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Migrant workers get little protection from workplace abuse

Migrant workers get little protection from workplace abuse

In Ontario, a horrific sexual abuse case is highlighting problems with the structure of the foreign worker program. A Mexican worker was awarded $150,000 by a human rights tribunal after being forced to perform sex acts by an employer under threat of being sent home. The legal aid workers, union activists and experts who helped her in her fight for justice point to the difficulty of uncovering th…

  • Illegal marijuana dispensaries not a priority for Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer

    Adam Palmer agrees with federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose that the city's flourishing marijuana dispensaries are breaking the law — but he isn't planning a crackdown. Palmer agrees that's his job, but told CBC's Stephen Quinn on The Early Edition that he has to consider all the crime in the city — from petty theft to …

  • HEALTHBEAT: Scientists question whether … The Canadian Press - Mon, 29 Jun, 2015
    Amy Shives, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and subsequently epilepsy, holds her Medicalert bracelet at her house, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Since her diagnosis, Shives has since been involved with the Alzheimer's Association. She also says that in her case, the epilepsy is directly attributed to Alzheimer's disease. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men. "There are enough biological questions pointing to increased risk in women that we need to delve into that and find out why," said …

  • Big business on winning side in U.S. … Reuters - Sat, 27 Jun, 2015
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business was on the winning side in the U.S. Supreme Court's two major cases of the year, with hundreds of employers pushing hard in favor of gay marriage and the healthcare industry backing the insurance subsidies available under Obamacare. The court on Thursday rejected …

  • Gay marriage ruling a win for LGB, but transgender woes persist

    For marriage-equality activists, Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage rights for LGBT couples was an occasion for good cheer. Marriage equality is all well and good, Elliott Fukui said, but it was no time to party for dozens of trans activists. "The battle for trans rights has been neglected by the …

  • Obama says high court decision on gay … The Canadian Press - Fri, 26 Jun, 2015
    President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama didn't announce his own support for gay marriage until 2012 but had championed other aspects of gay rights, including a push to have Congress end the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy," which prohibited gay and lesbian people from serving openly in the military, in 2010. For Obama, the ruling capped three …

  • Woman assaulted by David Pickton broke … The Canadian Press - Thu, 25 Jun, 2015
    David Pickton leaves B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday June 23, 2015. A woman who was sexually assaulted by the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton has been awarded $45,000 in civil court. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    A woman sexually assaulted by David Pickton testified she had a mental breakdown after learning the man's family farm and his brother were at the centre of a serial-murder investigation. The woman is suing David Pickton for compensation for the sex assault he was convicted of in 1992 and also for unproven threats of rape …

  • Acclaimed author James Salter, known … The Canadian Press - Fri, 19 Jun, 2015
    FILE - This March 30, 2005, file photo shows author James Salter at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90. Salter's death was confirmed Friday, June 19, 2015, to The Associated Press by Alfred A. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards. (AP Photo/Ed Betz, File)

    James Salter, the prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90. Salter, who had been in good health, collapsed and died Friday while at a gym in Sag Harbor, his wife, Kay Eldredge, told The Associated …

  • B.C. cabinet minister James Moore won't … The Canadian Press - Fri, 19 Jun, 2015
    Industry Minister James Moore answers a question during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Moore is ending his 15-year career in politics and not running for re-election, he is the latest in a string of long-time Conservative MPs bowing out for this campaign. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

    Industry Minister James Moore announced Friday he won't seek re-election in October, leaving the prime minister heading into the election campaign without one of his most loyal lieutenants. Moore, 39, cited the health of his young son Spencer as the reason for his leaving federal politics, but his departure was immediately …

  • Vanier residents schooled on new prostitution law

    Vanier residents frustrated that their neighbourhood continues to be a hotspot for the sex trade were encouraged to focus their complaints on johns who buy sex — rather than those who sell it — at a community meeting hosted by police. Sergeant Jeff LeBlanc, who works for the human trafficking unit, told a crowded community …

  • A combination photo shows British corporate investigator Humphrey and his wife Yingzeng as they leave the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court inside police vehicle in Shanghai

    LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - A British corporate investigator freed from a Chinese jail last week has accused officials there of deliberately withholding medical treatment to try to force him to confess to a role in a scandal involving drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK). Peter Humphrey and his American wife Yu Yingzeng …

  • Toronto introduces sports-inspired condoms in time for Pan Am Games

    "Let the games begin."

  • Is the baby recession over? Preliminary … The Canadian Press - Wed, 17 Jun, 2015
    FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 file photo, Jennie Keane holds her daughter, Clare Elizabeth Keane, who was born at 10:11 a.m. on Saturday. Preliminary figures released by the government on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 show U.S. births were up in 2014 for the first time in seven years. About 53,000 more babies were born in 2014 than the year before _ a 1 percent increase. (Christine Peterson/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)

    It appears the baby recession really is over: Preliminary figures show U.S. births were up last year for the first time in seven years. Teen births hit another historic low and there were fewer cesarean sections and preterm deliveries. "It looks like perhaps we're seeing the turnaround that many experts have been anticipating," …

  • An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

    When a retired 51-year-old military man disclosed in a U.S. security clearance application that he had a 20-year affair with his former college roommate's wife, it was supposed to remain a secret between him and the government.

  • The voice of opposition past, Justice … Reuters - Sun, 14 Jun, 2015
    Demonstrators in favor of Obamacare gather at the Supreme Court building in Washington

    Justice Anthony Kennedy was furious when a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. As he read the dissenting opinion from the bench three years ago, his anger was palpable. The majority regards its opinion “as judicial modesty," he declared. "It is not. It amounts instead to a …

  • Ont. conversion therapy ban may see … The Canadian Press - Fri, 12 Jun, 2015
    NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo is shown in an undated, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho

    Ontario has banned clinicians from treating transgender children and youth with "conversion" therapy, a practice deemed unethical by major international medical and human rights organizations. Conversion therapy, sometimes called reparative therapy, has been used by some practitioners — often religion-based — to encourage …

  • Manitoba funding for transition services will save lives, says transgender man

    The Manitoba government is boosting funding and support care for transgender individuals, a move that many in the transgender community say will save lives. The province announced Friday it is expanding the number of recognized practitioners who conduct patient assessments for gender dysphoria and increasing funding for …

  • Former NHL player says expansion of … The Canadian Press - Thu, 11 Jun, 2015
    Former NHLer and sexual abuse victim Sheldon Kennedy opens the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre for children, youth, and families affected by child abuse in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 23, 2013. Kennedy says the sexual-abuse support centre that bears his name has been deluged with cases since its opening 13 months ago.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

    Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy says the sexual-abuse support centre that bears his name has been deluged with cases since opening more than two years ago. Kennedy, who brought to light sex crimes by former junior hockey coach Graham James, says the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre has seen about 120 cases a month. …

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