Highlights / Bill Blair

Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Human rights groups sue Ottawa over COVID threat in prisons

A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder and some prominent human rights groups are taking the federal government to court over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canadian prisons. They say Correctional Services Canada (CSC) is failing to »

Health, Society

Corrections Canada keeping very mum about COVID-19 early releases 

Since a little over a month ago when a guard at one of the biggest prisons in Canada’s biggest city tested positive for COVID-19 and the virus made its way into Canada’s prison system, everyone’s known a time bomb was »

Health, Politics

First federal prisoners test positive for COVID-19

The fuse that leads to the COVID-19 bomb that most experts say will–likely sooner than later–explode across Canada’s prison system just got a whole lot shorter. The Correctional Service of Canada confirmed Monday that two inmates have tested positive for »

Economy, Health, International, Society

New cabinet committee will deal with COVID-19 outbreak

As governments and health officials around the world continue to deal with COVID-19, Canada’s federal government has struck a new cabinet committee to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak. The announcement comes a day after the number of COVID-19 cases »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, Politics, Society

‘Proposed arrangment’ but no pipeline agreement in Wet’suwet’en talks

Work resumed Monday in northern British Columbia on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline that has sparked protests across the country in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the $6.6-billion project running through the band’s traditional territory. The resumption »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Ministers and chiefs seek common ground at B.C. meeting

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and federal and provincial ministers were set to meet in Smithers, British Columbia Thursday afternoon to try to find a way out of the dispute that has rocked the country as First Nations activists have staged blockades »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous prison population continues upward spiral

The number of Indigenous people in federal custody continues to rise–dramatically. In a new report, Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger says Indigenous people now account for more than 30 per cent of the federal inmate population. That’s up from »

International, Society

Minister says no assessement yet on Harry and Meghan’s security funding

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says no assessment has yet been conducted on whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will need government-funded security should they decide to live in Canada. “No assessment has yet been done as to what actually »


Ottawa announces more funding to try to dampen Toronto violence

As gun and gang violence increases in Canada’s biggest and most important city, governments continue to up the financial ante to try to get a grip on the problems. Last Friday, the province of Ontario announced it was committing $3 »


RCMP set to open new crime lab in B.C. this fall

The RCMP will open a new national crime lab in Surrey B.C. this fall as the force attempts to put an end to a bottleneck of forensic requests. The Surrey lab will replace a 45-year-old Vancouver lab and will complement »