Category Archives: Social

Feds didn’t supply enough resources to end water advisories on First Nations: auditor

OTTAWA — The government did not provide the support needed to ensure First Nations communities have access to safe drinking water, says federal auditor general Karen Hogan in a report released Thursday. Hogan found Indigenous Services Canada failed to ...

Union says TransLink has been slow to reveal details about ransomware attack

VANCOUVER — The union representing thousands of transit operators in Metro Vancouver says TransLink has not been transparent about a major data breach that affected workers. Unifor says in a news release Wednesday that the transit authority has been sl...

Judge correctly found refugee pact violates charter, lawyer tells appeal court

OTTAWA — A lawyer for prospective refugee claimants says a federal judge was correct in finding an agreement between Ottawa and Washington results in people being imprisoned by U.S. authorities. Lawyer Michael Bossin argued in an appeal hearing Wednesd...

Feds need plan to vaccinate urban Indigenous people, friendship centres say

OTTAWA — As many Indigenous people who live in urban areas are left unsure how they will be vaccinated against COVID-19, an organization that serves them is calling on Ottawa to allocate vaccine shots for them. The federal government insists provincial...

Legault government taps Environment Minister Benoit Charette to oversee racism fight

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has enlisted his environment minister to spearhead the fight against racism in the province, naming Benoit Charette to the newly created post on Wednesday. Charette added the responsibilities as part of a small cabinet s...

First Indigenous councillor in Terrace, B.C., quits, cites systemic racism

TERRACE, B.C. — The first Indigenous member of council in Terrace, B.C., has resigned. Jessica McCallum-Miller posted a statement on Facebook thanking voters and saying she has enjoyed working with city staff but found her ethnicity, age and gender mad...

Jordan’s Principle order may cost feds $15 billion in compensation, PBO says

OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget office says it could cost the federal government up to $15 billion to compensate First Nations families and children impacted by the child welfare system, as well as denials or delays of essential services. The figure

BLM in Italian Fashion campaign shows early tangible results

MILAN — A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Milan fashion

Alberta cabinet minister reacts to government silence on Edmonton torch parade

EDMONTON — Alberta’s multiculturalism minister has pushed back against criticism of government silence following a weekend COVID-19 protest that included marchers with torches. “Right now, I’m actually focused on making sure that junior hockey gets bac...

Deschamps laments progress on military misconduct amid calls for external oversight

OTTAWA — Retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps is criticizing the Canadian Armed Forces for not having done more to address sexual misconduct, as experts call for more independent oversight of the military to finally root such behaviour from th...