Evening briefing: “Canada’s responsibility to assume”
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It is a horror that is difficult to understand. But today, the heartbreaking tally has increased with news from the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan that approximately 751 anonymous graves have been discovered at the site of the former Marieval Residential School east of Regina.
This follows the discovery last month of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and more since. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “terribly saddened” by the news and said the pain and sorrow it creates for indigenous communities is “Canada’s responsibility to bear.”
“I recognize that these findings only add to the pain that families, survivors and all indigenous peoples and communities are already feeling, and that they reaffirm a truth they have long known,” he said. in a press release. “The hurt and trauma you feel is Canada’s responsibility, and the government will continue to provide Indigenous communities across the country with the funding and resources they need to bring these terrible wrongs to light. While we cannot bring back those who were lost, we can – and we will – speak the truth about these injustices, and we will forever honor their memory. “
However, Marion Buller, who served as chief commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, told CBC News that Trudeau needs to offer more than thoughts and prayers. “It’s a beautiful statement. A very well crafted statement of sympathy and empathy, but there is no action there, ”she said.
It was a sentiment shared by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who called on the federal government to implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Indigenous peoples deserve more than words and promises. These horrific discoveries make it undeniable: the federal government has failed and continues to fail First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, ”he said.
The school operated between 1899 and 1997, and was built by Roman Catholic missionaries.
Meanwhile, in Mississauga, Ont., Reverend Owen Keenan, a Roman Catholic priest, is under fire for a recent sermon, where he said the the church should be thanked for the “good done” in the residential schools. Because the Catholic Church is obviously the victim here …
On the Hill, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett apologized for sending Independent MP Jody Wilson Raybould a text message that the former Liberal justice minister called “racist” and “Misogynist”. The comment, which Bennett sent in a text, seemed to suggest that Wilson-Raybould calling on the Prime Minister to stop “maneuvering for an election” was not motivated by the nation’s mourning over the growing number of anonymous graves on the former residential school sites, but rather by his desire to maintain his MP pension. Wilson-Raybould said the comment “reflects the idea that indigenous people are lazy and only want $”. As reported by CTV News, NDP MP Charlie Angus said it’s about time Bennett be “sent to pack”.
The federal wage subsidy allowed companies that took advantage of it to keep nearly all of their employees throughout the pandemic, according to Statistics Canada. The grant was particularly useful for small businesses, especially those with fewer than 10 employees. StatCan data was taken from nearly 360,000 businesses that received the wage subsidy between April and October 2020. Only 36 percent of Canadian businesses used it between April and October 2020, but there were large variations, depending on industry and size of business. business.reports.
Many Canadians are successful in getting their COVID tickets dropped – and all should fight them, says the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms. The Justice Center, a Canadian legal rights organization that takes a socially conservative approach to Canadian constitutional law, represents hundreds of Canadians who have been fined for allegedly breaking public health orders for: participating in peaceful demonstrations; discover their faces; attend church; provide services during periods of confinement; receive friends and family in their homes; exercise their right of movement; and refusing to display COVID signage. Rachel Emmanuel has this story.
In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced today that the province will enter the second phase of its economic reopening plan three days ahead of schedule. In a press release, he said key public health indicators, including hospital capacity and vaccine coverage, “now exceed targets” of the province’s three-stage reopening plan. The change is effective June 30 at 12:01 a.m.
The province’s initial goal to enter the second phase of reopening was to vaccinate 70% of adults with one dose and 20% with two doses for at least two weeks to monitor the impacts of the first phase. As of June 23, more than 76 percent of adults had received one dose and 29 percent had received both doses.
The latest episode of No Talking Points is now live. We end the session with discussions about toxicity in the House and election speculation. You can listen here.
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The Montreal Canadiens have the chance to eliminate the Vegas Golden Knights from the playoffs tonight and advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Today, Quebec singer Celine Dion made it clear that she had “nothing to do” with the photo of her in Golden Knights outfit that appeared onscreen at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during of the Tuesday night game. The outrageous photo caused a stir on social media and raised questions about her hockey allegiances (she lives in Vegas). His heart still continues for his hometown, the Habs. Sorry, not sorry.
Now that everything is set, we can focus on the task at hand!
Good night. And #GoHabsGo !!!