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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.

No consensus on adoption of remote House voting, but parties agree legislative scrutiny necessary, says Samara report

News|By Beatrice Paez
As parties attempt to hash out a workable sitting plan, House administration has been working behind the scenes to test the voting app for potential glitches. 

PM should create permanent emergency preparedness cabinet committee, say experts, political players: be ‘prepared for the next natural disaster, terrorist act or health crisis is the objective’

News|By Mike Lapointe
A former national security adviser to the prime minister says 'if this country wants the national security agencies to worry about a pandemic, then they need to raise it on the list of priorities set by cabinet.'

‘These jobs are not coming back’: economists pour cold water on O’Toole‘s Canada First policy

‘Some people are going to win from a Canada-first policy. Most people are going to lose,’ says Queen’s professor Ian Keay.

Liberal tilt to the left could have electoral consequences for NDP, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals should be careful about the ‘recoil effect’ as some of their supporters could back away if they vacate the political centre, says pollster Nik Nanos.

Old and new priorities compete for space in Liberals’ fall agenda

Talk of pharmacare, childcare and clean energy is nothing new, but a re-surging pandemic could sideline everything else.

‘Ping-pong’ gun politics continue to divide voters, as O’Toole courts GTA seats

'I think it’s going to help some of the Conservative candidates in some of those swing ridings,' says Ontario Tory MP Alex Ruff of the Liberal ban on 'assault weapons.'

Recovery measures for ‘national safety net’ should be in place before any talk of election, says Singh

News|By Palak Mangat
Bloc Québécois Leader tested positive for the virus and is in isolation until Sept. 26, which means he will be missing the Throne Speech.

‘Disheartening’ report on child well-being places urgency on creation of commissioner, say experts

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know this generation will be paying the debt that's incurred in the pandemic for a long time, so Canada needs to look at things we’ve been calling for for a long time now,' says Lisa Wolff of UNICEF.

‘Like a criminal’: Canada-U.S. asylum agreement has a human cost, refugee says

The U.S. 'is not a safe country for refugees,’ says a woman who Canada turned away because she entered the U.S. first. Her case helped convince a Federal Court judge the SCTA should end, a ruling the feds are appealing.
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