As China's new national security law for Hong Kong brings new restrictions to the semi-autonomous region, some Hong Kong residents are looking to emigrate — and Canada could be a popular option. The security law came into effect on July 1, after months of protests and violent clashes between pro-democracy organizers and police.It gives China more authority over the administration of Hong Kong, and among other things, the law makes secessionist, subversive or terrorist activities illegal and bans foreign intervention into the regions' affairs. Critics have called the law draconian and have expressed concern about its sweeping broadness and the severity of the stipulated punishment which ranges from three years up to life in prison. Some in Hong Kong are looking to emigrate as a result. There have been historic waves of emigration out of Hong Kong before, notably after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the U.K. to China.Canada, and Vancouver in particular, was a popular destination. Ken Tin Lok Wong, a registered immigration consultant with a Richmond, B.C., law firm, says while there's always been interest and an influx of immigrants from Hong Kong, things have escalated lately."We are receiving a gargantuan amount of clients wanting to immigrate to Canada," Wong told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's On The Coast. Wong said Canada's strong connections to Hong Kong — nearly 300,000 ex-pat Canadians live in Hong Kong and Canada has the second largest Hong Kong diaspora after the U.S. — and its familiarity as an English-speaking Commonwealth country with good education systems and economic opportunity make it a popular choice for Hong Kong residents. Those coming from Hong Kong would likely apply under the express entry or provincial-level skills immigration programs, where age, education, language proficiency and previous Canadian work experience would be important considerations. Other countries like Australia and the United Kingdom have been setting up Hong Kong-specific immigration policies that could allow residents an easier path to residency and citizenship — a move that has earned China's ire.Wong says he doesn't foresee a similar stream for Hong Kong residents in Canada — at least, not yet. "[Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada] does not want to give off the impression that we're assisting, or giving extra leeway, to those who are from Hong Kong," he said. "But then, things can change quickly ... the situation over in Hong Kong is changing almost every day."
Ontario Provincial Police officers allegedly falsified their notes to justify a racially influenced violent takedown of two First Nations brothers in Orillia, Ont., that was caught on cellphone video, according to a lawsuit filed in an Ontario court this week. The lawsuit, seeking $400,000 in damages, names the Ontario government, two identified OPP officers and a number of unknown officers. It was filed in Toronto on Wednesday.It alleges that the two officers, acting on a report that a "Native male" had fallen off a bicycle, illegally assaulted Randall May, 57, of Nipissing First Nation, and Aaron Keeshig, 50, of Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation.The lawsuit also alleges that an OPP officer, assigned to investigate a complaint over the incident filed by May, offered to have May's charges dropped if he abandoned the complaint, according to the statement of claim.The legal action comes at a time of heightened awareness of racial profiling by the police against Black and Indigenous people and amid worldwide protests over recent high-profile incidents of police brutality.In Canada, two Indigenous people were shot and killed by police in New Brunswick within a span of eight days in June. Chantal Moore, 26, was killed by police in Edmunston during a wellness check at her home while Rodney Levi, 48, of Metepenagiag First Nation, was fatally shot by the RCMP. The incident involving the OPP in Orillia unfolded in the front yard and driveway of May's home and was captured in cellphone video that was obtained by CBC News."In order to justify the illegal assault, detention and arrest, the police falsified police notes, falsely accused both brothers of offences they did not commit and wrongly charged Mr. May of assaulting police," said the statement of claim, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. "Mr. May and Mr. Keeshig, who are both First Nations men, assert that the illegal, violent and entirely unjustified treatment they suffered was the result of racial profiling, racial bias and discrimination."The OPP said in a statement it couldn't comment on ongoing litigation.However, its statement said that the OPP's professional standards bureau investigated the complaint filed by May in February 2019, at the direction of the police watchdog, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).The statement said the internal investigation concluded that the allegations were "unsubstantiated" and that the findings were relayed by the OIPRD to May. The file was closed in May 2019, the OPP's statement said. The police force hasn't yet filed a statement of defence because it was just served with the lawsuit.Lawsuit alleges man was repeatedly TaseredMay told CBC News he doesn't remember ever receiving the results of the investigation from the OIPRD. The lawsuit claims he suffered the worst during the takedown. He was thrown to the ground, punched and repeatedly Tasered to the point where he lost control of his bodily functions, according to the statement of claim. "I could hear myself screaming," May said in an interview with CBC News outside his home, at the spot where the incident occurred on Sept. 15, 2018. It was sunny that Saturday evening when May and Keeshig returned on their bicycles from a restaurant to May's home, which sits on a lot surrounded by thick bushes and trees on a dead-end street. May said he was walking his bicycle and crossing his driveway when he noticed an OPP cruiser pull up and an officer emerge. "I had no idea what they were doing here," he said. "He grabbed my bike and I said, 'What are you doing? You're on private property.' And he said that he got a complaint [that] some Native man walking down the road fell off his bike."Cellphone video shows incidentCellphone video, recorded by May's relative, Jessie Fancy, captured what happened next.The video shows one officer, identified as Sgt. Mark Connor, shoving May into the bushes as Keeshig arrived, walking his bike.Connor then told Keeshig to "back off" as May struggled to his feet, according to the video. Keeshig inched closer and Connor repeated his warning. "Don't be rough on my bro," Keeshig said, according to the video. Sirens are heard in the background as Connor pushes Keeshig back before turning his attention to May. The sound of a Taser cracks in the air.A second officer, Const. Andrew Markle, then appeared, grabbed Keeshig by the arm and flipping him to the gravel driveway. "Get on the ground," Markle is heard saying as he pinned Keeshig down and handcuffed him.Markle then moved to back up Connor, who yelled at May to "stop resisting" and "put your hands behind your back."The sound of Taser charges are audible, along with May's screams. "Now they're punching him," Fancy is heard saying on the video. "Connor continued to shock Mr. May with successive rounds shot from his Taser while Mr. May lay prone and defenceless on the ground.... At least one of the police officers yanked the Taser barbs out of Mr. May's skin before shooting him again," the statement of claim said. "Connor and ... Markle then began to punch Mr. May repeatedly, while one of them yelled 'put your hand behind your back or I will Taser you again!'"The lawsuit alleges that May was Tasered so many times that he became incontinent. "They threw me in the back of this car and I guess I was just full of excrement," he said. May said the OPP did not provide him with a change of clothes or any blankets while he was in the holding cell overnight. He was forced to wash his soiled clothes in the toilet bowl, which he couldn't flush, he said. "I basically slept beside my own excrement," May said. "I guess they were trying to humiliate me."Charges withdrawn by the CrownMay was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, along with two counts under the Liquor Licence Act of being intoxicated in a public place and having open liquor. His criminal charges were withdrawn by the Crown in November 2018 and his liquor charges were withdrawn in April 2019.Keeshig faced charges under the Liquor Licence Act of being intoxicated in a public place and having open liquor. He was convicted after an administrative error, but the conviction was overturned in March 2019.The statement of claim alleges that the officers "illegally" detained May and Keeshig, and they never informed either man of the reason for their arrest. The document said the brothers were the victims of "assault and battery" at the hands of the officers. "The force was excessive, unreasonable and not justifiable at law," the statement of claim said. It also alleges that the officers "falsified their police notes and other official records," claiming May was in a fighting stance, put up his fist, was aggressive and pushed Connor."Any resistance to the detention and arrest was passive in nature and was justified in law by the fact that ... Connor had no grounds to arrest or detain Mr. May and therefore had no grounds to use force against him," the statement of claim said. The document alleges that the officers falsely claimed that Keeshig fell off his bike when he arrived at May's home and was carrying an open can of beer. The video clearly shows he was walking his bike when he arrived and was not holding a can of beer, which the statement of claim also alleges. The officers also falsely alleged that Keeshig tried to interfere with the arrest, according to the statement of claim. "Keeshig was never anywhere near Mr. May and fully complied with the instructions to stay back," said the statement of claim, an assertion largely supported by the cellphone video. Keeshig said in an interview he knew that if he resisted, it could have been much worse. "I'd imagine if I would have stood up for myself ... I probably would've got shot, too, maybe not with a Taser gun either, probably a real gun," he said. Officer allegedly offered dealThe statement of claim alleges that after May filed a complaint with the OIPRD about his treatment, the police watchdog asked the OPP to investigate, and the provincial police turned the matter over to its professional standards bureau.One of the officers assigned to the file then offered May a quid pro quo, the lawsuit claims."One OPP officer even went so far as to offer to withdraw Mr. May's criminal charges if he in turn would withdraw the OIPRD complaint," the statement of claim said.The document alleges that the officers assigned to investigate "began harassing Mr. May and pressuring him to drop the complaint." The OIPRD said it couldn't comment due to privacy laws.May and Keeshig's Toronto-based lawyer, Promise Holmes Skinner, said she believes racism clearly played a role in the officer's actions."There is no doubt in my mind that if Randy was a white man, none of this would have happened," Holmes-Skinner said. "It's so unbelievable that a group of officers in broad daylight would attack a random Indigenous man for literally no reason and go onto his property and sort of engage in a gang-style beating."
A Manitoba Hutterite minister is telling the province to stop identifying colonies where members have tested positive for COVID-19 because it is leading to stigmatization.Paul Waldner from the CanAm Hutterite Colony in southwest Manitoba sent a letter to Premier Brian Pallister and Health Minister Cameron Friesen Wednesday saying that if the practice was not stopped, he would file a human rights complaint. The correspondence was also sent to media outlets."Should the announcements continue, we expect the stigmatization and associated cultural and religious profiling, will only worsen," Waldner wrote.Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Brent Roussin said the government has a right to identify clusters and it has not specifically named communities.There have been reports of discrimination against Hutterites after outbreaks in multiple colonies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.The Hutterian Safety Council COVID-19 Task Force, a volunteer group of spiritual leaders, first responders and educators, said Thursday in a news release that there are more than 120 Hutterite communities in Manitoba and only five communities currently have active cases. There were 35 cases in Manitoba linked to Hutterite colonies as of Wednesday.There were 43 new cases announced in Saskatchewan on Wednesday in a single colony. There are 17 Hutterite communities in that province with active cases.Many are believed to be linked to a funeral in southern Alberta recently for three teens who drowned last month. The cases in Manitoba have not been linked to the funeral, but are connected to travel between the provinces.The Hutterite way of life may make colonies vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19, but it also makes them adaptable to stopping it, said John Lehr, a senior scholar at the University of Winnipeg.Hutterites are fully communal, Anabaptist communities that originated in the 16th century. There are about 50,000 members in more than 520 colonies in Canada and the United States.Lehr, who co-authored a book on Hutterites and researched the communities for decades, said "they are just ordinary people who happen to live and dress a little differently than the rest of us." The colony is seen as an ark of "Christian righteousness which is adrift in a secular sea of potential sin.""For that reason, they tend to keep to themselves," Lehr said.Hutterites are community minded, he added.At the beginning of the pandemic many Hutterite colonies sewed masks and distributed them for free, supplied food, and provided other supports as needed.Leaders were also aware that if COVID-19 made its way into the colonies they would be at a higher risk for rapid spread. Lehr said Hutterites generally have larger families and there can be as many as 10 people living in one house. There are also communal meals and church services.Some colonies took major precautions, even locking themselves down.Hutterite writer Elaine Hofer wrote in Broadview magazine in May about how COVID-19 had impacted her Manitoba colony by resetting their lives. Before the pandemic everyone ate meals and worshiped together every day, but now those halls are empty, she wrote. She added that it's also reconnected many to their faith in a more profound way.As in the rest of society, Hutterites are not all the same. Some people followed public health suggestions closely, others took less precautions.When provinces began to loosen restrictions, so did a lot of colonies.Many colonies and members have adopted social media. There is a lot of talk on their pages about the pandemic, faith and a responsibility to ensure the safety of their community members as well as the larger society. People write about how they are uncomfortable with the spotlight being directed on their quiet, private communities.There are also stories lately of how some people are being turned away from local stores and businesses because they are Hutterites."There should be no discrimination against Hutterites," said Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief public health officer, on Wednesday in a sentiment echoed by provincial health leaders across the prairies.The Hutterian Safety Council has encouraged everyone to co-operate with public health orders and share information with officials who are tracing infections. It also told people not to fight back against cultural profiling.The council said close-knit Hutterite communities possess many strengths but, as a deeply traditional society, they can resist change, "especially if it is perceived as increasing separation and isolation within the community.""The COVID-19 pandemic brings this tension sharply into focus and the rise in cases and spread in our communities, at least in part, is a reflection of this dynamic in action."This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2020Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press
Recent developments: * You can now sign up for a smartphone app that warns users if they've been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. * It's been one week since much of Ontario moved into Stage 3 reopening. * Ottawa is extending its swimming memberships another four-and-a-half months, plus giving swimmers two complimentary weeks. Pools reopened July 6. * If you're travelling to other parts of Ontario this weekend, seven more regions have moved into Stage 3, mostly around the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton and Niagara. Toronto, Peel Region and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 2.WATCH | Niagara Falls boats show differing approaches to physical distancingWhat's the latest?COVID ALERT, a smartphone tracing app is now being beta-tested. The technology works by having people who test positive upload their results anonymously to the app. Other people who also have the app and have been near the person who tested positive would get a notification alerting them that they've been exposed.Much of Ontario, including Ottawa, moved into Stage 3 of the province's economic reopening plan. Cases have climbed since then, but health officials in Ottawa say they're not related to Stage 3 or even Stage 2, but people having large indoor gatherings. So if you want to hang out with friends who aren't in your social bubble, what can you do safely? CBC Ottawa spoke to a virologist to find out.While eastern Ontario businesses have been gradually welcoming back customers for more than a month now, as COVID-19 restrictions gradually loosen, some proprietors in the National Capital Region have decided to remain closed.The insolvency rate for both businesses and individuals has plummeted recently, but experts fear that bankruptcies will rise once COVID-19 related payment-deferral and financial aid plans come to an end.WATCH | 'We're very nervous': Insolvency filings may spike after end of federal assistance programsHow many cases are there?There have been 2,361 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa since the pandemic began. The number of deaths remains at 263. The majority of cases in the city —1,883 — are classified as resolved.Gatineau has reported a total of 559 cases. In all, public health officials have reported more than 3,700 cases across eastern Ontario and western Quebec, and nearly 3,100 are resolved.COVID-19 has killed 102 people in the region outside Ottawa: 52 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark counties, 17 in other parts of eastern Ontario and 33 in the Outaouais.The last coronavirus-related death in the region was June 25.What's open and closed?Ottawa is now in Stage 3 of Ontario's reopening plan, which means larger distanced gatherings and more activities allowed inside.Quebec has similar rules, though people can be slightly closer in venues with seats and their social groups that don't have to distance inside can be from a maximum of three homes.Up to 15 children can be at an Ontario daycare as of next week.Quebec's back-to-school plans bring older students to classrooms again.Ontario has put three options for next school year on the table, promising an update by early August, while post-secondary schools are moving toward more online classes in September.Distancing and isolatingThe coronavirus primarily spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People don't need to have symptoms to be contagious.That means physical distancing measures such as working from home, meeting others outdoors as much as possible and in Ontario, staying at least two metres away from anyone they don't live with or have in their circle.Ottawa's medical officer of health said in mid-July people should be ready for COVID-19 social restrictions well into 2021 or 2022.Masks are now mandatory in indoor public settings in all of eastern Ontario and Quebec.WATCH | Doug Ford thanks Ontarians for containing coronavirus, compares numbers to U.S.Anyone who has symptoms or travelled recently outside Canada must self-isolate for at least 14 days.Specifically in Ottawa, anyone waiting for a COVID-19 test result must self-isolate at least until they know the result.The same goes for anyone in Ontario who's been in contact with someone who's tested positive or is presumed to have COVID-19.Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges self-isolation for individuals who have weakened immune systems and Ottawa Public Health recommends people over 70 stay home as much as possible. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?COVID-19 can range from a cold-like illness to a severe lung infection, with common symptoms including fever, a dry cough, vomiting and the loss of taste or smell. Less common symptoms include chills, headaches and pinkeye. The Ontario government says in rare cases, children can develop a rash.If you have severe symptoms, call 911.WATCH | French hospital testing new 'breathalyzer' to detect COVID-19Where to get testedIn eastern Ontario:In Ottawa any resident who feels they need a test, even if they are not showing symptoms, can now be tested at one of three sites.Inuit in Ottawa can call the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team at 613-740-0999 for service, including testing, in Inuktitut or English on weekdays.Testing has also expanded for local residents and employees who work in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area.There is a drive-thru centre in Casselman that can handle 200 tests a day and assessment centres in Hawkesbury and Winchester that don't require people to call ahead.Others in Alexandria, Rockland and Cornwall require an appointment.In Kingston, the Leon's Centre is now hosting the city's test site. Find it at Gate 2.Napanee's test centre is open daily for people who call for an appointment.The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark unit asks you to get tested if you have a symptom or concerns about exposure.It has a walk-in site in Brockville at the Memorial Centre and testing sites in Smiths Falls and Almonte which require an appointment.The public health unit in the Belleville area is asking people to call it, their family doctor or Telehealth if they have symptoms or questions.You can arrange a test in Bancroft, Belleville or Trenton by calling the centre and in Picton by texting or calling.Renfrew County is providing pop-up testing in five communities this week and home testing under some circumstances.Residents should call their family doctor and those without access to a family doctor can call 1-844-727-6404 to register for a test or if they have health questions, COVID-19-related or not.In western Quebec:Outaouais residents now can get a walk-in test in Gatineau five days a week at 135 blvd. Saint-Raymond and at recurring clinics in communities such as Maniwaki, Val-des-Monts and Fort-Coulonge.They can call 1-877-644-4545 if they have other questions or to make an appointment.First Nations:Local communities have declared states of emergency, put in a curfew or both.Akwesasne has had eight confirmed COVID-19 cases. Four of them are active and linked back to a gathering on an island with a non-resident who wasn't showing symptoms at the time.It has a mobile COVID-19 test site available by appointment only and anyone returning to the community on the Canadian side of the international border who's been farther than 80 kilometres away is asked to self-isolate for 14 days. It's 100 miles or 160 kilometres away on the American side.Anyone in Tyendinaga who's interested in a test can call 613-967-3603 to talk to a nurse. Face coverings are now mandatory in its public buildings.People in Pikwakanagan can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test by calling 613-625-2259.Kitigan Zibi is planning for an Aug. 29 election with changes depending on the status of the pandemic at that time. It plans on starting to open schools and daycares next month.For more information
EU countries must take urgent action to diversify their 5G suppliers, the European Commission said on Friday, a move set to shrink Huawei's [HWT.UL] presence in Europe as the United States pressured the bloc to follow Britain and ban the Chinese company from 5G networks. In November last year, the European Union agreed to take a tough line on 5G suppliers to reduce cybersecurity risks to next-generation mobile networks, seen as key to boosting economic growth and competitiveness.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians are concerned about their health and safety.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says travel restrictions at New Brunswick's borders could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Cara Zwibel, a lawyer with the organization, said rules preventing some Canadians from entering the province conflict with mobility rights."I think that this freedom to travel freely within the country is something that is a part of being Canadian," she said. "A part of living in a country is you can move around in it."The Charter includes the rights to move to, reside in, and earn a livelihood in any province. While other types of travel are not specifically referenced, the association believes it should be implied.New Brunswick closed its borders to non-essential travel under the state of emergency in March. Checkpoints staffed by peace officers have been used to screen and control travellers.Since those initial restrictions, new exemptions have been rolled out to allow Canadians to enter for work, medical treatment, to visit family or go to property they own — although self-isolation is still required in most cases. In response to the mobility concerns, the New Brunswick government says the restrictions have been an effective response to the pandemic. Coreen Enos, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health, said in an email the province took early action to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19."The ongoing measures have helped protect the health of people in New Brunswick and have likely benefited our neighbours as well," she said.New figures released by Statistics Canada earlier this week show the province's economic recovery is happening quicker than at the national level.The province's emergency order must be reviewed every two weeks by the all-party cabinet committee and advice from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. At that time, Enos said the measures within the order are reviewed.Disruptions for border residentsMegan Mitton is the MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, which borders Nova Scotia. Her constituency office has been flooded with calls and emails from residents having challenges travelling back and forth.She is concerned about inconsistencies with the Aulac border checkpoint and said essential workers have been heavily impacted."They don't know what to expect when they get to the border, and how long it'll take them to get to work and to get home," she said."Some people are working 12-hour shifts, providing really important services and then they have this question mark at the beginning of their day and the end of their day."The province issued passes for daily commuters when the border initially closed to essential travel. Under the Atlantic bubble, regular travellers are now asked to complete an online pre-registration form before each time they cross.But the challenges for border residents have continued. Mitton said the public safety department's phone lines haven't been working consistently, and some people have been issued accidental isolation orders."These rules are not created thinking about the thousands and thousands of people that live near the border, and that need to cross regularly."The province has made physical changes at the Aulac crossing designed to improve traffic flow.Legal challenge in Newfoundland and LabradorZwibel said the existence of a pandemic alone is not enough to limit mobility rights. She said New Brunswick's provincial government needs to justify limiting entry to the province, compared to allowing access for all Canadians provided they self–isolate."Our desire is just to see the information and the evidence that governments are relying on when they're making these decisions," she said. "Because they shouldn't just be based on sort of fear or speculation.""I appreciate that there's a concern that not everyone will follow those rules, even though I don't think we've seen really good evidence that that's happening — that people are ignoring those rules."The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has joined a lawsuit in response to travel restrictions in Newfoundland and Labrador. It has also sent letters to provinces and territories that have banned visitors. The lawsuit has the potential to set a legal precedent which could impact restrictions in New Brunswick. "It's never been seriously questioned that Canadians have the right to move around the country freely, and if we're calling that into question now then I think we need governments to be really forthcoming about the basis for doing that," Zwibel said.Information privacy concerns When travellers cross into New Brunswick at the checkpoint, personal details are collected, including contact information, addresses, licence plate number and reason for travel. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says this type of data collection is largely unprecedented and management of the information is a cause for concern.Public safety says that information is stored on government servers with controlled access within the department. It is shared with a "border callback team" to check in on those required to self isolate."The information will be retained for a period of six months for Public Health purposes and investigations, if necessary," Enos said. "It will then be disposed of in accordance with provincial retention schedules."The opening of the Atlantic Bubble on July 3 paved the way for residents who aren't sick and haven't travelled outside the region to enter without self-isolation. But Canadians from outside the region who don't meet exemptions still can't enter New Brunswick. Premier Blaine Higgs is considering a smaller bubble to allow for isolation–free travel with neighbouring communities in Quebec. That change could come at the start of August."We continue to monitor what is happening in other Canadian jurisdictions to assess the situation in other provinces and territories with an eye to safely reopening the province," Enos said.
About 100 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in small boats landed on the southern island of Lampedusa during the night, the latest in a wave of arrivals straining an already overcrowded holding centre. Officials said the migrants, arriving from Libya, were either rescued at sea or managed to avoid detection and reach the island. The arrivals of small boats, some carrying as few as eight people, brought to nearly 1,000 the number of migrants who have reached the island from Libya in the last three days.
The province of New Brunswick says Peace and Friendship Treaties do not allow First Nations people to make a 'moderate livelihood' from Crown timber.In January, six Wolastoqey First Nations sued the province for not recognizing their treaty rights to Crown timber.Oromocto, Woodstock, Saint Mary's, Kingsclear, Tobique and Madawaska First Nations allege the province is infringing on their treaty rights by "wrongfully" limiting their ability to sell and trade timber to gain a "moderate livelihood."In a statement of defence filed mid-July, the province says the First Nations do not have the right to commercially harvest timber, only domestically."Historic timber harvesting practices were limited to domestic use," the statement says.The province says, when it comes to the treaty rights asserted by the First Nations in their lawsuit, "The province denies such a right exists and thus, cannot be recognized, protected or infringed."> First Nations have the right … to continue the cutting and trading of timber as firewood and other wood products, as that practice has evolved over the years. \- Lawsuit by six Wolastoqey First NationsThe province admits the Crown signed treaties between 1725 and 1768, and that another treaty was signed in 1778."However, none of the treaties include the right alleged by the Plaintiffs," the statement says.In their lawsuit, the First Nations said when the treaties were signed, "the common intention" was that the Wolastoqey First Nations would "have the right to harvest timber for the sale or trade as firewood and other wood products for necessaries on which these First nations had come to rely." In a modern context, "necessaries" would translate to "moderate livelihood."The statement of defence said those common intentions never existed.The First Nations have said enforcing the Crown Lands and Forests Act against members of their communities is a breach of the constitutionally protected treaties.The statement of defence denies that the modern mode of harvesting timber for domestic use has evolved.Inciting casesIn 2012, the province charged two members of Woodstock First Nation with illegally harvesting Crown timber and with illegal possession of that timber, the lawsuit says. The trial went on from July 2013 to November 2014.During that time, four expert witnesses testified to confirm those treaty rights.The lawsuit says the province stayed those charges and allegedly "avoided a decision of the provincial court judge on the treaty rights."The province denies this allegation.In the fall of 2019, the province charged five people under the same legislation. Four of them were members of First Nations and were harvesting Crown timber to sell as firewood, "to the extent of obtaining a moderate livelihood," the lawsuit says. A fifth was someone who purchased that wood.The lawsuit says that in both those cases, the province "wrongfully failed to recognize and respect the [First Nations'] Treaty rights."This infringement is unconstitutional, the suit alleges, and has caused "substantial financial loss to the [First Nations] and their members." The province denies that it wrongfully charged those five people, and says the four were harvesting the timber "for commercial gain and not domestic use."In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the R. v. Marshall decision, which allows Indigenous peoples to earn a "moderate livelihood" through commercial fishing in Atlantic Canada. But it did not include timber.In 2006 the same court ruled two Wolastoqi loggers and a Mi'kmaw logger had an inherent right to harvest timber from Crown lots for domestic use, but not to sell or trade.The First Nations are seeking an order from the court to declare their treaty rights. They're also asking the court to declare the province has failed to honour and respect treaty rights, as well as damages "to be determined." The province is asking the court to dismiss the case with costs.No court date has been set yet to hear the case.
MONTREAL — Quebec's annual two-week construction holiday is in full swing, and with many Quebecers staying closer to home this summer because of COVID-19, towns in the Gaspe region are seeing an influx of tourists drawn to the charming seaside landscapes.But the mayor of Gaspe, Que., a popular tourist destination on the Gaspe peninsula's eastern coast, is concerned some visitors are camping anywhere they find space, harming the environment and upsetting locals."We're seeing a lot of tents on public beaches, in forests, on private land without the approval of the owners of that land," Mayor Daniel Cote said in an interview Thursday.Cote said he had high hopes tourists would come to the Gaspe this summer despite the pandemic. Authorities had closed off the region to outsiders earlier this year to stop the spread of COVID-19.But Cote said he was caught off guard by the number of tourists who arrived without hotel or camping reservations. "People invaded public beaches and decided that that's where they would set up camp," he said.A series of photos posted on Facebook Wednesday showed tents and camping chairs lined up along a beach, as well as empty beer cans and other garbage littering the sand. The Canadian Press could not independently verify the photos, which purportedly were taken at Haldimand Beach in Gaspe.The post was shared nearly 600 times as of Thursday afternoon and garnered over 300 comments, many of which criticize the tourists and demand the town take action. Cote said public beaches are under provincial authority, so the municipality has limited means to intervene.But he said Gaspe intends to hire people to patrol busy public areas and inform visitors of the rules, which include a ban on driving vehicles on public beaches and to safely dispose trash.The town is also working with Quebec provincial police and the nearby Mi'kmaq Nation of Gespeg to protect the area, Cote added. "As a municipality we don't have coercive power to force people to leave the areas ... so we're going to go with raising awareness."In a statement Thursday, officials with the Mi'kmaq Nation of Gespeg said unregulated camping in the area had gotten "out of control" and was negatively affecting local wildlife and ecosystems."On the beaches, washed up wood, which is important for slowing erosion, is being burned without knowledge of its consequences," the statement reads. "Migratory birds are being disturbed on their nesting grounds. We cannot even keep track of the amount of waste that litters the waters, the beaches, the parking lots, and rest areas."The regional public health authority launched an awareness campaign this month to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in the Gaspe region amid the wave of tourists.Small teams are being deployed across the region to make sure people are respecting public health guidelines, explained Clemence Beaulieu-Gendron, a spokeswoman for CISSS de la Gaspesie. She said several local mayors have asked the public health teams to come to their towns.So far, a team of four outreach workers is working in the area of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, while others have been sent to Gaspe, Perce, and Carleton-sur-Mer."They're not police. It's important to say that," Beaulieu-Gendron said about the workers, in an interview. "It's really to raise awareness to avoid a second wave, or in any case, to decrease the risk of spreading the virus in the region during summer vacation."Lily Gang, the owner of Motel-Camping Fort Ramsay in Gaspe, said this summer seems just as busy as in past years. Her business counts 32 motel rooms and 42 camp sites, which normally can accommodate both trailers and tents.But Gang said she chose not to take any reservations for tent camping this year because she felt uneasy with clients using the communal restrooms and showers during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she also feared campers could put her cleaning staff at risk."I don't know how to handle so many people together," Gang said in an interview.Cote said the region typically receives 800,000 visitors every summer, but this year he expects more. He said he intends to speak to the provincial government this fall to make sure the public beaches aren't overrun again next year.In the meantime, he encouraged tourists to plan their trips to the region ahead of time — and only visit if they have reservations. "It will make us very happy to welcome you, as long as you behave respectfully towards people in the area."This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2020.Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Canadian Press
The Conservatives are calling for a second ethics investigation into Finance Minister Bill Morneau over the $41,000 in travel he received from the WE organization in 2017.
MONTREAL — The mother of a six-year-old girl who died after she was stabbed in an east-end Montreal residence was charged Friday with second-degree murder.The 36-year-old suspect, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, appeared in court over the phone from her hospital bed.Elfriede Duclervil, the woman's lawyer, said her client found it difficult to appear in front of a judge through the telephone."All appearances under these circumstances are traumatizing for anyone," Duclervil told reporters at the Montreal courthouse, "and even more so for someone who is in their bed, in hospital.""I think she was a little surprised," the lawyer continued. "It's hard to appear without seeing the faces of your lawyers, prosecutors, the judge, so I think that needs to be taken in consideration under the circumstances."Police said they received an anonymous 911 call about the incident around 3 a.m. Thursday and the girl was taken to hospital in critical condition, where she died hours later. The girl's mother was found at the scene and taken to hospital with minor injuries, but police weren't immediately able to question her due to her condition.Police have said they believe the suspect was the only other person present at the time of her daughter's death. She was described as a material witness prior to her arrest late Thursday night.The stabbing is Montreal's eleventh homicide of the year.On Friday, a small pile of stuffed animals and a heart-shaped pillow sat beside a tree in front of the modest two-storey building in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough where the incident took place.A neighbour, who did not wish to give his name, said in an interview conducted through social media he'd often heard loud voices and arguing coming from the residence, but said the woman appeared to be a loving mother.Judge Melanie Hebert issued a publication ban to protect the identity of the victim, which covers the mother by extension. Hebert also ordered the mother to have no contact with the deceased child's father and with her other daughter.The suspect will remain in hospital before being transferred to a detention centre while awaiting her next court date, which is set for Aug. 19.Duclervil said it was "premature" to say whether she will request a psychological evaluation for her client.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2020.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press
Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou claim U.S. President Donald Trump has "poisoned" extradition proceedings against the Huawei executive to the degree where the judge overseeing the hearing has no choice but to throw the case out.In court documents filed in advance of a September hearing, Meng's defence team cites Trump's history of intervening in high-profile criminal cases to claim he would have no hesitation to make good on his threat to use their client as a bargaining chip in a global trade war.Lawyers for the Huawei chief financial officer also noted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments about two Canadians detained in China in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest.The lawyers claim Meng, 48, has been left in the impossible position of fearing that any attempt to defend herself may affect either the Chinese economy or the lives of two men."These proceedings have been poisoned," Meng's lawyers claimed in a 28-page legal brief outlining their arguments."They can no longer be reasonably regarded as fair, regardless of the undoubted good faith of the court."Trump says he would 'certainly intervene'Meng was arrested on an extradition warrant on Dec. 1, 2018, after landing in Vancouver on what was supposed to be a layover between Hong Kong and Mexico City.The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to New York to face charges of fraud and conspiracy.She is accused of lying to banks about Huawei's relationship with a company accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. Prosecutors claim Meng's alleged lies placed banks at risk of loss and prosecution.The latest legal arguments are grounded in a statement Trump made to a reporter less than two weeks after Meng's arrest in which he was asked if he would intervene in the case. At the time, the United States had recently escalated the trade war with China, which is still in effect."If I think it's good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made — which is a very important thing — what's good for national security, I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary," Trump replied.Meng's lawyers say the actions of the president and U.S. Attorney General William Barr in the cases of both Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his political advisor Roger Stone make clear that his words are not just idle talk.Flynn — who Trump called "a good guy" — pleaded guilty twice to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about conversations with Russia's ambassador, yet the case against him was dismissed after the U.S. Justice Department intervened.In February, Trump demanded a new trial for Stone, calling himself "the chief law enforcement officer of the country." More recently, he acted to commute Stone's three year prison sentence for witness tampering and lying to Congress."The two examples show that the (U.S.) president not only thinks he can intervene in prosecutions, but that he will do so when it suits his political agenda," Meng's lawyers wrote.They also said that Trump has already said that "there is MUCH more to come" when it comes to interventions.The fate of two CanadiansThe court documents also claim Trudeau contributed to the politicization of the case in statements he made to a French language TV show in December 2019 with regard to former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.The two were detained in China within days of Meng's arrest and have since been accused of spying. Both men have been held in Chinese prisons for more than a year and a half.Trudeau claimed his government told the U.S. it "should not sign a final and complete agreement with China that does not settle the question of Meng Wanzhou and the two Canadians.""As a bargaining chip in a global trade war, (Meng faces) intimidation regarding the ramifications her own decisions may have on others," her lawyers claim.They say a reasonable person would believe that how Meng "defends her extradition could alter the consequences faced by the two Canadians held in China.Her defence strategy could also impact Huawei in its future interests as a globally competitive company, as well as Canada's economy."Meng's lawyers allege abuse of processThe legal arguments are all part of a series of attempts that the defence plans to make to have the case against Meng tossed for alleged abuse of process. The same newly filed batch of court documents include an argument that the U.S. failed to disclose material facts in its record of the case that show Meng's statements to banks had no impact on the financial decisions in question.If necessary, the defence team also plans to argue that Canadian and U.S. authorities conspired to violate Meng's Constitutional rights at the time of her arrest.To that end, her lawyers will be in federal court next week to argue for the release of Canadian Security Intelligence Service documents that they claim prove collusion with the FBI.CSIS has already released a number of heavily redacted documents suggesting that it was aware of Meng's arrest and in contact with the FBI and other agencies.Canada's attorney general claims the redacted information should be kept from public view because of national security concerns. Affidavits filed in the case suggest that the details could inflame tensions with China and alienate intelligence sources.But in federal court documents released Friday, Meng's lawyers claim the information could be crucial to her defence."If there is additional information hidden under the redactions ... national security privilege should not be used to cover up the abuse," the lawyers state."Additionally, national security privilege should not be used to protect government enforcement officials from being embarrassed."Meng has been living under house arrest since her release on $10 million bail in the week after her initial arrest.She wears a monitoring bracelet as part of her release conditions and lives in one of two multi-million mansions she owns on Vancouver's west side.She has denied the allegations made against her.
OTTAWA — The federal government has lost at least $439 million so far this year in productivity through a policy that allows civil servants to stay home, with pay, during emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's budget watchdog said in a report released Friday.Most of that total was a result of employees at the Canada Revenue Agency staying home, unable to work, between March 15 and May 31, the Parliamentary Budget Office said.That one department accounted for just over $311 million in paid leave, far ahead of the second-costliest department, Correctional Services Canada, at more than $33.8 million.The report says the Canada Revenue Agency told the budget watchdog that limitations on work was the most common reason for taking leave, mostly related to compliance and collection activities being postponed during the pandemic.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents the majority of federal employees, called the numbers "modest."The PBO report was compiled at the request of Edmonton Conservative MP Kelly McCauley, who wanted to know the financial impact of the policy, known as pay code 699.The policy allows federal employees paid leave for emergencies such as being sick with COVID-19, having to quarantine, not being able to access the technology they need to complete their work and having to care for dependants.It does not require employee to first use up other forms of paid leave, such as vacation, family emergencies or accumulated sick leave."The data shows that vast majority of public service employees were able to work at full capacity while only a third were occasionally forced to use 699 leave," said PSAC national president Chris Aylward.The PBO also noted the leave amounted to about one per cent of government salaries for the period."The price of forcing layoffs and trying to rebuild the public service after the pandemic would have cost taxpayers tenfold — let alone the negative impact on our economy," Aylward said.The PBO said 699 costs could be closer to $623 million, government wide, because the Treasury Board Secretariat, which is responsible for the civil service, only provided information from 62 of the 88 federal public service organizations, representing about 70 per cent of government departments.The PBO noted that it was not able to find a leave policy of a similar scope in the private sector, although some provinces have offered their employees some pay cushions."Many provincial governments have issued notices requiring managers to provide flexibility and allow employees to draw on future sick leave credits during the pandemic," the PBO report said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2020.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press
Ahad Saheem and his friend were taking pictures and drinking cold, clean water from the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park when they heard a loud noise behind them. A red-and-white sightseeeing bus with giant tires, just like the one the Edmonton men had taken to the Columbia Icefield less than 15 minutes earlier last Saturday, had rolled down a rocky slope and landed on its roof. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest non-polar icefields in the world and one of the most popular attractions in the Canadian Rockies.
REGINA — A young man pleaded for help as he was being led out of a hospital by security before taking his own life in a lake on the Saskatchewan legislature grounds. The final moments of Samwel Uko's life are detailed in documents provided to his family as part of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's review into his care at Regina General Hospital in May. The family shared the review with The Canadian Press."As he was being escorted out of the facility, video footage shows him calling, 'I need help. I need help. I have mental-health issues,'" the review says.Uko's body was discovered in Wascana Lake a short time later.The health authority said it has formally apologized to Uko's family and it made a public apology at a news conference Thursday."I can't imagine the loss they feel and the suffering they continue to go through," said Scott Livingstone, chief executive the Saskatchewan Health Authority, adding Uko was "improperly denied care.""For this I am deeply sorry."Uko's uncle Justin Nyee called what happened to his nephew "insane.""We are hurting, and we are angry at the same time because this shouldn't have happened," said Nyee, who lives in Calgary."After about 45 minutes they decided to kick him out of the hospital. He was not fighting, he was not cursing. All he was doing is telling them 'I need help.'"Relatives say the 20-year-old man was visiting Saskatchewan from Abbotsford, B.C., and voiced concerns about being sick and people coming after him. He sought help at the Regina General Hospital.The health authority's review says the young man went to the hospital on the morning of May 21 with "increasing depressive thoughts" and difficulty sleeping, but he denied thinking of self-harm.It says he was connected with a mental-health clinic intake worker in the early afternoon and referred to an appointment with a psychiatrist within a week. He was told to contact a community outreach and support team or go back to the emergency room if he felt worse.Hours later, the review says, he was brought back in by police. He had called 911 asking to go to hospital because he had mental-health issues.The review says Uko was seated in a hallway between the registration and triage desks. The desk clerk tried to get Uko to confirm he had been in for an earlier visit, but he did not, the review says. There was confusion over the last name he provided."The process for registration of an unidentified patient was not utilized."The health authority says that after police left, a security officer consulted with a triage nurse and a decision was made for four officers to remove Uko. He was not registered or seen by the triage desk.Video showed him calling for help on the way out."The honest truth is we spent too much time trying to obtain his identity and not enough time focusing on his care needs," Livingstone said.Uko's death is to be the subject of a coroner's inquest to be held at a later date.As a result of the review, the health authority said it has implemented a number of changes including improving the registration and triage process, better co-ordinating mental health supports in the emergency department and changing the process for removing someone from a facility."As an organization we failed Samwel," Livingstone said.Nyee said he doesn't want his nephew's death to be in vain."There is a feeling of going forward and it will be good and better for someone else, to save someone else's life," Nyee said."I'm not saying the word satisfied, but we kind of understand in that sense they're trying to do the best they can to help the situation."Ash said the purpose of the review was to allow staff to speak openly about what mistakes may have occurred as a way of improving the system."There have been no discussions about removal of staff. There's nothing that came out of the critical incident report that showed that there were any deliberate actions unrelated to trying to care for Samwel so right now there is nothing," Ash said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2020— With files from Bill Graveland in CalgaryStephanie Taylor, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had comments from Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone attributed to John Ash, executive director of acute care.
Ontario reported an additional 195 cases of COVID-19 on Friday — the majority in people under 40 years old — as more parts of the province move into Stage 3 of the government's reopening plan. Windsor-Essex alone confirmed 57 new cases and Ottawa 27, as well as another 31 in Toronto and 18 in Peel. With the exception of July 21, which saw 203 cases due to a reporting delay in Peel, it's the most new cases on any single day since June 29. Health Minister Christine Elliott noted in a series of tweets this morning that 128 of the cases, or 66 per cent, are people under 40 years old.Ontario has now confirmed 38,405 infections of the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began in late January. Of those, about 88.8 per cent are considered resolved by public health officials. Another 137 were marked resolved in today's update. At a Friday afternoon news conference, Premier Doug Ford said the province is seeing numbers "fluctuate," which is "concerning."Ford said most young people are acting responsibly, with a few exceptions."It's not little Johnny I'm worried about, it's little Johnny's grandparents I'm worried about," he said.Seven more regions of Ontario formally entered Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. today. Hamilton and Niagara are among them. Durham, York, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and Lambton are also now in Stage 3.The easing of anti-COVID measures means indoor dining at a restaurant or drinking in a pub is allowed. Gyms and movie theatres are also allowed to reopen.In all cases, physical distancing must be maintained among patrons.Ford said Friday it was "great news" that more regions are moving to the next stage of reopening.Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex, however, will remain in Stage 2 for the time being. Ford said many people were expecting an update on those regions heading into Stage 3 on Monday, but health officials have asked for more time to "analyze the numbers" in those areas."And I've always said, we can't rush this," Ford said, adding that an update will now come on Wednesday."I'm hopeful we'll have some good news to share on Wednesday," he said.Hospitalizations dip slightlyThe growing number of regions in Stage 3 comes as Ontario's state of emergency — originally declared in mid-March — expired today.After a steady rise in hospitalizations over the last five days, the number of patients in Ontario hospitals with confirmed cases of the illness dropped today, down to 141 from 156 — which had been the most since early July. Thirty-one patients are being treated in intensive care units, and 20 are on ventilators. LISTEN | Why is COVID-19 spreading among young people? The province's official COVID-19 death toll grew by three, and is now 2,758. A CBC News count based on data provided directly by public health units, which avoids lag times in the provincial reporting system, puts the real current toll at 2,789 as of yesterday evening.'Stressful and concerning' situation in Windsor-EssexWindsor-Essex's medical officer of health says that region now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the province.Dr. Wajid Ahmed said the region passed Toronto and Peel this week with 484 cases per 100,000 people, calling the situation "stressful and concerning."Ahmed explained the jump in cases can be attributed to outbreaks on local farms and increasing cases in the community likely due to reopening of the region weeks ago.Hundreds of migrant workers in the region have tested positive for the virus over the past few months and two have died.Ford also said the province is conferring with a constitutional lawyer to see if it can mandate testing of migrant workers on farms in the Windsor-Essex area."I would like to look into mandatory testing," Ford said. "We can't keep going this way."On Thursday, Ontario's chief medical officer of health said an on-farm testing effort had recently been paused after only 19 of 176 in the region participated.Dr. David Williams said a new communications package has been created for farms and their workers as the testing restarts.
OTTAWA — Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau are facing calls to resign — from two federal party leaders — over their involvement in the controversy swirling around the WE organization.Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer challenged to Trudeau and Morneau Friday to "step aside for the good of the country.""This entire scandal reeks of corruption at the highest levels of the federal government," he said."These individuals need to do the right thing."In what appears to be an attempt to drive a wedge between Trudeau and members of his own caucus, Scheer said Liberal MPs who do not want to be seen as complicit in this controversy should demand that their leader quit."Liberal MPs have a choice to make: are they prepared to sacrifice their personal integrity to protect their scandal-plagued leader and to cover up corruption or are they willing to take a stand and demand that Trudeau step aside?" he said."If the Liberals refuse to act, if they sit on their hands and say nothing, then they are implicitly approving of this corrupt behaviour and they will be just as guilty as Justin Trudeau is."Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet also called on Trudeau and Morneau to resign —a step further from his earlier position of asking the prime minister to step aside while the federal ethics commissioner and committees investigate the matter.If they do not, the Bloc is threatening a motion to censure the government when the House of Commons resumes full business in September.The party is also asking Elections Canada to consider what would be necessary to run an election in a pandemic and is asking House Speaker Anthony Rota to make arrangements for a vote of all 338 MPs on or before Sept. 21.These moves signal a possible intention to bring down the Liberal minority government, although Blanchet did not explicitly commit to this.Quebecers may not want an election in the short term, but they also don't want another Liberal scandal to distract from the fight against COVID-19, Blanchet said in French in a Friday statement.Scheer avoided saying whether he would be willing to force an election over the issue in the minority Parliament, saying only that this decision should be made by the next leader of the party after results of the Conservative leadership contest are announced in late August.He dismissed the suggestion that replacing Trudeau and Morneau in the middle of a pandemic would create further uncertainty in the country."It would allow the government to move on, past these scandals, and focus on improving the lives of Canadians," he said.Meanwhile Liberal cabinet ministers defended Morneau when asked about the brewing imbroglio.Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she continues to have confidence in Morneau as finance minister and that he has been a "key player" in Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic."The support that he's been able to put together with colleagues around the table, around small business supports and ensuring that our economy has the strength to survive what I would say is a challenge of a generation, has been truly admirable," Hajdu said.Social Development Minister Hussen and Mona Fortier, minister of middle-class prosperity, also declared their full confidence in the finance minister. The controversy involving the WE organization has forced the Liberals into damage control mode for the last three weeks, after questions arose about close personal connections between the WE Charity and Trudeau, Morneau and members of their families. On Wednesday, Morneau told a Commons committee he had just repaid WE Charity more than $41,000 for expenses the group covered for trips his family took to Kenya and Ecuador in 2017 to see some of its humanitarian work. He said he had always planned to personally cover those amounts and was surprised to discover this was not the case while going through his receipts ahead of his testimony.WE said the Morneau family trips were meant to be complimentary, part of a practice of showing donors WE's work to encourage them to give more.Both Morneau and Trudeau are facing an ethics investigation for not recusing themselves during discussions about awarding WE a deal to run the government's $912-million program that would pay students grants of up to $5,000 based on the hours they volunteer.WE backed away from the sole-source contract earlier this month, citing the controversy that has dogged the agreement since government announced WE Charity as the administrator of the Canada Student Service Grant.Trudeau and Morneau have apologized for not declaring possible conflicts and recusing themselves from discussions because of their familial ties to the organization — Trudeau because of speaking fees paid to his brother, mother and wife, and Morneau because one of his daughters is nearing the end of a one-year contract in an administrative role.Trudeau has agreed to testify before the House of Commons finance committee probing the aborted agreement, a rare move for a prime minister, as will his chief of staff, Katie Telford.This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2020.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
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