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 […]

Changes needed to help Canada prosecute war criminals, Amnesty International says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A prominent human-rights organization says Canada is failing to bring suspected war criminals to justice. In a newly released report, Amnesty International Canada depicts the federal Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program as underfunded and underused. Twenty years ago, Canada enshrined in federal law universal jurisdiction […]

Calgary Neurologist who pled guilty to 28 sexual assaults, faces sentencing hearing

CALGARY — Several women are expected to speak in court today about a retired Calgary neurologist who sexually assaulted them. Keith Hoyte pleaded guilty in January to assaulting 28 female patients over three decades. Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood says about 20 victims are expected to attend Hoyte’s sentencing hearing. She says many are expected to […]

Toronto considering ambitious homeless housing plan in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

By Jake Kivanç, The Canadian PressMon Sep 07 2020 04:00 Toronto is considering an ambitious new plan to combat homelessness as the COVID−19 pandemic continues to exacerbate the issue. In a draft report developed by the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration in conjunction with United Way, city officials have put forward a number of potential […]

Quebec issues provincewide street check guidelines; rights groups raise concerns

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian PressSat Aug 22 2020 15:15 MONTREAL — The Quebec government has issued provincewide guidelines to police forces regarding street checks, but the policy is raising concerns from various rights groups. Quebec’s Public Security Department released the guidelines Friday afternoon, in a four−page document that stipulates the practice of stopping of […]