As the image of a dead toddler on the shores of a Turkish beach reverberated this week, Conservative leader Stephen Harper defended Canada’s record when it comes to aiding displaced persons.
The federal Conservatives gave the green light Tuesday to one of the biggest energy projects out there – a $6.5-billion pipeline promising to open Alberta’s oilsands to the Asian market at the rate of more than half a million barrels a day.
But they seemed awfully sheepish about it.
Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News : Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:05 PM
The federal government has no plans to help provinces with costs associated with its new rules on how to deal with mentally ill offenders.
Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled legislation that would crack down on people found not criminally responsible due to mental disorders. It would establish a “high risk” classification for those who have committed serious crimes and shift emphasis to victim impact when determining how long someone should stay in custody.
If courts and review boards take this legislation to heart it could mean more offenders in provincial forensic hospitals for a longer period of time.
Ottawa won’t pay for them.
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Ottawa’s plan to crack down on mentally ill offenders could accomplish the opposite of its intent, critics say – pushing more people with mental illness into a prison system unable to treat them, and putting seriously ill patients in makeshift, less secure accommodation in overflowing forensic hospital wings.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – Globe and Mail
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon cites the arrest of Canadian consultant Cynthia Vanier on accusations of trying to smuggle one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons out of Libya as a prime example of successful security co-operation between Mexico, Canada and the United States.
Thing is, Canada has yet to elucidate exactly what its role was in Ms. Vanier’s arrest and the investigation leading up to it – and her lawyer, among others, would really like to know.
Monday, July 18, 2011 – Globe and Mail
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Canada incarcerates more convicted youth than almost any similarly industrialized country.
And new federal crime legislation is poised to drive those numbers higher, even though imprisoned teens are statistically less likely to get jobs after they’re released and, if anything, are more likely to reoffend.
Years after enacting laws that have been successful in reducing youth incarceration rates, Canada still sends five times more of its convicted teens into custody than England and Wales, according to data obtained from the British justice ministry and Statistics Canada’s justice arm.
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Friday, June 03, 2011
Three decades after AIDS first collided with, then consumed Julio Montaner’s career, he still can’t get his words out quickly enough. He speaks in cascades, with the urgency of someone in danger of losing his audience.
But he has a much easier time getting people to listen to him now than he did even 10 years ago.
AIDS turns 30 this week – a milestone for a shape-shifting disease that specializes in targeting each society’s most powerless populations.
It’s also a milestone for the Argentinean-Canadian doctor, who was the first clinician in Canada to dedicate himself to solving the riddle of HIV/AIDS, long before becoming celebrated internationally as a research pioneer. He’s head of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and past president of the International AIDS Society.