The office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, seen here on Feb. 3 in the House of Commons, says they are planning to open a counter-radicalization centre in the coming months to deal with extremism. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says his department’s forthcoming outreach office will help identify lone wolf terror threats to hopefully prevent attacks like the one that left six Muslim men dead at the mosque where they were praying in Quebec City on Jan. 29. In an interview with Global News, Goodale said his government is planning to set up a centre for community outreach and counter-radicalization. The goal would be to “find a way to detect this behaviour better … and then to identify the right ways, with the right people at the right time to intervene in that behaviour, before it leads to tragedy,” Goodale told Global News.
Canadian immigration lawyers are urging patience in the wake of Trump’s travel ban. Immigration experts are warning caution and patience for confused Canadians hoping to cross the U.S. border since Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. “Is it vital that you have to be in the U.S. for business or, say, family reasons?” says Canadian immigration lawyer Zool Suleman.
The town of Sandy Cove, N.S., population 65, has been getting attention from around the world after holding one of the smallest women’s marches on Jan. 21. “We just couldn’t sit by and passively observe it,” said co-organizer Gwen Quigley Wilson, who created the march on Facebook along with fellow resident Melissa Merritt. “It’s the availability of this technology that allows use to have this major impact, all the way from this little corner of our province.” said co-organizer Gwen Quigley Wilson about their Jan. 21 march.
Marjorie and Peter Murphy moved back to Paris in 2015 after 9 years in Toronto. Germans often mention How I Met Your Mother when asked what they know about Canada. The show, which ran from 2005 to 2014, featured Canadian actor Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky, who had a brief pop career in Canada as “Robin Sparkles.” In the series, Canadians are revealed to be avid hunters, hockey-and-whisky loving people who are afraid of the dark and love to BBQ in the winter.
Months after Black Lives Matter stopped Toronto’s Pride parade to demand changes to the annual festival, Pride Toronto organizers have officially signed off on the demands, including a ban on police floats. “After what happened in Toronto, we had discussions.
Michelle Obama is waving goodbye to eight years as U.S. first lady. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. What happens when Michelle hands over the keys to incoming first lady Melania Trump?
Christine Nagel had a small problem when she walked into a Calgary tattoo parlour — she wanted a tattoo on her chest, but the artist said it was so close to her bones it would hurt too much. The 81-year-old grandmother wanted it on her chest so doctors could see it. “I’m a Catholic and I wanted ‘Don’t euthanize me’ to be a permanent [declaration],” Nagel told Yahoo Canada News. She settled on a spot on her shoulder and let the tattoo artist do his thing. (“It didn’t hurt at all,” she said. ...
Fireworks light up the sky behind the Peace Tower during a New Year’s Eve celebration on Parliament Hill, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 in Ottawa. Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. 2017 marks 150 years since Canada’s colonies joined together as one nation, a birthday the federal government is sparing no expense to honour, shelling out $500 million for celebrations and commemorations, according to the Globe and Mail.
Brian Pallister, the Manitoba premier, has revealed he will spend six to eight weeks a year at his vacation home in Costa Rica. This is marks yet another time Costa Rica has figured large in headlines concerning the premier. Back in the spring a CBC investigation uncovered that he has spent about one in five days travelling to and from the Central American country since becoming the PC leader in 2012. “I typically work 60-hour weeks,” Pallister told the Canadian Press about the time he spends in Manitoba.
It tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, who died trying to escape a residential school. It took a 12-year-old Ojibwe boy and a rock star, but Canada might be ready to take the path to reconciliation. In October, the short life and death of Chanie Wenjack was immortalized in “The Secret Path,” a multi-platform project including a film, graphic novel, and album by The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.
Ontario's Kathleen Wynne can't catch a break according to the latest Angus Reid Institute poll on performance approval.She remains, for another quarter, the most unpopular premier in the country — with an approval rating that dropped to 16 per cent, down four per cent from the last quarter. The institute also stated that this represents an all-time low since she was sworn-in back in February 2013. “Historically, when you see job approval numbers that low, it can spell the end of the line for that premier,” Shachi Kurl, director of the Angus Reid Institute, told Yahoo Canada News. “The question is whether her caucus and Liberal donors are prepared to stick with her?”According to the information released by the pollster, Wynne is still dogged by "the fallout of her government's sale of Hydro One and under pressure from the Ontario auditor general for not spending the proceeds of that sale in the most effective way possible."The Hydro One sale has been widely unpopular across the province, with the Canadian Union of Public Employees launching a lawsuit to put a halt to the sale of more shares of the utility.However, there is one other premier who has slid even further than Wynne and that is Nova Scotia's Stephen McNeil, who had the largest fall in approval ratings over the last three months: from 38 to 31 per cent.McNeil's problems appear to be a long-boiling dispute with teachers which culminated in a closure of schools on Dec. 5 after the Nova Scotia Teachers Union told their members to operate under work-to-rule.On the other side of the spectrum are Saskatchewan's Brad Wall and Manitoba's Brian Pallister. Wall is riding a 58 per cent popularity wave — a number he has maintained since the last poll in the fall. Wall, who has opposed the federal government's plans to impose a tax on carbon emissions out of fears such a tax will damage the Saskatchewan economy, remains the most popular premier in the country."Brad Wall is seen to be a populist and someone who fights for the people," Kurl told Yahoo Canada News. "He's been premier for a long time and he's been popular for a long time. Back in 2011 his approval rating was 71 per cent — he was basking in the glow of the boom-time resource economy."Now that the good times are done, Kurl said Wall has been able to "pivot" as the guy who will stand up for this province, a quality on display in his fights against the federal government’s carbon tax."He's seen as unassuming … not hyper-partisan and people like that."‘New Premier Syndrome’In Manitoba, Pallister dropped three points to 50 per cent since the last quarter. Kurl credits his No. 2 status with being the newbie."We call it New Premier Syndrome. Newly elected premiers will see a real spike in popularity at first," noted Kurl. "Pallister won in a landslide earlier this year after several years of a deeply unpopular premier, Greg Sellinger [who presided from 2009 to 2016]."Kurt said once Pallister starts implementing his austerity policies, his approval rating could falter: "Once the honeymoon ends, it could end in a big way."And the premier with the prize for the greatest uptick in popularity is New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, who saw a five-point boost to reach 29 per cent. According to Angus Reid, Gallant's political future is dependent on the Energy East pipeline project which could bring oil through Quebec to Saint John.Premiers with relatively inert numbers since the last survey include: B.C's Christy Clark, Alberta's Rachel Notley, Quebec's Premier Philippe Couillard and Dwight Ball from Newfoundland and Labrador.Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan was not included in the rankings, as the island’s population is too small to collect accurate data. The poll did not include territorial premiers Sandy Silver (Yukon), Peter Taptuna (Nunavut), or Bob McLeod (Northwest Territories).
The fight for gender rights is strengthening in Canada as more municipalities incorporate gender neutrality in their communications and offer inclusive public spaces.This week, the City of Winnipeg considered re-writing its websites, signs, programs and other city services to be more gender-neutral. The city’s main library branch is also in the process of changing to gender-neutral washrooms.Last week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities voted to lobby the province to require gender-neutral language across all local governments."We need to make sure our language is not causing harm and is accurate," Jeremy Loveday, a councillor from Victoria, told the convention, according to the Vancouver Sun.Over the past few years, provinces have changed their human rights codes to accommodate transgender and non-binary individuals.Here is a look at some recent changes across Canada.
With new data showing 367 deaths last year tied to the substance, the government continues to vow a ban is in the works — but doesn't offer specifics.
Specialists across the country are furious over a plan by the Liberals to include them in a change to the small business tax laws, saying the anger could kick off another brain drain to the U.S.
To boost organ donation rates in Saskatchewan, premier Brad Wall wants to push for “presumed consent.” Photo from . Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall has announced he wants to push for “presumed consent” for organ donations in his province — which would make it the first Canadian province to do so if Wall decides on it. There is one other thing the province “leads” in — it has the lowest organ donation rate in the country. Saskatchewan’s donation rate is less than one per cent compared to the Canadian average of 20 per cent.
The City of Guelph to reconsider proposal to have sheep, goats as domestic pet. The City of Guelph, in southwestern Ontario, has a proposal that would allow sheep and goats to be kept as pets in homes — harkening back to an earlier time, when it was actually permitted. The latest recommendations come in light of public consultations in 2015 and a suggestion by city staff to merge four existing animal control bylaws into one. Intriguingly, the addition to permit sheep and goats in urban residential areas was made legal in a 1988 Exotic Animals Bylaw, but was altered and updated in 2013 to prohibit these animals in domestic situations.
Tamil Canadian Roy Samathanam in 2013, when he filed a complaint against the Sri Lankan government before the UN Human Rights Committee for torture. Roy Samathanam, a Tamil Canadian who was thrown into prison and then tortured over a period of three years while in Sri Lanka, has triumphed in a decision by the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The committee concluded last week that the government of Sri Lanka violated the rights of Samathanam.
Vanessa Vakharia has run The Math Guru for five years and employs 22 tutors who help about 100 students every week. Talking to Vanessa Vakharia is a lot like speaking with a 15-year-old girl, and she wouldn’t dispute that description. “Look, that’s who I spend my time with, like I use a lot of ‘likes’, ” laughed Vakharia, who runs a popular tutoring service in Toronto called The Math Guru.
It was nine years ago that Hovak Johnston got her first Inuit tattoo and it stuck with her, far beyond skin-deep."It was such a powerful experience," she told Yahoo Canada News. The inspiration came in 2005, when she says the last known Inuk woman with tattoos in Nunavut died.“It hit me like a punch in the stomach that this could be another part of our culture that would be lost forever,” she said. Johnston could not find any Inuit women to do the old tattoos that had been done by their ancestors — it was done traditionally with sinew soaked in black soot mixed with seal oil and stitched into the skin with a bone needle, leaving the ink behind."Nobody had picked up the skill, they had only heard how it had been done."As she shared her concerns with other women in the community she realized there was a demand — something suppressed by decades of residential schooling that abused and oppressed Indigenous people and made them ashamed of their culture.She looked hard and found some people who taught her the three different methods that she could use in present day: needle-and-thread hand stitch, stick and poke and the modern gun technique. From that, she was able to get funding for the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project."It has united Inuit women across the country," she said. "It gives them pride, a sense of culture, a sense of connections to identity and traditions."For older women she says it brings out long-buried stories in them "and tears," while the younger generation is instilled with a desire to learn about their culture."[Inuit tattoos are usually] a sign of coming of age, reaching the duties and roles of a woman or [they mark] something significant that happened in that woman's life."One thing Johnston cautions against is cultural appropriation of Inuit tattoos if non-Indigenous people start to mimic the markings."There is no law against non-Inuit people copying our designs and getting traditional tattoos, but I ask you please don't," she said. "Educate yourself on the meanings and history… give us time to be proud again, to find our identity and to offer it back to our people."Johnston is working to get more Inuit women trained: “We don’t have salons and easy access to tattoo artists… [our people] should have the first opportunity to get their tattoos.”The Yellowknife resident has a book in the works about the project and has shared some of the photographs from it with Yahoo Canada News.
The official fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany was 27 years ago today — signalling the end of the Cold War and a divided country. On Nov. 9, 1989, a spokesman for East German’s Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR were free to cross into the West. Checkpoint Charlie — the key crossing point guarded by American soldiers in Berlin — opened up.
Canada’s parliament quietly passed an anti-Islamophobia motion last week condemning acts of hatred against Muslims. According to the National Council of Canadian Muslims several acts of Islamophobia occurred in the week after the first motion on Oct. 6 was voted down, including smashed windows at a mosque and anti-Islam posters on a Calgary campus.
Ontario Provincial Police are sending out thousands of texts Thursday in an effort to find leads in a homicide investigation. “This drives me crazy,” said Anne Cavoukian, the province’s former privacy commissioner, of the tactic. Appointed in 1997, she spent three terms as Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and became head of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Toronto’s Ryerson University, her current position, in 2014.
The message is clear from the International Criminal Court — it’s training its legal eye on corporations who do harm to the environment. "Environmental conduct is human rights conduct,” warns Lynda Collins, an expert on environmental human rights at the University of Ottawa.
It may only be a Heritage Minute, but it covers the legendary and pioneering lifetime of Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak, whose story is now immortalized in the latest Historica Canada vignette. Created for the first time in the series with Inuktitut narration (along with the requisite French and English versions), the one-minute TV spot launches to the public Thursday in Ashevak’s adopted town of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, where it was also filmed.
Since 2003, the Hope in Shadows photography contest has chronicled life in Vancouver’s hard-bitten Downtown Eastside community — celebrating the souls that inhabit the area in an annual calendar. The 2017 edition launched Tuesday.