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History repeats itself: overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canadian prisons is alarming

By A’aishah Abdul Hameed      

The 'Indigenization' of the Canadian correctional system is a product of structural inequalities entrenched in the legal system. The numbers are even more disturbing for Indigenous women, who now make up 42 per cent of the prisoner population in Canada.

Independent Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, pictured during a prison visit in the last Parliament as part of the Senate Human Rights Committee's study on Canada's prisons. The crisis of Indigenous overrepresentation in Canadian prisons is a pressing human rights issue that calls for immediate action. The problem in part is due to the legal and political paradigms that remain an injustice to Indigenous offenders, writes A’aishah Abdul Hameed. Photograph courtesy of the Senate of Canada

TORONTO—The endemic overrepresentation of Indigenous people in Canadian prisons is a systemic issue that transcends beyond carceral walls. Indigenous people account for five per cent of Canada’s general population and yet, the proportion of Indigenous people in federal custody has exceeded 30 per cent, Correctional Investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger reports.

Lambropoulos’ comments could be used against Grits in next election, say Liberal insiders, pollsters, and MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Quebecers are more upset with Liberal MP Emmanuella Lambropoulos’ comments about decline of French in Quebec than they were with the WE Charity scandal, says one Quebec Liberal insider.

Race to replace MP Kent as Thornhill’s Conservative on the ballot a chance to ‘bring Conservatives back into the fold’, sign of ‘generational shift’, say early candidates

News|By Mike Lapointe
Two names have emerged stating their intentions of running for the party’s nomination in the riding so far, including long-time Conservative staffer Melissa Lantsman as well as Progressive Conservative MPP Gila Martow.

MPs, experts paying close attention to housing supply after very strong year of sales, despite COVID-19

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During a banner year for home sales in Canada despite the economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, both MPs and experts are watching the country's housing supply carefully in the months and years to come.

Aerospace sector looks to government for help as pandemic grounds once high-flying industry

The aerospace industry is a big contributor to GDP and employs hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Many of Canada's biggest competitors in the space, like France, have doled out billions in sector specific relief.

Feds need to flex creative muscles in pandemic messaging, say experts

News|By Beatrice Paez
The feds’ television ad campaigns featuring Dr. Theresa Tam don't sufficiently leverage the power of the medium, says Professor Alex Marland.

Ottawa projects three million Canadians could be vaccinated by March 2021

News|By Beatrice Paez
Though Canada no longer has the manufacturing ability to scale up production, the two most promising vaccines are produced using a new technology called mRNA, which is not widely available. 

MPs press Bibeau to give trade compensation timeline, details to struggling farmers

‘It’s caused a great deal of stress,’ and agriculture producers want an answer on compensation before 2020 closes, says Conservative MP Richard Lehoux.

NDP’s spring convention offers chance to pit party’s vision against governing Liberals’, say members

News|By Beatrice Paez
For New Democrats, conventions often generate 'vigorous and energetic' debate on 'emerging policy' issues among the party faithful, says former NDP MP Libby Davies. 

DND says budget for Surface Combatants remains unchanged; PBO report expected in late February

News|By Neil Moss
In 2019, the PBO projected the cost of 15 CSC frigates to be nearly $70-billion. The defence department says the ships are still projected to cost between $56- and $60-billion.
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