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Economy, Environment, 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» 

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 and 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» 

Uncategorized

Supreme Court rules on cell phone privacy issue

Canada’s highest court has handed down a verdict in connection with police searches of cell phones and a citizen’s right to privacy. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case began with two different lower court cases in Canada, but is» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Lobster protest over alleged abuse of native fishing rights

“At $4-$5 a pound for illegal lobster, it’s easy money for poachers” (J Smith fisherman) Commercial lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia are angry. They’ve been staging protests outside of federal fisheries offices in the region over what they claim» 

Society

Challenge to women’s clothing rules at swimming pools

A legal challenge has been filed in Ontario against a rule that females over age 10 must wear tops, ie cover their breasts, at public pools and parks. The suit names the eastern Ontario city of Cornwall, an Ontario water park,»