‘Time to move on’, head of troubled rights agency says

The president of Rights & Democracy has pleaded with a parliamentary committee to turn the page on the controversy that engulfed the federal human-rights agency last year, although he repeatedly refused requests to apologize for the situation. “It’s not up to me to make any decisions on that front,” Gérard Latulippe told reporters after a confrontational appearance before the foreign affairs committee of the House. [...] He would not apologize to the family of his predecessor, Remy Beauregard, who died 13 months ago and whose reputation was tarnished by unfounded allegations made by R&D's board and the government.

Rights and Democracy troubles won't end until board replaced: opposition

The president of a federally funded human rights agency troubled by infighting and questionable spending practices came under fire Wednesday for failing to apologize to those hurt in the yearlong melee and for standing behind a board that still includes members involved in what opposition MPs have described as a "witch hunt." Rights and Democracy president Gerard Latulippe appeared before a parliamentary committee in a bid to leave the controversy behind and move forward with the organization's mandate to promote democratic reform and human rights.

We're ignoring vital issues

It’s discomforting to watch politicians spend billions on self-serving attack ads and staged announcements of new prisons and fighter planes, while ignoring such vital issues as that which the People’s Food Policy Project calls “a crisis in Canada’s food system.” In our country, child hunger grows at an alarming rate, food bank use has increased 28 per cent in two years...

ALERT! RADIO- Episode 175

...a short history of IWD on this, its 100th anniversary and talks about the new feminist movement in Canada. York University’s David McNally talks about how the fightback against government meltdown and austerity policy will emerge and the challenges ahead for the revolutionary movements in the Middle East...

The New Solitudes

As keeper of Canada’s vaunted commitments to human rights and the rule of law, the government stood accused of having wilfully ignored war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, which state unequivocally, “the Detaining Power is responsible for the treatment given to prisoners of war.” Equally injurious, this time to Canadians at large, the fallout from the detainee affair had the capacity to corrode our historical national values. Like all inhumane acts, torture alters and debases not only those on the receiving end, but also those who commit or facilitate it.

Harper's at it again with plans to eliminate per vote subsidy for parties

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent announcement that he plans to make the elimination of the per-vote subsidy for parties part of the Conservatives' next election campaign is just the latest example of using carefully selected issues as a diversion.

The estimated and projected cost of the tax credit for political contributions increased from $22-million in 2004 (an election year) to $26-million in 2005, $24-million in 2006 (another election year). Then it dropped to $20-million in 2007 only to increase to $32 million in 2008 (another election year ). The projected amount for 2009 is $20-million, and $21-million in 2010 (Source: Canada, Department of Finance, Tax Expenditures and Evaluation, 2010).

Settlement agencies shocked by gag order

Immigrant service agencies were horrified when they got a government email last week banning them from discussing recent federal funding cuts that may kill some of them — a memo Citizenship and Immigration Canada now says was all a big mistake. Members of the York South-Weston Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), which coordinates newcomer programs to reduce duplication of services, had planned to discuss the $53 million funding cuts at its Jan. 13 meeting.