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First Nations need to play a role in post-COVID recovery – Policy Options

April 29, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis has upended the daily routines of Canadians and devastated the economy. As public health officials work to contain the virus, many of us have turned our thoughts to where the bottom lies and what a recovery will look like. Some people have estimated that unemployment levels at the peak […]

by ahnationtalk on April 29, 202046 Views

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Prisoner death toll will mount without releasing most vulnerable inmates – Policy Options

Prisoners’ lives are at risk as the virus has the potential to spread like “wildfire.” The Public Safety minister must act decisively. The socio-economic inequalities in any given society will always be highlighted during a national crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Long before COVID-19 hit Canada, we could predict with a fair […]

by ahnationtalk on April 23, 202046 Views

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How Equalization Failed Alberta in its Time of Need and How to Fix It: New Joint MLI-IIGR report by Thomas and Teresa Courchene

OTTAWA, ON (April 16, 2020): The COVID-19 pandemic will have a severe economic impact on Canada. However, given the current glut of oil supply, Alberta’s economy will be hit especially hard. Despite this, Alberta will still not receive any equalization payments as the current equalization formula deems Alberta to be a “rich” province. In a […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 202054 Views

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Covid-19: Working from Home

April 16, 2020 – On the 11th of March the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Shortly after the Federal and Provincial governments across the country urged Canadians to take up social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Students, employers and other leaders were encouraged to study and work from […]

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 202089 Views

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The search for reconciliation through accountability – Policy Options

In December 2018, an Inuk woman, the victim of domestic violence, called the RCMP to protect her safety. Instead of being helped, A(M) was arrested, detained, charged and found guilty of drinking in violation of her bail conditions. A similar situation, the case of K(M), had unfolded a year earlier, the justice of the peace […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 2020124 Views

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OHRC issues policy on government’s human rights obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 2, 2020 TORONTO – Today the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a policy statement to guide all levels of government to adopt a human rights-based approach to managing policy, legal, regulatory, public health and emergency-related responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario’s and Canada’s COVID-19 responses have already included social policies aimed at keeping […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202092 Views

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Helping Canada’s Indigenous peoples during COVID-19: Ken Coates in the Toronto Sun – MLI

Indigenous peoples will be hit disproportionately by the health, economic and social consequences of COVID-19. Overcrowding and poor health-care systems leave many vulnerable to the disease itself. Job losses and project delays are adding to the economic crisis. Complications in government policy-making and program delivery will have a detrimental impact as well. Serious disruption has […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202075 Views

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How to really help Canada’s Indigenous peoples in a time of crisis: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

March 30, 2020 It is axiomatic that Indigenous peoples will be hit disproportionately by the health, economic and social consequences of the coronavirus. This, sadly, is typically the fate of marginalized people in times of national crisis. Overcrowding and poor health care systems leave many Indigenous peoples vulnerable to the disease itself. Job losses and […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202048 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Declares State of Emergency on COVID-19 Pandemic

Assembly of First Nations Declares State of Emergency on COVID-19 Pandemic OTTAWA, March 24, 2020 – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is officially declaring a State of Emergency for First Nations regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The AFN is pressing for immediate increases in funding for First Nations and full involvement in all discussions […]

by pmnationtalk on March 24, 2020166 Views

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OHRC policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

March 13, 2020 Disclaimer: This statement does not constitute legal advice. The OHRC encourages individuals and organizations to take universal precautions based on the most current advice from Public Health officials. The OHRC continues to monitor the evolving situation and will update this statement on an ongoing basis as needed. Overview Following the lead of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 202073 Views

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