Category Archives: Social

Manitoba bill would let people get information on partner’s violent past

WINNIPEG — Manitoba may be the next province to let people learn whether their partner has a history of domestic or sexual violence. Families Minister Rochelle Squires introduced a bill in the legislature Monday that is similar to what is commonly

Time for military to scrap harmful traditions: retired Supreme Court justice

OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed Forces found itself at a crossroads on Monday as the military faced calls to finally end some of its closest-held traditions to end decades of broken promises — including by permanently leaving the prosecution of

Temporary housing for recently incarcerated Newfoundland women caught in zoning snag

MOUNT PEARL, N.L. — The future is uncertain for a Newfoundland transition home for formerly incarcerated women and its five residents as a zoning dispute plays out in provincial Supreme Court. Steve Saunders bought the Riverwalk Hotel in January, and h...

Migrant women workers continue to face abortion access barriers: advocates

OTTAWA — While she has helped several migrant workers access abortion services in Canada, Evelyn Encalada Grez said one woman comes to mind. “The migrant woman was so afraid of being found out that she needed to be taken by

New SkyTrain, electric buses part of B.C.’s $2.4B for transit in Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government says a Surrey-to-Langley SkyTrain line and electrified bus fleets are among the projects that will benefit from a $2.4-billion investment in Metro Vancouver transit. George Heyman, B.C.'s minister responsible for TransL...

B.C. aims to end ‘period poverty,’ expand access to menstrual products

BURNABY, B.C. — The British Columbia government says it is providing $750,000 to expand access to free menstrual products for people who need them and to help the United Way establish a task force to consider how to end "period

Feds announce funds for women’s shelters, advocate says more needed

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced funding to construct and repair hundreds of spaces for women and children fleeing violence. Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen said the government will give over $121 million to build and repair a total of 430

Parliamentary committee to start report on expanding eligibility for assisted dying

OTTAWA — A special joint parliamentary committee will now consider its report on current legislation on assisted death and whether to expand who is eligible to opt for it. The committee of MPs and senators is considering whether medically assisted dyin...

Murray Sinclair honoured with Order of Canada at Rideau Hall ceremony

OTTAWA — Murray Sinclair received the Order of Canada Thursday for dedicating his life to championing Indigenous Peoples' rights and freedoms. Sinclair held his wife's hand as the award was announced in Rideau Hall, and was met with a standing ovation

Newfoundland and Labrador cuts gas tax, promises $15 minimum wage by Oct. 1, 2023

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — In a bid to temper the rising cost of living, the Newfoundland and Labrador government is temporarily cutting the provincial gas tax in half and promising a minimum wage of $15 an hour by October 2023. Premier