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Residential school system to be recognized as matter of national historic significance

In the News   |   September 1, 2020

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Ottawa will recognize Canada’s residential school system on Tuesday as a matter of national historic significance while two former residential schools, one in Manitoba and one in Nova Scotia, will be named national historic sites.... read more

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Statue debate reignites after protesters topple Montreal’s Macdonald monument

In the News   |   August 30, 2020

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The destruction of a Sir John A. Macdonald statue that stood in downtown Montreal since 1895 is reigniting political debate over the legacy of Canada’s first prime minister amid an international movement to confront racism.... read more

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How a bison herd is bringing hope to a Saskatchewan First Nation

In the News   |   August 28, 2020

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The stately creatures that once roamed the prairies were initially bought as food security during the pandemic, but now are reconnecting community members with their past. Alongside a dirt road in Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, community... read more

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NBA teams boycott playoff games in united protests against police brutality, racism

In the News   |   August 27, 2020

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Saying they’re fed up with systemic racism and police brutality against Black people, rival teams across the National Basketball Association boycotted their playoff games on Wednesday in a bold and united protest. After news of... read more

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Federal, Ontario governments under fire for handling of solitary confinement

In the News   |   August 26, 2020

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The federal and Ontario governments are wavering in their commitment to end solitary confinement, despite court rulings that have found the practice unconstitutional, prison watchdogs and human-rights advocates say. In a court document filed on... read more

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Political parties intensifying efforts with prospect of federal election

In the News   |   August 25, 2020

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Political parties of all stripes have gone into preparation mode in anticipation of an election that could be called in just a few weeks. Early Monday, the Conservatives named Erin O’Toole as their new leader,... read more

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Laurentian University suspends admissions to 17 programs including business, music

In the News   |   August 24, 2020

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Laurentian University is suspending admissions to 17 programs as it grapples with a deficit and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for postsecondary institutions. The programs no longer accepting students include anthropology, archeology, geography and... read more

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Trump vs. Biden: Two candidates, two competing visions of America

In the News   |   August 21, 2020

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The four days of the Democratic National Convention could be summed up in one five-letter word: Trump. With 74 days to go until election day, a country rocked by a pandemic, protests and unemployment is... read more

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Canada takes step to decriminalize drug possession amid opioid crisis

In the News   |   August 20, 2020

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Canada has effectively taken a step toward decriminalizing the possession of illegal drugs, with the federal prosecution service issuing a new directive permitting prosecution only in the most serious cases – those that put public... read more

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Trudeau prorogues Parliament until Sept. 23 after appointing Chrystia Freeland Finance Minister

In the News   |   August 19, 2020

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament Tuesday, saying he needs a Throne Speech to launch a new recovery plan and insisting the move is consistent with his party’s pledge not to misuse the procedural move.... read more

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns, insists he was not pushed by Trudeau

In the News   |   August 18, 2020

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigned suddenly from the Trudeau cabinet Monday evening, saying he never intended to run in the next election and that a new finance minister is needed to oversee the long-term economic... read more

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‘It’s really stressful’: Why the decision to opt kids in or out of public school this fall is so difficult

In the News   |   August 17, 2020

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There is one question on the lips of nearly every parent Jeffrey Schiffer encounters these days: Are you sending your kids back to school? As a father of two boys entering Grade 4 and junior... read more

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Carleton criminologists end student internships with police, prisons

In the News   |   August 13, 2020

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Criminologists at Carleton University say they will stop steering their students toward internships within prisons and police forces – including the RCMP – because they feel such organizations amount to “rotten institutional structures.” The step... read more

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Biden announces California Senator Kamala Harris as running mate in historic nomination

In the News   |   August 12, 2020

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Joe Biden announced California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate Tuesday in a historic nomination that puts the first woman of colour on a presidential ticket. In Ms. Harris, 55, Mr. Biden has chosen... read more

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Black people in Toronto are ‘disproportionately’ arrested and subjected to use of police force, OHRC finds

In the News   |   August 11, 2020

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A new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission shows that Black people are more likely than other racialized groups or white people to be arrested, charged or subjected to use of force by Toronto... read more

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