation but neighbouring Calgary has seen cases near 3,000 Apr 26, 2020 Tsuut’ina First Nation has yet to see its first case of COVID-19 but with nearly 3,000 cases in neighbouring Calgary, the reserve is on high alert. On Saturday, a new emergency curfew law for the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 202066 Views

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‘It’s horrific. It really is’: The suicide deaths of two teens in care raise questions about child welfare in Ontario – APTN News

April 24, 2020 Pamela Freeman’s apartment is filled with photographs of her grandson Devon. They are a memorial of a life cut too short, one filled with pain and loss but also love. “He started to have struggles when his mom passed away and he was only six,” Freeman remembers. “But he never cried, his […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 2020110 Views

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BC Government: Provincial justice system advisory groups established

April 24, 2020 VICTORIA – The Ministry of Attorney General is establishing two advisory groups to support government response to the impact of restrictive public health measures on the justice system. These groups will help government support courts and tribunals in delivering services as effectively as possible during the pandemic and in minimizing its impact […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 2020117 Views

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PAGC is calling for the third reading of its proposed back alley curfew to be tabled

April 24, 2020 Treaty 6 Territory/Prince Albert. Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) is requesting Prince Albert City Council’s Executive Committee to delay the passage of its proposed curfew bylaw and consider it for a different date until there is further consultation. Upon closer examination of the proposed bylaw, PAGC’s leadership is concerned that police officers […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 2020115 Views

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Joven Narwal Appointed to TFN Judicial Council

April 24, 2020 Executive Council has appointed Joven Narwal to join TFN’s Judicial Council Narwal is the founding partner of Narwal Litigation LLP, an Adjunct Professor at UBC Allard School of Law, Past President of the Vancouver Bar Association and a former Crown prosecutor. He obtained an undergraduate and law degree from U.B.C. where he […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202075 Views

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Fatal vehicle crash on Highway 3 south of Behchoko

April 23, 2020 Behchoko RCMP responded to a single vehicle incident approximately 15 km south of Behchoko. At approximately 5:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Behchoko RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle incident near Mosquito Creek, south of Behchoko. Members located a vehicle on its roof, about 150 feet off the roadway. Two […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202086 Views

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Police shootings no anomaly – Niigaan Sinclair – Net Newsledger

April 24, 2020 WINNIPEG – Winnipeg police have shot and killed three Indigenous people in 10 days. On April 8, 16-year-old Eishia Hudson died at an intersection on Lagimodiere Boulevard, after police officers chased a group of teens driving a stolen SUV after a reported liquor store robbery. Less than 12 hours later, 36-year-old Jason […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202050 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision on Compensation for First Nation Children in Government Care

Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision on Compensation for First Nation Children in Government Care (Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is pleased with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision of April 16, 2020, that provides further clarity on compensation for First Nations children unnecessarily […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 2020117 Views

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Warrantless entries not justified to enforce Nunavut’s ban on gatherings, says official – Nunatsiaq News

24 April 2020 “I don’t foresee that happening with the current circumstances” Nunavut’s chief medical officer and the territory’s health minister say they can’t see why the government’s order banning gatherings during the COVID-19 health emergency could justify entries into homes without a warrant in hand. The comments came during the Wednesday news conference when […]

by ahnationtalk on April 24, 202075 Views

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Indigenous Bar Association Calls Upon Federal, Provincial and Territorial Justice Ministers and Attorneys General to Immediately Release Low-risk Indigenous Inmates over COVID-19

Indigenous Bar Association Calls Upon Federal, Provincial and Territorial Justice Ministers and Attorneys General to Immediately Release Low-risk Indigenous Inmates over COVID-19 OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada ( “IBA”) calls on federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General to immediately release low-risk Indigenous people who are currently incarcerated. […]

by ahnationtalk on April 23, 202088 Views

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Civil liberties org watching how politicians are policing people during pandemic – APTN News

April 23, 2020 Nunavut health officials are defending their pandemic powers after receiving a complaint from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said he didn’t see a scenario that would include using “warrantless searches” under the state of emergency triggered by COVID-19. “To be perfectly honest, I can’t […]

by ahnationtalk on April 23, 202038 Views

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Winnipeg Police Killed Three Indigenous People in 10 Days – VICE

The Indigenous Bar Association is calling for an inquiry after the recent shooting deaths of two men and a 16-year-old girl. Families are reeling and Indigenous organizations are calling for answers after Winnipeg police shot and killed three Indigenous people in the span of only 10 days. Eishia Hudson, 16, was shot by police on […]

by ahnationtalk on April 22, 202077 Views

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Fort Chipewyan, with a curfew imposed, rides out the pandemic – Cabin Radio

Alice Rigney peeks out of her kitchen window at the weather outside. “I’m getting cabin fever in here,” she says of being homebound for over three weeks in Fort Chipewyan. The 68-year-old says she has “done a lot of reading, cleaned out I don’t-know-how-many drawers.” She laughs, then her voice momentarily is silent again. “I […]

by ahnationtalk on April 22, 202046 Views

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The AMC offers condolences to the First Nations citizens who have lost their lives in recent Winnipeg Police involved shootings and calls for an investigation by the Manitoba Police Commission

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas offers condolences to the families and Nations of the First Nations citizens who have recently lost their lives due to recent shootings by Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) officers. The AMC also calls for an investigation by the Manitoba Police Commission into […]

by ahnationtalk on April 22, 202079 Views

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Southern Manitoba chiefs calling for Indigenous police oversight commission after latest shooting – APTN News

April 21, 2020 The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) in Manitoba is calling for the development of an Indigenous oversight body to investigate police shootings. The request comes after three Indigenous people were shot and killed by Winnipeg police over a ten day period. These deaths are currently being investigated by Manitoba’s watchdog. But the issue […]

by ahnationtalk on April 22, 202070 Views

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Western Nunavut town moves to enforce COVID-19 bans – Nunatsiaq News

New peace officers provide education, warnings Last week, the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk’s bylaw officers, Timothy St. Croix and Bob Appatok, also became peace officers: a big part of their job now includes enforcing COVID-19 health restrictions. The Public Health Act order restricting mass gatherings gives peace officers the right to enter a dwelling […]

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 202045 Views

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Grand Council Treaty #3 Expresses Condolences to Families and Victims in Nova Scotia

April 20, 2020 It is with great shock and sadness that Grand Council Treaty #3 received the news of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia this past weekend. On behalf of the citizens and leadership of Grand Council Treaty #3 we express our condolences to the families that have lost loved ones in this tragic […]

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 202054 Views

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NWAC President Offers Condolences to those Affected by Nova Scotia Shooting

Ottawa, ON, April 20, 2020 – The President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Lorraine Whitman, today issued the following statement on the shootings in Portapique, Nova Scotia: “I was incredibly saddened to learn of the senseless violence that took place in Portapique and neighbouring communities yesterday. As a proud member of Glooscap […]

by ahnationtalk on April 21, 202062 Views

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Nova Scotia Chiefs Offer Condolences in Nova Scotia Shooting

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs express their deepest condolences to all those affected by yesterday’s tragic incident in Nova Scotia. “We all have been shaken by what has happened in our region and the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia mourn the losses of these individuals alongside our family, friends and neighbours,” said Chief Sidney […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 2020102 Views

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Statement: BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Statement on Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – April 17, 2020) – April 12-18, 2020 is Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in British Columbia. “While we are all working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing, we know that staying at home is not always a safe option. Gender-based violence has been […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 202053 Views

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Man killed by police on Saturday was young father with ‘a smile to remember,’ says sister – CBC

Community mentor says tensions between the Indigenous community, police at all-time high Apr 19, 2020 The sister of a 22-year-old killed by Winnipeg police on Saturday morning says he was a man with “a smile to remember” who loved his family. Stewart Kevin Andrews was shot by police after officers were responding to a report […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 202056 Views

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Protecting Nunavummiut children during COVID-19

April 17, 2020 Nunavut RCMP would like to help residents of the territory keep their children and youth safe during this time of uncertainty. With children and youth at home, having to social distance from friends and extended family and more often using the internet to communicate and occupy their time, the Nunavut RCMP would […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 202078 Views

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Pasqua, Muscowpetung First Nations deal with security issues amid pandemic – Regina Leader-Post

As the Pasqua First Nation is working to keep its elders healthy and free of COVID-19, it’s also contending with people trying to sneak onto its land by using ATVs to go around security checkpoints. “I don’t know if it’s band members; (they) are trying to sneak around on their ATVs, the four-wheelers. (Security guards) […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 202056 Views

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Rights Groups React to Prisoner Death in Custody; Call for Public Inquest and Immediate Release of Prisoners to Stop Dangerous Spread of COVID-19

April 17, 2020, VANCOUVER, Coast Salish Territories – Prisoner rights, human rights, Indigenous and civil liberties groups are reacting to the horrific news of a death in Correctional Service of Canada’s custody of a person incarcerated at Mission Institution in BC. Mission Institution is the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak at a federal institution […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 2020185 Views

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COVID-19 in prisons stands to be a death sentence for overincarcerated Indigenous peoples

Indigenous leadership demand proactive response from governments April 17, 2020 (xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl R ilwətaʔɬ/sel R ílwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh)/Vancouver, BC – First Nations leadership across BC is united in calling for immediate action to protect incarcerated peoples amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Mission Institution is now […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 2020156 Views

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AMC expresses serious concerns regarding the unfair treatment of youth in the Manitoba Justice System during the COVID-19 pandemic

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is expressing grave concerns regarding the unlawful treatment of youth in the justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Solitary confinement of youth in the Manitoba Remand Centre is harsh and disproportionate punishment for children,” said AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “As part of the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 202099 Views

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MKO: Ongoing Response to COVID-19: Incarcerated Populations

Apr 16, 2020 The Northern Health Authority has shared the following update with MKO on the issue of incarcerated populations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ongoing Response to COVID-19: Incarcerated Populations Admissions and Releases All new admissions will now be processed through the Winnipeg Remand Centre (WRC) and isolated for 14 days. Direct lock up privileges […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 202055 Views

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Ste. Rose du Lac RCMP respond to vehicle-pedestrian collision

On April 16, 2020, at 6:35 am, officers from the Ste. Rose du Lac RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle-pedestrian collision that occurred on Lake Road NE, located approximately three kilometres east of PR 278, in the Ebb and Flow First Nation. Officers attended the collision and located the victim, a 36-year-old male […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 202083 Views

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Accessing domestic violence resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised. When […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 202072 Views

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The Indigenous Bar Association Calls For An Inquiry Into The Death Of 16-Year-Old Indigenous Girl Shot And Killed By Winnipeg Police

THE INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR AN INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 16-YEAR-OLD INDIGENOUS GIRL SHOT AND KILLED BY WINNIPEG POLICE OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (“IBA”) expresses profound outrage and dismay at the disproportionate use of force by a member of the Winnipeg Police Service (“WPS”) who shot and killed Eishia Hudson, […]

by pmnationtalk on April 16, 2020176 Views

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Canada: 301 organizations, academics and others urge governments to adopt human rights oversight of COVID-19 responses

OTTAWA – A total of 301 organizations, academics and former politicians from across the country are calling on all levels of government in Canada to take urgent steps to strengthen human rights oversight amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 157 organizations and 144 individuals – including Indigenous organizations, civil society groups, unions, academics and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 2020146 Views

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Help for Indian day school class action members moves online – Cabin Radio

The federal Indian day school class action is one of many things that has had to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. The law firm handling the settlement cancelled in-person sessions aimed at assisting class members with filling out forms and addressing any legal questions they may have. Those sessions have now moved online. “We recognize […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202086 Views

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UBCIC: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Must be Respected During COVID-19

April 14, 2020 During the extreme challenges caused by the current threat of the coronavirus, our Nations and organizations are profoundly concerned with ensuring respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights, particularly their rights to self-determination, health, security and well-being. Related Treaty rights of Indigenous peoples must also be fully considered. The Coalition for the Human Rights […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202062 Views

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Inuit getting caught up in anti-Asian hate crimes in Montreal, advocates say – APTN News

April 14, 2020 As advocates continue to condemn a reported rise of anti-Asian hate crimes in Montreal, Inuit living in the city are also alleging harassment by strangers in the era of COVID-19. “Inuit people are often mistaken for Asians, and they may be as well the target of anti-Asian hate,” explained Fo Niemi, Executive […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202052 Views

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Canadian Civil Liberties Association put enforcement of pandemic orders under spotlight – The Sudbury Star

With bylaw officers and police across Canada dishing out tickets and charges to people accused of breaking emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, a national human-rights organization wants to hear from anyone caught in the crackdown. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has launched a portal for individuals who have been ticketed or charged to […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202084 Views

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Human remains found near Couchiching First Nation – CBC

OPP say remains are of 30-year-old Chauncey Lyle Grover Apr 14, 2020 Ontario Provincial Police say human remains found on April 8 are those of a man who was reported as missing in January 2020. Police said the remains, found in a wooded area near Couchiching First Nation, are those of 30-year-old Chauncey Lyle Grover. […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 202042 Views

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AB Government: Reducing spring wildfires and protecting municipalities

Alberta Wildfire is hiring 200 additional firefighters, invoking a fire ban, implementing off-highway vehicle (OHV) restrictions, increasing fine violations and funding $20 million more in community FireSmart initiatives, all to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season during COVID-19. Alberta Parks is also instituting a fire ban in all provincial parks and protected areas. These early […]

by ahnationtalk on April 14, 2020111 Views

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Family of man fatally shot by Winnipeg police says he overcame ‘troubled past’ to care for kids – CBC

Jason Collins, 36, died after being shot by officers responding to domestic violence call on Thursday Apr 11, 2020 The family of a man shot and killed by Winnipeg police on Thursday is remembering him as a funny person who would “light up the whole room” with his humour and laughter. “He was so loving,” […]

by ahnationtalk on April 14, 2020125 Views

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MB Government: New Measures to Enforce Public Health Orders in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 9, 2020 The Manitoba government and the City of Winnipeg are working in collaboration for an ‘Operation Safe Apart’ pandemic public health enforcement strategy, including new pre-set fines for individuals or business owners who disregard public health orders, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman announced […]

by ahnationtalk on April 9, 2020118 Views

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Emergency payment to Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville – brockvillenewswatch.com

BROCKVILLE – The provincial government has given an emergency payment to Victim Services of Leeds-Grenville to address a spike in domestic violence. Local MPP Steve Clark announced Wednesday that the organization will be getting $50,500. There has been a surge locally of domestic violence reported by victim services organizations as people are cooped up during […]

by ahnationtalk on April 8, 202061 Views

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IRC recommends restrictions as illegal re-sale of alcohol increases in Region

April 7, 2020 (Inuvik) – Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) calls on the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to limit sale of alcohol to individuals. IRC asks that this restriction be put in place immediately to effectively reduce the illegal re-sale of alcohol common in the communities. IRC recommends this measure at this time as […]

by ahnationtalk on April 8, 202065 Views

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