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A change is going to come

By Rose LeMay       

Take heed, political party leaders. Indigenous peoples, Black Canadians, and people of colour are now more than 26 per cent of Canada’s population. We will not be dismissed any longer. We demand to be safe in this country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jumped in and voiced his displeasure that anybody vilify his good friend Quebec Premier François Legault, or say anything bad about Quebec. The prime minister could have chosen to speak to the subject of racism with the intent to support constructive discourse rather than attempt to shut it down, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Don’t talk about racism. It’s a sign that there may be an election close. Many racist acts have occurred in Quebec recently and almost all of those acts have been loudly defended or completely dismissed by its government. Matthew Fry Jacobson is a historian and professor at Yale, and he says “racism is a theory of who is who, who belongs and who does not, of who deserves what and who is capable of what.” Here are some heart-breaking incidents of racism in Quebec: the deaths of Mireille Ndjomouo and Joyce Echaquan due to racism in health care; the numerous health-care job postings for whites only in the province; the minister of health implying that Inuit are all on drugs or drunk so shouldn’t be allowed to accompany their children on medivac flights, to name just a few.

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Time for widespread gender-neutral language in federal policy, legislation, say advocates

News|By Alice Chen
Justice Canada has more recently been using ‘they’ as a singular gender-neutral pronoun on a piecemeal basis, but the gendered nature of the French language requires study, with a review currently underway.

Canada’s ‘fair share’: report calls for doubling emissions target as Trudeau preps for U.S. climate summit

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News|By Neil Moss
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The fourth-floor room’s old kitchenette was demolished during renovations to the Senate of Canada Building and has sat empty since Senators moved in at the beginning of 2019.

Guilty verdict in trial of Derek Chauvin marks ‘painful progress’ in fight to address systemic racism, say Hillites, experts

News|By Palak Mangat
While seeing some former colleagues testify against Derek Chauvin’s restraint of George Floyd left one Senator ‘hopeful,’ she says police forces need to be more active in calling out racist policies.

New contract keeps distance interpreting definition deemed problematic by association

Public Services and Procurement Canada hasn’t gone ‘far enough’ in protecting interpreters with measures set down in the new contract for freelancers, says the AIIC’s Nicole Gagnon.

‘Breathtaking’ childcare pledge to pay dividends beyond recouping pandemic losses: labour experts

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Feds give $35-million boost to National Capital Commission

News|By Palak Mangat
In its first budget in more than two years, Ottawa is also allocating $11-million to help tackle anti-Asian racism in the wake of a pandemic year that has seen a ‘disturbing trend’ of reported incidents.

‘It’s getting worse, we’re going backwards’: Ontario MPs say constituents confused, frustrated, angry with vaccine supply issues, and partisan ‘finger-pointing’ as COVID cases skyrocket

News|By Mike Lapointe
Vaccine clinics have been cancelled due to supply shortages, already overburdened intensive care units are beyond capacity, and new cases of COVID-19 have hit all-time highs in Ontario.
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