News items tagged as Equality relate to treatment received by Canadian organizations, individuals and institutions by the federal government.

Missing Women report to be released amid heavy criticism

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(…) The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report, written by commissioner Wally Oppal, comes nearly a decade after Robert Pickton’s arrest in connection with the deaths of dozens of sex workers whose remains or DNA were found on his pig farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C. Pickton is currently serving a life sentence for killing six sex workers. (…)

The report comes out amid heavy criticism. Advocacy groups that work with sex workers in the Downtown Eastside say the process that created the inquiry was flawed because it focused too much on the police, and failed to hear pivotal pieces of evidence. (…)

Idle No More: First Nations activist movement grows across Canada

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First Nations activists are gearing up for a week of rallies as a growing grassroots movement known as Idle No More continues to draw communities across the country together thanks to a powerful presence online. (…)

The movement has quickly gained momentum, particularly amongst a new generation of young, social-media savvy activists. Thousands have used the #idlenomore hashtag on Twitter to debate issues and spread information about upcoming protests. (...)

Face time on the Hill

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(…) In just one year to this September, senior industry officials held 791 separate meetings with ministers, members of Parliament and officials even as the federal government was pursuing major regulatory changes that critics claim amount to a gutting of environmental protection, according to a study of the lobbyist registry by the Polaris Institute, a left-leaning, Ottawa-based think tank. (…)

“To us, this shows a fundamental shift in our democracy from government working for the people to government working for private interests such as industry,” said Richard Girard, the institute’s researcher co-ordinator and a co-author of the report, which is to be released Tuesday. (...)

RCMP files, records of missing children, graves may never surface if Ottawa wins battle with TRC

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Indian residential school records on dead and missing children and abuse complaints to the RCMP may never see the light of day if Ottawa gets its way in its battle with the commission created to shed light on Canada’s darkest chapter, according to court documents.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is taking Ottawa to court over its refusal to hand over millions of records related to the 150 year existence of Indian residential schools. The court fight has been described as a battle for control over the history of residential schools. (…)

New in the Documentation Project: Aboriginal Healing Foundation

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Read our new page on the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in the Documentation Project:

" In the 2010 Federal Budget, the government of Canada decided not to renew funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The organization had to terminate partnership with over 120 community services that aid large populations of Aboriginal peoples who have suffered through traumas from the Indian Residential School System.

The 2010 budget concluded that $199 million would be directed towards Health Canada to continue to assist former students and their families who have experienced abuse in the Residential School System. But Aboriginal leaders assert that those programs are not as effective or unique in their purposes such as that of the AHF. (...) "

New in the Documentation Project: Hospitality House Refugee Ministry

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Read our new facts page on Hospitality House in the Civil Society section of our Documentation Project.

" Effective July 1, 2012, the federal government made drastic cuts to the health services, restricting access to health care in Canada for refugees. The cuts are expected to generate about $100 million in savings. Hospitality House has launched a lawsuit, taking the federal government to court over the cuts for breach of contract. (...) "

New in the Documentation Project: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

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Read our new page on Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care in the Civil Society section of our Documentation Project.

" Health care and professional services organizations across Canada who protested the cuts and have formed the group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care were branded by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office as “activists” who have “purposefully altered” the facts when reporting on cases of patients needing care. (...) "

New in the Documentation Project: Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

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Read our new Facts page on Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) in the Civil Society section of our Documentation Project.

" LEAF relied in part on the Court Challenges Program (CCP) to help fund legal challenges to discriminatory laws and practices. In 2006, when the CCP was cancelled, LEAF lost one of the main sources of funding that had helped it undertake many of these cases. The equality rights that LEAF defends are not eligible under the CCP’s replacement program, the Program to Support Linguistic Rights, because it deals strictly with language rights cases. (...) "

New in the Documentation Project: Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

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Read our new Facts page on the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in the Civil Society section of our Documentation Project.

“ In April 2012, the Public Health Agency of Canada severely cut funding from the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS, turning down 16 out of 20 activities proposed by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the basis that it might produce resources that could be used for human rights or advocacy. (…) "

New in the Documentation Project: First Nations Statistical Institute

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Read our new Facts page on the First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI) in the Knowledge section of our Documentation Project.

" In its March 2012 budget, Canada’s federal government announced that it was cutting all funding for the First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI). According to the budget, the FNSI will see its federal funding halved in 2012-2013 and then eliminated in 2013-2014. (...) "