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Mr. O'Connor's explanation

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor will have some explaining to do in the House. Mr. O'Connor, who has 30 years experience in the army and is a former brigadier general, went to Afghanistan last week to meet with the head of the Kandahar office of Afghanistan's Independant Human Rights Commission. He wanted to "look the man in the eyes and confirm that they're going to do what they say they're going to do." Mr. O'Connor was referring to Abdul Qadar Noorzie. He wanted to ensure the AIHRC is monitoring the transfer of Afghan prisoners handed over by Canadian Forces. For months, Mr. O'Connor had been telling MPs in the House that the International Committee of the Red Cross monitored the Canada-Afghanistan detainees' transfer agreement. But The Globe and Mail recently broke the story that the ICRC was not monitoring the detainee transfers.

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Mr. O'Connor's explanation

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor will have some explaining to do in the House. Mr. O'Connor, who has 30 years experience in the army and is a former brigadier general, went to Afghanistan last week to meet with the head of the Kandahar office of Afghanistan's Independant Human Rights Commission. He wanted to "look the man in the eyes and confirm that they're going to do what they say they're going to do." Mr. O'Connor was referring to Abdul Qadar Noorzie. He wanted to ensure the AIHRC is monitoring the transfer of Afghan prisoners handed over by Canadian Forces. For months, Mr. O'Connor had been telling MPs in the House that the International Committee of the Red Cross monitored the Canada-Afghanistan detainees' transfer agreement. But The Globe and Mail recently broke the story that the ICRC was not monitoring the detainee transfers.

  

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Monday, March 2, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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