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OTTAWA — A civil liberties group is telling a federal judge there's a culture of complacency in the RCMP that has caused inexcusable foot-dragging on complaint files. At a Federal Court hearing today, Jessica Magonet, a lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, says the failure is a serious and systemic issue within the national police force. The association seeks a court declaration that Commissioner Brenda Lucki violated the RCMP Act by failing to submit her response to the
Thane Murray was a well-known and much loved youth worker who was "always there" for the children in his community. Now, the families the 27-year-old has helped are left mourning his "senseless" death in a triple shooting in Regent Park on Saturday night. Murray was killed and two others were injured when four men wearing face masks opened fire on the group near Oak Street and Sumach Street shortly before 9 p.m., police say. Three days later, Murray's friends and colleagues are still struggling
Several progressive lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reimpose a nationwide eviction moratorium at a time when deaths from COVID-19 are running at their highest levels since early March. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the bill would direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to implement a ban on evictions in response to the COVID pandemic. It would also amend a section of the Public Health Service Act to grant permanent authority to Health
Critically ill COVID-19 patients in B.C.'s north are being flown as far away as Vancouver Island to receive care because local hospitals no longer have enough capacity, provincial officials said Tuesday. Health Minister Adrian Dix said a total of 12 patients have been transferred to Prince George, Vancouver and Nanaimo because the Northern Health region is badly "overstretched" by a high rate of positive cases. "Clearly, this is less than ideal. It will be difficult for those patients and their
The number of U.S. domestic terrorism cases under investigation by the FBI has more than doubled since spring 2020, its director told a Senate hearing on Tuesday, after the Justice Department warned that white supremacists and militias pose a growing threat. “The domestic terrorism caseload has exploded,” FBI Director Chris Wray said during testimony before the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bureau now has about 2,700 domestic terror investigations open, up sharply form about 1,000 in the spring of 2020, Wray said.
MONTREAL — The Quebec coroner overseeing an inquiry into long-term care deaths is questioning why more wasn't done to help residents at a Montreal-area home where dozens died. Coroner Géhane Kamel has repeatedly asked why it took regional health authorities days to get more employees and front-line staff to Résidence Herron when they were aware by March 29, 2020 that residents weren't getting enough to eat or drink at the understaffed private facility. Kamel raised the issue again today as witne
The board's inquiry follows a Wall Street Journal report last week that Facebook exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules, raising questions about its enforcement decisions against harmful content. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company will brief the board about the system known internally as "cross-check" over the coming days. The cross-check system includes millions of accounts, some of which are "whitelisted," meaning they are immune from Facebook's enforcement decisions, the Journal reported.
LONDON (AP) — Hungary was ordered by FIFA on Tuesday to play its next World Cup qualifier without spectators as punishment for the latest racial abuse by its supporters when England played in Budapest. The Hungarian federation was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($217,000), one of the largest financial penalties handed out to a country by the world governing body. In a sign of a systemic problem with racism from Hungarian fans, the punishment extends their run of games in empty stadiums because
HALIFAX — People on both sides of a fishing dispute in Nova Scotia say the defeat of the fisheries minister in the federal election Monday night is a sign Ottawa needs to solve the problem. Sipekne'katik First Nation Chief Mike Sack said today he thinks Bernadette Jordan lost her riding in part because she didn't show enough leadership in regard to his band's demand to fish for lobster outside the federally regulated season. Sack says he hopes the federal government won't keep Indigenous territo
Canadians woke up to a virtually unchanged political landscape on Tuesday after an expensive pandemic election they did not want, with many venting their fury at the C$612 million ($477.60 million) cost. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals won the election https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-trudeau-vows-cooperation-with-opponents-after-bid-majority-fails-2021-09-21, but it was unpopular from the start for its timing, two years ahead of schedule and during a rising fourth wave of COVID-19. Voters gave Trudeau a third term but denied him the parliamentary majority he called the election to win.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro issued a defense of his administration at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, rebuffing criticism of its handling of the pandemic and touting recent data indicating less Amazon deforestation. His presence at the General Assembly itself was something of a provocation, as he flouted the requirement for all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Infected with the virus last year, he has said several times over the last week he remains
Nova Scotia's minister of justice says he plans to close a legal "loophole" that could allow police to continue to do street checks under the guise of "suspicious activity." Street checks were banned in the province following the 2019 release of the Wortley report, which found that Black Nova Scotians were six times more likely to be street checked than white people. But advocates have complained that police are still permitted to stop people and gather information based on an officer's objectiv
MARY'S HARBOUR, N.L. — The search continues today for two fishermen missing in the waters off Labrador's southeastern coast. Police say searchers are back in the air and on the water looking for Marc Freeman Russell and Joey Jenkins, who departed the community of Mary's Harbour Friday morning aboard the Island Lady fishing vessel and didn't return home. RCMP Cpl. Jolene Garland says the coast guard ship Captain Molly Kool is also on the water helping out with the search. The Canadian Coast Guard
PHOENIX (AP) — Latinos are perpetually absent in major newsrooms, Hollywood films and other media industries where their portrayals — or lack thereof — could deeply impact how their fellow Americans view them, according to a government report released Tuesday. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate last October. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, has made the inclusion of Latinos in media a principal issue, imploring Hollywood studio dire
Daniel Henry Dube was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to being an accessory to murder in the death of Brandon Martin of Miramichi. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Darrell Stephenson said Dube's actions led to further suffering for members of Martin's family, who were left not knowing what happened to him. Defence lawyer Johanne Thériault had requested 24 months in custody, but Stephenson ruled the circumstances required more time. Martin, a 20-year-old father of a y
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday urged U.S. passenger airlines "to commit to take more action" to address reports of violent or unruly passengers. The FAA said the industry is facing a record number of airline passenger disturbances, and it plans to soon hold similar meetings with representatives from airports and labor. The meeting with groups, including Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, discussed "ways the industry can work together to reduce the number of unruly passenger incidents," the FAA said, adding it "believes additional action by the airlines and all aviation stakeholders is necessary to stop the unsafe behavior."
Terrace-raised Allyson Kis is a medical student at McGill University who was recently awarded the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award. As part of this award, she will be working with leaders in her field to research the overall impact of surgical care on Northern Quebec’s population as well as quantifying the impact for future such services. She is currently working with Dr. Evan Wong. Kis spoke to The Terrace Standard from Montreal and explained her research, her inspirations growing
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A polling station for the federal election was forced off the Six Nations of the Grand River in southern Ontario on Monday following an early morning protest by community members. Video outside the Gathering Place, a conference centre and concert venue that was expected to host three voting polls, showed trucks and cars blocking the entrances to the parking lot with police on the scene before polls were scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. After the entrances were blocked, poll workers locked the door
The Prince Edward Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has set the maximum allowable annual rent increase at one per cent effective Jan. 1. The one-per-cent increase can be applied to heated and unheated premises, as well as mobile homes located in a mobile home park, IRAC said in a news release issued Tuesday. Each year, the director of the Office of Residential Rental Property seeks written submissions on the allowable annual rent increase from tenants, landlords, and members of the public