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Economy, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Indigenous rights: A new current in the Nova Scotia lobster dispute

Local First Nation says Sipekne’katik did not consult them before launching disputed fishery The ongoing dispute over Indigenous fishing rights in Nova Scotia has seen a new player emerge to add to the troubled waters. This time however, it might »

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, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Tracking individuals vs privacy: delicate balance

Federal and provincial ministers met yesterday to discuss how to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. High on the list was mobile phone technology known as ‘tracking aps’. Countries like China,Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia have already launched »

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

“Extinct” Indigenous group fights for recognition

Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an American indigenous man who claims to be a descendant of the Sinixt First Nation, formerly of British Columbia. The problem is that the Canadian government declared the group “extinct” »

Politics

Canada election: Rightist ‘People’s Party of Canada’ fails to make a dent

It seems the right-leaning People’s Party of Canada (PPC), one being tagged with the label “populist”, is not all that popular with Canadians. Seemingly hoping to ride a rightist trend elsewhere in the world, it failed to gain a single »

Economy, International, Politics

Hong Kong protests: View from Canadian democracy supporter

Tensions and protests continue in Hong Kong. They originally began this summer as a protest against a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China, Well over a million people would block the streets, but even as the proposal was »

Society

Gender equality emphasized on rights charter anniversary

Gender equality emphasized on rights charter anniversary In lauding the 37th anniversary of the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms today, the justice minister focussed on gender equality and women’s empowerment. “We are fortunate to have a »

Highlights, Longform, Society

Language-disabled student begs court for assistance

Police banged on Matthew’s (*a pseudonym) door one Saturday morning in October 2015 and demanded his identification. He did not understand why. “I was very confused. The police never said exactly what they were charging me with.” Matthew faced having »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Society

Profiting from tragedy: poor judgement, misunderstandings and outright scams

The Humboldt Broncos tragedy: Hockey league latest to come under criticism A small town hockey team from Humboldt Saskatchewan were travelling by bus to a match when a collision with a truck virtually wiped out the team.   The April 6 »

Society

Disability is most cited reason for discrimination: report

In its 2017 annual report, the Canadian Human Rights Commission notes that disability was by far (59 per cent) the most often cited ground for discrimination by people in Canada. A combined proportion of 23 per cent of complaints related »