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Independent Police Oversight Review: OHRC calls for implementation of recommendations and a renewed commitment to address systemic discrimination

April 7, 2017 Toronto – The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has long been concerned with systemic discrimination in policing, which is a lived reality for many Ontarians. The result is mistrust that undermines effective policing and ultimately public safety. The OHRC welcomes the Honourable Michael H. Tulloch’s recommendations, which are a significant step forward […]

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B.C. woman guilty of killing great grandson’s mom after parenting argument – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 7, 2017  By Andrea Peacock, Kelowna Daily Courier THE CANADIAN PRESS KELOWNA, B.C. _ A Penticton, B.C., woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her great-grandson’s mother. A B.C. Supreme Court jury in Kelowna returned with a guilty verdict for 67-year-old Grace Robotti on Thursday night after deliberating […]

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Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of Ontario

April 7, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists […]

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OIPRD Welcomes Recommendations to Improve Complaint System

TORONTO – The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) welcomes recommendations for changes to the police complaints system that will increase public confidence and make the system more effective, transparent and accountable. “I support the recommendations in Justice Tulloch’s report that will make the complaint system stronger and enhance public confidence, such as […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 2017366 Views

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Students and survivors across Quebec call for ongoing and improved collaboration on sexual violence

MONTRÉAL and TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC and CHICOUTIMI, QC and RIMOUSKI, QC, April 6, 2017  – Full open letter available here: https://aveq-nous.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Open-Letter-Sexual-Violence-Consultations.pdf Today, ten student and survivor-focused groups released a statement advocating for a survivor-centric response by the province to sexual violence. As groups which had been both included or excluded from of the Ministry of Education and Post-Secondary Education’s consultation on […]

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Policing Media Release

Kuujjuaq, Québec, April 4, 2017 – In the evening of Saturday, April 1st a 12-year-old girl was accidently struck to the head by a puck while watching a hockey game at the local municipal arena of Salluit, Nunavik. Following the incident, the girl received medical attention. On Sunday morning, her death was determined at the […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 2017321 Views

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Ontario Improving Transparency and Accountability in Police Oversight

April 6, 2017 2:30 P.M. Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario will immediately begin building a more transparent and accountable police oversight system to strengthen trust between police and the communities they serve. Last year, the province appointed Justice Michael H. Tulloch to lead an independent review of Ontario’s police oversight system to improve the transparency and […]

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Not tracked as it is not permitted:’ Manitoba stops tracking CFS wards in hotels – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 6, 2017  By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG _ The Manitoba government has stopped tracking the controversial use of hotel rooms to house kids seized by child-welfare workers. The former NDP government promised to stop putting up kids in hotels, except in exceptional circumstances, after repeated criticism from the province’s children’s […]

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Rally expected at fourth day of Gerald Stanley preliminary hearing – CBC

A protest is expected to occur on Thursday morning Apr 06, 2017 Thursday will be fourth day of the Gerald Stanley preliminary hearing in North Battleford. It’s scheduled to run until tomorrow, but it will likely wrap up today. Stanley is accused of second degree murder after fatally shooting 22-year-old Colton Boushie last summer. Stanley […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 2017152 Views

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Mayor, police chief patrol Winnipeg’s North End with Bear Clan – CBC

Bowman dressed in vest, signed waiver and is now an official member of the clan Apr 06, 2017 The Bear Clan Patrol welcomed some high-profile honorary members during a walk through Winnipeg’s North End on Wednesday night. Mayor Brian Bowman and police Chief Danny Smyth joined the grassroots group, which patrols some of Winnipeg’s toughest […]

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Stanley lawyer warns against ‘spreading of misinformation’ on last day of prelim hearing – StarPhoenix

As he prepares for the third and final day of Gerald Stanley’s preliminary hearing, the lawyer representing the 55-year-old Glenside resident says “distractions and the spreading of misinformation are potentially compromising the legal process.” Lawyer Scott Spencer responded late Wednesday to comments made earlier in the week outside court. “There’s reports of how the police […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 2017138 Views

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RCMP investigating online racist comments linked to death of indigenous man – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 5, 2017 VICTORIA _ The B.C. and Yukon governments have signed an agreement pledging to co-operatively manage shared waters within the sprawling Mackenzie River basin. The agreement specifically covers waters and tributaries of the Liard River, which springs from the mountains south of Ross River in Yukon, crosses the northeastern corner of […]

by ahnationtalk on April 6, 2017290 Views

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BCCLA: Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in BC Concerned About National Inquiry

Reach Out Now to Family Members and Survivors; Set Out the Plan for Systemic Investigation The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia is a broad network of grassroots organizations and individuals who have come together to address the crisis of murdered and disappeared Indigenous women and girls in BC […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 2017130 Views

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Bear Witness Day

This year marks 10 years since Jordan’s Principle was unanimously passed in the House of Commons. Last year the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle by May 10, 2016. Jordan’s Principle ensures that First Nations young people receive the same services as all other young people in the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 2017513 Views

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Ontario Sixties Scoop Claim Information Session – Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

April 3, 2017 The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is inviting community members who may have been affected by the Sixties Scoop to attend an information  session  on  Tuesday,  April  18,  2017, from 1PM until 4PM at the Kawehno:ke Recreation Center. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  is  hosting  this  session and  includes  a  presentation from  Jessica  […]

by pmnationtalk on April 5, 2017209 Views

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RCMP employees reflect on tour of decommissioned residential school – RCMP

April 3, 2017 By Jean Turner Recently, a group of 13 police and civilian employees from RCMP’s Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment (HNRD) along with “O” Division’s (Ontario) Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, spent the morning at Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. The Centre was established in 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois […]

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NAN Congratulates 18 NAPS Recruits Graduation from Police College

AYLMER, ON (April 5, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will join with First Nation leaders and police officials to celebrate one of the largest number of Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) recruits graduating from Ontario Police College today. “I congratulate these recruits and look forward to welcoming 18 new officers to our […]

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 2017324 Views

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Community Organizations Collaborate on Actions Against Racism

April 3, 2017 – The City of Thunder Bay’s Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee hosted its first Roundtable Against Racism today at Ka-Na-Chi-Hih. The Roundtable Against Racism brought together about 40 community-based organizations that are united in action against racism and work to promote equity, diversity, and respect in the community. The purpose of the […]

by pmnationtalk on April 5, 2017149 Views

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Wanted: Yukon families willing to change a child’s life – CBC

Yukon needs at least 15 more foster homes to get to a ‘comfortable’ level Apr 05, 2017 Children as young as three are living in Yukon group homes, but the territorial government says it has no other options for now. The territory is looking for more adults willing to provide foster care in their homes […]

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Kelly co-ordinating Gladue Court workshops to break down barriers – Advocate Daily

Toronto criminal lawyer Shaunna Kelly is organizing a series of educational workshops about aboriginal justice issues to boost awareness and understanding of Gladue Court. “There is sometimes a reluctance on the part of defence lawyers to practise in Gladue Court and it mostly comes from a lack of exposure, not so much with the Gladue […]

by ahnationtalk on April 5, 2017274 Views

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No one wants this report to be put on a shelf’: Indigenous Affairs Minister responds to inquiry criticism – CBC

April 04, 2017 The first interim report from the nation inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is due this November — with a final report due one year later — despite the fact that there have been no hearings yet, and some family members say there hasn’t been enough communication. Canada’s Minister […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 2017285 Views

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RCY Releases Damning Report Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery

April 03, 2017 (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver) On March 30, 2017, the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) submitted another damning report to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, highlighting the federal and provincial government’s discriminatory and deplorable treatment of Indigenous children in care. The RCY continues to hold to account the BC government on its […]

by pmnationtalk on April 4, 2017287 Views

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Regina rally raises safety concerns about rural municipalities association’s self-defence resolution – CBC

Organizer Dodie Ferguson says SARM request makes her fearful for her children Apr 04, 2017 Protesters in Regina carried signs with slogans like “farmers against racism” and “hey SARM, unarm” at a Monday rally against efforts by rural municipalities to expand self-defence laws. Last month, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities passed a resolution that […]

by pmnationtalk on April 4, 2017175 Views

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Younger sister of Tina Fontaine found safe and sound: Manitoba RCMP – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 4, 2017  By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG _ Manitoba RCMP say the younger sister of Tina Fontaine, an indigenous girl whose body was found in a Winnipeg river three years ago, was found safe and sound Tuesday. Sarah Fontaine, who is 16, had been missing since last week. Her great-aunt, […]

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Sask-Farm-Shooting – Audio Clip NAT074 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio Apr 4, 2017 074 – (Sask-Farm-Shooting) MP3 Audio: http://audio.cp.org/productionaudio/audio/2017/04/04/cp201704040083-1.mp3 NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan. x–22s. Lawyers on both sides in a preliminary hearing for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man say they hope the truth will come out. The week-long hearing, which began yesterday, will determine whether […]

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Sask-Farm-Shooting – Audio Clip NAT073 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio Apr 4, 2017  073 – (Sask-Farm-Shooting) MP3 Audio: http://audio.cp.org/productionaudio/audio/2017/04/04/cp201704040082-1.mp3 NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan. x–28s. (Jennifer Graham). Lawyers on both sides in a preliminary hearing for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man say they hope the truth will come out. (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)  

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BR MMIW Inquiry Families – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Apr 4, 2017 VANCOUVER – Families and friends of missing and murdered women and girls say they’re concerned that their voices won’t be heard at an upcoming national inquiry. Michele Pineault is the mother of Stephanie Lane, whose D-N-A was found on serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm. She says the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 2017288 Views

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BR Fontaine Sister Missing – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Apr 4, 2017 WINNIPEG – R-C-M-P in Manitoba are still looking for the missing younger sister of Tina Fontaine, an indigenous Manitoba girl whose body was found in the Red River in 2014. Sarah Fontaine has been missing since last week and her great-aunt says the 16-year-old has been struggling […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 2017347 Views

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Missing and murdered women’s inquiry not reaching out to families: advocates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017  By Laura Kane THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ The national missing and murdered indigenous women’s inquiry has failed to adequately reach out to loved ones and survivors, says a coalition of advocacy groups and families less than two months before hearings are set to begin. The Coalition on Missing and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 2017248 Views

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Ontario Seeking Applicants for New Fund to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

April 3, 2017 Ontario is launching a call for applications for the new Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, which will support community-based solutions for helping human trafficking survivors and increasing protection for people at risk of being trafficked. The three-year fund will enhance services across Ontario, including: Meeting the complex needs of survivors with easy […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017142 Views

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Province Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Manitoba

April 3, 2017 Educating Manitobans is Key: Squires The Manitoba government will recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by raising awareness, sharing information about available resources and fostering a greater understanding of consent, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for status of women, announced today. “Manitoba has a high rate of […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017362 Views

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MMIWG: Date to Apply for Standing Extended to April 18

Deadline for Standing Extended to April 18 The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has extended the deadline to April 18 from April 10 for interested parties to apply for standing. The application forms and instructions are available on the National Inquiry’s website, at www.mmiwg-ffada.ca under “Legal Notices and Documents.” There […]

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Missing and murdered women’s inquiry not reaching out to families: advocates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017  VANCOUVER _ A coalition of aboriginal women’s advocacy groups is expressing grave concerns about the national missing and murdered women’s inquiry, saying the commission has failed to adequately reach out to families. The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia says it’s concerned about media […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017281 Views

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David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé stand up for missing and murdered Indigenious women – CBC

April 03, 2017 Winnipeg artists David Alexander Robertson and IsKwé addresses a First Nations epidemic through the character of May, an Indigenous teenager who discovers the dark and tragic stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the graphic novel, Will I See?. The collaborative effort between the graphic novelist and singer-songwriter aims to galvanize […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017169 Views

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BCGEU: Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; agency workers seek solutions at bargaining table

March 30, 2017 Report highlights continued government inaction on Aboriginal child protection; agency workers seek solutions at bargaining table The BCGEU applauds the vital work done by the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in the report published today, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This is the most recent in a succession of investigations […]

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Remote Manitoba First Nation Fire declares emergency after fire destroys store – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017 13:22 BROCHET, Man. _ A remote northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after fire destroyed the community’s only grocery store. The fire began early Sunday morning and gutted the Northern Store of Brochet-Barren Lands Nation. Chief John Clarke says the building was still smoldering 12 hours later […]

by pmnationtalk on April 3, 2017306 Views

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4 girls, 4 suicides, and a desperately broken system – APTN

Jorge Barrera APTN National News Girl 1: There was no crib in the home when she was born and by 16 she was dead by suicide. Girl 2: Night after night she heard the beatings through the wall of her bedroom and by 15 she was dead by suicide. Girl 3: She was raped at […]

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Report aimed at enhanced civilian oversight of Ontario police out this week – Advocate Daily

TORONTO – Just how Ontario’s police should be policed is the topic of a major report expected Thursday in which a judge with the province’s top court will reveal the results of his comprehensive review of the issue. The 263-page report by the Independent Police Oversight Review is the product of seven months of fact-finding […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2017171 Views

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Gerald Stanley prelim hearing to begin in North Battleford – StarPhoenix

April 3, 2017 Gerald Stanley, the man charged with second-degree murder in the farmyard shooting death of Colten Boushie, is scheduled to appear in North Battleford provincial court Monday for a preliminary hearing. Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Matters discussed during such hearings are subject […]

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Preliminary hearing starts in case of fatal Saskatchewan farm shooting – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 3, 2017  NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. _ A preliminary hearing starts today for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an indigenous man. The week-long hearing will determine whether Gerald Stanley will face trial for second-degree murder in the death Colten Boushie last summer. Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on […]

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NAN: National Inquiry into MMIWG

The meetings, which are mandated in the National Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, will soon be held in Whitehorse, Northern British Columbia, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Halifax. 2017 Schedule: Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13 Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20 Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3 Northern British […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017476 Views

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Minister of Justice Designates Lawyer Clo Ostrove to the Canadian Judicial Council Inquiry into the Conduct of the Honourable Justice F.J.C. Newbould

From Department of Justice Canada March 31, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada Today, the Minister of Justice advised the Canadian Judicial Council that she will designate lawyer Clo Ostrove to serve on the Council’s Inquiry Committee looking into the conduct of the Honourable Justice F.J.C. Newbould of the Ontario Superior Court […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017358 Views

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NAN calls for inquest on anniversary of tragic fire that killed nine – Sudbury.com

Shoddy building standards, a lack of firefighting equipment and overcrowding all put lives at risk, says Pikangikum First Nation Chief Dean Owen. PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION – On the one-year anniversary of a tragic fire that killed nine people in Pikangikum First Nation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders have called for an inquest into the tragedy. Grand […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017537 Views

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Two-Tier Child Welfare System Hurts Indigenous Children, Says Watchdog – The Tyee

‘Urgent need’ to revamp system plagued by overworked staff, insufficient funding. Indigenous children, mostly on reserves, are being taken into care because provincial and federal underfunding creates a two-tiered child welfare system and fails to provide prevention services, according to a report from the Representative for Children and Youth released Thursday. More than 60 per […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017144 Views

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NAN Welcomes CHRT Decision

THUNDER BAY, ON (March 30, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler welcomes yesterday’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) supporting NAN’s submissions for immediate relief, and congratulating NAN’s agreements with the Government of Canada on child welfare reform as “carriers of hope”. “I am pleased that the Tribunal has accepted […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017439 Views

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Shocking’ numbers of aboriginal children in care an ’embarrassment,’ children’s advocate says – Canada.com

March 30, 2017 The high numbers of aboriginal children being taken into foster care in B.C. is “shocking” and “an embarrassment to the community,” the province’s children’s representative says. Bernard Richard, B.C.’s representative for children and youth, released a report Thursday, which says that both federal and provincial funding for delegated aboriginal agencies is “flawed […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017127 Views

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Cause of death of Regina woman found at bottom of laundry chute undetermined – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017 23:03 REGINA _ A coroner’s jury ruled Thursday it cannot determine the cause of death of a Regina woman who plunged 10 storeys down a laundry chute at a downtown hotel in 2015. The jury of three men and three women deliberated for five hours at the inquest into the death […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017293 Views

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New Yukon Supreme Court justice to be added

March 30, 2017 The number of judges in the Yukon Supreme Court is set to expand by one. The Government of Canada, which is constitutionally responsible for Yukon Supreme Court justices and deputy justices, provided funding for the appointment in its March 22, 2017 budget. Amendments to Yukon’s Supreme Court Act, which are scheduled to […]

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 2017152 Views

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Outreach tour in advance of murdered, missing women inquiry stops in Winnipeg – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017 WINNIPEG _ The families of missing and murdered indigenous women have met face-to-face with members of the national inquiry team in Winnipeg. On Thursday, a group of about 25 people, made up of families who have lost loved ones, as well as members of support organizations, were able to ask […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017308 Views

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GoFundMe campaign set up for families of children killed in Caledonia crash – CBC

3 young people were killed in the crash, others suffered ‘life-altering injuries:’ police Mar 31, 2017 A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the families of the young people killed in Caledonia on Wednesday, in what police called a “traumatic” head-on collision. As of Friday morning the campaign had raised close to $8,000.​ Grace […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017370 Views

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