Category Archives: Social

Settlement brings derelict hotels into City of Vancouver ownership

VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver says it has reached a settlement with the owners of the Balmoral and Regent hotels to expropriate the derelict properties on the Downtown Eastside. The hotels, which had been operated as single-room occupancy buildings...

‘Seeds of division:’ Indigenous leaders criticize Brian Pallister’s vaccine comments

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's premier is facing backlash from Indigenous leaders for comments criticizing Ottawa's planning for COVID-19 vaccine distribution among First Nations.“Instead of uniting Manitobans during a health crisis, Brian Pallister is purposef...

‘Seeds of division:’ Indigenous leaders criticize Brian Pallister’s vaccine comments

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's premier is facing backlash from Indigenous leaders for comments criticizing Ottawa's planning for COVID-19 vaccine distribution among First Nations.“Instead of uniting Manitobans during a health crisis, Brian Pallister is purposef...

Ex-MP says no ‘backroom’ dealings involved in subcontract for 10,000 ventilators

OTTAWA — A former Liberal MP whose medical company was subcontracted as part of a $237-million ventilator deal with the federal government says no "backroom" business factored into the agreement.Frank Baylis told the House of Commons ethics committee F...

Neskantaga residents wait in limbo more than one month after water crisis evacuation

The chief of the Neskantaga First Nation hopes residents evacuated from his community over a water crisis will be home in time for Christmas.  But as planned dates to fly back to the remote northern Ontario First Nation keep getting postponed,

Fighting sexual exploitation of Quebec minors must be government priority: report

QUEBEC — An all-party committee is recommending the Quebec government make the fight against the sexual exploitation of minors a priority. The report released Thursday by a group of 13 members of the legislature makes 58 recommendations to the governme...

Children and youth with special needs ‘left out’ of pandemic response: B.C. watchdog

VANCOUVER — Victoria O'Connor says she's reached a breaking point while constantly managing and advocating for the supports she needs for her twin sons, who are non-verbal and have been diagnosed with autism. "We are very much a family in crisis,"

Liberals table bill to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA — The Liberal government introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Justice Minister David Lametti described as a significant step forward on the path to re...

B.C. records 12 more COVID-19 deaths as top doctor warns against non-essential travel

VICTORIA — British Columbia's top doctor says COVID-19 cases have levelled off in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions, but they've been rising in the North, Interior and to a lesser extent on Vancouver Island. Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesda...

RCMP must take ‘drastic actions’ to restore confidence: former Supreme Court justice

OTTAWA — The author of a report that found a toxic, misogynistic culture in the RCMP says the police force must take some "drastic actions" right away to restore confidence. Former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache told a House of Commons