Your hosts this week, Lynn, Levon, Marie-Claude, and Marc (video of show at bottom)Listen
We start with our colleague Jiangang Wang from the RCI Chinese section to chat a bit about Chinese New Year in Canada.
This month the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer ended in a verdict that caused bitter outrage amongst Canada’s indigenous people.
It’s a trial and decision that is dividing Canada
Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley was accused of second degree murder after a group of young adults came onto his property and one of them ended up shot and killed. The farmer said it was an accident, and after long deliberation, the jury came back with a ‘not guilty” verdict. Indigenous groups said it was proof the justice system was biased against them.
Marc spoke with the head of the Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario, Michael Lacy, who said though people didn’t like the verdict, there was nothing wrong with the trial, and the Prime Ministers comments about the verdict were also out of place.
Employees of what had been an iconic Canadian retailer had been concerned for years that the company pension fund was underfunded. This was even as the company was paying big dividends to shareholders.
The company went bankrupt and now ex-employees are going to court to get some of that money back.The pensioners want to recover some of the $2.9 billion dividend payments made between 2005 and 2013, much of it from the sale of Sears Canada assets including prime real estate. The pension fund for some 16,000 ex-employees want to recover the $270-million shortfall in the pension fund, and about $400 million in unpaid health and life-insurance benefits.
Lynn spoke with Christo Aivalis, a post-doctoral fellow specializing in labour and political history at the University of Toronto.
A scandal has rocked the standing of one of the world’s respected humanitarian aid agencies, OXFAM.
The scandal involved allegations of sexual misconduct by some OXFAM workers in Haiti and Chad, and has caused the deputy head of Oxfam Britain Penny Lawrence to resign on Monday.
Now Canadian aid agencies are taking a hard look at their own staff and activities abroad.
Levon has an excerpt of his conversation with Canada’s Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau. He had also spoken with Denise Byrnes, executive director of Oxfam Quebec, and Julia Sanchez, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. All the interviews are in the story which can be found in the highlights section of the website.
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