Canada receives “failing grade” in civil and political rights review at United Nations

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On July 7 and 8, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) reviewed Canada’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for the first time since 2006. Two weeks later, on July 23, the UNHRC released its findings in a report, raising far more concerns and recommendations than positive legislative and institutional steps in the Harper government’s federal policies in the last decade.

Such matters of concern included the inadequateness of the federal government’s response to the prevailing issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; the excessive use of force and arrests by police during the student protests in Quebec in 2012 and the G20 protests in 2010; and the possibility of human rights abuses through information-sharing under Bill C-51, the controversial Anti-terrorism Act, amongst other concerns.

CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian sat down with the Voices-Voix Coalition co-ordinator, Tim McSorley, to discuss how his Coalition was involved in this review and why he believes that it received a “failing grade.” The interview was conducted prior to July 23, the date of the release of the UNHRC’s report.

Black Lives Matter – Toronto coalition made a ‘day of action’ to seek justice and call end to justice brutality.

Day of action, Monday 27 July.

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On Monday 27 July, the Black Lives Matter Toronto coalition held a “day of action”. The goal: call for an end to police brutality and to seek justice after the death of two black men – Jermaine Carby was shot at a traffic stop and Andrew Loky was killed in an apartment building- in the past year.

Desmond Cole, a black Toronto writer and activist, says: “This is not about people inconvenienced for one night in the highway. It’s about almost 30 years of police brutality against one community. That’s how people should view this”.

Alexandria Williams is one of the co-fondators of the Black Lives Matters Toronto coalition. We asked her about the action, and the coalition and its motivations.

Manifestants Haïtiens, menacés de déportations, se rassemblent contre la levée du moratoire

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“Intègres et non pas intégrés”

Jeudi le 9 juillet dernier, le Comité d’action des personnes sans statut ainsi qu’une vingtaine d’Haïtiens se sont rassemblés devant les bureaux du ministère de l’immigration de la diversité et de l’inclusion à Montréal pour dénoncer la levée du moratoire en Décembre 2014. Ce moratoire empêchait la déporation des Haïtiens et Zimbabwéens. Ils risquent d’êtres renvoyés en Haïti et à Zimbabwe où la situation politique demeure problématique et les conditions de vies toujours pénibles.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec quelques manifestants  pour en apprendre plus sur le rassemblement et les raisons pour lesquelles ils manifestaient.

Rassemblement et audience pour homme menacé de déportation, Deepan Budlakoti

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Le 13 juillet, un rassemblement et audience a eu lieu devant la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada pour Deepan Budlakoti, un jeune homme apatride né à Ottawa de parents Indiens qui travaillaient au haut-commissariat de l’Inde à Ottawa. Il y a quatre ans, après avoir été condamné pour trafic d’armes et de drogues,  le gouvernment Canadien a retiré la résidence permanente de Deepan, sous le prétexte qu’un individu né de parents avec des passeports diplomatiques, selon la loi, ne reçoit pas automatiquement sa citoyenneté. Selon Deepan, ces parents ne travaillaient plus pour l’Inde lorsqu’il est né.

Malgré n’avoir j’amais vécu en Inde, il risque se faire déporter en Inde par le gouvernement Canadien. Deepan refuse sa déportation et l’Inde refuse de lui donner une citoyenneté. Il se trouve alors dans une situation précaire, étant présentement un citoyen d’aucun pays.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec le porte-parole francophone de Deepan, Daniel Cayley-Daoust,  pour en apprendre plus sur la situation présente de Deepan et sur le rassemblement.

Un rapport révèle l’existence d’un système de répression politique et policière au Québec

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Le 10 juin dernier, la Ligue des droits et libertés  a publié un rapport sur la situation du droit de manifester au Québec. Depuis la grève étudiante de 2012, le Québec connaît une intensification de répression politique et policière. À l’aide de chiffres et de faits tirés de groupes militants, de chercheurs, d’avocats  et de personnes arrêtées, ce rapport confirme l’existence d’un système de répression politique et policière au Québec. Il démontre qu’il y a eu 5895 manifestants arrêtés entre le 15 mars 2011 et le 8 décembre 2014 au Québec, ainsi que 1006 arrestations à  Montréal et au Québec entre le 15 mars et le 1er mai 2015, dû au profilage politique des manifestants.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec l’une des co-auteures de ce rapport, Jacinthe Poisson, pour en apprendre plus.

Indigenous Youth Activist Deplores National Energy Board’s Decision to Grant Enbridge Line 9B

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On June 18, the Canadian government’s National Energy Board (NEB)–an independent economic regulatory agency for pipelines, power lines, and oil and gas importation–imposed further conditions on Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Line 9B pipeline reversal project, stating that it must perform hydrostatic testing along three of its segments before it officially begins shipping crude oil. The thirty-eight-year old pipeline that runs between Sarnia and Montreal was supposed to begin its operations last Fall. 

While the NEB has reported only seven oil spills, a CTV W5 investigation revealed last year that Line 9B has had at least 35 of such incidences. This aging pipeline, along with others in Ontario, continue to affect the nearby ecosystems, lands, and waters that Indigenous and other communities live and thrive on.

“It’s an industrial genocide [against Indigenous people]. These companies are on stolen land. They continue to release and spill and expand with more projects that continue to put our health at risk,” said Vanessa Gray, a member of Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, in an interview with CKUT’s Emma Noradounkian. She discussed how this project threatens Indigenous communities and ways of resisting the pipeline project and other pipelines in the province of Ontario.

Challenging Medical Care: Interview with Anishnawbe Health Center in Toronto

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We are used to thinking about health care corresponding to Western medical treatment standards. What about all those Aboriginal communities in multi-ethnic Canada that do things the other way, how do they get treated by medical institutions? Very often other approaches to health treatment is perceived skeptically by mainstream medical institutions and there are no alternatives offered to patients wishing to be treated in other ways.

CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk talked with James Carpenter, a traditional healer in Anishnawbe Health Center located in Toronto. The Anishnawbe Health Toronto is a network of medical institutions that promotes “the model of health care [which] is based on traditional practices and approaches and are reflected in the design of its programs and services”. The center’s values are built around the concept of “cultural sensitivity” and “cultural safety”, which helps the center to [honor and respect the hopes and dreams of those who first envisioned a healing center for the Aboriginal Community of Toronto”.

“Anishnawbe Health mission is to improve the health of Aboriginal population in mind, body, spirit [and] emotion, by providing traditional healing within a multidisciplinary healthcare model”.

~ James Carpenter

James provided CKUT with detailed explanations of why the center’s job is important and what kind of services it offers. He also remarked that Anishnawbe Health Toronto pays attention to a variety of social, family, economic and historic factors that influence the well-being of its patients, in addition to medical and biological symptoms present. In this way, the center recognizes the importance of cultural background of those that are treated and expresses cultural sensitivity towards the issues at hand.