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Sinclair offers true reconciliation, Beyak should show same respect

Senator Murray Sinclair told The Hill Times last week: 'One of the aspects of reconciliation, which I have espoused from the beginning of my tenure as a Senator, and during my time as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is that, in order for us to achieve reconciliation, we have to recognize that there are obligations on both sides of the discussion. Obligations on the part of Indigneous people, and obligations on the part of non-Indigenous people, to figure out how to come together.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Independent Senator Murray Sinclair is one of Canada’s leading experts on reconciliation. As the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 2009 to 2015, he led the team that documented 7,000 statements from survivors of the notorious Indian residential schools across Canada. The schools, which ran from the 1870s to 1996, were legally mandated by the federal government and run by churches across the country to forcibly remove First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children between the ages four and 16 from their families, and existed in order take away the children’s language and culture. It’s estimated 150,000 children were removed from their families and between 3,200 and 6,000 children died at the schools.

MPs back more modest option for Parliament visitors’ centre as Centre Block renos roll on

'I appreciate we’re not going for the Cadillac option. …  The larger option was much more expensive,' says NDP House Leader Peter Julian. 'We’re talking about over $110-million in savings.'

Canada ‘ill-prepared’ for potential coronavirus second wave, says Senate committee

News|By Beatrice Paez
The committee noted that the Public Health Agency of Canada has yet to revise or finalize its guidance for long-term care homes in light of concerns about its current relevance.

Cultural assessments needed for sentencing reform, say advocates, amid calls to address high Black incarceration rates

Justice advocates agree with the Black Parliamentary Caucus’ recent call for pre-sentencing reports, similar to the Gladue reports for Indigenous offenders, to be used for racialized Canadians.

Disaggregated data key to ensuring representative workplaces, say experts, as PMO skirts Black staff statistic

The PMO declined to provide a specific breakdown of self-identified Black staffers among cabinet offices when asked, but says it plans to circulate further voluntary surveys to better understand its staff ‘later this sum

Argentina, Chile, DRC, Hungary, and Madagascar say they backed Canada’s UN Security Council bid, but closest allies are silent

News|By Neil Moss
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand were among 17 countries that wouldn't comment on whether they backed Canada's recent bid for a Security Council seat.

Feds’ fiscal snapshot puts deficit at more than $340-billion, with promise of an update in fall

News|By Beatrice Paez
Finance Minister Bill Morneau says a decision on whether the government intends to release a full budget in the fall will be dependent on efforts at managing the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Feds should more clearly verify who is allowed to repay student loans at reduced rates, says auditor general

News|By Palak Mangat
According to an auditor general report, ESDC 'did not properly check the accuracy of applications.'

Poor data, deficiencies in case management to blame for slow pace in enforcing deportation orders, says auditor general

News|By Beatrice Paez
According to CBSA, most of the cases in its 'wanted' inventory involve individuals 'considered a low risk to public safety and are not an agency priority.'

Canada needs to protect Arctic sovereignty to confront emboldened Putin, say MP and expert

News|By Neil Moss
Liberal MP John McKay says there will be 'incursions and intrusions and aggressive actions taken increasingly in the Arctic' by Russia.
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