An Ottawa city councillor is calling for a rethink of the police budget in the wake of widespread protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd. "I'm not calling for a reduction in broad-based funding, what I am calling for is a shift in that funding," Menard said. Calls are growing to defund the police following George Floyd's death in police custody. An Ottawa city councillor makes his case for scaling back funding to our police service. Mayor opposes move to defund policeMayor Jim Watson, however, appeared to criticize the councillor over his comments to defund the city's police service.
June 05, 2020 17:46 UTC
Kelowna RCMP announced Friday that Supt. WATCH | A Mountie arrives on the scene and sprints toward his fellow officers and the suspect:This video of an arrest by Kelowna RCMP has resulted in an internal investigation into the officer's actions. 0:15Criticism concerning sexual assault casesThe recent video incident is not the first time the Kelowna RCMP have been in the spotlight concerning the force's conduct. Last fall, Statistics Canada released numbers showing that 40 per cent of sexual assault cases reported to Kelowna RCMP were dismissed as unfounded — three times the national average. A national RCMP Sexual Assault Review Team investigated and recently determined there was an underlying clerical error in how the cases were being classified that skewed the statistics, which actually fall more in line with provincial and national averages.
June 05, 2020 17:37 UTC
The Liberal MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, Marwan Tabbara, said Friday he will 'step back' from the Liberal caucus as he faces charges of assault, break and enter and criminal harassment. In the statement, Tabbara acknowledged that he is facing criminal charges and said there are "mandatory steps" that must be taken to address a criminal case. Party awareSources in the Liberal Party confirmed to CBC they were aware of the allegations against the MP. I am currently facing criminal charges which arose in April. In the interim, I will be stepping back from the Liberal caucus.
June 05, 2020 17:36 UTC
The Prime Minister's Office says it's looking into the allegations levied against Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara, but it's still not clear whether the Ontario MP will be allowed to stay in caucus. Guelph police have confirmed a man named Marwan Tabbara has been charged with two counts of assault, one count of "break and enter and commit an indictable offence" and one count of criminal harassment. Sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told CBC the Marwan Tabbara facing charges is the Liberal MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler. Peter Maloney, the MP's executive assistant, told CBC News his office had no comment on the matter. It's not the first time the party has had to deal with allegations of misconduct against Liberal caucus and party members.
June 05, 2020 17:35 UTC
New Brunswickers must wear a face covering to enter buildings open to the general public, starting Tuesday, the province has announced. Up until now, face coverings were only required in locations where keeping a physical distance of six feet, or two metres, was not possible. Upon arrival, they'll be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, asked to clean their hands and to don a mask. Those who have a mask are asked to bring their own, but one will be provided for anyone who doesn't have one. "If you do not wear a mask you will be asked to return home and contact your health care provider," Horizon said.
June 05, 2020 17:14 UTC
Are humans really a kinder, gentler species? Radio29:332020 seems like a strange — and strangely apt — time to argue that humans are defined by goodness and kindness. The biggest news stories of the year — and centuries of philosophical thought — suggest otherwise. But the Dutch author and historian, Rutger Bregman, takes the long view in one of the buzziest books of 2020: Humankind: A Hopeful History. He argues that humans’ natural impulse is to avoid conflict and to cooperate with one another.
June 05, 2020 16:30 UTC
In a comment accompanying the post, Bennet called it "the real Independence Day flag" and said "The South will rise again! Another photo from 2015 shows Bennett riding in a golf cart with a large Confederate flag attached to the back of the vehicle. In this screenshot, Belleville police officer Todd Bennett is pictured wearing a T-shirt with the Confederate battle flag pictured. 'Isolated post': police chiefBelleville police Chief Ron Gignac issued a statement saying that Bennett's actions shouldn't tarnish the good work Belleville police officers do. "The community of Belleville is calling for a thorough and independent investigation of this police officer's behaviour."
June 05, 2020 16:30 UTC
A truck driver who travelled outside the province and a close household contact of that person are the two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Manitoba on Friday. Public health officials are still looking into both of those cases. The update brings the total number of cases in the province to 300, nine of which are active, health officials announced at a news conference. Manitoba had a total of 300 COVID-19 cases as of June 5. Some hospitals in Manitoba will loosen restrictions around allowing visitors starting today, said Manitoba Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa.
June 05, 2020 16:21 UTC
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said many communities that want to celebrate graduating high school students this year have already submitted proposals. Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang said the approved community graduation celebrations can be held from June 8-30. "Whatever you choose to do, think local, buy local and support local," he said. The Nova Scotia Health Authority map for Friday, June 5, 2020. (Nova Scotia Health Authority)Strang has said there are some delays and discrepancies in the tabulation of case numbers.
June 05, 2020 16:18 UTC
Amid growing calls for reforms, Montreal police Chief Sylvain Caron held a news conference Friday to stress the Montreal police service is committed to eliminating any practice of racial profiling. To drive his point home, Caron said he would participate in a protest planned for Montreal on Sunday if organizers were to invite him. A protest last weekend in Montreal drew more than 10,000 people calling for an end to anti-black racism and police brutality. The SPVM has since confirmed the service has received the group's invitation, and Caron will walk with demonstrators. When asked about Sunday's planned protest, Durocher stressed that police saw last week's march and subsequent looting as two separate events.
June 05, 2020 15:45 UTC
Indian Chiefs is used to advocating for the rights of First Nations, but now Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is facing a different kind of fight and advocating for himself. In a letter posted on social media, Phillip says his chronic kidney disease has progressed to the point where his best chance to stay alive is a kidney transplant. He says a living-donor transplant would offer a “healthier, more normal life,” so he can remain as president of the organization furthering rights and title of most B.C. The Transplant BC website shows 644 people in the province are waiting for a kidney, and 32 living-donor kidney transplants have been done so far this year. Transplant BC says dozens of patients die each year waiting for an organ transplant and, while most people agree with organ donation, about 28 per cent have registered their decision.
June 05, 2020 15:45 UTC
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller strongly condemned recent acts of violence by police against Indigenous people, including the fatal shooting of a New Brunswick woman during a wellness check on Thursday. Miller said he thought the initial report of 26-year-old Chantel Moore's death at the hands of Edmundston, N.B., police was some kind of "morbid joke." There needs to be a full accounting of what has gone on," Miller said at a news conference on today. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the videos and reports that have surfaced over the last few days are "disturbing." The RCMP officer was responding to a call that the man was "fighting with others."
June 05, 2020 15:41 UTC
Saint Mary's University in Halifax will shift classes online this fall due to COVID-19 restrictions, a move that follows many other Nova Scotia universities. On Friday, Robert Summerby-Murray, the university's president, announced the school would transition to online courses and programs for the fall semester. The university is providing more than $1.5 million in additional student financial support through scholarships and bursaries this year, Summerby-Murray said, and working closely with the Saint Mary's University Students' Association (SMUSA) to understand student needs. What other universities are doingOther Halifax institutions — Mount Saint Vincent University, University of King's College and Dalhousie University — have already announced the move to online classes this fall. Elsewhere in the province, Cape Breton University will offer all of its classes online this fall, while Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., is looking to develop a "hybrid plan" of both in-person classes and virtual ones.
June 05, 2020 15:22 UTC
The government-backed Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said on Thursday it would tighten rules for offering mortgage insurance from July 1, after forecasting declines of between 9 and 18 per cent in home prices over the next 12 months. The move would make it harder for riskier borrowers, who offer downpayments of less than 20 per cent to access CMHC's default mortgage insurance. CMHC is establishing a minimum credit score of 680 instead of the current 600, the group said in an emailed statement. The measures will help curtail "excessive demand and unsustainable house price growth," CMHC CEO Evan Siddall said in the statement. CMHC is the top mortgage insurer, while Genworth MI Canada and other private companies also provide similar products.
June 05, 2020 15:21 UTC
The federal government is providing $14 billion to the provinces and territories to help them "safely and carefully" reopen their economies — but the premier of Canada's most populous province says it's not nearly enough. Watch: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces $14B for economic restartPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is working on a "safe restart agreement" with provinces and territories and providing them with $14 billion to help them reopen their economies. "We really are approaching this by saying to the provinces and territories, 'We understand that a safe restart is essential and that it is expensive,'" she said. We are going to be there to support Canadians across the country and that is what we're doing here." Freeland also stressed that the federal funds are meant to help with the first six to eight months of economic recovery.
June 05, 2020 14:37 UTC