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Health, Politics, Society

A scathing report calls out the RCMP’s ‘toxic’ culture in dealing with women

More criticism is being levelled at the way Canada’s national police force, the RCMP, goes about its business. On Tuesday, Canada’s information commissioner released a report saying the RCMP’s inability to respond to information requests has reached a “critical” point »

Society

Report faults RCMP and Liberals for slow responses to information requests

The subject of controversy and the object of disapproval through much of 2020, Canada’s national police force is facing more criticism–this time from Canada’s information commissioner, Caroline Maynard. In a special report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, Maynard said the »

International, Politics, Society

Officials mum on alleged Saudi ‘hit squad’ raid foiled at Pearson Airport

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is not commenting on specific allegations in a lawsuit filed in Washington on Thursday that allege the Saudi crown prince sent a hit squad to Canada to kill a former top Saudi intelligence official less than two »

Health, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Canada announes new funding to fight human trafficking

Canada’s federal government has announced $19 million in funding to fight human trafficking, a battle that Ottawa says is being made more difficult because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding is part of a five-year National Strategy to Combat Human »

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 »