Indigenous people, young Canadians less likely to have favourable view of police: poll – Global News – 2020-10-09

Canadians have a largely favourable view of police in their communities but Indigenous people, members of visible minority groups and younger Canadians are more likely to have had bad experiences and to feel threatened in the presence of police, a new poll suggests. Seventy-seven per cent of Caucasian respondents to the Angus Reid Institute survey … Read more

London Police Services Board votes to relocate funds to create crisis outreach support team – Global News – 2020-09-18

The London Police Services Board (LPSB) has voted in favour of creating a crisis outreach and support team to minimize police use of force during mental health calls on Thursday. The motion from Police Chief Steve Williams would see four specialized officers team up with local mental health workers to respond to some of the … Read more

Why most Canadians support the Canada-U.S. border closure, despite the costs – CBC News – 2020-09-15

Canadian support for keeping the border closed to Americans remains strong, despite a decline in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and a decimated tourism industry. A new poll by pollster Research Co. found that out of 1,000 Canadians surveyed online at the end of August, a whopping 90 per cent agreed with the current … Read more

Toronto police officer wearing ‘Punisher’ skull patch on uniform faces disciplinary action – Global News – 2020-09-08

A Toronto police officer wearing a controversial patch on their uniform while at a traffic safety news conference is facing discipline by the service, prompting community members to speak out online in response to the image. The patch was seen on the officer’s vest by Toronto Star reporter Ben Spurr Tuesday morning and a picture … Read more

More than 18,000 people have tried to visit, shop, sightsee in Canada despite border closure – CBC News – 2020-09-06

Despite strict travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19, more than 18,000 foreign nationals — most of them American citizens — have been turned back at the border after trying to enter Canada to shop, sightsee or visit people. That pattern prompted the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to remind people about the … Read more

Unprecedented co-ordination helping to attack homelessness in Niagara – Niagara This Week – 2020-08-31

It’s a Thursday morning in a parking lot tucked away against the side of a church near Centennial Gardens Park in St. Catharines, next to a ravine cluttered with pop cans and other debris, with an infestation of wasps in the ground. Cheryl sits by her shopping cart containing a sleeping bag and coat, next … Read more

This Toronto Crisis Team Has Handled Mental Health Calls Without Cops for 30 Years – Vice.com – 2020-08-19

At her lowest point, Kaola Baird felt like she was living two lives. Things probably seemed fine from the outside: She had a circle of friends, an apartment, and was holding down a job in retail and as a fitness instructor. But she was also wrestling severe depression and anxiety that stemmed from the trauma … Read more

Pregnant inmates are getting prenatal care far below health standards, study shows – CBC News – 2020-08-23

Prenatal car for pregnant women in Ontario jails falls far short of international standards, says a new study from McMaster University. A team led by Dr. Dustin Costescu, an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, pored over correctional and health administrative data and found that incarcerated women — and even women who … Read more

Federal prosecutors told not to seek criminal penalties for minor drug charges – National Post – 2020-08-20

Canadians found with small amounts of illegal drugs will rarely be prosecuted under new guidelines for federal prosecutors. Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel issued the new guidance this week, encouraging Crown prosecutors to look for other ways to deal with drug possession and divert people from the criminal justice system. Roussel’s guidance on the … Read more

Inmate populations decline across Canada amid coronavirus pandemic – Global News – 2020-08-16

There were roughly 6,000 fewer people in correctional institutions across the country in April, compared to February, according to a recent report by Statistics Canada. It was all part of the response to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in jails. “Correctional institutions face unique challenges when it comes to preventing COVID-19 infection … Read more

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid – CTV News – 2020-08-06

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than unable to work because of her disabilities. The 44-year-old mother in Brampton, Ont., said she lives with constant pain and fatigue from multiple chronic conditions, … Read more

Canadian Museum for Human Rights rife with systemic racism, sexism, homophobia: report – Global News – 2020-08-05

An independent review into reports of workplace discrimination at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has found “pervasive and systemic” racism at the national museum in Winnipeg, and says the museum is rife with sexism, heterosexism and homophobia. The 72-page report released Wednesday stems from a review ordered in June following a social media campaign … Read more

Even if there’s a vaccine, pandemic may persist for years to come: Tam – CTV News – 2020-08-04

Shooting down some of the optimism around a COVID-19 vaccine being discovered spelling the end of the pandemic, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says that vaccine or not, health officials are preparing to deal with the presence of the novel coronavirus and prevention of further spread for years to come. While some … Read more

As courts prepare to restart jury trials, advocates call for fair pay for jurors – CBC News – 2020-08-04

Canadians would rather get poked with a needle and give blood than sit on a jury, according to a recent national study conducted by the Canadian Juries Commission. The survey found that the only thing Canadians rated worse than jury duty was volunteering at a hospital during the pandemic. Now, with nearly two million Canadians … Read more

COVID-19 conspiracies creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, experts say – CBC News – 2020-08-03

A lively crowd gathered outside François Legault’s office in downtown Montreal in mid-July to send a message to the Quebec premier: His government cannot force them to wear masks in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of COVID 19. “Long live freedom without a mask,” read one sign at the rally, which drew several … Read more

The Canada-U.S. border could be closed for months. Here’s what you need to know now – CBC News – 2020-08-02

Gone are the days when Canadians and Americans could freely drive across their shared border for a quick shopping trip or to visit family and friends. Now, the Canada-U.S. land border that was once wide open is closed to non-essential travel, affecting the lives of many people on both sides. Here’s the latest on what … Read more

Saskatchewan inmate files human rights complaint over mental health – Global News – 2020-07-31

The death of her brother weighs on Prairie Crowe’s mind. Nicholas Dinardo is alive, but behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted suicide multiple times and spent long stints in isolation, she says, including more than 200 days while he was in remand before his current five-year sentence for aggravated assault, assault with a … Read more

Transgender minister dismissed from position at Mississauga church after coming out – Global News – 2020-07-22

More than a month after coming out as a transgender woman during a sermon, Junia Joplin has been dismissed from her position at a Mississauga church in a close vote by the congregation. “This has been an emotional week. There has been a variety of emotions. I’m sad. I don’t feel great putting an end … Read more

Try ‘glory holes’ for safer sex during coronavirus, B.C. CDC says – Global News – 2020-07-22

B.C. health officials are recommending an age-old, occasionally cutting-edge tactic for sex during the coronavirus pandemic: “glory holes.” The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added new recommendations for socially distant sex to its COVID-19 website this week. One of those tips was to try using a “glory hole” — a hole cut into a wall … Read more

B.C. premier asks Trudeau to decriminalize drug possession as overdose deaths spike – CBC – 2020-07-20

British Columbia’s premier is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take an “enormous step” to reduce stigma associated with illicit drug use by decriminalizing possession for personal use. In a letter sent Monday to the prime minister, John Horgan says people in B.C. are experiencing unprecedented rates of overdose-related harms, including deaths, because of the … Read more