NDP call for investigation into federal governments conduct at human rights tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal New Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada’s conduct at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.On Wednesday, the tribunal panel accused both departments of knowingly misleading the tribunal and the parties involved in a discrimination case against the government.“The government has obligations at this tribunal,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder. “And they are well aware of them and they have disregarded those obligations.”The tribunal is hearing a case brought on by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations. Both accuse Canada of spending less on First Nations child welfare than what provincial governments spend for non-First Nations children.The controversy is around tens of thousands of documents relevant to the case that Canada failed to disclose to the tribunal and the parties involved. The discovery of the 50,000 documents only came after Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, became curious about the lack of information being disclosed by Canada at the hearing.In the fall of 2012, Blackstock filed an access to information request to Aboriginal Affairs. In April 2013, she received a compact disc containing thousands of records dealing with First Nations child welfare agencies across the country and information regarding some of the witnesses who had already testified at the tribunal for the case.When Blackstock cross-referenced the information to what the government had disclosed, she found that the information was no where to be found.“There needs to be an investigation into the procedure,” said Crowder. “Who made the decisions? If the access to information hadn’t come up, those documents may never have come to light.”The tribunal panel overseeing the case chastised the government for its lack of transparency.In a ruling released Wednesday the panel wrote: “The respondent (Canada), knew of the existence of a number of these documents, prejudicial to its case and highly relevant in the summer of 2012 and yet failed to disclose them.”According to the panel, the government knew back in October 2012 that it would miss its deadline to disclose the records set for February 25, 2013. It was informed by the company it hired, Public History Inc., that it was at risk of missing its deadline because of the vast amount of information it was sifting through.The government hired a second company to assist in the procedure. Canadian Development Consultants Inc. that also informed the government in March of 2013 that it would not have a package ready until the end of September.“It is deeply troubling that the federal government continues to delay and obstruct an inquiry aimed at achieving fairness, justice and safety for First Nations children,” said Jonathan Thompson, director of Child Welfare for the Assembly of First Nations.”The panel noted in its Wednesday ruling that Canada had several opportunities to inform the tribunal and the parties of the extent of the information and the delays but failed to do so, “had the respondent communicated the challenges it faced in obtaining these large amount of disclosure, the tribunal, with the parties, could have worked together to find a solution. The respondent has denied this opportunity to everyone and forced the tribunal, to put it bluntly, into a mode of damage control.”“The lengths to which this government will go to avoid accountability and responsibility is simply astonishing,” said Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “Their priorities are crystal clear in this case: political damage control is more important to them than the wellbeing of Aboriginal children. Canadians should and will be disgusted by this.”Now months behind schedule, the hearings into the discrimination case will resume in September.Cindy Blackstock supports a call for an independent investigation but only on certain conditions.“I would very much welcome an independent review so long as it respects the integrity of the tribunal process,” said Blackstock. “It is very concerning to me that in a case impacting 161,000 children that the Government of Canada has repeatedly tried to derail the tribunal hearings using procedural technicalities and within the past month has been found responsible for violating both the Privacy Act and tribunal disclosure rules in relation to the child welfare case.”APTN asked the department of Aboriginal Affairs to respond to the allegations leveled by the tribunal panel. Instead, the following statement was sent by the department.“Our Government believes that the best way to ensure First Nations children and families get the support and services they need is by working together – with First Nations, provinces and territories. To date, the government has provided 158,000 pages of relevant material to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and we will continue to abide by their rules and procedures by ensuring that all documents relevant to the proceedings are provided.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Health Hotels Team Up for Tourism workshop opened today

first_img Total Community Involvement Essential to Fighting the Aedes aegypti Mosquito Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2015 – CARPHA, the Caribbean Public Health Agency is in country for a two day workshop where a national plan is being formed as health and hotel and tourism professionals filled the Occasions conference room for day one of the session, earlier. Health Data, Public Health Concerns and their impact, Prevention of foodborne disease in hotels, Food & Environment safety activities and prevention of Norovirus were apart of today’s agenda. Dr. Lisa Indar is in from CARPHA and at the opening this morning said this initiative has been years in the making. Effects of Norovirus on the TCI Tourism industry two years ago, Dengue Fever and ChikV have all provided reason for pause; officials say the aim is to be on the side of prevention. The training event is sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, the TC Hotel and Tourism Association, the TCI Tourist Board and CARPHA. Dr. Shandey Malcolm, Deputy Director of Epidemiology has been appointed leader of the national campaign for enhanced synergy between health and tourism. The workshop to enhance health safety in the tourism sector wraps up tomorrow. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Related Items:carpha, dr. lisa indar, dr. shandey malcolmlast_img read more

First hundred days for National City Mayor

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, First hundred days for National City Mayor June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Sotelo-Solis stopped by KUSI News to talk about all things National City.According to Sotelo-Solis, she was first being elected in 2008, ten years later Alejandra become the first Latina Mayor of National City.Regionally, she serves on the SANDAG, Sweetwater Authority and MTS Board. last_img read more

Exclusive John Prine On The Tree Of Forgiveness Protest Music More

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 29, 2018 – 10:42 am John Prine On ‘The Tree Of Forgiveness’ Twitter Riding high on the widespread success of his latest album, the folk icon reveals a songwriting secret or two backstage at Newport Folk FestivalNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2018 – 7:20 am John Prine may not be a household name – unless you’re a songwriter. Since Prine released his groundbreaking self-titled debut album in 1971, he’s written some of the most heartfelt, clever, quirky, and enduring songs of his generation. In April of this year, the 71-year-old unleashed his first new batch of original tunes in 13 years with The Tree Of Forgiveness. The songs feel as natural and essential as Prine’s classics, and to no one’s surprise — except maybe his own — the folk and country music communities have taken quite a shine to his new material. Facebook News Prine stopped by backstage at the Newport Folk Festival to talk with us about how the album came together, the importance of imagery in lyrics, folk music’s power of protest, and a few of his songwriting secrets.The new music video for “Knockin’ On My Screen Door” features tons of all-star cameos, [including Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, Dan Auerbach, and more]. How did the video collaboration with all of those folks come together?I’d worked with everybody in the video, and some of them were really good buddies of mine. It just felt like a normal day for me because I go to lunch with half of those people, and I co-own a studio with Fergie [David Ferguson] and that’s where Sturgill cut his record, and we cut Tyler Childers over there, felt like old home week. The fact that we got a video out at the end of the day, I thought that was pretty good.Your latest album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, felt like a gift to your fans; to get all-new music from you was a real treat. How did it feel to write and record a new collection of songs for the first time in quite a while?It was actually one of the easiest records I’ve ever made. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in all the songs, I just I thought I was going to the studio to get maybe four songs that I liked, get them recorded, then take a break and write some more. But things were going so good. I kept remembering songs I hadn’t done … and that would turn out great, one after another. But the big surprise for me is that my records usually get received by my audience really good, but this record is something that’s crazy. It’s got stardust on it or something. It just keeps [going]. It’s got legs and it keeps on running around, and we do all 10 songs every night in our show. … It’s just a great feeling.I’ve noticed a lot of younger songwriters are using tools out of your toolbox, and you can hear it in the songs of Kasey Musgraves and Margo Price, who both name you as an influence. What does it feel like to influence this next generation of songwriters?Both these people that you’re talking about are so good anyway, and then when they tell me that they took certain things from the way I wrote, it’s such a huge compliment. It takes me awhile to hear what it is that they think is like John Prine that they put in their song, but after a while, I can tell. And it’s just a big compliment really.One of those devices I’ve always loved about your writing is your incredible use of imagery.Thank you. I try to include stuff that everybody can relate to. If you’re talking about a subject or an emotion that’s hard to put your finger on while you’re talking about it. If you mention there’s a chair and an ashtray in the song, then everybody starts relating to the ashtray and the chair, and pretty soon they get caught up in the emotion, and boom you got them.We’re learning all the secrets here today.That’s it. That’s my one secret. [laughs]It’s a good one. When we were driving to the festival today here in Newport, we saw a billboard with you and some lyrics from “Summer’s End.” Can you talk a little bit about writing that song?I wrote it with my good buddy Pat McLaughlin. Pat and I have been buddies for going on 35 years, and we didn’t write together maybe the first five years we knew each other, we were just buddies. And then, with The Missing Years, we started writing together. By the time we got around to just writing “Summer’s End,” when we go to write, we almost finish each other’s sentences. So, it’s hard to tell even after you sing the song where my mind left off and Pat’s came in or vice versa. … On that particular thing, we were throwing images back and forth and we both liked them so much. The only thing we had to stop for was to see if they phrased or occasionally rhymed. We went for this general mood. We didn’t talk about what we were going for, we just kept throwing images back and forth at each other to see if we were on the same plain, and it just worked out to be a really beautiful song.Folk music has always had a mainline into the protest sentiment. What does the song “Caravan Of Fools” mean to you?I wrote it with Pat McLaughlin, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and our good friend David Ferguson that has the studio that I was talking about. We wrote six songs in two days. We were just hanging out. … They could have said, ‘Come on over, we’re gonna play cards.’ Instead, they said, ‘Come on over we’re gonna write songs.’ … I knew Dan Auerbach was getting ready to do his first solo record, and so I thought that the songs were supposed to be for Dan. And we wrote, like I say, six songs in nothing. I made everybody break for an hour to go get White Castle hamburgers, and then we went back to writing.The reason that I’m saying that about “Caravan Of Fools” being taken as a political song is to me when I sing it. But I never asked any of those guys if they were writing about anything [in particular] or what their politics were or anything. It’s just that the song to me has a connotation I would say of what’s going on. And it’s got more verses then there are original members of Trump’s cabinet too. … When I’m singing it, it’s a protest song.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. 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NPRs Carrie Johnson Talks Covering The Justice Department

first_img 00:00 /10:22 As NPR’s Justice Correspondent, Carrie Johnson covers a wide range of issues, including the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepping down.Johnson is coming to Houston on Saturday, Jan. 26, for the 33rd annual Law & the Media Seminar. The theme of this year’s event is Trending Toward Darkness: Access to Public Records in the Digital Age. She’s the event’s keynote speaker.In the audio above, Johnson tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the challenges reporters like herself face covering the Justice Department, how journalists go about submitting Freedom of Information Act requests, and about the importance of perspective in a world where news events get caught on tape and shared instantly on social media. Listen Share Xcenter_img Linda Fittante/NPRCarrie Johnson covers law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more