Alberta’s top doc says she feels betrayed by media leak, launches investigation

Dean Bennett, The Canadian PressThu Nov 26 2020 EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says a member of her inner circle committed a “personal betrayal” and fractured the working relationship of her COVID-19 team by leaking private conversations to the media. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says public officials took an oath not to publicize […]

Missing and murdered Indigenous women vigil remembers Joyce Echaquan

By Paul Chiasson from The Canadian PressMon Oct 6 2020, 4:00:03 Those wondering whether Indigenous women’s rights are still being violated need only look to the death of Joyce Echaquan for their answer, advocates said Sunday as they participated in an annual vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman, […]

Top Saskatchewan class-action lawyer slapped with eight-month suspension

By the Canadian PressFri Oct 02 2020, 14:44:03 A high profile Saskatchewan lawyer has been handed a stiff eight-month suspension for threatening an Indigenous residential school survivor into using some of her compensation proceeds to cover legal bills incurred by her son. In a stinging rebuke, the province’s law society lambasted Tony Merchant for actions […]

Thunder Bay man charged with child porn offences

By Karen Edwards, The Canadian PressFri Oct 02 2020, 14:11:02 THUNDER BAY – A Thunder Bay man is facing charges connected to child pornography. Steven Siemieniuk, 40, appeared in Thunder Bay bail court on Friday, Oct. 2, and was officially charged with one count making child pornography available and one count of willfully obstructing a […]

Housing insecurity in Hamilton during COVID – the legal tensions

CHALLENGING THE LAW  The city of Hamilton voted overwhelmingly in favour of challenging a court injunction whose purpose is preventing the dismantling of ‘homeless encampments’.   The Superior Court extended an injunction in early August to prevent the removal of individuals and temporary shelters in Hamilton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent intensification of […]

Barr announces $100M more to combat human trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing. Barr made the announcement Monday in Atlanta with presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and Georgia Gov. […]

N.W.T. village paints crosswalks to promote inclusivity

By Sarah Sibley, Cabin RadioThu Sep 24 2020 08:33 Two crosswalks in the Northwest Territories village of Fort Simpson have been repainted in the colours of the rainbow to show support for the community’s LGBTQ2S+ population. The crosswalks, located by the local schools and village office, have so far received a positive reaction, Fort Simpson […]

OPP release 2019 Report on opioids

By Mike McDonald, The Canadian PressSep 29 2020, 12:07:09 The Ontario Provincial Police is releasing its report on the ongoing opioid crisis in the province. The 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impacts and Strategies report highlights stats, trends and impacts pertaining to opioids in OPP patrolled communities. OPP have identified a 34 per cent increase in […]