fuck people who obnoxiously rev their engines.
fuck people who obnoxiously rev their engines.
OTTAWA—The federal Conservatives rejected appeals for a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women Friday, drawing the ire of aboriginal groups and opposition critics.
A parliamentary report tabled Friday afternoon made 16 recommendations intended to address the violence faced by aboriginal women in Canada, but did not suggest the government set up an independent public inquiry — something that aboriginal groups and others have long called for.
“We continue to be, I find, treated as second-class citizens. You know, an aboriginal woman could be disposed of and that’s it, that’s all,” Claudette Dumont-Smith, executive director of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said Friday.
“There’s no new action, just a continuation of what’s in place … . So what’s that going to change, really?”
Citing police data, the report notes aboriginal women accounted for at least eight per cent of homicide victims in Canada between 2004 and 2010, despite accounting for only four per cent of the total female population in the country.
Statistics Canada data has shown aboriginal women are at least twice as likely to suffer domestic violence than other Canadian women, and the report notes aboriginal women are much more likely than other women to be attacked by strangers.
In all, aboriginal women are three times more likely to become the target of violence than non-aboriginal women, according to the government’s data.
Despite those shocking statistics, the report notes that the scope of the violent situations experienced by aboriginal women is not “fully understood or quantified.”
Numerous groups, as well as opposition politicians, have called for a national public inquiry. Justice Minister Peter MacKay rejected the notion on Friday, saying the time for study is over.
“I do not want to stop the action and the forward-looking policies of this government to stop and have an inquiry,” MacKay said in the House of Commons Friday. “I want to say we will keep doing what we have been doing.”
MacKay has said the Conservatives intend to continue “strengthening” Canada’s criminal justice system to respond to the concerns, and pointed to a number of pieces of legislation passed by the government to do just that.
The report noted that the situation facing aboriginal women in Canada is exceptionally diverse, encompassing the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, as well as those living in urban and rural settings. Indeed, it suggests a national strategy may not even be possible.
"This diversity of experiences makes it impossible to develop solutions solely at the national level,” the report notes. “The most important role the federal government can play is to support initiatives coming from communities themselves.”
In a dissenting opinion from the committee’s report, the New Democrats suggested the government’s response amounted to little more than the status quo.
“What is shocking is that the government continues to ignore the very passionate calls from families across this country that the status quo is simply not good enough,” said the NDP’s aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan).
“We had certainly been hearing that people had been waiting anxiously for this report and they’re simply not going to accept (the) status quo, and so I look for indigenous women and children and their families to have a response to this.”
In addition to a national public inquiry, the NDP are calling for “adequate funding” to address the lack of resources for Aboriginal women’s shelters, for housing, and for education for women and girls.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada has identified at least 582 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women and girls across the country.
OTTAWA - Pierre Poilievre won’t stop citing a report to justify cracking down on potential voter fraud, even though author Harry Neufeld says the Harper government is misrepresenting his report and ignoring his recommendations.
"We are going to keep quoting Mr. Neufeld’s report because it contains the facts that obviously support our position that people should have ID when they show up to vote," the minister for democratic reform told the House of Commons on Friday.
He accused opposition MPs of ignoring the “hard facts” contained in last year’s report by Neufeld, a former chief electoral officer for British Columbia who was commissioned by Elections Canada to review the problem of non-compliance with the rules for casting ballots in the 2011 election.
However, Neufeld suggested it’s Poilievre who’s ignoring the facts.
He told The Canadian Press there’s not a shred of evidence that there have been more than “a handful” of cases of deliberate voter fraud in either federal or provincial elections.
"I never said there was voter fraud," Neufeld said in an interview. "Nor did the Supreme Court, who looked at this extremely carefully."
Neufeld said the government’s efforts to prevent voter fraud are aimed at a non-existent problem. And he predicted they’ll wind up disenfranchising thousands of voters and resulting in a rash of court challenges.
Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators. After settling two lawsuits and getting reinstated at work, Shemwell says the company is now making his job miserable because he continues to raise health and safety concerns at the mine.
In lawsuits filed last week, Shemwell claims fellow welders for Armstrong Coal Co. were instructed by management to “keep notes on what Shemwell did and said” once he returned after the earlier litigation, including writing down if he was “one minute late for work.” The company went so far as to hire a “consultant” to monitor Shemwell all day on the job, according to the lawsuits. And a supervisor told Shemwell that he “may want to think about another career” after Shemwell pointed out potential dangers.
"Shemwell took [the supervisor] to be saying that if he continued to insist on a safe and healthy workplace, his job would be in jeopardy," one of Shemwell’s three complaints states.
Shemwell’s lawyer, Tony Oppegard, said management was trying to find a way to get rid of the welder before he even returned to the mine under his earlier settlement. The treatment, he said, amounts to discrimination.
Welcome to the 1920’s.
You know, this type of thing right here should be pretty good evidence we need labor laws.
The same labor laws people fought and died for, the same labor laws that have been continually chipped away at by corporate interests and the political right.