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Indigenous, International, Society

Survey finds Canada’s post-secondary education institutions are ‘diverse’

With deep concerns rumbling through Canadian society and in other countries around the issues of racism and diversity in positions of responsibility, it seems that’s not an issue for Canada’s institutions of higher learning. A new survey sponsored by Innovation, »

Indigenous, Politics

Lobster dispute between Indigenous and commercial fishermen still boils in N.S.

A decades old dispute in the Maritime provinces has boiled over again this month in Nova Scotia. The dispute is over an Indigenous commercial lobster fishery while the season is closed to non-Indigenous fishermen. Last week a Mi’kmaw band in »

Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa announces $1billion package to address housing shortage for vulnerable

The federal government has announced plans to spend $1 billion over the next six months on what it is calling a Rapid Housing Initiative to help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians. Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International

Lobster dispute between Indigenous and commercial fishers boils over, again

Yelling, cursing, but no physical confrontation on or off the water Another contentious chapter in a very long dispute over Indigenous fishing rights and federal laws on conservation has begun. Thursday saw a handful of Indigenous lobster boats head out »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Economy, Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

A first in Canada: B.C. rolls back some reopening measures

British Columbia on Tuesday became the first province to roll back some of its reopening measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia Bonnie Henry ordered all bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and stand-alone banquet »

Indigenous, Politics

New poll suggests half of Canadians against removing statues of former leaders

How do Canadians feel about removing statues of politicians–some of them iconic–who espoused racist views or who supported racist policies? A new survey by Leger and the Association For Canadian Studies has provided some perspective and some answers. It found »

Economy, Indigenous

New report says oilsands tailings contaminating groundwater sources

Alberta’s oilsands tailings are contaminating groundwater sources, according to a new study by an environmental watchdog. In a report released Thursday, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation says it has found “scientifically valid evidence” for its assertion. “Based on the scientific »

Indigenous, International, Politics, Society, Sports

Demonstrators take to streets across Canada to protest police violence, racism

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating an altercation at a Toronto demonstration this weekend that left left seven officers injured — including four who were sent to hospital and have since been released. The confrontation, which took place early Sunday morning, »

Health, Indigenous

Unwanted sexual behaviour in North echoes the rest of Canada: study

A survey from Statistics Canada has found that more than one-third of women (35%) in Canada’s northern territories–Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut–have been subjected to unwanted sexual behaviour in a public place–roughly double what it was for men (16%). »